The 60s retrospectives again. Three in three days. When the physio says I should spend at least two hours every afternoon with my operated leg elevated, it’s a chance to extend the series. This time it’s Blake Edwards THE PARTY (linked) starring Peter Sellers from 1968. It’s held to be another influential movie, bridging Jacques Tati before and Mr Bean afterwards. Trouble is, Peter Sellers in brown face make up playing an inept Indian actor.



The 60s Film Retrospective series continues with Nicholas Roeg’s 1970 film Performance, (FOLLOW LINK) starring Mick Jagger, James Fox and Anita Pallenberg.  It was filmed in 1968, but the studio was so shocked that its release was delayed two years. Launched to horrendous reviews, it became a cult classic and one of the most influential films from its era. The 60s series will be continuing rapidly with additions while I recuperate from a knee operation so can’t do theatre or current film!


Back to my 1960s films revisited series. The Rise & Rise of Michael Rimmer (FOLLOW LINK TO REVIEW) was filmed in 1969, and released in 1970. It stars Peter Cook as the manipulative political pollster who takes over the country and decides to govern by referendum. Yes, that’s why it’s being quoted fifty years later. The comedy is laden with the cream of British comic actors … John Cleese, Arthur Lowe and many others. The review (obviously) mentions Brexit.

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Review of The Unthanks at Wimborne Minster on their 2019 “Unaccompanied As We Are” tour. And they are unaccompanied. A sublime show, with sterling support from Scottish singer-songwriter Tim Dalling.


Having watched David Attenborough on Climate Change last night, we discussed it at length and I realized how often I’ve ranted on the same stuff, so I thought writing it down might at least spare the family having to listen again … LINK TO MY RANT. Comments are enabled if you want to make them.


Review added of the latest animation from Laika Studio, MISSING LINK (er, linked). Visually stunning and there are plenty of jokes for the accompanying adults. Highy recommended.



Review of the third RSC play, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Linked). The RSC have reversed the roles. This is England, 1591 and it’s a matriarchy. All the male roles are now female, and Katherine and Bianca (Bianco) are now men. It’s not “gender blind” but a rethink of the play in a world where women had all the power. And it’s absolutely wonderful! We loved it.