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Opinion: ‘The Cloud’ vs ‘The Fog’

Image credit: Forest on a Foggy Winter Day: photo by follc via PhotoReeDropBox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive; Office 365; Zoho Office; AWS, Microsoft Azure… I could go on. That’s before we get to Social Media. You may have noticed everything these days is in ‘the Cloud.’

But what does that mean? Are you, like me, a Cloud-sceptic? Granted, I still play CD’s and DVD’s. An occasionally vinyl records. This ‘Cloud’ thing is far to ephemeral to be any use. Isn’t it? Continue reading

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Review: The Lady in the Van (2015)

The Lady in the Van movie posterIn 1973, lacrimose Northern playwright Alan Bennett allowed the homeless Miss Sheppard to park her van in his driveway in Camden’s smart Gloucester Crescent. She stayed fifteen years.

Bennett (The History Boys) adapts his much-loved memoir and stage play to the screen, with the ineffable Maggie Smith (Best Exotic, Quartet) in the title role as The Lady in the Van. In a cleverly self-aware script, directed by the National Theatre’s Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) Bennett plays with fact, fiction and his own identity in a tragi-comic tale that is both universal, and as British as afternoon tea. Continue reading


Review: the Martian (2015)

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In a welcome return to form by Ridley Scott, a decent script by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir’s book puts Prometheus and The Counsellor behind us. Left for dead on Mars, Matt Damon is Robinson Crusoe in Space; his Everyman charm leavens the tension with humour, and despite a melodramatic third act, continues a line in gripping space movies from Interstellar to Gravity.

After some unfortunate – and scientifically inaccurate – Martian ‘weather’ sees him left for dead, botanist Mark Watney has to eke out his survival until he can be rescued by the next NASA mission – a mere four years on a dead planet with less than three years supplies. Continue reading


Review: Suffragette (2015)

Suffragette movie posterThe script has forgiveable flaws; the performances are universally superb; the story is worth the telling in the twenty-first century. So why did director of photography Ed Grau have to spoil the whole thing by smearing vaseline on the lens and shooting during an Earthquake? Continue reading


Humour: Knights of the Ikea Table

Knights of the Ikea Table by Hippie Peace Freaks and Sarah BottKnights of the Ikea Table, by Hippie Peace Freaks with Sarah Bott

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