Musical Shakespeare

“For your sweet music this last night, I do Protest my ears were never better fed With such delightful pleasing harmony.” William Shakespeare ~ Pericles: 2.5.26   You would have to have been on another planet not to notice recently that it was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23 April. […]

Offers one cannot refuse

Yesterday I went flying. Unfortunately, it was not in an aeroplane. I was bowling along with purpose to catch a bus into the centre of Edinburgh in order to do various jobs – shopping, browsing, go the cinema. I had a lovely day planned ahead of me. But that was all potential and I did […]

“A life lived in fear….

….is a life half lived”* *Spanish proverb quoted in the 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. Before the director Baz Luhrmann was best known for The Great Gatsby (2013), and even perhaps for Moulin Rouge! (2001), he was the creator of a film about a ballroom dancer who tries to break out from the boundaries of accepted and defined […]

Viewing platforms

What does February 14 mean to you?  Depends on your perspective, right?  Your personal situation? The film Love Actually (2003) explores the proposition that, no matter how unlikely, how unexpected, there is always someone to love.  Yes of course it is full of beautiful people.  Of course it is full of unlikely scenarios that work […]

A really good cloak

In March 2006, an unlikely film about different aspects of racism in America beat the bookies’ favourite (Brokeback Mountain) to take the coveted ‘Best Film’ prize. With the tagline ‘It’s not like things are black and white’, Crash, was generally well received critically and publicly.  You can read more about the plot and information about the […]


We’re at the cinema today, sitting back for a lovely ‘fantasy-romance’ starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock – The Lake House (2006). As you will see from the Internet Movie Database reference, this is a film about the right people getting to know each other in the wrong way at the wrong time.  It’s the sort of film […]

Here’s the thing….

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, […]