Theatre Review: Richard III

  Directed by Jamie Lloyd at Trafalgar Studios (part of the Trafalgar Transformed series).I have always had issues with this play, nearly all of them down to me being very aware of just how much is Shakespearian propaganda aimed at making Elizabeth I a happy patron and turning Richard into a child killing bogeyman whose defeat … Continue reading Theatre Review: Richard III

Review: Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present – Conference – 21st & 22nd June 2013

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to attend this two day conference, held in the delightful surrounds of Senate House – which is just off Russell Square, at the back of the British Museum and very close to Montague Street, for those of you who, like me, like to know such … Continue reading Review: Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present – Conference – 21st & 22nd June 2013

Book Review: Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury

Rating: 5 out of 5Category: Military MemoirThis book is the very powerful, and at times uncomfortable, story of Patrick Bury’s journey through officer training at Sandhurst, into the Royal Irish Regiment and then out to Afghanistan in 2008 in command of 7 Platoon, Ranger Company, who were stationed in F.O.B Sangin in Helmand Province.Patrick writes … Continue reading Book Review: Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury

A very short meta on the canonical relationship between Sherlock and John in BBC’s Sherlock

At the moment, as most of you know, I am researching the British involvement in the current Afghanistan conflict and thus am reading everything I can lay my hands on about our solider's lives and experiences on the front line. On my way to Paris last week I read Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury (which … Continue reading A very short meta on the canonical relationship between Sherlock and John in BBC’s Sherlock

Theatre Review: Journey’s End (at the Greenwich Theatre)

I was lucky enough to see this production from Sell a Door theatre company on 15 February 2013. Unfortunately it isn't on any more but I still want to share my thoughts on the production with you:  To give a bit of background to anyone who didn’t get to study this at school, Journey’s End … Continue reading Theatre Review: Journey’s End (at the Greenwich Theatre)

Film Review: Les Miserables (in other words Lovely Ladies … shame about Russell Crowe)

First things first - I really enjoyed this. I don't want anyone to think, for a minute, that I didn't.But it didn't rock my world the way I was hoping it would.The casting, for the most part, was inspired and Anne Hathaway has earned all the praise that has been heaped on her, she was … Continue reading Film Review: Les Miserables (in other words Lovely Ladies … shame about Russell Crowe)

Film Review: Bonding with Skyfall

So, I know I'm behind the times on this one but tonight I went to see Skyfall before it disappeared from the cinemas. I'd heard a lot of mixed things about the film and I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it at all but decided to go because, heck, there would … Continue reading Film Review: Bonding with Skyfall