Mum’s Trip

In July 2015 my Mum was scheduled to fly over from Adelaide and stay with us here in Bristol for a couple of months, because it’s nice to get away – especially in winter. In May 2015 one morning I woke up and immediately knew something was wrong, and confirmed …

The media roll-call of 2015

In break with last year’s effort, I thought maybe February would be a good time to go through the process of my annual Film, Book and TV roundup. Initially aiming to get this written up in January, I found myself thinking “But, who cares?”. And then remembering the reason I …

The stuff I pointed my eyes at in 2014

Mid-March isn’t too late for a 2014 roundup, is it?  It’s still the same financial year… and I’d hate to break the chain now that I’ve done this for 2011, 2012 and 2013! So, with that, here’s the 2014 Media Lists. With a rudimentary thumbs up/down system, just for giggles. …

A great man

My Dad passed away on November 7th following a short and fairly unexpected battle with cancer.  We had his funeral on Friday the 14th and though we’re all sad that he’s gone, everyone’s been saying that they thought it was a beautiful and celebratory service for a generous and warm …

Pete the Conk(eror)

In Soho, the walls have noses. I’d heard a few times from cab drivers and London trivia goons about there being a nose in Admiralty Arch, and that – for example – as part of The Knowledge exams that cab drivers take they’re told to drive from somewhere like “The …