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The Friday Gospels – Jenn Ashworth

The Friday Gospels – Jenn Ashworth

  I picked this book up after the author had done a reading at last year’s Birmingham Literature Festival. Yes that was almost a year ago, there has been a long reading list waiting!   I’m pretty sure I recall that Jenn Ashworth had been bought up a Mormon and decided against following the religion […]

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Movie: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Movie: A Walk Among the Tombstones

This is not a throw away Liam Neeson action flick. This is a full-blown, horrid thriller that I saw mainly between from behind my hands. If I didn’t do that, it would have given my even more nightmares than the one’s I am having while wide awake. “Let her go or you’ll be looking behind […]

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Movie – A Most Wanted Man (15)

Movie – A Most Wanted Man (15)

A slick, medium paced, thriller with a disappointing ending. Because that’s life, rather than this being  a bad film. A big plus for me is that it’s based in Hamburg so it bought memories of a happy Christmas holiday there last year. Other than that, there are not many smiles during a story that brings […]

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Movie – The Hundred Foot Journey

Movie – The Hundred Foot Journey

A film about food – Indian food? I’m in! Surprisingly, I didn’t come out of the cinema on a Sunday afternoon starving. Well not for food anyway. I came out into the September sunshine hungry for my own childhood, filled with family, festivities and food. In fact, I thought the food would be the star […]

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Book: No Mean Affair by Robert Ronsson

Book: No Mean Affair by Robert Ronsson

Having just read a book based in my one of my favourite cities, Birmingham, move on to this, based in another, Glasgow. This one however, is delightfully, a history lesson too, of the best kind. It opens in Glasgow in 1912 in a tenement – that is – a one room dwelling. The poverty of […]

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Movie – Pride

Movie – Pride

Despite the name, I didn’t even think of this as a gay film. What I picked up from the blurb was the support for the miners strike in the 1980s from what was thought of as an unlikely source. The LGSM (lesbians & gays support the miners) was formed from a gay book shop in […]

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Billy the Kid – His Life in Music!

Billy the Kid – His Life in Music!

Presented by Livestock at Stan’s Café. Based on the life/myth/legend of Billy the Kid, this performance combines music and comedy. With just two actors performing a multitude of parts, accents and sexes, there is a lot to take in. The show profits from the well-known facts as we know them and twists them to comic […]

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Book: Dot Complicated by Randi Zuckerberg

How to Make it Through Life Online in One Piece The surname reveals that Randi did indeed work with her brother during the start-up stages of Facebook. It’s not my favourite social platform so I’m surprised to find myself riveted during the first few chapters that chart its beginnings.  ”We’re going to connect everybody” Randi talks about the […]

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5 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed

5 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed

As a former recruiter and hirer, I know that I spent no more than 20-30 seconds on a CV before I either rejected it or kept it in the ‘read’ folder. This is what made me keep hold of it: Call me Ensure all your contact details are on, most vitally email address and mobile […]

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Book: Clovenhoof by Heide Goody & Iain Grant

Book: Clovenhoof by Heide Goody & Iain Grant

After 27, I’ve gone and read another book based in Birmingham, or more specifically Sutton Coldfield. As the title suggests, demons of an entirely different kind feature in this book . Satan has been ousted from the role that he has had almost his entire life – the job he was born to do. Hell […]

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