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Trust No One

I was quite a fan of The X-Files back in the 1990s when it was new and fresh. The idea that there were all sorts of paranormal jiggery-pokery going on around us and kept secret by a sinister FBI definitely appealed to my inner conspiracy theorist.

What made it work were the Mulder and Scully characters, the one a believer, the other the skeptic, and there was no jiggery-pokery of there own to get in the way of the plot romantically, at least not until the later series. Read more ›››

Bottom Gear

I was on my blogging sabbatical when Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from Top Gear last year for throwing that punch he threw that left Oisin Tymon needing a trip to the local A&E department in his reasonably priced car.

And I was pretty cross. I know Clarkson isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I quite enjoy his journalism, even if I don’t necessarily agree with his politics. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Truth-teller of the week: More people trust their hairdreser to tell the truth than they do priest and clergy and the police according to the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index. Doctors head the truth-tellers list, with scientists also reassuringly high on the list. Bankers are trusted less than builders – unsurprisingly, politicians remain rooted at the bottom of the league table.

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You Stupid Boy

Well it would be rather stupid to write a review of a film before you’ve actually seen, but there is so much hype surrounding new releases these days that you could be excused for thinking you were at the premiere.

The weekend supplements gave plenty of coverage to the new Dad’s Army film due for release at the end of next week and one that I’m looking forward to seeing. Read more ›››

The Man in the High Castle

I wrote on Christmas Day about the coincidence of me tuning in to a tv programme on my PC (something I’d never done) and my son buying me the very same book on which it was based. I figured this was some sort of really, really clever marketing trick by Amazon – and it worked because I bought one of their Fire TV Sticks so I could watch the whole series from the comfort of my sofa, rather than my computer chair. Read more ›››

The Man Who Sold the World

Strange how things coincide. I was only reading about David Bowie’s earliest days in yesterday’s Sunday Times and then this morning the story comes full circle with the news of his death.

It came from extracts from the memoirs of his former landlady and lover, Mary Finnigan, titled Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab published this month. Read more ›››

Strange Coincidence

The Man in the High Tower

I hadn’t intended to publish a post today, what with it being Christmas Day, but I had one of those strange coincidences that make you scratch your head in wonder.

While I was waiting for the family to gather for the exchange of presents, I had a look at Amazon to see what amazing bargains there might be on offer when the teaser ad at the top of the page to watch The Man in the High Castle caught my eye. It looked interesting so I clicked the link and started watching the first episode. Read more ›››

O Danny Boy

Mr Pastry

One of my weekend pleasures is listening to the Danny Baker Show on Radio Five every Saturday morning. Two hours of trivia and silliness.

I suspect that he isn’t everyone’s cup of Darjeeling for the very reason that he is my cuppa thanks to his butterfly mind, useless facts (some apocryphal) and brazen nostalgia.

Like today when he was reminiscing about magic sets which prompted me to get my David Nixon Junior Magic Box (above) from its hiding place behind a row of books on a shelf for a brief sentimental journey back to my boyhood. Read more ›››