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Movie – Sicario

Movie – Sicario

  What happens when Kate, a by-the-book and driven FBI agent is teamed up with an elite task force that has a private jet and throws around bullets like rain water? More questions than answers come up, that’s what. They are sent to the notoriously under-policed border of Mexico and America and what puzzled me was why […]

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Book: Young Hearts Run Free by Dave Haslam

Book: Young Hearts Run Free by Dave Haslam

The Real Story of the 1970s What the author wants us to see when writing this book – in case there was any doubt – is the non-rose tinted version of the decade that many of us may have. Particularly if like me you, you were just a child then and the memories you hold […]

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Movie – 45 Years

Movie – 45 Years

This is what we have The Electric cinema for in Birmingham. It’s made for these type of gentle and yet thought-provoking, beautiful movies.* The film leads up to the 45th wedding anniversary of a contented couple Kate and Geoff (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) who live in a rural part of the UK (Norfolk?) and […]

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Book: Girl In a Band – Kim Gordon

Book: Girl In a Band – Kim Gordon

This book comes highly recommended by a couple of writers, in view of the fact I’m editing my own memoir at the moment. I’ve not come across the author but I’m familiar with her band, Sonic Youth. And yet despite their 30 year career and having read the book that scatters the song titles, I’m […]

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The Damned 2 Nov 2014

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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Book – 27 by Ryan Davis

Book – 27 by Ryan Davis

“One of the greatest rock and roll novels ever written, an exciting new voice!” – Ian Marchant. Oh my. I’ve read a few stories about Birmingham but this is the first based in the modern era. The story of Jim Vale, AKA Jimmy of the Tyrants is told at the turn of this century. As it twists from […]

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Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival 2012

Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival 2012

Just had to write a quick review on this years Jazz & Blues festival. First of all, the regular reader will know I adore this festival, it’s a highlight of the year and I work my schedule around it. The different between this the 28th and 27th festivals is that last year there was more […]

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Music Monday: V is for Luther Vandross

Music Monday: V is for Luther Vandross

I’ve been through the alphabet twice now, this time ending with the sublime talent that was Luther Vandross. Inspiration to many, loved by all. So many to choose from: 1. Never Too Much – an all time classic 2. Give Me The Reason  3. Stop to Love 4. So Amazing 5. Dance with My Father […]

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30 Songs for 30 Days: Day 14 – A Song That No-One Would Expect You to Love

30 Songs for 30 Days: Day 14 – A Song That No-One Would Expect You to Love

I’ve thought quite a bit about this one as I think everyone knows I love a huge variety of music. I’ve looked to the extremes: hip hop, heavy metal, just heavy, opera, choral, punk and glam rock but I don’t think anything will be a revelation. I settle for out and out boy-band pop! I […]

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30 Songs in 30 Days: Day 13 – A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure song

30 Songs in 30 Days: Day 13 – A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure song

First one that comes to mind is Irene Cara – Flashdance (What a Feeling) Guilty because I don’t care for the film (never managed to get through it) but the song is one of my three ‘inspirational songs’ that make me feel I can do anything. Share the love…

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