From the daily archives:

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cine-East Film Club #4: 1937, La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir)

April 29, 2012

A second war film.  But this is a very different kind of war film to Cine-East #2, Kanal.  That film is unrelentingly bleak in its depiction of the last remnants of the Warsaw Uprising groping their way through the sewer system in the Second World War to their inevitable death at the hands of the Nazis […]

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#455: 1979, Blondie, Dreaming

April 29, 2012

Having had the distraction of Devon & Cornwall theme week, I have gathered a number of songs in my head that I wanted to post.  This, however, wasn’t one of them. No, the reason for posting Blondie‘s Dreaming is more spontaneous than that, and perhaps a reminder that Debbie Harry is a only couple of months […]

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Week 17: Hero – Robert Jay QC

April 29, 2012

As a barrister cross-examination is a fairly easy thing to do, but a bloody hard thing to do well. Anyone can stand up and ask a few questions, but, to do it in a way in which you leave your victim witness, railing, confused and blubbering like a fool is an art, it is also […]

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Week 17: Villain – George Osborne

April 29, 2012

Our award this week for the greatest villain of the last seven days goes to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gideon George Osborne There were two contenders for Villain of the Week this week: Osborne and Jeremy Hunt.  Ultimately, Gideon won out: the damage and misery he is inflicting on the country outweighs the Westminster […]

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Week 17: Prat – The Government of Kyrgyzstan

April 29, 2012

This Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to the government of the  central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan Every 9th of May in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, there is a major military parade which ends at the monument to the thousands of Second World War dead of this former Soviet Republic.  The top military brass […]

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