Monthly Archives: January 2019

Film Review: Stan and Ollie

This film is a roller-coaster of comedy and tragedy. It is also a love story. I laughed and I cried. I felt touched by the nostalgia, remembering the times that I watched those marvellous Laurel and Hardy films and where … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer My rating: 4 of 5 stars The story of the occupation of Guernsey by the German Army during the latter years of the Second World War is beautifully … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots

This is a very good film but it is not a great film. Perhaps I am being unfair, as it is only natural that I make some comparison with the film that I saw last week, The Favourite, which is … Continue reading

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The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards are Back!

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Now in its fifth year, the Annual Bloggers Bash returns bigger and better than ever. The venue is booked, the date is set for Saturday 15th June 2019 and the committee is busy…

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Book Review: Euphonics – A Poet’s Dictionary of Enchantments by John Michell

Euphonics by John Michell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This wonderful book was a thoughtful gift from my BFF, Eloise De Sousa, who has encouraged me in my quest to become a published poet. Everybody loves alliteration. Well, almost … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Nameless Children by Toni Bunnell

The Nameless Children by Toni Bunnell My rating: 4 of 5 stars The idea behind the story is very clever and creative. As you would expect, mortality of babies in the mid-nineteenth century was much higher than it is today. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry My rating: 4 of 5 stars The idea that underpins the story is very good. A very advanced biotech company develops a virus that kills the victim but keeps them walking until they have bitten … Continue reading

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What is beautiful to you?

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What is beauty to you? Is it the soft curves of a woman’s form or the visions of humanity and its gods captured on canvas or in stone? Or is it the natural beauty…

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Film Review: The Favourite

There are three outstanding leading ladies in this film and they deserve equal credit for the way that they portray their very different characters. Olivia Coleman plays the frail and slightly crazy Queen Anne who is, initially, controlled by Lady … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick

Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick My rating: 4 of 5 stars Pacey, tense, horrific and unpredictable The pace is fast. The tension is tense. The violence is horrific. From the moment that a dysfunctional quartet of hikers in … Continue reading

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