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The gay issue

There has been quite a debate over the wholly gay casting of Russell Davies’ latest offering It’s A Sin. On the Radio 4 show Start The Week presented by Andrew Marr on Mondays Russell Davies defended the casting on the grounds that there was unfair prejudice to gay parts. There should be, [...]

January 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Infiltrators /Norman Ohler

I have always been interested in the degree of complicity of the German people – das Volk – in Nazism and its crimes and conversely the resistance domestically to the regime. This readable and well-researched account of two such resistants – Harro Schultze-Boysen and his wife [...]

January 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Sporting Weekend

The amount of sport operating in a different time band required a sleep adjustment. I went to bed early on Saturday and was awake at 1.00am for the NFL play-off game between Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens with one eye on the Sony Open at Hawaii. I was still in the land of the conscious at [...]

January 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

The turning point in this game came just before half time with two incidents. The first was Fulham’s best move of the match when the Chelsea defence was breached. Full back Antonee Robinson surged forward, his pass found Kenny Tete who crossed but Ivan Cavaleiro fluffed his lines to make a poor [...]

January 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Francois Ozon

After early Truffaut I have moved onto another French director Francois Ozon who typifies why I like French films so much. I downloaded from Amazon Prime two of his films, Swimming Pool (2003) and 8 Femmes (2002). The story of the Swimming Pool is of successful crime writer Sarah Morton. It begins [...]

January 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

TMS is back

For those of us who wake up a few hours earlier than we might wish the return of Test Match Special to cover the first test of Sri Lanka v England at Galle is a great boon. The commentators are not actually there. Jonathan Agnew is in his attic, Ebony Raynsford Brent in her front room, Andy [...]

January 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Spurs 1 Fulham 1

This was another stirring performance by Fulham, our fifth consecutive draw, all achieved against opposition higher up the table and – in the case of Liverpool and Spurs – against teams with high ambitions. Time was – especially in his first term at Chelsea – when a Jose [...]

January 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

400 Blows/1959

After rather binging on Hollywood, it’s time for a change and what better to revisit than the French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s? Quartre Cents Coups  (400 Blows) was Franois Truffaut’s directorial debut aged 27 and is rightly revered as a classic. The story is of 14 year old Antone [...]

January 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Woke frustration

One aspect of contemporary arts which consistently irritates me is the random woke application. A good example of this was a programme I saw recently on Channel Four entitled The 100 Greatest Musicals. I enjoy such programmes for the clips from the musicals and input from film historians and [...]

January 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

My sporting & betting weekend (if only)

The US PGA began at its western most state Hawaii with the Sentry event on the Plantation Course Kapalua Maui. It’s a beautiful setting with the ocean and surfing breakers beyond and attracted a notable field including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed. My money [...]

January 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

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