Category Archives: Film

Walking with Grief… Stuart France

* ‘I cried like some grandmother, I wanted to tear my teeth out, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.’ – Walter E.Kurtz, Apocalypse Now. * The ‘Good Colonel’ is here reacting to a particularly distressing, and at first … Continue reading

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A right royal visit…

A few days after the Jewel in the Claw, I was lucky enough to have a visit from the queen. Not, I hasten to add, the one who currently wears the crown, but from my friend who had played Elizabeth … Continue reading

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“A gift of laughter…”

As I’m on a research mission this weekend, and having spent much of the week in hospital waiting rooms, I have dredged up a couple of old ones to share.This one was written two years ago… Rafael Sabatini is not … Continue reading

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Stratford-Strange III… Stuart France

* … “I suppose, Carbrook Hall ‘took the biscuit’ in that respect.” “Yes, it’s one thing to be ignored by a bar-tender at a bar but not to be seen at all!” “And all the while I was snapping away, … Continue reading

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Stratford-Strange II… Stuart France

* …”My first ‘movie memory’ is from the film, The Matrix. Neo has swallowed the red pill and been unplugged from the system. Having spent some time acclimatising to the real world, he is finally allowed to re-enter the matrix … Continue reading

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Shades of the Golden Age…

As a child, I loved the old movies of the swashbuckling variety. Even then, I knew the stories were not real and the history likely to be wildly innaccurate. Romance and adventure did not wait behind every tree. Magic, though, … Continue reading

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Hinting at… Happiness? by Sarah Brentyn

Reblogged from Sarah Brentyn: What does a Harvard University professor have to do with flash fiction? Nothing. And everything. Or, at least, something. I’ve thought for a long time now that good flash fiction packs a punch. It heightens emotional … Continue reading

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Guest author: Olga Núñez Miret – Apropos of nothing

Thanks to Sue Vincent for asking me to be a guest and write something for her blog. Oh, Sue, you don’t know what you’ve done. Since you asked me, several weeks ago, and I told you I was taking a … Continue reading

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…and breathe…

It wasn’t until I went to thank the young lady behind the counter that I realised. She tried valiantly not to giggle. My son, a little later, had no such qualms and laughed out loud. The ‘thank you’ had come … Continue reading

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Bassett Hall, A Jamie Dark story from Geoffrey West

Reblogged:  Jamie Dark , Psychic investigator and architect, a story from Geoffrey West. As the huge oak door swung inwards, I stumbled and fell flat on my face in the hallway. The lovely aroma of freshly applied paint and new … Continue reading

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