I think this is the first Disney movie since The Little Mermaid that I didn't see in the cinema when it came out, because I was fourteen. I think at that age, I was kinda insecure about doing things that I considered "childish" and so I stopped going to see Disney movies, which is a … Continue reading Disney Classics #37: Tarzan
Camp isn't really something you get as a kid. For example, I used to settle in every afternoon and watch the Adam West Batman series, and I was gripped by it. Sure, I thought the villains' schemes and gizmos were ridiculous, but I'd still tune in to see if Batman would escape. Similarly, when I … Continue reading My Favourite Films #50: Flash Gordon
That time of year, when I look back over the previous year and pick my favourite things. We're starting with books. I read quite a few new books this year, so here is my top ten, divided, as ever, into fiction and nonfiction. Nonfiction 5. The Panther in My Kitchen by Brian Blessed The legendary … Continue reading Favourite Books of 2018
Brian Blessed is a true national treasure in my eyes. The bearded, booming actor is full of life, humour and eccentricity, and the world is a better place for having him in it. This view would no doubt be shared by the many animals the man has befriended, loved and cared for over the years. … Continue reading Book Review: The Panther in my Kitchen by Brian Blessed
Right, to lay out my position on the Royals. I'm pretty much neutral. I won't be bending the knee anytime soon, but I'm not calling for us to wheel out the guillotine. I think they seem nice enough people, if odd, and do some good work for the country, through charity and tourism, but I … Continue reading In defence of Prince Charles
In Love Actually, Hugh Grant plays the Prime Minister, and after the sleazy US President (Billy Bob Thornton) makes a move at the object of the PM's affection, a charming, curvy Martine McCutcheon, the PM ruins the special relationship and gives a list of things that the UK should be proud of: "Shakespeare, Churchill, The … Continue reading Movie Review: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!