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It happens, sometimes …

Just occasionally, and not often – when tuned to the television or radio broadcasting media – the viewer or listener gains the sense that he or she is being exposed to something ‘live’ on air which might possible later make a news story of its own. I’ve had two such examples in [...]

December 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Neil Rosen’s Film List – Rome

To maintain my capital theme here is my Rome list. Rome is an important and creative force in the cinema with location, some great Italian directors and actors, though probably less so at the moment. Bicycle Thieves 1948 De Sica’s first film set in the poverty of post war Rome, with a [...]

December 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Planes Trains and Automobiles

My readers will know of my almost visceral dislike of American cinema post Star Wars so I am delighted to  say how much I enjoyed Planes Trains and Automobiles, a film that was recommended to me as it crossed the categories of car, train and plane movies. It’s a comedy but more than that. If [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Great Train Robbery- the Coppers Tale

The second part was only marginally better than the first, largely because of the fine acting of Jim Broadbent. This episode took the drama over to the police investigation, headed up DST Tommy Butler of the Flying Squad. It adopted the irritating, narrational style of the first episode, which [...]

December 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Great Train Robbery – A Robber’s Tale

The Great Train Robbery which has passed into lore was flawed and botched. Billy Hill, the leading figure in the post war underworld associated with the more successful Eastcastle St post office raid in which  no one was ever charged, would not touch it. He considered there were too many on the [...]

December 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A salute to two new historical biographies

In March 2009 the Shadow Home Affairs Minister Andrew Rosindell, Tory MP for Romford, introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons entitled the Teaching of British History in Schools Bill. His thrust was that the decreasing popularity of history as a choice of subject by pupils was [...]

December 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Departure Solution – episode 1

Clifford opened one eye. The digital radio clock on his bedside table flicked to 0213 as, somewhere in the mid-distance, the ‘bee-bah’ siren of either a police car or ambulance passed by. It took him a while to work out whether he’d been woken by the noise, the need for a trip to his bathroom [...]

December 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Test Match Special

For those who find 8 hours of continuous sleep elusive Test Match Special (TMS) is a boon with the Ashes continuing all through the night. Neither its format nor type of characters have changed much over the years. Brian Johnston ” Johnners “,  full of public school japery, is now [...]

December 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Shaken rather than stirred

We are informed today that the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal contains an analysis of the drinking habits of Ian Fleming’s licenced-to-kill hero James Bond. Apparently, the tongue-in-cheek study of all fourteen books in the canon demonstrates that Bond regularly drank more than [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

From the vaults of time

For my formal debut as Poetry Editor, I have decided to go back in history to what – in my humble opinion – has now become a ‘lost classic’, due entirely to my inability to remember its full extent. History is littered with strange originations of verse and poetry, none perhaps more strange [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

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