Dirty Old Man

New Tricks and old dogs, Joan, you know how it goes. It will all end in tears, mark my words.  Well, I can’t have some spotty nineteen year old playing a sixty year old man, can I? And where am I going to find someone with his experience? You saw his Leontes. Is that what […]


So, where we off to, Del?   Nowhere, Len. You and I are engaged in the subtle art of surveillance, using this Bus stop as a cover.   Come on, Del, what’s the blag?   The Launderette.   How are we going to carry a bleeding washing machine back out to the park and ride […]


There’s a line in the famous film, Goldfinger, delivered by MI6 head, ‘M’, that is typical of the innuendo that laces the earlier Bond franchises of Connery and Moore. M says to Felix Leiter, “Don’t charge in on him and spoil anything, will you? He’s evidently well on top at the moment.” Nothing to see […]

Self Education

Shark by Will Self My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is not for the feint hearted. Very difficult to follow, stream of consciousness, multiple narratives switching with no forewarning, literally LSD trips that you hope might lead somewhere. I was determined to read a book by Will Self so I decided to stick with […]

Close to tears or a cheap trick?

Today the 19 March 2018, I have been contemplating my eldest daughter returning to South America tomorrow. As I get older the separation has more meaning. Will her grandmother be alive when she returns? Will I? What if she doesn’t return? And then today on the radio I was reminded of a different grief. The […]

Brand Values

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks My rating: 3 of 5 stars Would these stories have been published if they were by an unknown author? I doubt it, but that is not to say they are poor quality. You will not find ‘edgy’ here, or a story that will rock your Tom Hanks’ world. […]

A Horse Walks Into A Bar

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a must read for anyone who enjoys writing. The subject matter may not tick all the boxes for the reader, however. Imagine the bullied kid at school everyone avoided, growing up into an astonishingly gifted stand up comedian, […]