What was going on in my teenage brain is unfathomable to me now. I was driven by the overwhelming desire to be expelled so I could spend more time with my dog and my horse.The only teacher that had any control over me was my English teacher, but only from the day, he asked us to write a poem. I wrote hundreds, then moved on to short stories which he helped me get published and I became more focused and a little less defiant.
What a few days it has been for me in the city of dreaming spires. I don’t like to brag, but I soaked up the words of wisdom of writer and broadcaster, Melvyn Bragg, who is best known as editor and presenter of ITV’s South Bank Show. He was talking about his new novel Love Without End:... Continue Reading →
It hasn't quite sunk in that I'm going for four out of the nine days. I will be soaking up the words of wisdom of people I have admired for many years, such as the legendary Ranulph Fiennes. Much admired veteran journalists, Kate Adie, and Martin Bell. I hope to meet new friends along the... Continue Reading →
Alison Moyet is still a force to be reckoned with. Her drive and passion about her music resulted in a powerful performance in Jersey last night which got fans to their feet and feeling the ages they were in 1984 when a solo Moyet divinely intervened in their music sphere.
Back in 1964, we all wanted to be Jane or Michael Banks. They were sharing their world with the perfectly perfect Julie Andrews as the immortal Mary Poppins who, just by clicking her fingers, was making their lives supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
The JADC have been back in action this week in The Studio at Jersey's Opera House. This time without a full-blown orchestra and without a full ensemble. Just a few props, in an intimate setting and some of the stalwarts of the club acting alongside some of its newer members.
A fine performance by Alex Jennings as evil Tim Finch, who had me quaking in my pyjamas with that stare. Overall, a great cast which including some of my favourite actors who made a great piece of TV drama really come alive, as in Seasons 1 and 2.
I was reading Lorenzo Carcaterra's Sleepers and I couldn't put it down, taking it into the Indian Ocean and reading it floating on my back, standing up and sitting in the warm, briny sea, until I finished it. More recently, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt - The Diaries of a Junior Doctor, had the same effect, only I read most of it on a sun lounger.
In 2008 I fell in love with everything about Mama Mia! The Movie, the jukebox musical romantic comedy based on the 1999 musical. The screenplay was written by British playwright, Catherine Johnson and featured an eye-watering cast list of supremely talented actors to play the wonderfully identifiable characters. All wrapped up in the music of the iconic ABBA, with... Continue Reading →