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Movie: Love is Strange

Movie: Love is Strange

While this should have been on in the multiplexes, failing that I expected this to be shown at Birmingham’s new Everyman cinema, but alas, it’s not. Was anyone else excited that we were getting an Everyman? I expected the boutique independent cinema chain to be showing a few independent films, or at least an alternative […]

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Movie: Still Alice

Movie: Still Alice

The story of mother of three, Alice, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the relatively tender age of 50 is not as gloomy as it could have been. It is sadder for an intellectual, and Alice is a professor of, of all things, linguistics, to be struck down with a disease that incapacitates the memory. […]

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Film: Shaun the Sheep

Film: Shaun the Sheep

There are no words spoken in the film and yet we are effortlessly taken to the innocent, simple world of sheep and a variety of farm friends. The film opens with Shaun deciding a day off, having seen an advert for day trips on the bus that goes past every day.  He sets about planning […]

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Book: Pigeon Wings by Heidi Goody & Iain Grant

Book: Pigeon Wings by Heidi Goody & Iain Grant

The follow up to Clovenhoof, one of the funniest books I read last year. That one had Satan being sent to live on Earth and covered all the trials and tribulations of the Prince of Darkness living in the West Midlands. This included working out what money is, what parts of the body do and […]

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Movie : Kill The Messenger

Movie : Kill The Messenger

The underlying gripe of this true 1990s story of an American journalist uncovering a national story about CIA antics is why did his colleagues fail to support him? The thriller chronicles Gary Webb, who after uncovering a story of how drugs were flooding the streets of California, then stumbled across proof that the CIA were […]

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Movie: Big Hero 6

Movie: Big Hero 6

Who doesn’t want a Baymax as a friend/doctor/hugger? Baymax is the over-sized, inflatable robot designed by the older brother of Hiro. It diagnoses health issues but when a catastrophe at the university of geeks that teen Hiro has a place at, Baymax now has to diagnose emotional issues too, addressing the loss of lives. Along […]

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What’s put me off short-haul travel

What’s put me off short-haul travel

Travel Issues 2014 It wasn’t  just the Christmas trip that was fraught with travel difficulties, it all started with Sweden in October when BA moved our flight half a day early but didn’t email, just tried to phone us – when were clearly in another country and not using the phone! We were only able […]

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Movie: Cake

Movie: Cake

I’ve seen a synopsis of this film that included some prose about Jennifer Aniston ‘bravely going without makeup’ in Cake. ‘Brave’ is not how I would describe it, but this is Hollywood where frankly, it probably is. Having said that I feel naked without lipstick but I think I could still face the man working […]

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Movie: Selma

Movie: Selma

Another history lesson, this time courtesy of Oprah’s Harpo Films. It seems like an annual occurrence now, what with Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Invictus, Captain Phillips and Planet of the Apes—just kidding!—depicting real life stories. In Selma, we are with Dr Martin Luther King and crucially, it’s about fighting to get all Americans the […]

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Amsterdam: December 2014

Amsterdam: December 2014

We chose Amsterdam as our final destination of our Christmas trip for three reasons: We could fly back directly Birmingham on 1st January I’d not been there before We found a rural farmhouse to stay in where we assumed there would be no loud fireworks making us jump out of our skin for the whole […]

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