Apologies For Not Writing For a While
July 8, 2015 | Posted in AUTHOR BLOGS, NON-FICTION, Uncategorized | By Arthur Chappell
We would knock at houses as late as 9pm. We were told to ignore signs in doors and windows saying no sales or charity callers. we were supposed to ignore anyone saying they have no money or already give to other charities and keep pitching a deal to them.
Diary Entries 2nd To 8th April 2015
April 10, 2015 | Posted in AUTHOR BLOGS, CONVENTIONS, FANDOM, NON-FICTION | By Arthur Chappell
Diary – Easter Monday 6th April 2015 – The main Easter Bank Holiday though being unemployed left it feeling like just another Monday for me. My Mum did us a special Easter lunch which was almost a Christmas Dinner and very nice.
Television Review The Avengers The Maneater Of Surrey Green
April 8, 2015 | Posted in CLASSIC TV, CULT TV, EPISODE RECAPS, SCIENCE FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION, TELEVISION | By Arthur Chappell
Maneater is quite different – Drawing on both The Quatermass Experiment and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers as an influence, with a hint of The Day Of The Triffids, this deals with an alien plant form trying to take over Middle-England.
Movie Review The Angels’ Share
April 6, 2015 | Posted in MOVIES, THRILLER | By Arthur Chappell
Robbie also learns of an auction of a rare malt-whisky that could be worth a million pounds, and hits on a plan to steal some for a private collector, using his Community Service chums to help him out.
Movie Review – Despicable Me
April 6, 2015 | Posted in MOVIES, SCIENCE FICTION | By Arthur Chappell
I particularly like how open Gru is with his villainy, treating it as just a job, as he lives in a suburban American community, with his evil castle right in the midst of a row of terraced houses where he chats to the neighbours.
Movie Review Oktober
April 6, 2015 | Posted in AUTHORS, BOOKS, CLASSICS, MOVIES | By Arthur Chappell
Eisenstein’s formidable 1926 silent classic heavily stylized reconstruction of the events of the Russian Revolution, as Lenin’s Bolshevik’s seized control of Petrograd (Leningrad). It was inspired by John Reeds’ journalistic, but biased record of the revolution, Ten Days That Shook The World, later filmed by Warren Beatty as Reds.
TV Review Thunderbirds Are Go
April 5, 2015 | Posted in CLASSIC TV, CULT TV, EPISODE RECAPS, MOVIES, SCIENCE FICTION, TELEVISION | By Arthur Chappell
Homages to the Anderson originals were strong; the whole solar panel threat to a city threat was a reprise of Lord Parker’s Holiday, John watching Stingray on TV, etc.
Song Review – The Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace
April 4, 2015 | Posted in MOVIES, RADIO, ROCK, VINYL RECORDS | By Arthur Chappell
Jiles Perry Richardson wrote the song himself, and recorded under the name, Big Bopper. It became his biggest, and in most countries, his only hit. He was tragically killed the following year in the same plane crash that took Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly from us. Richardson’s overt sexual call was a sharp, loud contrast to Buddy Holly’s gentle romantic style in songs like True Love Ways.
TV Review – The UK Television Election Debate 2015
April 3, 2015 | Posted in CULTURE & SOCIETY, TELEVISION | By Arthur Chappell
Farrage really showed his true nature by claiming most immigrants in Britain are from Communist Countries and that we are spending more money on treating foreign AIDS sufferers than our own nationals who have AIDS. Leanne Wood’s simple retort that he should be ashamed of himself drew the strongest audience applause of the night. She clearly saw dealing with sickness of any kind as a purely human service to offer all, regardless of nationality.
How Many Real Ale Pubs Should A Local Real Ale Society Handle?
April 2, 2015 | Posted in CULTURE & SOCIETY | By Arthur Chappell
CAMRA, Britain’s biggest real ale campaigning group, divides its national membership into regional and local branches. Cities such as Manchester, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, etc., have several branches serving different corridors, and some will still be expected to cover a wide area.