Jack’s movie review: Captain Fantastic

by Jack Layton Captain Fantastic opens with Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and his six children leading a life of intellectual and physical freedom in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. We soon learn that the Mother has committed suicide whilst in hospital, and the family then decides to re-enter conventional society, meet with the in-laws, and come to terms with the Mother’s death. The central conflict … Continue reading Jack’s movie review: Captain Fantastic

Book review: The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

by Jack Layton Reading a book about loneliness in the city is a curious phenomenon. For me, reading is often a solitary activity; perched in a park or café, headphones in. Firmly in the city, but experiencing it on my own. However, the very practice of reading is a form of communication between reader and writer. With The Lonely City, it was clear that Laing … Continue reading Book review: The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

A Balkan Distraction

by Baris Celik I won’t be surprised to see this month’s debate on thePriori focusing on the UK’s EU referendum results. I don’t call it ‘the Brexit referendum’, since I think such a phrase contains a bias towards leave. Last year, when the referendum became certain to be held, authorities decided to change the answers on the ballot paper from yes or no (‘yes’ representing … Continue reading A Balkan Distraction

Launch of the London Paella School in Battersea

See posts from other guest contributors for The Priori here.  by Mark Popkiewicz Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited along to the pre-launch of the London Paella School which is based in Battersea, the promise of a cookery demonstration, tapa, paella and wine was too good an offer to refuse. The school aims to bring Spain’s rich culinary culture and social … Continue reading Launch of the London Paella School in Battersea