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Here lies the truth

Written on 1 Feb, 2024

Finding a book by self declared Private Eye ‘hack’ Adam Macqueen in the town library found me digging out my card and walking out with it tucked snuggly under my arm.

The Lies of the Land

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The Hand of Pod

Written on 3 Jan, 2024

Football? It doesn’t have to be complicated.

The Price of Football

Alistair Sims as Scrooge

Winter tales

Written on 15 Dec, 2022

There are many ways to tell the Ebenezer Scrooge’s story, from traditional, to modern, to pastiche, to Muppet. And whilst I like some of them, there are two versions which stand on the shoulders of all others.

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

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Where other jokes have gone before

Written on 29 Oct, 2022

Upon watching Airplane II it quickly became apparent that memories are not always reliable and the past is often rose-tinted.

Airplane II

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Eaten by lions

Written on 19 Jul, 2020

We often decide before searching a film needs to be a) under 100 minutes and b) easy-watching. Last night comedy Eaten by Lions met both criteria and being a British film set in Blackpool sealed the deal.

Eaten by Lions

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Being more Del

Written on 7 May, 2020

It’s been many years between my viewing of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. As I get older I find myself wanting to be more Del.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles