WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 7 – A Month of War

For this post, I’m simply going to give you a run-down of the main events that occurred during February 1915, across all theatres of war. Where I've been able to track down photographs or illustrations of the events listed, I've included them with credit as to where I found them. 1 February A Turkish attack on … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 7 – A Month of War

Words from the Week , or “The one where I fall asleep on the keyboard”

This post is being brought to you by black coffee, the sugar rush provided by licking honey off a teaspoon, and the sheer bloody-minded ignoring of exhaustion. Changing the subject abruptly and completely, the office move has happened. This is, I have decided, a good thing. Not because I wanted to move but because it … Continue reading Words from the Week , or “The one where I fall asleep on the keyboard”

Sherlock, John, and the Mystery of the Embroidered Matchbox

Yesterday a parcel arrived all the way from America, sent by my wonderful friend Azriona who, as well as being an excellent writer, is the queen of all things embroidered and sewn.The present inside was so unique and so lovely that I couldn't help but wonder what my favourite detective and his blogger would make … Continue reading Sherlock, John, and the Mystery of the Embroidered Matchbox

Film Review: Kingsman – The Secret Service

Summary from IMDb: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.I’ve been itching to go and see this ever since I first heard about it because a sharply suited Colin Firth suavely beating up bad guys … Continue reading Film Review: Kingsman – The Secret Service

Theatre Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (UK Tour)

Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, directed by Marianne Elliott, and winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly acclaimed National Theatre production is currently on its first ever UK tour.Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When … Continue reading Theatre Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (UK Tour)

On the Oscar chances of Benedict and The Imitation Game

I personally don't think Benedict will win Best Actor and I doubt the film will pick anything up it's nominated for either. Apparently this is enough to get me labelled as a bad fan in some quarters but I refuse to accept that.Because saying something or someone won't win an award DOES NOT mean the … Continue reading On the Oscar chances of Benedict and The Imitation Game

Words from the Week

First things first, the talented and lovely Wendy Fries, whom most of you will know as Atlin Merrick, has written a wonderful book of fifty ways Sherlock Holmes and John Watson could have found one another. It is called The Day They Met and it is glorious. My review, which I’ve posted on both Amazon … Continue reading Words from the Week

Fifty Shades of Grey

I'm posting this as I've been involved in several on-line discussions about the film and I wanted to make my own views perfectly clear before I bow out of any further discussions on the subject. I'm not stopping talking about it because I don't care, quite the opposite in fact. I care too much because I … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey

Words from the Week

It’s been a busy week all round, hence this being two days late. Exciting writing-y and fannish things first:1) I have finally started to pen my reviews of some of the things I visited and did over my London weekend and the first of them, a review of the Gay’s the Word bookshop, is now … Continue reading Words from the Week

Theatre Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost – RSC Live cinecast

Summary: In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded … Continue reading Theatre Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost – RSC Live cinecast