Category Archives: Review

Book Review: Oliver Bullough ~ Moneyland: Why thieves and crooks now rule the world and how to take it back (2018)

There is an investigative book. Like all investigative books it offers revelations, which alter our perception of the foundations of society itself. Misha Glenny’s McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime (2008) is the grand-father of the genre. His book is now so … Continue reading

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Book Review: John Carreyrou ~ Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (2018)

Without trivialising this wonderful book I was reminded of a joke as I followed the career of Elizabeth Holmes: Q. What’s a gold mine? A. A hole in the ground owned by a liar Elizabeth worshipped Steve Jobs and Bill … Continue reading

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Film Review: Yesterday (Himesh Patel and Lily James)

This was advertised on the side of buses as ‘The feel good film of the summer’. This normally means that you should park your brains in a foyer locker on the way in. And that would be a good tactic … Continue reading

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Film Review: Maradona (director – Asif Kapadia)

Diego Maradona’s reputation, as a footballer, has survived the decades since retirement. His reputation has also survived revelations about his criminal and sleazy life-style whilst in Naples, which is remarkable testament to his genius. This documentary enhances Maradona’s reputation notwithstanding … Continue reading

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Film review: Toy Story 4 (Tim Allen and Annie Potts)

The least said, the better. Chris PS This isn’t the general opinion. US box office = $237M in ten days; UK box office = £26.9M

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Book Review: Sebastian Horsley ~ Dandy in the underworld: an unauthorised autobiography (2007)

If you like train crash autobiographies this is for you. His family were rich and he was unconstrained from his earliest moments. Sebastian was a psychopath towards himself. He fell in love with Jimmy Boyle, a Scottish murderer, who was … Continue reading

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CD Review: Alabama 3 ~ Exit on Coldharbour Lane (1997)

People of a certain age tend to have fixed musical tastes. And I’m no exception. Therefore when I heard this cd it came as a surprise. How did this Acid House cd end up on my deck? (Quaint word heh!) … Continue reading

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