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Film: Bohemian Rhapsody

Film: Bohemian Rhapsody

This is front-man Freddie Mercury’s story, told through the eyes of those who knew him, mainly his Queen band members. It’s a look at his life as a teenage son of an Indian immigrant, from his desperation to express himself while at art college, to his longing to perform, how he met the rest of […]

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Book: The Dwarfs of Death by Jonathan Coe

Book: The Dwarfs of Death by Jonathan Coe

My first Jonathan Coe book. I know. I bought it as it’s against my law to go be in Edinburgh and not buy a book from Fopp. I actually bought three as an author package, so this is an intro to this long established, local author. (Well, he was bought up in Birmingham, anyway) The […]

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Film – First Man

Film – First Man

Yes there have been a few films made about the moon landings and this is not one of those. This is the story of Neil Armstrong; his background, what he’d done before and what lead him to be the first man on the moon. Even I recognised the name Josh Singer as the writer – […]

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Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

In this, the first of A.A. Abbott’s revenge trail series, we are introduced to a web of characters all somehow linked, despite being based in both London and Birmingham. The locations are typical for the author, having worked or lived in both, she shows an intimate knowledge of the cities. As the description suggests, there […]

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Film – King of Thieves

Film – King of Thieves

Blind leading the deaf Apparently the second film about the 2015 Hatton Garden robbery in as many years, although I didn’t hear about the other one, probably because it didn’t have Michael ‘if you tell a single soul about this and I’ll cut your balls off’ Caine in it. And him, along with the other […]

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Film – A Simple Favor

Film – A Simple Favor

#CanYouKeepASecret From the trailer, you’d know that vlogger Stephanie is looking for her friend who goes missing after asking for a simple favour; to pick up her kid from school. Emily disappears while her husband is abroad visiting his sick mother leaving Stephanie to look after their son overnight. In fact, they have been friends […]

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Film – Crazy Rich Asians

Film – Crazy Rich Asians

I went to see this film as I thought this film would be funny but the laughs number precisely two. However there are more reasons to watch this Crazy Rich Asians . It is your standard romcom Cinderella story but with Asians, in the main the Chinese super-rich variety based in Singapore. In this rich boy […]

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Film – American Animals

Film – American Animals

The story of four American university kids planning a heist just because of boredom seems far-fetched. Until you learn the first people on the big screen in front of you are the actual four people rather than actors. So straight away we are into the docufilm genre whereby the uni kids tell us how the remember […]

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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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