Monthly Archives: October 2016

I Daniel Blake – a review

There is a masterful high point in I Daniel Blake, when, after spray can painting a plea to welfare benefit staff on the wall of their building, Blake, nicely underplayed by Dave Johns, gets cheered on by a down-and-out inebriated … Continue reading

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A People Betrayed

Gibraltar, British territory since 1713, countS itself a ‘corner of a foreign field forever England’. a And yet the people are of one mind, furious, incensed, enraged. They detest the British government for dumping Europe and closing down on its … Continue reading

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Hunt for Wilderpeople – a review

This is a delightfully unambitious film that amasses wisdom about family life as it tells its tale in its passage of rights way, packed with compassion, sadness and laughter. The new Zealand film industry, like the Australian before it, is a wonder: from … Continue reading

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The Bus That Lied

I’ve more to say about the wording on that bus later. The other day, wondering how England will manage to prosper in a new relationship with its Treaty partner without subsidy from Scotland, I came across a speech made by  the … Continue reading

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Inglish, as Spoke ‘n Wrote

Mr Spelling Bee As a writer I get asked to spell words by as many adults as children, en passant. I don’t claim to be a walking dictionary and often experiment to create new words that the ill-educated consider ‘wrong’. It’s … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon – a review

Here is a film in which Peter Berg the director is desperately keen to honour the men and women who served on that fated oil exploration rig in the Gulf of Mexico, twenty-five minutes from the Texan coast, and who were … Continue reading

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Lesser of Two Evils

What a week for the lesser of two evils. Trump versus Clint Worldwide television reminded us that the United States of Amnesia is still the most powerful nation in the world, though it’s losing ground in influence, but whoever is … Continue reading

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Indiana Forrest

An essay in an occasional series on outstanding Scots unjustly ignored George Forrest was a great plant hunter, a true renaissance man of the early nineteenth century, with the near perfect name for a person whose whole career was hunting … Continue reading

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