Category Archives: review

Truth, Lies And The Stiffest Of Top Lips #filmreview #operationmincemeat

I’m never entirely sure who our favourite heroes are, when it comes to being British. After all most people seem to think the suavest of English heroes in one J Bond should be played by an unashamedly nationalistic Scot in … Continue reading

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The Past Is A Foreign Country #Belfast #filmreview

I was too young to understand the explosion of civil violence in Northern Ireland at the end of the 1960s but not so young that it didn’t soon register. But it didn’t seem relevant to my little life in rural … Continue reading

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Courting Ridicule #theduke #film

I often admire those who dig out the implausible stories from the recent past – recent being a relative concept and in my head refers to the period when I was alive – and then create a film from them … Continue reading

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No Time To Die? Well, How About Tomorrow? #cheese #cliche #jamesbond #filmreview

Warning: there are some plot spoilers, but nothing really big, and certainly nothing that gives the plot away (as you’ll understand if you read on) I was in Derbyshire with the parents of my daughter in law – we wondered … Continue reading

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In Limboland #Filmreview #limbo

In the 80s we fell in love with Scotland via a film Local Hero. It helped the sound track was by Dire Straits, a favourite ensemble of the time. It was a sort of Travelogue with oil. This week we … Continue reading

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Looking Forwards, Looking… #cinema #TheFather

I can still remember my first trip to the cinema. The Astoria in Purley. A double bill of East of Eden and HG Wells’ First Men In The Moon. We only went because my brother wanted to, having read the … Continue reading

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Wandering, Lost, Wondering #nomadsland #filmreview

Cinemas opened again this week. I have yet to brave my local, but I will. There’s something special about the lights dimming, the booming sound, the egregious crunch of the popcorn nazis two rows in front and the bemusing adverts … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day… Again #filmreview

We’re not quite back to going to the cinema and I’m looking forward to it. I hope it’ll feel like I’ve not been away, just the usual rush because I always get there late, the interminable adverts that I hoped … Continue reading

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Careless? #filmreview #Icarealot

At my 60th birthday my son said a few words. It was touching and a little chilling. ‘Dad,’ he said, ‘when you’re old and grey I will be there for you… but as soon as you start dribbling into the … Continue reading

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My Year-End Search For Wisdom in Verse…

Today I received notification of a rather splendid review of my recently published book of poetry by Ro Newton who lives ‘down under’. I hope you enjoy her rambles and kind words as I did.

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