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21 Bridges

Published March 17, 2020

21 Bridges

This was so much better than I thought it was going to be. We only really knew of this because Boseman had appeared on the Graham Norton sofa to sell it, and it sounded interesting. With everything going on in the world at the moment, and our brains pretty consistently fried, we wanted some action adventure goodness to keep us going.

Ascent by Chris Bonington

Published March 17, 2020

Ascent by Chris Bonington

I’ve read a handful of mountaineer and adventurer books and I think I want to read more, but I had to re-start with one of the stalwarts of British climbing, Chris Bonington. This book charts his entire life so each of the main expeditions isn’t written about in too much detail, I think I would have liked more, but it’s a good way to get an overview of what an interesting and sometimes exciting life Bonington has had.

The Doctor and her family

Published March 16, 2020

The Doctor and her family

The most recent series of Doctor Who came to an end a week or so ago, the second full series to feature the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. But is she really the Thirteenth Doctor? Such revelations in this series! Spoilers and stuff follow, so do be careful if you read on. I’m talking to myself again. That’s a good sign. Firstly, Jodie continued to be wonderful. Her Doctor had a bit more emotional fallout to deal with this time round, and it was interesting to see her isolating from the group a little bit towards the beginning of the series.

School of Rock

Published March 15, 2020

School of Rock

I thought this was going to be more out and out funny, but actually there were a lot of serious edges to it. Jack Black does a great job, especially considering he doesn’t really have anyone to riff off. The kids are great but not exactly comedy partners, so he’s doing a lot of work to keep things moving.

Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley

Published March 14, 2020

Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley

We’re in to the fifth year of this album adventure and I’ve only just picked up an Elvis record to listen to. Incredible. This is his debut, twelve songs of lovely Elvis voice - some covers, some original stuff, some that are super famous. Imagine having Blue Suede Shoes on your debut!

Manchester Calling by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Published March 14, 2020

Manchester Calling by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

I’ve been looking forward to this one, and it absolutely delivered. It probably hasn’t moved their sound forward very much, but you know what you’re getting with Paul & Jacqui - good tunes with excellent lyrics, and some honest and truthful subject matters.

Grease

Published March 14, 2020

Grease

This is a childhood favourite, an absolute classic, and one that it’s taken far too long to Film Watch. However, I had to wait until Mr C was ready for the brilliance of it and today was the day. There’s a lot to love, obviously, the music is incredible, the story fun, the performances hit and miss. There were more layers to it than I remembered though.

Gemini Man

Published March 14, 2020

Gemini Man

Okay, so let’s kick things off with the positive. We were looking for some mindless action and this delivered - it was entertaining in the moment, not too much of a thinking film, with some great visuals along the way. However, it really doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.

Friday Five - Boldly going back to the start

Published March 13, 2020

Friday Five - Boldly going back to the start

Everyone has been raving about Picard, the new show on Prime, and I desperately want to watch it. But I realised, although I love Star Trek, my knowledge of the TV shows really isn’t that great. Of course I know the characters and the general idea but I can’t remember ever really watching it. Movies, sure, but TV shows? I don’t recall. So, seeing as it’s all available on Netflix at the moment, I decided to go back to the very start and watch The Original Series.

Truth Be Told by Kathleen Barber

Published March 13, 2020

Truth Be Told by Kathleen Barber

I picked this up after watching the TV series on Apple TV+, and was interested to see how the source material had been adapted. The TV show went down with mixed reviews in my household but overall it was enjoyable, so I was surprised at how completely different the book was! Rather than being the protagonist, Poppy the podcaster is really a hated figure that only pops up every now and again and is really, very mean.