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The Coen Brothers latest, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (FOLLOW LINK) only had a week in a few cinemas, before opening on Netflix this weekend, which is how we saw it. Six Western stories presented in sequence. One not to miss.

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On 17th November 1603, Sir Walter Ralegh was tried for treason in Winchester’s Great Hall. Shakespeare’s Globe take us back to the actual day in the actual place for Ralegh: The Treason Trial. (FOLLOW LINK TO REVIEW). A fascinating recreation / play.

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Last night I had the strangest dream … I suddenly pictured the world post-Brexit as seen by the most fervent (rabid?) Brexiteers!  Here is the LINK TO THE ARTICLE.  It’s copiously illustrated, so set your watch back to 1951, and read on …

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Poppies …

A short article, Poppies, (LINKED) added for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Review of The Watsons, by Laura Wade, (FOLLOW LINK) adapted from Jane Austen’s unfinished novel. Five stars from Michael Billington – Laura Wade doesn’t finish the story so much as upend it and create a new and hilarious and ever wilder fiction. You have to read more detail. Chichester Festival Theatre.

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Review of “Widows” directed by Steve McQueen added. Follow the link. Beautifully constructed heist movie, way more intriguing than most of the genre.

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Short review of Ballet UK’s production of “Beauty & The Beast” (FOLLOW LINK). This company bring full classical ballet productions to the smaller towns that the major tours never reach.

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