Category Archives: Books & Films (& TV)

Getting poetical in McGregor

I’m a Philistine when it comes to poetry. I just don’t get it. Give me prose any day and I’ll gobble it up like a Labrador eating her supper. This analogy is from daily experience with Tinks, whose glee at … Continue reading

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I wrote a book, I did.

They say things work in 7-year cycles. That’s according to 19th century philosopher and mystic, Rudolph Steiner. He was a handsome chap, if his Wikipedia pic is to be believed, and he established Anthroposophy (try saying that three times). According to this philosophy: … Continue reading

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Cinema Paradiso, Small Town-Style

I like to think that the seats were covered in red velvet. Perhaps they were. More likely, though, they’d been reupholstered in something more durable, something that’d withstand the Tassies stains and cigarette burns and melted Smarties that accompanied the … Continue reading

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Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie

It was the perfect pre-show to a gritty and brilliant film: the red carpet, glittering dresses, air kisses fluttering to the floor, pierced by impossibly high heals, perfectly masked and made-up faces, hipster beer and hipsters. In between, warm hugs of old friends … Continue reading

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

I was 17 years’ old – almost 18 – when I first heard Nirvana. It was late January, 1993, and my parents had left me with family friends after our 6-week holiday in Kowie, so that they could deliver me … Continue reading

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Classics vs Modern

I have never denied that I enjoy trashy books. Show me War and Peace and watch me use it to hold down the piece of paper on which I’m  writing the list of trashy novels people have recommended to me. … Continue reading

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Sex Tapes and Nudie Pics

With the whole blow-up of the leaking of naked pictures, I was reminded of a previous rant I’ve had about celebrity sex tapes leaks. While I am completely of the opinion that we should all respect each others’ privacy, celebrity … Continue reading

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