Author Archives: Jonathan Tappan

Amazing Grace

Last Friday was the 200th anniversary of the passage in the House of Commons of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, which largely eliminated the Atlantic slave trade. More significantly,… Read more »

Hollywood Accents

Quite why the majority of US critics are so offended by this particular outrage remains a mystery. Hollywood has always had a somewhat cavalier attitude towards foreign accents, as those… Read more »


This movie is most notable for Peter O’Toole’s Oscar-nominated performance as an elderly actor who is witty, charming and something of a reprobate. It is a superb performance, but somehow… Read more »

WordPress 2.1

I’ve crossed my fingers and switched everything on the site to WordPress 2.1. If you see anything that is obviously broken, let me know via the contact form.

Kanon (Condensed Version)

“Doctor, Doctor! What’s wrong with Shiori? Will she be all right?” “I’m sorry Kaori, but your sister is not going to live past her next birthday. More specifically, she’s going… Read more »