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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

A truly memorable night of live televised British boxing

Yesterday I went to bed at 6.30pm, awoke again at 8.15pm, and decided to come downstairs and watch some television. Let me explain that: I’d been up since 1.00am and had not found the opportunity to have my usual late morning or early afternoon nap – how I managed to stay awake until after [...]

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bias, of course, depends upon where you’re coming from

Over the past few weeks, probably closer to months now, my posts to this organ have been rather thin on the ground – partly because admittedly I’ve had other things occupying my time and interest, but mainly because of a growing impression in my mind that could be filed under either ‘no [...]

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Town and country

It’s funny how townie and country-dwellers have different perspectives on life as it is or ought to be lived. An example of what I mean is the story I heard or read somewhere about the formerly all-round hero film-maker (now somewhat discredited because of rumours or worse about his [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Then and now – is it really progress?

The subject of how society evolves over time is a complicated thing, especially when you’re an oldie. Not least because you can remember the days when things were different and you just got on with it. Particularly when it comes to social attitudes and humour, because they will always only be [...]

April 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

It ain’t like it used t’be (and that’s both good and bad)

For my sins, last night I had spent just over £20 to Sky Box Office for the privilege of watching Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker ‘live’ from the Principality Stadium over twelve rounds on points last night and thereby become holder of three (or is it four?) world heavyweight championship [...]

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pull the other one

Today I know that I’m going to seem like a curmudgeonly old non-PC misogynist by offering my views on this subject. However, I know that this won’t bother my female fellow columnists unduly because all those that I’ve spoken to have told me so. Here’s my text for [...]

March 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of keeping up and failing

It ill bodes anyone who ventures to predict the future – I’ll put my hand up straight away to having totally failed to foresee the way things might go when mobile phones and the internet first appeared in the 1970s/1980s – so you’ll excuse me for taking a deep breath before beginning [...]

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

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