Review: The Dressmaker – mischief and mayhem

'The Dressmaker,' a novel  by Rosalie Ham, was recommended to me by a writer who knows what she's about. It is out on film at the moment starring Kate Winslet and it really doesn't look like my thing. Set in Australia, the novel's strapline reads 'an unforgettable tale of love and hate and haute couture.' …

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Punch and Judy politics? Send them to the naughty step!

During Jeremy Corbyn's response to David Cameron setting out his position on Europe and the upcoming referendum yesterday, the leader of the opposition was prevented from delivering his opinion due to some lengthy heckling, including the interruption of 'Who are you?' implying that leaders of other socialist parties in Europe didn't know who he is. This came from the Tory …

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‘The Program’ – blood bags, syringes and sleuth.

I watched 'The Program', the biopic of Lance Armstrong's exploits, which deals with his fight against cancer and his decision to take performance enhancing drugs in order to become a Tour de France winner. The film relates the story of Armstrong, from his early days of being a competitive young rider, through his battle with cancer, …

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Slade House – David Mitchell. Come in and feel the noise!

I have just read David Mitchell's 'Slade House'. It took me a day and I didn't put it down. What a clever book! Again, no spoilers from me for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but there is a scarily  weird place, Slade House, where things happen and have happened in the past, which the reader …

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Europe – to be in or not to be in? That is the question.

Everyone is talking about Europe at the moment and , in particular, the referendum in June (probably). We will all be asked to decide on whether we want to stay in the European Union or not, and there are many voices out there, in the media, telling us what we should think. Most of these …

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