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Book – New St Stories

Book – New St Stories

The short stories in this book take you for a walk down New St and you will never see the street in the same way again. The oldest story is 400 years old and others are based on the present day. Plus there is everything in between to make you take a double take at every […]

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Film – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Film – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The film is yet another (based on a) true story, this time of New York biographer Lee Israel whose work dried up. The film captures her not-give-a-toss attitude and absolutely not caring about being liked which, which, as her agent explains, does not get her published. Behind with her rent, with no money for bills […]

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Film – Bumblebee

Film – Bumblebee

Given that there were six 80s tracks played within the opening scenes of Bumblebee, it was easy to realise it was set in the 1980s. A time before the internet, mobile phones and bland music. Duran Duran, Nu Shooz, Steve Winwood, Wang Chung, Tears for Fears and rather brilliantly, Simple Minds all feature in the soundtrack […]

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Film – Welcome to Marwen

Film – Welcome to Marwen

Well, this was a surprise. The (based on a true life) story of how a man Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) who was brutally beaten-up, copes with having his memory erased and yet endures the nightmares of that night, is remarkably entertaining. A former artist now unable to hold pencils, he’s switched to photography and lives […]

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Book: Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

Book: Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

Having been an avid listener to the Bob Harris Country show (and also the sadly defunct, late-night Americana show), I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to get round to reading his book. It is, after all, an essential read. Just as when I read sports books, I’m gobsmacked at how many stats are collated here. […]

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Film – Colette

Film – Colette

The hand that holds the pen, writes history Another female dominated film, another historical drama and more lesbians. This one may be closer to the known facts than The Favourite, based as it is on 19th-century author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. The film centre on Colette’s (Keira Knightley) marriage to established author and gad-about-Paris Willy (Dominic West), […]

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Film – The Favourite

Film – The Favourite

A clutch of female-based films is out of which this has to be the forerunner, because of Olivia Colman. An actor that so fills a role it leaves the viewer to believe no-one else could have played that part. Colman plays both a strong-willed and vulnerable Queen Anne in ill-health and her Favourite alternatives between her […]

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Films of the Year 2018

Films of the Year 2018

I struggled to find a top ten for 2018. Compared to last year when I found myself unable to contain it to 10, I had to have 20. Three of the top 10 were seen on-board a flight to Canada, In total, 5 onboard films made my 20 in 2017. This year I have seen, 37 […]

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Film – Stan & Ollie

Film – Stan & Ollie

And you shouldn’t regret rien either What a glimpse into my early childhood this film is. I didn’t realise just how much I loved Laurel & Hardy. Having seen barely a whisker of any film in decades, I still remembered what happened in the clips shown and still laughed. Having made their mark in the […]

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Film – Swades. We, the People

Film – Swades. We, the People

[I failed in my long search for finding a subtitled trailer] 2004 – seen on board Finnair from Hong Kong I like to take in a world cinema film or two on flights and this appears to be a cult favourite.  Mohan works at NASA in the USA but for some unexplained reason has been thinking […]

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