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

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

Gay’s the Word: A bookshop that’s just as a bookshop should be.

There are a myriad of things that make this one of the best independent and specialist bookshops in the country. Apart from being the only one in the UK which solely supplies LGBTQIA works, it is excellently  stocked, easy to navigate, and run by Uli, who is kind, engaging, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and very patient.  It is not … Continue reading Gay’s the Word: A bookshop that’s just as a bookshop should be.

Film Review: Rush

Last night I went to see Rush, which is the biopic of Niki Lauda, James Hunt, and their rivalry/friendship on the Formula One circuit in the 70's. I went into the film with really high expectations - I grew up ten miles from Brands Hatch and the Grand Prix was huge part of my childhood … Continue reading Film Review: Rush

In praise of Books

Because today is World Book Day and thus a post is practically obligatory on my part because seriously, how could I not? I have almost 1,500 of the wonderful things living in my house and another couple of hundred cuddled up in my kindle.A few of the books I've read or re-read in the last … Continue reading In praise of Books

Film Review: Concerning Hobbits

As the title implies, I went to see “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” last night and now I feel the urge to tell people about it.Since this could be considered very slightly spoilery (I mention a couple of scenes but nothing detailed) you may wish to turn back now. If not ... the read on, my precious … Continue reading Film Review: Concerning Hobbits

Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock – My favourite things – 4 of 100 – Places

This is not a huge bookshop by any means but size most definitely isn’t everything – it’s what you do with it that counts. And here they make it count. The window display onto the street is always vibrant and, if the weather isn’t doing the usual rain, drizzle mizzle thing that is one of … Continue reading Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock – My favourite things – 4 of 100 – Places

A few photos

I visited Much Wenlock yesterday (which, for those of you who aren't inimately aquainted with the towns and villages of Shropshire, is approximately 13 miles South West of Telford) and, as is my want, took a few photos while the sun was shining.Since a few of them came out rather well, I thought I'd share … Continue reading A few photos

Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction

This is the cover from the 2012 Penguin reprint with an introduction by Julian BarnesI first read Parade’s End when I was thirteen and in the throes of an obsession with World War One literature. I’d devoured all the war poetry I could get my hands on, read Birdsong in one long and distressing night – … Continue reading Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction

Sherlock Holmes – My favourite things – 2 of 100 – Fiction

Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle said of his most famous creation, "You may marry him or murder him or do what you like with him" and, in the 125 years since the one and only Consulting Detective moved into 221B Baker Street, many people have taken him up on that offer. I’ve spent quite a lot of … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes – My favourite things – 2 of 100 – Fiction