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Repetition and ‘Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby’ by Samuel Beckett

13 February 2014

Ramblings around how to be a successful human inspired by the madness and normality of repetition

A response to Ray Comfort’s ‘Evolution vs God’

15 August 2013

Comments on the evangelist’s approach and answers to the questions he poses in the film

‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel

22 January 2012

Barack Obama has apparently described Life of Pi as “an elegant proof of God”. But in the opinion of this agnostic – a position vilified (inexpertly) in the novel – if it is such a proof, it is in the least interesting of ways.

Charlie Brooker’s anthem sings of a nation I don’t recognise

10 December 2011

‘The National Anthem’ is a well acted, slick production, but as a piece of social commentary it is based on a narrow view of people as little more than cattle, and as storytelling its flaw is to abandon its coherence in favour of a predetermined conclusion designed to shock

‘The Human Centipede (First Sequence)’ by Tom Six

9 November 2011

In a rare departure, I have been forced by the awfulness of this film to write a negative review

‘Crash’ by JG Ballard

15 April 2011

JG Balllard’s novel Crash was highly controversial when it was published in 1973, as was David Cronenberg’s 1996 film adaptation, marrying as the story does the aftermath of automobile accidents with sexual predilection

‘The Book of Dave’ by Will Self

12 September 2010

The suggestion that the ravings of a London cabbie, slighted by life, could give birth to a religion is no more strange than what has gone before.

‘The Killer Inside Me’ by Jim Thompson

19 July 2010

Thompson’s murderous schizophrenic displays a rationality that forces us to accept his humanity.

Rufus Hound @ The Betsy Trotwood

30 March 2010

If you feel bad about selling out, then don’t do it

BRIT Awards… what?

19 February 2010

Do I need to say more about the BRIT Awards 2010 other than to remind you that Robbie “I’m rich beyond my wildest dreams” Williams received the ‘Outstanding contribution to music’ award? I don’t deny that he’s been very successful, or that many people have enjoyed what he’s created, but does he really deserve to […]