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Review of Simone Felice, at Winchester 23 November 2014. A probable winner of my “best concert of the year” list! With Anna Mitchell on vocals, piano and harmonium, and Dan Whitehouse support. The photo is NOT from Winchester, but gives the idea.

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Short piece added under RANTS on Beaujolais Nouveau … the first wine and food piece here!

Review added of The Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. This biopic of Alan Turing is beautifully constructed and tells the story of the Enigma machines in World War II. Turing built the computer that cracked the code, and won the war, but his life ended in shame then suicide. An excellent film.

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Review of Bellowhead, Southampton Guildhall O2, 15th November 2014. This is a review of “Britain’s best live band” with thoughts also on the “Revival” album tracks. Support by The Moulettes. Bellowhead poster

Review of the animated film The Book of Life is linked, based on tales of the Mexican Day of The Dead, which would not have been a very child-friendly title.

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My Toppermost article on Manfred Mann is now up – see link. It’s one I particularly enjoyed writing. Their cross-influence on Bob Dylan is under-estimated!

Mr Turner

Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall as the artist is reviewed today. It’s had fantastic reviews. The cinematography and lead acting deserve awards. Overall? I don’t think it does. p01z51ck

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