L is for Love

  The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!    Sweet voice, sweet lips, soft hand, and softer breast, Warm breath, light whisper, tender semi-tone,    Bright eyes, accomplish’d shape, and lang’rous waist! Faded the flower and all its budded charms,    Faded the sight of beauty from my eyes, Faded the shape of beauty from […]

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J is for Joker

  The Joker is believed to have been introduced into playing cards in the United States by Euchre players in the 1860s. The original German spelling of Euchre is Juker or Juckerspiel, hence Joker.   The Joker has been compared to the Fool card in traditional Tarot decks, and although there are similarities (both cards […]

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I is for Ida

Ida is an Oscar-nominated Polish film by Pawel Pawilowski. It is a beautifully-shot, haunting meditation on identity, spirituality and loneliness. I reviewed it last year in the run-up to the Oscars. Click on the photo to read the review. Bonus: I is also for Inception I have seen Inception several times, and I admire and […]

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F is for Doctor Fell

The famous nursery rhyme “I do not like thee, Doctor Fell” was written by the satirist Tom Brown when he was a student at Oxford. According to the legend, Brown was caught ‘doing mischief’ and his tutor, John Fell (later Bishop of Oxford) expelled him but offered to take him back if Brown could successfully […]

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14 Great Car Chases

Car chases have been a part of cinema since the early days. Once filmmakers worked out that something moving – and moving fast – is exciting to watch, they began putting in chases of all kinds. After all, it isn’t called a motion picture for nothing. So here are some iconic car chases. Bullitt The […]

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