I have three phobias; needles, blood and social. Today I was in a situation involving all three of these irrational fears. I had to go into hospital to have a deep-rooted tooth removed. This involved having several injections in the gum, blood coming from the wound while all the time having to do chit… Read More What’s so scary about phobias?
Which is the better film; Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: Rogue One? Which is the better film Star Wars: A New Hope or Star Wars: A Phantom Menace? A really hard one now… which is the better film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi or Star Wars: Attack of the Clones?… Read More Why don’t I love the new Star Wars films?
Back in 2011, Ivan Mitin founded Ziferblat in Moscow as a community of poets aspiring to progress their work. Mitin shaped the idea for his cafes from a project he ran in Russia called “pocket poetry”, for which he would meet strangers in cafes and together they’d write famous poetry on cards and distribute them around… Read More My Ziferblat Experience
It’s sci-fi and it has aliens in it but that’s not all it is. Arrival is thoughtful, atmospheric film with a great central performance from Amy Adams. The screenplay was written by Eric Heissener based on a short story by Ted Chiang called Story of Your Life. Film reviews rarely say much about the writers… Read More The Writers’ Arrival
I listened to Alan Bennett reading from the latest volume of his diaries Keeping On Keeping On on BBC Radio 4. As expected it was funny, poignant and perceptive but I also thought it showed that Bennett has an angry side. He’s not exactly The Incredible Hulk, turning green and bursting out of his tweed… Read More Alan Bennett as The Incredible Hulk
‘I went back to the school I attended from age five until age nine to find that it had been destroyed. This video is what I filmed when I was there. It’s a weird feeling seeing something like that. It’s like someone is dismantling my childhood. Now that place exists only in my head and… Read More They Destroyed My School
I watched Episode 5 of The Missing (Series 2, BBC One). The episode is fast becoming known for its violent ending. The series, which focuses on investigations into missing children, does not often feature violence so this episode came as a hammer blow. Some have criticised the violence shown but I think that this… Read More When Violence is Good