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Review: Mr Turner (2014)

Die-hard socialist director Mike Leigh returns to Victoriana with this handsome and unconventional biopic of seascape painter J.M.W. Turner; don’t be fooled by the top hats and posh frocks, the old leftie uses his artistic Man of the People to attack the establishment as always… Focusing on the latter part of Turner’s life, Tim Spall … Continue reading

Review: Transcendence (2014)

Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut picks up where Inception left off; with a disembodied Johnny Depp given no room to mumble and shamble, it’s left to Brits Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany to explore the moral hazards of artificial intelligence and whether it can transcend the human condition. When brilliant computer scientist Will Castor (Johnny … Continue reading

Review: Intruders (BBC America/BBC2)

Glen Morgan’s dark and violent conspiracy thriller sets itself up as inheritor to the X-Files; but if that doesn’t put you off, then shades of The Da Vinci Code and Labyrinth just might. Wearing its heart on it’s sleeve, Intruders blows its well-executed mystery set-up in the first episode to reveal its dark underbelly to … Continue reading

Opinion: But WHAT CAN BE DONE: Do’s and Don’ts To Combat Online Sexism [Guest Post]

Originally posted as: But WHAT CAN BE DONE: Dos and Don’ts To Combat Online Sexism by Leigh Alexander You may notice that a lot of things happen to do with sexism on the internet. Sometimes someone has done a sexist thing and people are talking about it. Sometimes someone has written an article about the … Continue reading

Review: 47 Ronin (2013)

American-Japanese fantasy action with a comic-book sensibility, featuring mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches, shaolin-space-alien monks, a cave troll from LOTR; and Keanu Reeves as half-breed sword-slinger Kai doing a bit of super-powered Matrix-ing as a Samurai Messiah. Again. Look down the list on my movie site and you’ll see I love Eastern cinema; clearly so do … Continue reading

Dementia Awareness Week: The Importance of Starting to Talk [Guest Post]

Originally posted at Research in Practice for Adults Blog. Lisa Smith, Research & Development Manager at Research in Practice for Adults, writes about the importance of starting to talk, for Dementia Awareness week. A personal viewpoint, Lisa shares the at-times confusing feelings provoked by our experience of Dementia. This week is Dementia Awareness week and the Alzheimer’s Society is … Continue reading

Review: 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss

100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss by Jean Carper Genetic factors aside, it seems that our modern lifestyle is a sure fire method to increase our chances of developing the condition. Until we have effective treatments, the only way to beat Alzheimers is to prevent it for as … Continue reading

My New Year’s Resolution – To Get A Divorce (Re-post)

A superbly well-expressed post from earlier this year by Lesley Carter on her great blog, Bucket List Publications I’ve been cheating on Darren for almost two years and it’s time I admit it to myself and the world. It’s with someone who’s a reliable, funny, genius and never leaves me feeling lost. But if you’re … Continue reading

Movie Catch-Up: Looper (2012)

In 2077, time travel is invented and immediately banned; not that it stops criminal syndicates using it to ‘disappear’ their victims back to 2044 where contract killers – loopers – dispose of them, until the day their older selves are sent back for disposal to ‘close the loop’. Rhian Johnson’s Looper is smart, tense, suspenseful … Continue reading

New Words: EDC [Guest Post]

From About Words: a blog from Cambridge Dictionaries online EDC abbreviation : a dog trained to sniff out explosives Example: “This is where MSA security trains what are known in the security trade as explosive detection canines, or EDCs.” [Smithsonian (US science and society magazine) Aug. 2013] All material copyright © 2012 Cambridge University Press, … Continue reading

Opinion: Application In Competancy [Guest Post]

Guest post by sometime contributor David Wilkins, law student, classicist, fencing coach and blogger. Just filled in the application form for the BPTC. I was very surprised to find that, even there, everything is assessed according to damned competency questions. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to find, in 5 years time, that it’s impossible to … Continue reading

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