Category Archives: Reviews

Films, plays, books, TV programmes, etc.

Cyrano de Bergerac

I went with a friend to see a live streaming from the National Theatre Live of Cyrano de Bergerac. I’ve had a special place in my heart for the play ever since I saw a production of it on BBC … Continue reading

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Clangers

I went to see a talk by Dr Phil Hammond at Lincoln University. I saw him at Edinburgh Fringe last year and persuaded Dave and Lucie to come along. He is a working Doctor, comedian and has written for Private … Continue reading

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Weekend Entertainment

Saturday was Dave’s birthday so as a special treat we went for dinner at the Huntsman restaurant in Barton upon Humber followed by a stand up gig by a guy called Alfie Moore at the Ropery Hall. Dinner was good … Continue reading

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Lasers, Culture and Buses

I started the week, after much deliberation, with the purchase of a new laser printer. My Epson inkjet was proving to be troublesome and had stopped printing in colour despite dismantling the printer heads and cleaning them with a special … Continue reading

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Split Whiskers @ Hope Tavern

Dave and I visited the Hope Tavern (Holton Le Moor) Sunday afternoon blues session. This can be a very hit and miss event and despite reviewing bands on YouTube before agreeing to go, some bands don’t live up to their … Continue reading

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Culture, Rain and Travels

A slow start to last week followed by a manic few days has meant that I haven’t had time to update the website. I had the pleasure of going to see One Man, Two Guvnors as a NT Live streaming … Continue reading

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Fleabag – National Theatre Live Screening

I’ve been an avid fan of the TV series Fleabag since the very first episode and that must be going back over 4 years because Jane and I watched it together. The opportunity to see the stage version starring Phoebe … Continue reading

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Mrs Lowry & Son – Film Review

Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave in a two-hander, a casting made in acting heaven. The film has had very mixed reviews with the Guardian only giving it 2 stars. I was concerned it might be too slow but the interdependency … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night – York Rose Theatre

I’m barely back from Edinburgh and caught up with my washing before I’m driving up to York to meet a friend, have an early dinner at the Ivy and then wander to the pop-up Rose Theatre to see Twelfth Night. … Continue reading

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Edinburgh 4

Irenie Rose sings Joan Baez I can remember my first year at college and falling in love with Joan Baez – a crystal clear voice from a really beautiful woman. Having been to Joan’s farewell tour last year I was … Continue reading

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Edinburgh 3

Briony Redman is Indecisive I booked these shows so long ago I’ve forgotten why I made the choices. I think this one was because I’m interested in decision making. Briony was bouncy ad over the top from the very start. … Continue reading

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Edinburgh 2

Anxiety Experiment My first event was called Anxiety Experiment. I am not alone in experiencing anxiety, we all do from time to time and to different degrees. In some respects being anxious is a protection – the flight or fight … Continue reading

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Walled Gardens…

There is something fascinating about walled gardens. Easton Walled Garden near to Grantham and close to the A1 is in a wonderful setting. Like all gardens that have been long neglected, it is still a work in progress but well … Continue reading

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Cowboys, Bees and Gardening

Last week I went to Holmfirth to see Cowboy Junkies at the Picturedrome. I stayed overnight with my college friends Susie and Jon. We had a good catch and thankfully they enjoyed the music. The band was very good, the … Continue reading

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Blenheim and Bees

A weekend away with my friend and ex work colleague Gary and his wife Caroline. We spent Friday afternoon managing his bees. Gary has only been keeping bees for 2 years and was kind enough to donate a complete colony … Continue reading

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More Bees and Kinema

After my first week of bee ownership it was time for my first solo inspection. The idea is to ensure there is a queen and she is laying eggs which are growing into larvae. There’s so much to learn and … Continue reading

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Inside Out

My new adventure into beekeeping requires me to don the proverbial suit. I’ve been described as a cross between Buzz Lightyear and the guys who maintain nuclear reactors. One thing I can say is that I’m glad my exercises at … Continue reading

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Mark Thomas – Review

Mark Thomas is a comedian and political activist. I’ve been to his shows three times before – 2011; 2013 and 2017. The first two with Jane and on my own for the 2017 event. On this occasion I had Mary … Continue reading

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Let’s Dissect Democracy…

OK, OK, I have never posted anything on my site of a political nature or if I have I cannot remember when because it was such a long time ago however I’m not going to sit back and let the … Continue reading

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The Favourite – Film Review

The Favourite had received some rave reviews so Mary and I decided to see it. I get free cinema vouchers from Lloyds Bank for Vue cinemas and the nearest is Scunthorpe. The downside is, it is Scunthorpe, however there is … Continue reading

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