Diana in her own words- not the best of documentaries

Channel 4’s excellent publicity made me curious to see their new documentary about the life of Diana. Make sure you don’t repeat my mistake… I know perhaps less than most about Diana. I was born in 1992, and I only vaguely remember watching her funeral on TV. I have gathered some bits and pieces from magazines and newspapers, but I can’t say honestly that I … Continue reading Diana in her own words- not the best of documentaries

Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is definitely not a work of history. If you want a short outline of events that leads up to now, you are in the wrong place. Yuval Noah Harari is much more interested in the history of ideas that made humans what they are. That said, his narratives, though they may be based on fact ( I use the … Continue reading Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review

10 of the best literary cats

10. Peter in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer One day Tom was in the act of dosing the crack when his aunt’s yellow cat came along, purring, eying the teaspoon avariciously, and begging for a taste. Tom said: “Don’t ask for it unless you want it, Peter.” But Peter signified that he did want it. “You better make sure.” Peter was sure. “Now you’ve … Continue reading 10 of the best literary cats

Keeping the secrets of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

I had the honour of seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child live at the Palace Theatre in London yesterday evening. I have done my best to remove all spoilers from this review. The fun began an hour before the play was due to start. We stood in an impressive queue, winding 360 degrees around the Palace Theatre and there were people wearing Hogwarts gowns, … Continue reading Keeping the secrets of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

The Not So Secret Life of Pets

Have you seen the teaser trailer for ‘Secret Life of Pets’? If you haven’t go ahead and click on the link. Teaser Trailer ‘Secret Life of Pets’ This trailer is a small art-work in its own right. The film that follows it is less subtly quirky – but it is also thoroughly enjoyable. Max is a small dog and a pampered pet. He loves his … Continue reading The Not So Secret Life of Pets