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How-to: Where’s Your Voice?


Image: Gene Kelly, copyright MGM StudiosArticle originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, March 2015

Your natural voice quality plus the way you use your voice can affect your audience’s response to your message – and to you.

Imagine a cross section through the world, from the clouds right down to the sea bed.

Where does your public speaking voice normally settle? Continue reading

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Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)


Star Wars: the Force Awakens movie posterI just spent two hours watching J.J. Abrams playing Star Wars Greatest Hits – The Video Game, while Disney try to sell me shedloads of merchandise. Riding a wave of childhood nostalgia is all very well, but this is strictly by-the-numbers, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, replay-by replay. It’s like watching a rock band re-union retirement tour – and a tribute band at that.

A disappointing Kasdan screenplay has been hacked about by committee to a point where nothing actually fits together and the whole plot is a muddled re-hash of bits we’ve seen before. There are some beautiful CGI landscapes, the space-going Battles of Medway with X-wings and TIE-fighters are frenetic, the prospects of new Jedi and light-sabre duels thrilling, but poorly carried out. Continue reading

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Review: Spectre (2015)


Spectre movie posterIn what looks like Daniel Craig’s swan-song, the Bond team reunite in an all-too familiar, albeit stylishly executed, rummage through the toy box. The lame plotting links the other three Craig outings, while our gritty blonde Bond-shell does what he does in exotic locations, with a variety of transport and weapons, two Bond girls and a supporting cast who nod and wink their way through International espionage like an end-of-Summer-season variety show. Spectre is an uneasy throwback to classic Bond nonsense. Continue reading

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Review: Mr Holmes (2015)


Mr Holmes - movie posterSouthern England, 1947: returning from a mystery trip to Japan in search of herbal remedies, a long retired Sherlock Holmes faces up to mortality, but can’t quite shake the last case that led to his retirement. A man out of his time, Holmes must come to terms with the post-world war nuclear age and the loss of the incredible mental faculties that made him the world’s most famous detective.

Now all that remains is to solve a 35 year old mystery, while teaching a ten year old boy about bee keeping. Continue reading

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