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Book: Journey’s End by Josephine Cox

Book: Journey’s End by Josephine Cox

Bought for charity, this is another one attained on the last day of opening of my beloved Brewsmiths café. The title seemed appropriate.   I’ve never read any of the author’s books before and it was only when I got to the end that I learn this is the fourth in a series. Based in […]

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Movie – Hologram for the King

Movie – Hologram for the King

This wins the award for the most entertaining trailer of the year, so the film is a must-see. It sets up the story of Alan Clay (Tom Hanks – the other reason it’s a must-see), divorced, father of 1, made an error that killed of his career and is now working for a tech company, […]

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Movie – Our Kind of Traitor

Movie – Our Kind of Traitor

I’ve just read the blurb on the Cineworld site and I’m sensing I saw a different film. The British couple I saw on the screen appeared to be married, the Russian mafia associate appeared more creepy than charismatic and I would call their journey silly, if tortuous. Let me start at the beginning. A couple […]

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Book: Tony Visconti: The Autobiography. Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy

Book: Tony Visconti: The Autobiography. Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy

  Known in the mainstream as David Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti put this bio out in 2005 and took the opportunity to be honest about everyone he has worked with (AKA have a go) including Paul McCartney. Perhaps because of his loyalty to Lennon, who’s ex he later married. Marc Bolan seemed to be a […]

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Movie: Florence Foster Jenkins

Movie: Florence Foster Jenkins

Nope. Never heard of her. This is based on the, extraordinary – now that I think about it – story of a wealthy American socialite who’s only ambition was to sing. But she did it badly. The film with Meryl Streep in the lead – no-one else can carry off these high-pitched voices depicting real […]

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Edinburgh April 2016

Edinburgh April 2016

The (at least) annual visit to Scotland had us in Edinburgh in April, thanks to the post-Easter sale of first class Virgin trains. This time we stayed central, just across fro the old town at Ten Hill Place Hotel and discovers cheap and cheerful local Indian café, 10 to 10 in Delhi. Also we were closer […]

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Movie – Miles Ahead

Movie – Miles Ahead

  For a rookie, this movie probably doesn’t teach me about the revered jazzter, or ‘social music’ as he named it unwilling for it to be categorised. Quickly I realise I am oh so bored of reading/watching biographies about musicians and their drug habits. I don’t know about you but I lose respect pretty quickly […]

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Movie: The Jungle Book

Movie: The Jungle Book

I don’t know whether I’ve just suppressed it but once again, I find myself watching a children’s story that I don’t recall reading/watching as a child. But as always, it doesn’t matter and it becomes more familiar as the film unfolds. This is a lovely film depicting the orphaned kid who is found by a […]

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Movie: Eye in the Sky

Movie: Eye in the Sky

Helen Mirren stars as no-nonsense Colonel Katherine Powell who has been tracking known terrorists in Kenya, of all places. This is the first film I’ve seen that fully depicts modern technology; with a drone that looks like a beetle, the Colonel’s one man on the ground manages to look inside the house they have convened […]

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Movie: Bastille Day

Movie: Bastille Day

A film I hadn’t intended to see. Far from being a classic, this action thriller turned out to be pretty entertaining, with a good joke coming every 20 tension-filled minutes. It’s not the buddy movie the blurb would have us believe. With no one to trust, the CIA agent (Idris Elba) turns to Michael, the […]

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