Author Archives: Grouse Beater

The Last Jedi – a review

To begin with a warning: when reading this review keep in mind Disney bought the Star Wars franchise from Lucasfilm in 2012 and are responsible for its reboot. It is conceived as all Disney productions are conceived, to a corporate aesthetic. … Continue reading

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Best Films of 2017

 Or at least, the best ones I managed to see The movies outlined range from very good to outstanding, though most were genre led and unoriginal in style and script. Too many are praised by London critics and reviewers as classics … Continue reading

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2017 Most Popular Essays

Edinburgh’s George Street festive illuminations are attractive from a distance, a bit of a disappointment close up, like the promises made by Scotland’s opponents. A year of marking time To my mind the funniest political episode this year was the stramash over Alex … Continue reading

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Scotland Leased to the Scots

Imposing an unequal Treaty on a neighbour nation in which that nation will always be overpowered by the parliamentary votes and self-serving agenda of the dominant nation is normally described as governing a colony. In Scotland’s case, Scotland is leased to … Continue reading

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The Disaster Artist – a review

How the director, Tommy Wiseau, a nobody from nowhere without a single film to his credit, managed to get hold of enough money to make the original bad film on which The Disaster Artist is based is anybody’s guess. He … Continue reading

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Last Exit from Brexit

A quick guide to solutions for Scotland to escape England’s fiasco Living next door to England is living next to a perpetual building site constructed on a PFI budget we paid for, and continue paying for the next twenty years. … Continue reading

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Car Museums

There’s something inert, lifeless about car museums, even the best of them, especially those that lay out their vehicles in serried ranks. The better ones, such as the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, create attractive displays and renew them a … Continue reading

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