Warm-Up Acts

I’ve been watching Short Sharp Shocks 2, the follow-up to the previous BFI release of old short features that were shown in British cinemas from the 40s to the 80s. It’s an even wilder show this time, and the good news right away is we don’t have Algernon Blackwood reading his old stories out loud […]

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During lockdown I’ve been reading some old children’s books I remembered hearing about decades ago but never got round to reading at the time. I’ve had grippingly realistic stories about modern social issues, and stories that drift in to the paranormal. Recently I’ve looked back at some stories that touch on pagan mythology, though in […]

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Agents Of History

I watched all 24 episodes of Espionage. The show was originally broadcast from 1963-4. It was an American production with a lot of British talent involved in front and behind the camera. Each episode ran for 50 minutes or so (a full hour once you fill in the 2 advert breaks). They are all independent […]

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I went to see Old Bridge at Bush Theatre. Presented in the Holloway Theatre, arranged in the 3-sided configuration. Masking is still recommended but not compulsory and ticket-holders no longer allocated to distanced positions. My pictures of the set before the start can just about show the stacked structures which serve as elevated positions as […]

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Replication Crisis

I read Snuff Memories by David Roden, who has written about “the posthuman”. I also read Ambiguity Machines by Vandana Singh. The latter is described as displaying “deep humanism”. So perhaps if we put the two side-by-side we might see a bit more in the post-humanist theorists by having a scientific humanist standing in contrast. […]

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Fall Grun

I went to BFI Southbank to see the screening of Munich – The Edge Of War. This is a new Netflix production which has been shown as part of the London Film Festival. The screening was sold out and I was in auditorium with what seemed to be 1000 Daily Telegraph readers, who chuckled collectively […]

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The Lupton Room

We went to Dulwich Picture Gallery. There is an exhibition of work by Helen Frankenthaler as well as the Gallery’s existing stock that is on display for free. There were many visitors but we had no trouble getting tickets for the next slot. Here are some of the older works on display: And so on […]

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I went to see 10 Nights at Bush Theatre. This was to be the the Preview Night, but I was notified during the day that due to some technical problems it was now classed as an Open Dress Rehearsal. The producers made an announcement to that effect at the start as well. However it all […]

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Displaced Persons

I watched the sci-fi series The Crossing which ran for 1 season in 2018. It’s great. I have no hesitation in saying it is superior to The Dark, and the fact that it got cancelled straightaway just assures its perfection as it didn’t lose its way in an overloaded 3rd season after change of writers. […]

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