WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 8 – The Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum, as many of you probably already know, was founded in March 1917 after Sir Alfred Mond MP (the man behind the merger which created ICI) proposed its creation. His idea was to set up a museum to record the events of the ongoing conflict, gathering and displaying items relating to every … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 8 – The Imperial War Museum

Theatre Review: The Ruling Class – Trafalgar Studios

Summary (from the ATG website): Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle … Continue reading Theatre Review: The Ruling Class – Trafalgar Studios

What is Travel? Some thoughts …

“One more step and I’ll be the furthest away from home I’ve ever been.”That line, or something close to it at any rate, is uttered by Sam Gamgee to Frodo during the earliest stages of the journey that ended at Mount Doom, and has always struck a chord with me. Frodo, already worried about the … Continue reading What is Travel? Some thoughts …

Words from the Week

And the words are Clickety-clickety-clickety-Woo-Woo!Yes, you guessed it, another train related posting, this time one written on the way home from a day working in London. It should be noted that I had been up since 4am in order to reach London for a spritely 8am, and fell asleep attempting to post it last night, … Continue reading Words from the Week

Theatre Review: Hamlet with Maxine Peake – Cinema broadcast 23 March 2015

I’m awfully glad that the Royal Exchange Theatre decided to record this version of Hamlet because it was, without doubt, a truly excellent production.Firstly, Maxine Peake owned the role. She gave us a nuanced Hamlet; clever, cunning, certainly not as mad as appearance would have had everyone else believe but nevertheless one deeply affected by … Continue reading Theatre Review: Hamlet with Maxine Peake – Cinema broadcast 23 March 2015

World Poetry Day 2015

I found this poem, by Colette Bryce, in a book titled "Staying Alive - real poems for unreal times".I have no idea why Colette wrote it, or what inspired her, neither have I made any attempt to find out; not wishing to lose the images the words have created in my own head. And for … Continue reading World Poetry Day 2015

Words from the Week

Last week my words were not for me but for Terry Pratchett. This week is sort of back to normal. Except that I’m still ill. It’s an insidious sort of ill, the joints and muscles aching, struggling to get thoughts from brain to mouth (or fingers) sort of malaise that is as exhausting as it is irritating. … Continue reading Words from the Week

RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

I hope Death spoke kindly to Terry when he came for him. When I was thirteen a friend insisted I needed to read Mort. Since that moment, Terry Pratchett has been a huge part of my life, his words inspiring me to try and find some of my own as well as filling my head … Continue reading RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Words from the Week or "I’ve been in my pyjamas all day"

Dog is wondering if you spotted the deliberate mistake in the post last week. I however, am hoping you didn’t pick up on the fact that I said she was posing with her stuffed toy and then ended up picking a photo with no toy visible whatsoever.  I’d try to tell you that consistency is … Continue reading Words from the Week or "I’ve been in my pyjamas all day"

Theatre Review: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) – RSC Live Cinecast

Summary, reproduced from RSC’s website:Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite … Continue reading Theatre Review: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) – RSC Live Cinecast