Robin Catling

Writer; performer; project manager; sports coach; all-round eccentric.
Robin Catling has written 898 posts for Everything Express

Humour: The Hilarity of Spam

We all know some ridiculous percentage of email is actually unwanted spam that clutters the world’s mailservers. Normally you don’t see most of it, don’t give it a second thought; it’s straight in the junk folder and deleted. The quarantine server at the current client, however, sends you a list of the junk mail in … Continue reading

Review: Beowulf Return to the Shieldlands (ITV Studios)

Aiming for the early Sunday night audience again, ITV re-boots the epic poem as a Game of Thrones slash Hobbit generic fantasy in a bleak Cumbrian landscape; it’s dark  earnest, but completely lacking any spark of energy or originality. Persuaded to pitch his Beowulf as a generic dour Northerner somewhere between Kit Harrington and Sean … Continue reading

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights. Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s … Continue reading

How-to: Resolve PayPal card rejections

We have PayPal as our payment processor for both our web shopping carts. It wasn’t my choice, but the sites are not their own legal entity, therefore we use the PayPal account belonging to the parent organisation. Where, we get calls from folks having trouble with PayPal processing debit and credit card transactions, there are … Continue reading

Review: Mr Holmes (2015)

Southern 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 … Continue reading

Review: John Wick (2015)

Another in the long line of middle-aged blokes with a gun blowing away the bad guys. That’s it. You want more? OK, Keanu Reeves is a grieving hitman after the son of a Russian Mafioso who killed the dog his dead wife gave him. John Wick is the assassin you hired to go kill the … Continue reading

Review: The Equalizer (2015)

This stylish, well-executed but empty, middle-aged-bloke-with-skills-on-mission-of-vengeance, sees Denzel Washington take on the Russian Mafia. In a bold re-boot of the 80’s TV franchise, only Denzel, Chloe Grace Moretz and Martin Csokas make this in any way interesting. Distinguished only by the graphic killings with improvised weapons (I always knew DIY was dangerous), this is a … Continue reading

Review: Dickensian (BBC TV)

It’s all abaht family, ain’t’ it… Eastenders writer Tony Jordan takes the rich tapestry of Dickens’ London characters from the body of novels and creates a complex back story in which they all knew each other – a unified prequel-of-everything. And what better way to kick-start the whole thing than with the murder of Jacob … Continue reading

Review: Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Smart-phone

Three months with Motorola’s SIM-free smart-phone  – £129 as at Dec 2015 – and one thing’s for sure: there’s no going back to contract phones filled with telecoms carriers’ bloat-ware crap. With a fine, full HD screen, good performance, a pure, unsullied Android experience with automatic updates, it’s a reminder of Motorola’s place as a … Continue reading

Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

I 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 … Continue reading

Review: The Dressmaker (2015)

Genre-busting Aussie comedy-drama The Dressmaker brings Rosalie Ham’s book to the screen; part farce, part tragedy, part revenge-Western, the ensemble cast excel in this surreal 50’s tale of a broken outback town; but it’s Kate Winslet (Divergent, A Little Chaos) who delivers the central winning performance as the gunslinger with a Singer sewing machine – … Continue reading

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