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Sixty Million Cannot Be That Wrong!

When in 1985 the musical version of Les Miserables hit the stage, it was panned by critics; it was left to audiences to grasp the sheer power both of the story and of the music. Now, the world’s longest running musical has been adapted into an epic film which ultimately celebrates the power of redemptive love. For…

Final Edition

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It’s hard not to feel nostalgic. Today, I handed in my final subscription voucher for my copy of The Guardian. I’ve vowed to walk past the station newspaper stand each morning and resist temptation. From tomorrow onwards, I suspect my only regular newspaper reading will be on holiday in far flung, remote places – the…

Greatly Expected… Greatly Disappointed

Great Expectations – Part 1 – BBC1, 27 December 2012 Any adaptation of Great Expectations is a tall order: it’s such a well loved novel and it’s hard to better David Lean’s superb black and white version – somehow the black and white captures perfectly the atmosphere of an almost gothic novel.  Yet the  image during…

Who needs The Inbetweeners?

Sunset over Mull

So the Summer Holidays drew to a close with a visit to the cinema to see The Inbetweeners. Of course, I laughed throughout, not least at moments of painful self-recognition. It’s cleverly observed, shrewdly written and somewhere there’s compassion for the characters. But somewhere it’s also vacuous: after the booze and the bonks there’s not…