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The thrill of travelling light

I am on a transatlantic flight the dayafter the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony. I pass athletes from Brazil in the departures lounge, and awheelchair athlete for Team USAis boarding my flight just ahead of me. It has been a wonderful summer ofwatching the Olympics and Paralympics, and no-one wants it to be over. On […]

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Contagion on the long-haul flight to Houston

I feelsorry for the guy sitting next to me on the plane to Houston, with me blowingmy nose every five minutes. Still, right after take-off he falls asleep, andstays sound asleep for five hours. How does he do that? I’ve readthe paper, done some Chinese homework and then watched a couple of films. Thesecond one […]

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OIL MOVIE: Black Gold with Antonio Banderas

Thecinema’s fascination with oil continues with the imminent release of “BlackGold,” a drama about the Middle Eastern oil boom, starring Antonio Banderas. The filmis in the vein of “Lawrence of Arabia,” according to some reviews, which alsopoint to the “horror of Antonio Banderas’ miscasting as an Emir. The plotis about two Arabian chieftains who have […]

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BOOKS: Zombies at Grangemouth – “World War Z”

The Blog had never ever read a zombie book or watched a zombie film (unless we count Sean of the Dead), and was quite happy to keep things that way until the news broke that Brad Pitt was at the INEOS Grangemouth chemicals site making a film of the zombie book “World War Z.”   […]

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A full-length Lego movie and a full-size Xmas tree

The Blog is on a voluntary Lego diet, and is limiting itself to one Lego posting a month.   Even if acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) Lego is the perfect petrochemical toy, you can have too much of a good thing.     Nevertheless, who could fail to be impressed with the idea of a Lego film, and […]

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MOVIES: Monte Carlo

If you still hanker after EPCA in Monte Carlo, this silly chick flick is worth seeing for the shots of Monte, mostly the Hotel de Paris, the coastal road and one scene on the beach by the Beach Plaza.   Otherwise “Monte Carlo” (the movie) is all implausible plot, clich├ęd characters, Texas goes to Paris, […]

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On late night flights

Heathrow T5 at 9.40 pm is a ghost town. There are five people in the giant BA lounge, and all the food is being cleared away. I have never flown out so late before, and the whole airport is strangely empty. I am on the third-to-last flight of the night; the last one is at […]

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Actress Daryl Hannah arrested in oil pipeline protest

Daryl Hannah was arrested outside the White House as she took part in a protest on Tuesday against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the US Gulf, according to this article today on news.sky.com spotted by Mark V. The Blog likes the way the article refers to Hannah as “actress Daryl Hannah” […]

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The Guard – and a good cinema

Contains very strong language, strong violence, sex references and drug use, said the warning on the cinema website. I didn’t think that sounded like my kind of film, but “The Guard” is very funny and even quite touching. It is a story about an Irish village cop and a straight-laced FBI agent, and their fight […]

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On feats of memory and Brad Pitt

Performing a one-hour monologue always strikes me as an impressive feat. Whether it is a comedy stand-up routine, a play, a political speech or a lecture, the Blog is always impressed with the feat of memory. Especially when it is a well-known text like a theatre classic, where the audience knows it well, so it […]

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