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Book review: The Father of Locks by Andrew Killeen

Book review: The Father of Locks by Andrew Killeen

I do have a love of historical novels that make me pay attention to history as an adult like I never did at school. This however, is a whole other level of history. We are following the adventures of Ismail, a young thief and (aspiring) poet who is desperate to get to Baghdad and be […]

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Movie: The ReWrite

Movie: The ReWrite

In which Hugh Grant plays himself but that much is a guarantee. But for once, wouldn’t it be great if he plays someone who doesn’t sleep with a young lady less than half his now quite obvious age, isn’t single because no-one will have him and isn’t wealthy? So now that I’ve given away the […]

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Book: The Friday Gospels – Jenn Ashworth

Book: 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 as an […]

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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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