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Jul 17 2017

Theatrical Review – Richard III

  This last Friday I went to see the Showcase Sioe Gerdd, a performing arts group based in Aberdare, production of Richard III at Redhouse in Merthyr Tydfil.  It took place in a small theatre upstairs (which had the mixed blessing of being very intimate but...

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Mar 31 2017

Book Review – Storm Front

The Dresden Files – Storm Front: Jim Butcher (2000)   OK, gargantuan task though it is, I’m looking forward to this; re-reading the epic Dresden Files (in between all my other reading!) and writing up some reviews for anyone interested in starting what is probably Jim Butcher’s...

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Jan 11 2017

The Night Manager

Book Review The Night Manager:  John Le Carre (1993)   Having recently watched Hugh Laurie playing a brilliantly villainous role in the BBC series based on this, I borrowed The Night Manager out of curiosity to see what had been changed and what had been kept the same. ...

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Dec 13 2016

Film Review: Centurion

Centurion (2010)   I know what you’re thinking; ‘2010? Surely that’s a good five decades out of your usual range!’  Yes, I tend to like reviewing older films but I do modern ones as well sometimes.  Besides, this looked like it had potential and I always like...

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Aug 25 2016

Film Review: Becket

Becket (1964) With Wildcat now only a week or so away I've been twiddling my thumbs a fair bit waiting for stuff to be ready - some of that time has been spent usefully (I'm almost 1/4 through a first draft of the next book!), but...

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Aug 18 2016

Book Review: The Laughing Hangman

Wildcat should be on amazon within the next week or so, so keep an eye out everyone - meanwhile, here's a look at what I've been reading recently: The Laughing Hangman:  Edward Marsdon (1996) A Nicholas Bracewell story   This book was lent to me by a friend and...

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Jun 23 2016

Book Review – I, Claudius

  I, Claudius:  Robert Graves (1934)   Here we have another book where I’ve cheated slightly in that I already knew the plot.  Shockingly (I know – I’m a Philistine), I don’t know it because of the TV series.  I watched the first episode and it was good...

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May 05 2016

Film Review: Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe (1952)   Another old classic today; based (mostly) on Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Ivanhoe stars Robert Taylor in the title role, with Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca and George Sanders as Bois-Guilbert.  This is another of those films that I saw as a child and didn’t...

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Apr 07 2016

Book Review – Lord of the Rings Part III

The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien (1954)   Well, after a few distractions here we are at the climactic third chapter of the Lord of the Rings saga (I know I read other stuff in the interim – deal with...

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Apr 04 2016

Theatrical Review: Only the Brave

I know, I don't do much of these, but I went to see this new musical at the weekend and thought I'd give this a quick go. The musical is based around Operation Deadstick; an attempt by D Company of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry to...

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