The Awakening – The Ahmad Jamal Trio

Ahmad Jamal has been a leading jazz pianist for some time, although his commercial success before the release of The Awakening in 1970 wasn’t always taken seriously by critics. However the man with the “exquisite touch”, as Miles Davis once described him. showed all what he was truly capable of with this LP full ofContinue reading “The Awakening – The Ahmad Jamal Trio”

Walking the Snowdon Horseshoe: Crib Goch to Y Lliwedd

The national Park of Snowdonia lies in the northernmost corner of Wales. It separates the Isle of Anglesey, lying off the north west coast, from the rest of the British Isles with deep glacial valleys and the highest peaks in the United Kingdom outside of the Scottish Highlands. One such peak, distinctively pyramidal in appearanceContinue reading “Walking the Snowdon Horseshoe: Crib Goch to Y Lliwedd”

Usury: Tool or Torment?

Lending and borrowing; they seem like a practice as old as the human race. As long as people have had things, other people have needed those things and borrowed them for a returning favour. Whether this is your neighbour’s drill or a £500 loan from your friend, you’re expected to give the £500 back atContinue reading “Usury: Tool or Torment?”

A Love I Can’t Explain – dBridge

Hailing from Manchester, the ever ethereal and industriously intuitive dBridge always manages to capture a mood with his music and this offering from 2018 is no different. Seamlessly bringing together the sounds of soothing synths and industrial techno across a range of genres, from drum and bass to the avant-garde, dBridge adds yet another featherContinue reading “A Love I Can’t Explain – dBridge”

Colston – Cronyism & Capitalism (Part 3)

After the ushering in of William III in 1688 and more importantly the introduction of the Bill of Rights, there was a noticeable power shift between joint-stock companies and merchants in England. At the beginning of the century, companies had been a means for the crown and those close to the crown to hold aContinue reading “Colston – Cronyism & Capitalism (Part 3)”

The Ruling of India – How External Forces Have Shaped Indian Agriculture

Given the recent protests in India over farming reforms implemented by Prime Minister Narenda Modi, I have decided to publish an essay I penned two years ago. It discusses how from the time of the British East India Company, business has led India by the stick without a carrot, with the situation only looking toContinue reading “The Ruling of India – How External Forces Have Shaped Indian Agriculture”

How to Start a Religion (Part 1)

The spread of ideas about our own moral obligation to ourselves and others crops up repeatedly throughout history. It tends to arise in times of disenfranchisement and when power is being consolidated beyond the control of the populace. In the 16th century one man started a movement by refusing to bend to the surrounding system.Continue reading “How to Start a Religion (Part 1)”

Ahmaud Arbery – Thoughts on Another Day in America from TCC

With the release of a video on tuesday showing the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, US, another statistic is added to the list of unarmed black men killed by armed white men in the United States. In this most recently published case a vigilante ex-cop, Gregory McMichael saw the 25-year-old Ahmaud jogging past theirContinue reading “Ahmaud Arbery – Thoughts on Another Day in America from TCC”

White Collar Terrorism

“Earth in the mouth, and in the soul, and in all./ Earth which I eat, Earth which shall in the end swallow me whole.” – Miguel Hernández, 1942 Up until even the very recent past, extremist regimes looking to suppress ideas and quell dissent could do so with relative impunity. If they had the manpowerContinue reading “White Collar Terrorism”

What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?

“Oh I listen to a bit of everything”.  Who hasn’t heard this or been guilty of saying it themselves when asked about their music taste? It’s a great way to let people know you’re not too uptight or closed-minded, especially at parties. But what does it actually mean?  Not everyone listens to a wide varietyContinue reading “What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?”