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Dear Library of Birmingham

Dear Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is a beautiful building, nonetheless, I had my doubts that it was going to be functional from the start. Having coped without a weekly visit to the old library for nine months, like many, I counted down the weeks to having access to a local library again. The excitement remains even […]

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Movie: Train Wreck

Movie: Train Wreck

Yes, it is. It has been a light summer for films hasn’t it? Still, I have too at least try any get value from my Cineworld card during these lean weeks. My theory has been blown. It turns out, if the trailers are all bad, the film isn’t necessarily good. In fact there may have […]

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Movie : The Man From U.N.C..L.E

Movie : The Man From U.N.C..L.E

The trailer for this had about as much appeal as a James Bond film but there’s nothing else on so not so I go to see it the understanding Huge Grant would lift it. And for the 12 second he was on, that happened. Sadly that was it. I vaguely remember this from my childhood, […]

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Budapest: August 2015

Budapest: August 2015

Last year, we celebrated our anniversary in Prague and we thought that was a cost- effective move – Budapest is on another level again. (In previous years, we visited Berlin and Bruges – perhaps we should have carried on the ‘B’ tradition). Sensibility All we saw in Budapest were healthy people, sensibly dressed. Everyone just […]

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Movie: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Movie: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Bond without the sexism. I’ve seen at least one MI film before, although it’s not my usual choice of cinematic pleasure. As I’ve previously mentioned amongst these posts, not being a big fan of Tom Cruise doesn’t help but that changed somewhat with The Last Samurai, one of my favourite films and my perception altered […]

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Movie: Inside Out

Movie: Inside Out

You know the voices in your head? Well this is about the emotions in your mind! Riley is a kid who’s life is mainly full of Joy until she is moved to the other side of America when her father gets a new job and Sadness makes an appearance, quickly followed by Anger. Once in […]

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Movie: Song of the Sea

Movie: Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea reminds me of the family cosiness of The Snowman and the gentleness of 2014’s The Wind Rises. The opening credits made me thing think this had Scandinavian influence but as soon as dialogue kicks in, we know that we are in fact, in Ireland. The animation opens with a heavily pregnant […]

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Book: Girl In a Band – Kim Gordon

Book: Girl In a Band – Kim Gordon

This book comes highly recommended by a couple of writers, in view of the fact I’m editing my own memoir at the moment. I’ve not come across the author but I’m familiar with her band, Sonic Youth. And yet despite their 30 year career and having read the book that scatters the song titles, I’m […]

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Movie: Terminator Genisys

Movie: Terminator Genisys

I have never tired of Terminator 2, my favourite film of all time, despite never having heard of T1 at the time. Of course I went back to see that and I’m the proud owner of T1 & Judgement Day on VHS, the pack that came in a tin in the early 1990s. There have […]

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Movie: Minions

Movie: Minions

An absolute delight, there’s a ‘kids’ (of all ages) film out! The Minions had some familiarity about them but I hadn’t made the connection that they are a spin-off from the Despicable Me film – I’ve only seen that once. I loved this in the same way. The story of the Minions through the ages; […]

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Movie: Mr Holmes

Movie: Mr Holmes

As you would expect, Ian McKellan made this part his own. He plays the intriguing, older Sherlock, aged 93 with flash backs to his retirement 30 years earlier with no hint of the arrogance we’ve seen on TV in recent years. Having just got back from a tiring trip to Japan to find a herb […]

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