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Listening to the news as it happens

In the wee hours, as usual, I have been awake and listening to the BBC’s round-the-clock Radio Five Live. Live radio and television – or, more accurately ‘live’ broadcasting mixed with recorded items – tends to proceed as planned, and as its viewers/listeners expect, unless and until some [...]

November 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

In underwear, back to basics is always good

In fashion, what goes around comes around. There are only so many (for which read ‘few’) limbs and body parts, so many colours and so many looks that work. But there are so many talented people, so many new graduates students, so many collections to see, so many dresses, so much money and so [...]

November 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reading Matters

One of the most difficult decisions  for a reader is whether to continue reading book he/she is not enjoying.This rarely troubles a reviewer as to coin a phrase ” you asked me to review the book not read it.” I know of one respected reviewer a historian who has a template on the [...]

November 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Is Monty Python reuniting such a good idea?

We learned yesterday that the surviving members of the Monty Python team, all now in their eighth decade, are to announce this week that they are re-forming in order to produce a brand new stage show. I wonder whether I am alone in feeling rather under-whelmed by the prospect. This is to take [...]

November 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Gravity

I hoped I really did that my dislike of contemporary American cinema would cease with Gravity as I do not care for obsessive critics. I’m afraid I found it as vacuous as the gravity in space. Its main feature according to the critics and viewers is the magnificence of the space photography. [...]

November 20, 2013 // 1 Comment

… And The The Rest

Neil McCormick selects Bob Dylan’s thirty greatest songs in the Daily Telegraph today – see here – BOB DYLAN’S GREATEST Do you agree with his [...]

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

‘Hollywood Left and Right’ by Steven Ross

  This book could have been reviewed by Simon Campion Brown as its as much about politics as films . In it, Ross assesses the impact of 10 activists , 9 of which are Hollywood legends, Republican, Democrat, Independent . Though he does not impose his own ideology he states that the Republican [...]

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Borgen

One of the most significant elements of the third series of  Borgen is the failure of Brtish television to produce any thing as good . After all we have the actors , scriptwriters and directors but remained locked in a time warp between soaps and costume dramas with the odd psychotic crime series [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Revisiting The Past

Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime, specifically to watch a heavyweight version of the Sky Sports Prizefighter format, in which eight fighters take part in a mini-tournament of three-round bouts to claim a £32,000 bounty. An added attraction was the opportunity to witness a cameo [...]

November 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

McCririck and the knacker’s yard

John McCririck, the former Channel Four racing pundit – and now losing employment tribunal ‘age discrimination’ litigant – is an acquired taste for most of us.  A deliberate eccentric in fashion sense, attitude and the social niceties, over the past three decades he had carved a [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

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