Hiroshima

Japanese puzzle: how can an advanced, dynamic country function with such an ancient population?

17 November 2018 9:00 am

When Japan hosts the Rugby Union World Cup next year, and still more so the summer Olympics in 2020, all…

If the bombing of Hiroshima was a moral obscenity, blame Emperor Hirohito

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has produced some predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth about the horrors of…

A demonstrator is arrested during an anti-nuclear protest at Greenham Common air base in 1983. (Photo: D. Jones/Express/Getty)

All that postwar anxiety about being vaporised by a nuclear bomb was a complete waste of emotion

8 August 2015 9:00 am

When I was growing up in the 1970s, my three main fears were: being blown up by the IRA; being…

American bomber pilot Paul W. Tibbets Jr. (centre) stands with the ground crew of the bomber 'Enola Gay' which Tibbets flew in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Why are we so silent over Hiroshima?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s 70 years since the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and yet there has been no rush to…

Find the voice, find the character: Steve Nallon as Margaret Thatcher

Even those who reviled Thatcher will be moved, appalled and astonished: Dead Sheep at the Park reviewed

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Dead Sheep is a curious dramatic half-breed that examines Geoffrey Howe’s troubled relationship with Margaret Thatcher. Structurally it’s a Mexican…

In the heart of darkness, the atom bomb

23 November 2013 9:00 am

At the dark heart of this dark book is a startling fact: Joseph Conrad was employed to steam up the…