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A Very English Scandal/The Bridge

I enjoyed all three episodes of the A Very English Scandal. Not only did the cast act with great authority they bore a close resemblance physically to the characters they played. Hugh Grant had all the arrogant jauntiness of Jeremy Thorpe but revealed subtly also how in a right corner he lost his [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up to speed but unfulfilled

I’m still just young and in touch enough both to have heard of the concept of ‘guilty pleasures’ and know what it means. Often used in the context of television series or musical artistes, it is the situation whereby those of discerning, even progressive, mind are also simultaneously careful [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Very English Scandal

I was certainly not disappointed with the second episode last Sunday of A Very English Scandal. This took us from the relationship itself to the botched attempt to murder Norman Scott. The performances of Hugh Grant and Alec Jennings deserve the praise they received. Perhaps it will come in the [...]

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it’s enough to drive you mad

As I begin today’s post I feel I need to declare the warning/caveat or interest that I’m not quite sure where it’s going to be going. Actually no – let me put that another way: I know roughly where I’m starting from but at this stage have no idea where I’m going to end up. I guess [...]

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Byron Nelson and brilliant drama

One of the reasons why I limit myself to a tenner is my incompetence in placing bets which I do on the Betfair site. For the first two days of the Byron Nelson I was rubbing my hands at the prospect of an Aaron Wise win as I backed him alongside Marc Leishman, Jimmy Walker, Adam Scott – all [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A non-downfall (and my part in it)

With the Harlequins now dispersed and probably lying on beaches around the world – and I learned overnight that the club have approached the RFU having apparently decided that Paul Gustard (one of Eddie Jones’ chosen coaches) is their preferred choice of new head coach – there were at [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Spreading the gold dust around

There’s a slight tendency among Rust contributors to poke derision and/or fun at what they see as slavish modern politically correct ‘pro-diversity and/or female equality’ attitudes and initiatives. We possessed of a liberal frame of mind allow them a little latitude on the [...]

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Royal flop?

That’s the funny thing about the performance arts – theatre, opera, television, film, concerts and similar – one man’s (or woman’s meat) can be another’s poison. With mounting excitement since last weekend, when I first learned that it was in Channel Four’s [...]

May 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Bridge

Few years ago at a symposium on Scandi Noir I saw a remarkable thing. Sonia Helin the star of The Bridge as Saga, the dysfunctional police inspector from Malmo, was doing a session in the afternoon. An admirer anxious to get the full benefit sat himself in the centre of the front row and clearly [...]

May 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s only a matter of telling the truth (if it is the truth) …

Yesterday, for my sins, I was watching ITV’s early morning show (6.30am–8.30am) Good Morning Britain which I tend to do on days when Piers Morgan is presiding alongside Susannah Reid because he’s a larger-than-life character and far more entertaining than anything the BBC can offer. [...]

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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