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Book: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

Book: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

I think many of us felt a little sorry when Gerald Ratner made that speech that lead to his eventual exit from his own father’s jewellery company. Especially when, as transpired, he’d said the same ‘crap’ joke at many speeches before. But this time, for whatever reason, the press went crazy and it cost him […]

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Film – BlacKkKlansman

Film – BlacKkKlansman

The sight of the hooded KKK is one of the most frightening images that I have the misfortune to see. The fact that they can hurt or kill anyone they want without repercussion due to their anonymity behind their hoods is highly alarming and incredibly antiquated. So I expected there to be a fair few […]

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Film – The Equalizer 2

Film – The Equalizer 2

I’ve not seen the first one, nor do I remember watching the – what seemed – the quite gentle TV series (wait, wasn’t he played by a white man?) but this, dear reader is not gentle. It didn’t matter I hadn’t seen the first Equalizer film as 2 tells the story of how Robert McCall came […]

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Film – The Meg

Film – The Meg

Another Jason Statham film where you have to leave the reality check at the door and go in for the entertainment. Unless you believe there is a whole other world beneath the ocean. Well there could be, but there’s no proof. In this one, The Stathe thankfully plays himself again, loosley disguised as an expert deep […]

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Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

What struck me early on is the tagline ‘growing up in working class Birmingham’ is not the working class I recall. I grew up in Bedford, some 70 years behind the author but my idea of working class is someone who needs to work as they don’t have any other means of income. However Katy […]

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Film – Searching

Film – Searching

I know my daughter Which of course a lot of parents find perhaps they actually don’t. I imagined Searching as a Taken for the modern era. Margot goes missing a few months after her mother loses her life to cancer and we don’t know what’s happened to her. After Margot’s been missing a day, her […]

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Film – Mission Impossible: Fallout

Film – Mission Impossible: Fallout

What I Iike about the MI films – and I never expected to like them – is the intelligence. Yes the action scenes of fighting and car chases have their place, but the real fun is when being chased to being able to know exactly which hole to jump into that will take you to […]

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Film: Incredibles 2

Film: Incredibles 2

Thank goodness the film drought is over. It’s hard to believe the first Incredibles film came out in 2004. It doesn’t seem that long but then every year Pixar puts out something great so my childlike optimism is stoked. Now the Parrs have three children including a new baby but being a superhero is illegal […]

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Book – The Greatest by Matthew Syed

Book – The Greatest by Matthew Syed

Note: The World Cup 2018 was on at the time of originally writing this and I’ve made some post-tournament edits.   I’d be quite happy with more columnists putting out books like this because I can’t see myself buying a newspaper again. Not all columns will stand the test of time but if they’re carefully […]

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Film – On Chesil Beach

Film – On Chesil Beach

This film feels like the epitome of the early 1960s. We meet university graduates on their honeymoon night looking to consummate their marriage.  Not helped by intrusive staff at their luxurious but pokey Dorset B&B, we go through every bit of the awkwardness of two people in love who desperately don’t want to let the other […]

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