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Write around the world/BBC4

I was attracted to this programme presented by actor Richard E Grant for several reasons. Firstly, I had seen his programme on the art of The French Riviera and enjoyed it. Secondly I knew the Analfi coast which he was visiting well. Thirdly most of the books he was discussing set in that region I [...]

August 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Olympic coverage

Like my colleagues on the Rust I find the back drop of empty seats in the stadiums a distinct turn off. In the week of track and field I miss the winning athlete draped in the national flag going over to supporters. I am also less than impressed by the BBC coverage. The BBC has so few sporting [...]

August 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Inspired by the excellent Ken Burns documentary of Ernest Hemingway I decided to read one of his works. For Whom the Bell tolls I read at school and found it heavy going. Farewell to Arms I knew the story from the film. I’m not a reader of short stories so I plumped for the audio version of The [...]

July 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Countdown to surrender/PBS

It’s an interesting issue as to why and how capably the German army fought in the latter stages of World War Two when there was little chance of successful resistance. The answer was supplied in this excellent documentary. The most telling reason was Adolf Hitler himself who not only thought [...]

July 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

Borsalino (1970)

My Alain Delon season continued with the only film in which  he is paired with the other French  box office star of the sixties and seventies Jean Paul Belmondo. They play two up and coming gangsters in 1930s Marseilles. Even though they generate a certain chemistry on screen, off screen there [...]

July 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

A famous victory

Your author watched last night’s rugby First Test between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions at home with the family including my “other half”, who was slightly less delighted than I was to see Scotland’s Stuart Hogg make his first Lions Test debut at last. As it [...]

July 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Hundred/a spectator’s view

I watched both the women’s and men’s Hundred on television and to my surprise enjoyed both. This said I believe it has more drawbacks than attractions. First is association. Neither Brighton nor Sussex have a franchise.  The nearest venue is Southampton where the Ageas Bowl hosts the Southern [...]

July 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

South Pacific

It was good after such a lengthy absence to see live theatre again. My last visit was possibly at the self-same Chichester Theatre to see Fiddler on the Roof. Similarly South Pacific carries a deeper message of racial prejudice. You cannot go wrong with this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic as it [...]

July 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Going back to the theatre

I cannot claim, even in my BC (“Before Covid”) years, ever to have been a regular theatre-goer. From birth, by instinct and inclination I was never one for seeking the spotlight – and here I’d hesitate to go near the words “show off” in this context because they carry with them a whiff [...]

July 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Hemingway & Ken Burns

A colleague of mine on the Rust sent me a revealing interview with Ken Burns on documentary making. See here – THE GUARDIAN He revealed that he can take 10 years to make a documentary and – though the funding is a problem as he operates in the public broadcasting sector – he would [...]

July 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

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