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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

Remembering a British blues legend

Pure self-indulgence this, but I’m not apologising. I’m a committed fan of live music and especially blues or old-style R & B. Having been a teenager in the 1960s, the blues first came to my attention via the Rolling Stones, probably their Little Red Rooster single, if I’m trying to be [...]

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

TV Review: Robbie Williams – One Night At The Palladium

With our days of gallivanting about as the weekend begins long disappeared in the rear-view mirror, our normal Friday practice these days is to devour a ready-made TV dinner at 7.00pm and settle in for an indulgent evening of viewing in front of the fire with the children. Here there is no doubt [...]

December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Nelson Mandela: a Personal Memoir

A few years ago I was invited to the press night of a South African musical. An acquaintance behind me who was the London PR agent of Charlton Heston asked me what I was doing there. Riled by this I said it was at the personal invitation of Nelson Mandela. This was a total fabrication. Mandela [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Inherit the Wind

When I drafted my list of great court movies I omitted Inherit the Wind and was chastised correctly by Michael Cole. All the more so as this film represents all I once admired about American cinema but now find deficient. Made  in 1960, its a factual representation  of the famous monkey trial [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Obituary – Stan Stennett

Stan Stennett – actor, comedian and pantomime star – died last week, aged eighty-eight. Every career path, every vocation, known to man is full of people trying to make a living and, in one sense, show business is no different to any other. It attracts the full range of human character: [...]

December 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fox v BBC

Listening to the excellent radio 4 arts programme Saturday Review, I was rather shocked at Deborah Moggach’s side swipe at FOX as hideous. My American broadcasting friends are appalled by the BBC Jimmy Savile cover up. If it was a a shareholding company like Fox it would be sued to pieces. I [...]

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Borgen still reaches the heights of drama

The new series of Borgen continues to reach and maintain a high level of drama. One of its qualities is the way it treats an issue both in discussion in the round and on the macro level of the characters. This was brilliantly achieved in episode 5 last night when the subject of prostituion w was [...]

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Copyright wrangle leaves comedian on top

Spotted on the website of The Independent this weekend, the story of a stand-up comedian who turned the tables on clothing label FCUK – see here – GRIFFITHS VICTORY [...]

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

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