Monthly Archives: April 2017

Book Review: Who Wants to be a Batsman? By Simon Hughes (2015)

Of the three disciplines involved in playing cricket: batting, bowling and fielding, it is the first that perhaps offers the greatest potentiality between glorious success and abject failure. A splendid hundred could lead to national fame, a sponsored car and … Continue reading

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Cheers #2: “The Coach’s Daughter” (#1.05, 28/10/82)

Synopsis Coach is excited at the impending visit of his daughter Lisa and her new fiancée Roy. However, his obnoxious personality quickly alienates everyone at Cheers. Coach is persuaded to talk her into breaking the engagement off, but Lisa has … Continue reading

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Brittas Empire #2: “Bye Bye Baby” (1.3)

Synopsis Gordon Brittas, concerned by the leisure centre’s appalling rate of staff absenteeism, instigates a series of one-to-one interviews with his employees (outside of their working hours) and books a stress expert to lecture on “Tranquillity without Drugs”. Carol meanwhile … Continue reading

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Book Review: Peter Knows What Dick Likes (1989) by Jonathan Meades

A 600-page collection of Meades’ eighties journalism (essays, features, portraits and reviews), with a screenplay and two short stories bundled in. There are an exact 100 articles on a vast array of subject matter, written mainly between 1982-1988 (although there … Continue reading

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Book Review: Modern France – A Very Short Introduction by Vanessa R Schwartz

This Short Introduction (from the Oxford University Press series) is a cultural entry, investigating the place that France has held over the past two hundred years, the origins and development of this role up to the present day. It is … Continue reading

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Brittas Empire #1: “The Opening Day” (1.2)

Here’s another strain of reviews, this time on the successful 1990s sitcom “The Brittas Empire”, another ensemble piece set in a Leisure Centre in the English Home Counties. The idea of this programme was to present an insufferably annoying, pedantically … Continue reading

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Cheers #1: The Tortelli Tort (1.3)

Here’s a new blogging theme: a series of reviews of a string of episodes of the famous and long-running American sitcom “Cheers”. An ensemble piece set in a Boston bar, following the life events and interactions between the bar owner … Continue reading

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