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Those “I was there” moments (sort of)

One of the oddities of life are those occasions when one has a brush, however slight or inconsequential, with an event of great historical importance e.g. whilst watching television. Delving back into the mists of time as I begin typing I can think of two representative examples my personal past [...]

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

A ‘good in parts’ dose of Sunday night TV

Yesterday I had returned home from a demanding weekend in the country, made myself a late lunch and then retired to my pit. As a result I slept for two and a half hours straight, partly because I felt exhausted and partly because it was going to be my only route to staying up long enough to see the [...]

April 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Deutschland 86

After Das Boot comes the sequel to Deutschland 83. This centres on the need of East Germany for foreign currency. A shady arms deal is set up and carried out by Lenora Rauch (Maria Schrader) and her nephew Martin (Jonas Ray). This takes place in South Africa in 1986 and Angola with filming there. [...]

March 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Getting something straight

I am do not regard myself as a racist. In opening my contribution today with that statement I’m conscious that – as per Shakespeare’s “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” dictum – it has the danger of exposing me as exactly what I’m claiming to not be, but nevertheless I need to [...]

March 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

England have serious issues to address before RWC

Some two seasons now into my ‘break’ from Quins – a state of mind akin to that of a recovering alcoholic, i.e. (medical folklore has it) never cured but at best in ongoing temporary remission – yesterday I settled down with family and friends to watch the final afternoon of 2019 Six [...]

March 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Edwardians In Colour review: 2 stars out of 5

Last night – during a lull in domestic proceedings that coincided with my early evening gin & tonic and a dearth of anything remotely watchable on the box, I managed to negotiate my cable television complexities and thereby play for myself the first episode of a Channel 5 documentary series [...]

March 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thoughts upon the word of news – and vaginas

One aspect of the universality of social media and the internet is that it has not just broken the mould of what used to be the traditional (and for ages presumed unchangeable) means of news dissemination but actually blow the whole world of news information and human interaction wide-open. For [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Das Boot and Sky Arts “Discovering”

I watched the next two episodes of Das Boot on catch up. Both engrossed me sufficiently to intend to watch the rest of the series. One of the attractions of modern television is the importing of the European production. These begun with The Killing and followed with other Scanda Noir like The [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fings don’t always seem what they are, or used ter be …

Having briefly worked in television I’m broadly aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ – real or imagined – because, of course, in broadcasting (as in every aspect of life) very little is actually what it seems. Or perhaps that should read ‘necessarily what it seems’. Whether it’s a [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Das (re)Boot

War films are a particular favourite of mine. They normally combine a fine director with a strong cast and action sequences. Although necessarily dealing with past events they also reflect the times in which they are made. Zulu, for example, made in 1964 reflects the anti-war sentiment of the times [...]

February 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

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