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Movie: The Muppets – Most Wanted

Movie: The Muppets – Most Wanted

I never got into the Muppets first time around (I was too old!) but I did love the last movie, watching it as I did with other first timers some decades younger than me. I was very much looking forward to this. I didn’t realise that Ricky Gervais man was in it so that pretty […]

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Movie: Escape From Planet Earth

Movie: Escape From Planet Earth

A delightful film for children of all ages! This time, Planet Earth is the evil planet run by a nasty man who wants to take over all the planets. Or at least destroy them. The story is of two brothers, on the planet Baab; Scorch is the hero who undertakes daring rescues – the opening […]

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Neighbourhood Watch: Brindleyplace

Neighbourhood Watch: Brindleyplace

As published on Birmingham Favourites. With its opulent pillars holding up relatively low office blocks, the canal-side area has had a fantastic transformation in the last couple of decades. This is one area of Birmingham that has not been filled with glass towers. It does have an abundance of eateries and squares so you won’t […]

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Book: A Captain’s Duty by Richard Phillips

Book: A Captain’s Duty by Richard Phillips

This is quite possibly a first. The number of times I want to read a book upon which a film is based, but never do. I’m glad I did for this one. What became the excellent Captain Phillips film with Tom Hanks is a standalone gripping book about the first American merchant ship to be […]

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36 Hours in Birmingham

As published on Birmingham Favourites I’m fortunate to live in my favourite UK city as I get to at least one (or several) of my Birmingham Favourites every week. Here’s what I’d do with 36 hours in the city. It’s Friday evening and I’m starting it old-school with a visit to, famously, the oldest working […]

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The Giant Screen (300: Rise of an Empire)

The Giant Screen (300: Rise of an Empire)

Can you believe it? For a weekly cinema goer, this is my first time in the Giant Screen, the largest in the Midlands. Housed in Millennium Point, a building that still fills me with amazement each time I walk in, this unique cinema holds a whopping 72 foot wide single screen! There’s the option of […]

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Movie – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Movie – The Grand Budapest Hotel

I imagine this modern slapstick film to transcend all tastes as it’s just quirky enough, funny and different from anything else around. With an extraordinary cast, most are just on screen for a few minutes. It’s the concierge (Ralph Fienness) and his Lobby Boy, (the also brilliant Tony Revolori) their term not mine, who are […]

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Movie: Non-Stop

Movie: Non-Stop

Or as I call it Taken 5, or whatever number we’re on for the new breed of Liam Neeson action films. So, apparently someone is on board threatening to kill a person every 20 minutes unless they get paid. But who is it? Everyone is made to look like a suspect in the opening scenes as […]

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My neighbourhood: Jewellery Quarter

As published on Birmingham Favourites Still the largest jewellery quarter in Europe where 40% of the UK’s jewellery is made, the area is one of the city’s proud heritage neighbourhoods. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, in fact you can pick up the pavement trail down Newhall Street from the Great […]

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Movie – The Book Thief

Movie – The Book Thief

The second movie I’ve watched based in the war era but what a wondrous film! Better than I expected. It opens with a mother taking her two young children on a dingy train journey but one dies en route. We only know later that the daughter, Liesel, is going to be ‘adopted’ (read taken in) […]

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