Category Archives: reviews

“Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England”

I’ve just finished reading John Irving’s The Cider House Rules. I feel a bizarre sense of ‘loss’ that it has taken me so many years to finally read this book. And it was something of an impulse – picking it … Continue reading

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Blackout (Channel 4; Review)

I watched Channel 4’s film ‘Blackout’ last night. The premise is simple – the UK is the victim of a cyber-attack that brings down the National Grid. This power outage – that affects the entire country – lasts for several … Continue reading

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Et in Arcadia ego

As part of my great northern road-trip we visited Brideshead (aka Castle Howard), not far from York. It is one of England’s ‘great’ country houses and is set in exquisite rolling parkland. It is still owned and lived in by … Continue reading

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Worried About The Boy

Worried About the Boy – part of BBC2’s line up of 1980s inspired films and documentaries – was a biopic of Boy George, focusing on both his rise to fame and his descent into drug addiction, post-success. It was a … Continue reading

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No lords, fiddlers, judges, or dancing-masters

I recently finished Gullivers Travels which I must say I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m amazed it took me quite so many years to get round to reading it – especially as it’s such a well known classic. Sometimes it’s just too … Continue reading

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Review: Moon (2009)

I enjoyed this film a lot. Moon is a (comparatively) low-budget British sci-fi film. It essentially has just one character – ‘Sam’ – played by Sam Rockwell. The only other ‘character’ to mention is GERTY, the computer. Sam is the … Continue reading

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