Category Archives: Odd Blogs

Edinburgh 2016: street statues go to the next level

Another August, another Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and some things never change: the Royal Mile packed with Earth’s citizens, bagpipers on street corners, drizzle, rain, a wee bit of sun. Steep steps in dark, narrow alleyways, like veins connecting the city’s … Continue reading

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Musings about Margate, murder and museums

Just because you save up to go on holiday and look forward to time away from the usual routine doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to like your new destination, as Sarah and I found out in Margate this week. Neither … Continue reading

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A visitor centre fit for a king

This  appears in Western Park Gazette 28th July 2014: a day made glorious by this son of York, to misquote that Tudor bloke from the West Midlands. And would this hot, sunny day, the day the King Richard III Visitor … Continue reading

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Bright Sparks – Leicester’s Spark Arts for Children Festival 2014

Clutching a bag of partially melted Revels, a little girl sits on the edge of her seat, unable to take her eyes off the performers on stage as they sing, dance and magic her away to Ancient Egypt – a … Continue reading

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Gutsy theatre – Inside Out Festival review

This review first appeared in What’s Peen Seen Curve is one of the most distinctive buildings in Leicester and the UK, a theatre famous for having no backstage space thus allowing audiences to see the innards of a working artistic … Continue reading

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I Shouldn’t Be Here …

In the past few days I have read a story and seen a film that still occupy my thoughts. They are unconnected but have common themes: the callous depths to which humans stoop yet also their capacity for enormous courage. … Continue reading

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Disappointment comes to Pemberley

OK, so it’s a bit late for a review of Death comes to Pemberley, the BBC’s seasonal offering during that difficult post-Christmas Day TV slump. But hooray for iPlayer as this adaptation of P D James’ sequel to Jane Austen’s … Continue reading

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