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POIROT

  At first sight the colossal success of Poirot is difficult to explain. The Agatha Chrisitie world of detection is long gone , the new kids on the block are the edgy Sarah Lund in The Killing and Captain Berthault in The Spiral. Softie Grabol has defined a whole new genre with her trademark [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

A CLASSIC CASE

Many years ago I recall a teacher at my school who became a holocaust denying bishop ordained at Harrods railing against Pop music on the basis that JS Bach is always in the top ten. The observation must have resonated with me as 45 years on I still recall it. Over the last few years as my tastes [...]

November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

THE POETRY OF LYRICS (OR NOT)

I confess for my sins that I spent last night relaxing in front of what I regard as television at its best: undemanding pap for weary brain cells. Halfway through ‘STRICTLY COME DANCING’ on BBC1 – for yes, that is one programme I watched – presenter Claudia Winkleman introduced a [...]

November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tintin

I suspect that whilst loathing the man, there was a grudging respect for the tagged terrorist who escaped disguised as a woman. However those of us and know and love Herge’s Tintin know this was achieved by Captain Haddock in the Crab with the Golden Claws. Growing up with Tintin was to enter [...]

November 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

HONOURING THE DEAD

Yesterday I attended the Thanksgiving Service of an aged family friend, having been invited to take part by giving a reading of my choice. The news of her death had prompted in me a natural sadness and a genuine response that I would be honoured to do as asked. What scripture passage or poem [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

ROCK MUSIC BYWAYS: SOME GIRLS (1978) by the Rolling Stones

They say you can tell someone’s age by their favourite popular music choices, so make what you will of the fact that precious few of mine originated later than 1980. Since then there has grown a trend for artistes to release deluxe or anthology editions of their catalogues, often including in [...]

November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

VLADEK SHEYBAL

Many years ago I was at the Regents Park Open Air theatre when I recognised the actor Vladek Sheybal who played Kronsteen the chess grandmaster and sinister enforcer in From Russia with Love. Whenever I watch arguably the best of the Bonds I see Vladek Sheybal and the chanteuse Lotte Lenya playing [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: MOVIES FEATURING SHIPS

  The Caine Mutiny 1954 Stanley Kramer Humphrey Bogart shows his versatility as Captian Queeg a war time captain who may have had a breakdown or may be insane and is replaced . This leads to a trial for mutiny. The Cruel Sea 1953 Leslie Norman The best naval war time movies has Jack Hawkins on [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: SPORTS MOVIES

1. Senna 2010 A brilliant study of what drives a sportman to achieve sporting perfection. 2 . Fire in Babylon 2010 Not everyone admired the West Indies of the 70s and 80s as they did not maintain a proper over rate, played without spinners and set out to maim batsmen but to go 15 years without [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: MOVIES MADE BY NON-BRITISH/AMERICAN DIRECTORS

  1 . Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen AGerman film which brilliantly conveys the danger and claustrophobic grimness of being in a uboat for a considerable time . Starring Jurgen Pochnow as the young captain of a younger crew ( he was the English Patient )the British viewer takes an ambivalent [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

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