"I don't know how to feel about this, whether to love it or hate it. I just don't know". And in one breath, a petite, gleeful Dutch lady smashes the quiet discomfort of a room full of viewers, mulling over the contradictions of the film. Chloe Zhao's The Rider is a semi-documentary-part-fiction, favourite of 2017 Cannes film festival, and swept up awards in Deauville, Toronto and more. The hubbub begins as the Carpentras anglophiles sit around a cluster of café-parisien-style tables on which glasses of Cotes-du-rhône red wine, bowls of snacks and steaming slices of (homemade) pizza are magically appearing, like a tiny, stylish Hogwarts school of arthouse cinema wizardry.
"But the photography..." "And that actor, playing himself! How did he even..." "Well, the director got a standing ovation. She's Chinese." "Remind me, Laura, I need to give you a book" "Did he play himself?" "The horses... How do you say 'd…
Weekly secular lens on news, reviews and interviews of kids and grown ups on ethics and politics, books and flicks, and whatever makes us tic.
Host David (a Humanist Dad in North London) interviews kids - the Mini-Humanists - each week with a topic to get them thinking critically. I believe that by discussing the big questions, kids are better equipped to deal with an increasingly secular world, so if you're a Humanist parent or just interested in how to foster good critical thinking, this show is for you.
Some episodes will feature a me-rant, others an interview (if I can get Skype working). Others still will review a book I find relevant to current Humanist topics.
The me-rant: I walk through a London park, yammering about politics, being a Humanist Dad, the Manchester attacks and other topics that cross my brain The Mini-Humanists chat about school dinners
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Libraries in Barnet are under attack. Not from a maniac with a hatchet, but from a Conservative party determined to slash away at every public service. A bit like a maniac with a hatchet, come to think of it, only with more far-reaching consequences. There are only so many educations a hatchet-wielding maniac can get.
Listen here to get a sense of how bad these cuts are getting in our borough. And please visit the http://www.savebarnetlibraries.org/ website, and contact @savebarnetlibraries via Twitter to show them some love.