Category Archives: Culture, style and the arts

Blog on culture, style and arts

On the EU referendum

  By Michael Skywood Clifford The EU is already a failed project, but if we remain in, then over forthcoming decades things will get far worse. First, let [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Political

The Today Programme

I wrote this some time ago but I thought it was worth running again By Michael Skywood Clifford. An email from a BBC executive said that the BBC [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Political

Persona by Ingmar Bergman

by Michael Skywood Clifford Persona is a disturbing film. Its a visual feast and an uncomfortable journey. It's a bit like an-edge-of-your-seat, not-knowing-whats-going-to-happen horror film. It's remarkably simple [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Reviews

Hooked dangerously on technology

Protagonists of science claim that dire warnings about the future are essentially unpredictable. They quote the 19th Century futurist who said that by the middle of the 20th [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Modern life, Political

A Song for Tony

by Michael Skywood Clifford My ex wife had emotional diarrhoea. Her sense of empathy was extreme. When a racehorse on TV jumped a fence she would go over [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Modern life, Religious and philosophical

The Firefly

By Michael Skywood Clifford It's a beautiful late afternoon and here I am in this wine bar/ pub, an alarming mishmash of style. It may be sunny outside [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Modern life, Reviews

The Hobbit – a review

By Michael Skywood Clifford As a lone artist writing and composing in the wind, the wind is blown firmly out of my sails when I see productions like [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Reviews

On Punk

By Michael Skywood Clifford.   In 2012, the BBC are celebrating Punk with a series on BBC4 and further programmes on Radio 4 and Radio 6. I think [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Political

BBC Radio 4 and its appalling propaganda programmes called ‘Today’ and ‘PM’.

By Michael Skywood Clifford. An email from a BBC executive said that the BBC are completely impartial. It took me five minutes to stop laughing. If I hadn't [..]

Culture, style and the arts, Political

Style and design

By Michael Skywood Clifford. I was very young, three, when I came across my first design icon. I lived in Europe after the Second World War and I remember studying [..]

Culture, style and the arts