Monthly Archives: November 2017

Grenfell Tower, sprinkler systems and decision-making

          Tower block living is problematical whether it’s social or private. The Grenfell Tower fire tragedy was a massive wake-up call for everyone associated with tower blocks either as residents or managers. The proposal to retro-fit … Continue reading

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Book review: Timur Vermes ~ Look Who’s Back (Translated by Jamie Bulloch)

A satire about Adolf Hitler, by a German, breaks new ground. Vermes brings Hitler back to 21st century Germany, as though the previous 70 years had never happened. Hitler retains his oratorical abilities. His rhetoric makes him an attractive showbiz … Continue reading

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Mechanical Winkle

The wiggley bit would normally fit On the thread, by the cog, in the doings, But, to get to the part, is a dexterous art, And first you must really do, two things – Take the silver pin ratchet, and … Continue reading

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Kevin Spacey isn’t as pure as driven snow: So what?

In November 2017 Kevin Spacey has been accused of low level sexual predation* in London and the USA. He doesn’t appear to be denying the offences and he’s suffered enormous reputational and financial damage. His masterly series House of Cards … Continue reading

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P G Wodehouse: Jill the Reckless

“She had never yet been frightened of any man, but there was something reptilian about this fat, yellow- headed individual which, disgusted her, much as cockroaches had done in her childhood.” Chris

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David Cameron, the Franchise and Human Rights

“…the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the current ban on all serving prisoners from voting, as defined in the 1983 Act, contravenes Article 3 of Protocol No 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides that … Continue reading

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Hollywood films in China

Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ The Graduate (Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman)

The Graduate was re-released in Summer 2017, which is a tremendous accolade. But was that an act of homage or is it a great film? Anne Bancroft as Mrs Robinson is wonderful. From the very first scene when Benjamin (Hoffman) … Continue reading

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North Korea: a wordless poem

Chris

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The White Horse aka The Pig and Butcher

The White Horse was on the corner of Theberton Street and Liverpool Road. As a sixteen year old it was illegal for me to drink alcohol. My older brother aged twenty-one used to sneak me in the pub on a … Continue reading

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