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Editorial – January 2016: Who let the droids out?

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Editorial – January 2016: Who let the droids out?

Hello everyone Y’know, I did a newspaper quiz about ‘Star Wars’ in December and knew I had over 80% correct without checking the answers. One tends to know which answers are correct as the first three films and their background from the 70s are ingrained so much. Equally, I also know which questions I can’t […]

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Macbeth (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Macbeth (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Slow and uninspiring, Justin Kurzel’s mutes all but Shakespeare’s words to take away any thrill from this version of the Scottish play. Lighting that obscures more than it illuminates mutes even the strength of the Shakespeare’s words. He cannot damage has good story, but he seems to be trying hard. Rating: low +2 on the […]

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The Fantastic Made Visible edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Ace G. Pilkington (book review).

December 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Fantastic Made Visible edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Ace G. Pilkington (book review).

‘The Fantastic Made Visible’ has nothing to do with invisible films. The sub-title, ‘Essays On The Adaptation Of Science Fiction And Fantasy From Page To Screen’, is more explicit. As co-editor Ace G. Pilkington explains in the introduction, this book is all about looking at how key original stories were adapted into films with the […]

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Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

As author David K. Love points out, Johannes Kepler was a man who made as many mistakes as he got right. He was also amongst the leading people in the 16th-17th centuries proving that the Earth was one of the planets that orbited the Sun which was seen as an outrageous at the time and […]

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Would you like pizza with that pizza?

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Would you like pizza with that pizza?

Hats off to Vinnie’s Pizzeria in New York (pronounced New Yawk, by the residents of Brooklyn, we are led to understand). They have introduced a new culinary revolution on the other side of the pond – to whit, pizza with pizza slices on top. Genius. Forget about your fancy fusion cusine and micro-helpings of food […]

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Nick Offerman says it’s Suntroy time (for 45 minutes).

December 4, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Nick Offerman says it’s Suntroy time (for 45 minutes).

Nick Offerman, perhaps better known as Ron Swanson in the Parks and Recreation sitcom, brings us a forty five minute long video of him sitting by the fireside hearth drinking some whisky. Why? Who knows. Perhaps it’s Suntory Time and he’s hoping to hook up with Scarlett Johansson. Now, that would be a Christmas present […]

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Editorial – December 2015: What a scary world we live in.

November 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Editorial – December 2015: What a scary world we live in.

The real life boogiemen are far more frightening than anything thought up in fiction. Hello everyone There is something that fiction in all its media cannot do is equal the atrocities of real life. It can come close but not quite, whether on the printed page or on the screen. Primarily, we instinctively know that […]

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How To Swear Around The World by Jason Sacher, illustrated by Toby Triumph (book review).

November 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
How To Swear Around The World by Jason Sacher, illustrated by Toby Triumph (book review).

Whenever I employ a foreign language in my stories, one of the first things I look for isn’t something you will find in phrasebooks and that’s how people swear, so I tend to take an interest in books that show the words that are used. It isn’t always a single word so something like the […]

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Callan: This Man Alone (DVD review).

November 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Callan: This Man Alone (DVD review).

I’ve reviewed the ‘Callan’ TV series here a while back and didn’t really expect to see much more available on the subject. After all, most of the key cast are no longer with us and the thought of extras back then wouldn’t have been thought of. However, a documentary about the series, as told by […]

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Tracers (2015) (DVD review).

November 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Tracers (2015) (DVD review).

‘Parkour’ is a term we will not readily recognise but once informed most instantly know what it’s all about, that being the discipline of running over obstacles, in particular, in an urban environment. Employing great skill, aficionados of this art seemingly with effortless ease scale up walls, jump down steps and take massive leaps and […]

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