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

The Battle of the Bastards. The Genius of Simplicity.

The latest episode of The Game of Thrones was excellent. But it was not excellent simply because it was bloodthirsty, as The Guardian suggests.  It was excellent because it was finally balanced. Instead of skipping around the many plots and intrigues of Westeros it presented us with two balanced character groups : Daenerys Stormborn on the one hand and the Starks on the other. The … Continue reading The Battle of the Bastards. The Genius of Simplicity.

The Blackfish. GOT S6.E. 8 Riverrun

The Blackfish I am not going to discuss the Arya story right now. If you are anything like myself you have probably read more than enough of Arya analysis pieces over the past week. I will focus on the plot developments at Riverrun. On the whole, I was slightly disappointed by the TV series depiction of those scenes. Although Jaime Lannister’s conversation with Edmure Tully … Continue reading The Blackfish. GOT S6.E. 8 Riverrun