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How-to: Top Ten Tips for Public Speaking

Pippa’s Top Ten Tips – but since it’s you, twelve – for Confident Public Speaking was originally posted at Speaking Well in Public. Public speaking? Presentation? Nerves?  master class coming up! My advice for dealing with most common worries & fears, & building confidence.

Review: Calvary (2014)

“Despair not, one of the thieves was spared; presume not, one of the thieves was not.” (Saint Augustine) In a small church on the West coast of Ireland, a man comes into the confessional and tells of his abused childhood at the hands of a paedophile priest; and that in seven days he’s going to … Continue reading

Review: Codes that Changed the World (BBC R4)

Aleks Krotoski explores the history of programming languages. The history of computing is dominated by the hardware; the race for speed and power has overshadowed how we’ve devised ways to instruct these machines to do useful tasks. All this week on BBC Radio 4, Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been … Continue reading

Review: Insurgent (2015)

Insurgent is the difficult middle instalment of Verionica Roth’s teenage rebel sci-fi dystopian trilogy Divergent; so more of the same running, jumping, fighting, crying, and ‘it’s all about family, innit’ [copyright Eastenders or your choice of soap here]. Expect more punch-ups, shoot-outs, train-jumping, big CGI landscapes, teary heroines, betrayals and a bit of snogging (but … Continue reading

Review: A Town Called Eureka Season one (2006)

I missed Syfy Channel’s quirky TV sci-fi comedy drama the first time out, only to discover in the re-runs that is is more fi- than sci-, more wan-smile than comic and too predictable for drama. Which leaves it trading on quirky, and that just ain’t enough. Billed as a sort of X-Files-lite (even liter than … Continue reading

Review: Outlander Season 1 (2014)

Remember that 80’s boy’s own warrior fantasy Highlander, with immortal Scot-tosh swordsman Christopher Lambert fighting down the ages to the mordern day? Now imagine that flipped around, and role-reversed so a fish-out-of-water British nurse from WWII lands in Stevenson’s Kidnapped as told from Katriona’s point of view. Producer Ronald D. Moore brings twin-period Brigadoon Galactica … Continue reading

Review: Predestination (2014)

A man walks into a bar and tells the daftest life story imaginable. The resulting contrivance of twisty plot devices, unlike 2013’s Looper, is disappointingly loopy. Writer/producer/directors the Spierig Brothers deliver an understated new take on Heinlein’s classic sci-fi tale of causal loops in time travel, but which can’t escape the Twilight Zone tropes to … Continue reading

Review: Taken 3 (2015)

I’ve seen it so you don’t have to: Liam Neeson’s latest addition to his modern day The Searchers franchise proves to be the cynical, money-making, watered-down, lowest-common denominator pop-corn fodder everyone said it would be. While the first Taken had a certain brutal post-Bourne, post-Ronin style glossing it’s very xenophobic, hunter-killer, mechanical, plot, and relying … Continue reading

Captain America: The First Avenger / The Winter Soldier (2011/2014)

Re-inventing, then re-re-inventing the comic-book hero from WWII saviour to man-out-of-time in the present day, the two Captain Americas are as different from each other in tone and style as chalk and cheese. But while Captain America pulls off the all-American, White Hat hero with spotless morals, there’s an oddly asexual, homo-erotic theme in both … Continue reading

How-to: The Elevator Pitch – ten top tips

Article originally appeared as The elevator pitch – ten top tips  at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public The elevator pitch: Your fascinating, graceful and – above all – short answer to ‘and what do you do?’ My top ten tips for creating and using an effective elevator pitch for business and social introductions:

How-to: Survive a fashion show

Article originally appeared as How-to: Survive a fashion show at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public Appearing in a fashion show may not involve speaking – but it’s still a performance for an audience who want to be intrigued. Here’s how to make the most of a great opportunity to shine, often in a good … Continue reading

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