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Movie – The Hobbit: The battle of the Five Armies

Well I stayed awake for Hobbit 3! I almost didn’t go but it would have been a big break in tradition, having seen all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy at Christmas time and then the first two Hobbits. So I go, armed with the knowledge it’s shorter, just 2 hours 24 minutes, (my […]

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Movie: Get Santa

Movie: Get Santa

  Firstly, this a bona-fide kids film so I couldn’t get past the very lovely portrait of prison life to the impressionable young. In fact, the film is just for kids; it doesn’t have the jokes only adults get that so many good recent children’s films offer such as Frozen, Paddington and The Muppets. “Who […]

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Movie: St Vincent

Movie: St Vincent

Bill Murray films can go either way, but they are a must see. Having said that, this also stars Melissa McCarthy, one of my favourite on-screen faces from her Mike & Molly series rather than any film, especially the terrible The Heat earlier this year. In this comedy drama, she plays it straight. Her character, […]

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Movie – Paddington

Movie – Paddington

I don’t recall being a big fan of Paddington when I was little, or of bears generally. I did have a pink and white bear from Father Christmas and loved Rupert the Bear, probably where I really got my checked trousers fascination from, not Bay City Rollers at all. Of course, I’m a huge of […]

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Sweden: Birthday 2014 – Gothenburg

First up in Gothenburg, cookies and coffee at want seems to be like their Urban Coffee Co, Da Matteo. They are everywhere and I understand why tasting this cookie! I didn’t get to taste many more as cake & coffee seemed to rule the rest of our trip, but we bought some yet to be […]

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Sweden: Birthday 2014 – Stockholm

There are two main influences in Stockholm, and it seems obvious now, but I thought Abba and Ikea were clichés. But no, even as a non-Ikea fan, I recognised Ikea all over the apartment we were staying in the city. I tentatively planned to go to the Abba museum but only in a when in Rome […]

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Why are young people encouraged to start a business?

Why are young people encouraged to start a business?

Why are young people so actively encouraged to start a business? I can think of one or two fine reasons; they find it difficult to find employment or are just uncomfortable being an employee, which I can identify with. But other than that, why are there so many (government-funded) organisations pushing young people into the […]

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Sweden: Birthday Trip October 2014 – the presents!

Anyone else getting to that point in life when you forget what you had for breakfast, never mind what presents you had for your birthday? Well that’s why I have to share this with you, dear reader, so when I forget, you’ll remind me. This year’s birthday trip was to Sweden. The tradition of waking up […]

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Move: Interstellar

Move: Interstellar

Film of the year? It’s a week of firsts; on Thursday I skipped out to my first visit to NIA, (to see the Damned and Motorhead – also firsts) and today is my first visit to an IMAX screen. Both are on my doorstep, I just never felt the need before. I’m uncertain if my […]

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Live: The Damned (and Motorhead)

Thank goodness we were able to take advantage of this gig, right behind where we live! I’ve never seen either bands before or do I ever recall going to the NIA (the soon to be revamped/renamed National Indoor Arena in Birmingham) so last Thursday held some firsts for me. I don’t know if I would have […]

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