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Can you speak venusian? book cover

The polite Venusian

Written on 12 Mar, 2023

As a teenager, I picked up ‘Can you speak Venusian?’ from the hotel library and enjoyed it so much I took it home with me.

Can You Speak Venusian?

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

Location presenters.

A town-like palace

Written on 5 Jul, 2020

I’m a little old to be radical now, but in me is still an echo of the university-educated working class boy. I remember being fired up by the radical Channel 4 and that’s why Location, Location, Location irks me.

Location, Location, Location

My Little Pony

Our little pony

Written on 17 May, 2020

Up near the top of my ‘don’t watch’ list was 80s phenomenon My Little Pony. Imagine then, my heart’s reaction the day my girl picked ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ as her go-to Netflix binge-watching marathon programme.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic