Degrees of Separation

Like many people, I enjoy reading books with recurring characters.  Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, for example, or Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme.  Provided they’re well written, they offer predictability – you know what you’re getting. When I first decided to write...

A Minor Diversion

Early in May, I finally completed the latest draft of Carrion, a novel that seems to be taking an age to get right. I first started it back in the mid-noughties, and have set it aside and gone back to it several times. The story feels right, and I feel it needs...

Not A ‘Droid

Having raved recently about the merits of watching movies in IMAX, I thought I’d pick up on a comment I made in the post where I first mentioned it. When I heard about 4DX, I did wonder if it was the name of another Star Wars ’droid, but it turns out it’s a relatively...

Where Do You Go to Weigh a Pie?

Once you start to focus on something, more of the same starts to come into your life. Some of it is to do with a part of the brain that’s activated by that focus. So, if you buy a particular model of car, suddenly there are loads of them around you. The same if you...

Who You Gonna Call?

My last two posts reflected on changes to how we see movies in cinemas. Here I’d like to focus on the inability to watch older films on the big screen. I won’t for a minute pretend I like the classics – Casablanca, Citizen Kane and others of that ilk. I...

The Return of the Double Bill?

I have moaned in the past (and recently) that you don’t get double bills at the cinema any more. For anyone under the age of fifty, the concept of a double-bill might not even make sense. It doesn’t seem that long ago I would have said anyone under the age of forty,...

Reflections on the Silver Screen

Those of you who know me reasonably well will know I’m a big fan of cinema. I have been since my grandma took me to see The Wizard of Oz back in the late 1960s. You may also be aware that I have some strong feelings about how cinema has changed over the years....

Bloggers Bash – Meet Our Sponsors

As we count down the final few days before the Bloggers Bash, it’s important to be aware of a few things. Tomorrow, we get to meet the delegates, but today we meet the sponsors. This year, the Awards at the Annual Bloggers Bash are being sponsored by Greenstory...

Bloggers Bash – Last Chance!

Unbelievably, there are only a few days left until the Bash 2018. This weekend is your last chance to get your tickets at the standard price. From Monday, the price will shoot up to the last-minute purchase price. So if you’re wavering, push that “Buy Now”...