book December 18

Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

I’ll start with what I found most curious about this book and that is that we are supposed to believe that the owner of the titular dog does not press charges against the person who kills her dog in the most horrible of fashions – by stabbing it with a garden fork. As a dog […]

book December 15

Richard Ayoade – Ayoade on Ayoade

I’m going to keep this short because… well because… time is money, will that do you? No? Okay then, I’ll come clean – much as it pains me to say this I was disappointed with this book. I am a massive fan of Ayoade’s work on TV and in film, but I was expecting more […]

writing December 14

Mark Forsyth – The Elements of Eloquence

The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth is perhaps the most entertaining book about the English language I have read this year. I added the qualifier ‘perhaps’ because I am currently reading his book The Etymologicon which might eclipse Elements in terms of entertainment. I read Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss recently which […]

need_for_speed_drawn_logo December 12

Need for Speed: Undercover

Well this was a nice treat. I think I paid £6 or £8 for this 2008 release and it was worth every darn penny. Directed by Joseph Hodges who has a lot of credits for the TV show 24, the story is a simple one of an undercover cop posing as a master wheelman to […]

magpie_mod December 12


I currently have thirty-five unread or partially read books in my possession and more will undoubtedly be joining them over the Christmas gift giving period. It’s nice to have a stock and to not have to worry about what to read next, but I do feel some pressure to read them as soon as I […]

B_C December 07

The Edge of Tomorrow

This film is high adrenaline cocktail of elements from Starship Troopers, Groundhog Day and Saving Private Ryan with a dash of The Matrix Revolutions towards the end. I really enjoyed it. It is as far-fetched as it comes but with a logic that in hindsight was missing from Interstellar. There is also no small amount […]

book December 07

Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I was confused into thinking that this book was another of Gaiman’s book for children and so I was unwilling to part with £7.99 to own a copy and then it came to pass that I picked it up for £1.25 from my favourite Sue Ryder charity shop and discovered it was a book for […]


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