Cherie & Tony, Ummmm

Yesterday I was greeted by the wonderful sight of the annual Blair Christmas card, and this year’s offering is a real treat. Tony, what were you thinking about when the photographer said ‘cheese’?

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In Memoriam

With this week’s news that one of film’s finest directors Mike Nichols sadly passed away, it occurred to me what an horrendous year 2014 has been for robbing us of cinema’s very best.

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New Words for 2014 – a Vintage Year?

So the Oxford English Dictionary has published its list of new words for 2014, the stand out entry being vape. This is probably a worthy winner of the ‘Word of the Year’ award, reflecting an exploding activity (not in the way the Fire Service would have us believe) which is set to continue to gain momentum over the short term.

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Worth Waiting For: Downsizing

10 years in the making, it seems Alexander Payne may be on track to finally realise his social satire Downsizing.

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Waterstones Sleepover: What Would You Read?


After tourist David Willis from Texas recently found himself locked in a London Waterstones after closing, the book store chain have invited 10 competition winners to relax in-store on an airbed overnight with any book they choose. This prompts the question, if you found yourself surrounded by thousands of books with a few hours to kill, what book would you go for? Unless you are blessed with superhuman processing skills, I’m pretty sure you’d need to select something with fewer than 200 pages. Feel free to share your thoughts on my Facebook page (, here’s a couple from me.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180 pages)
Considered by some to be “the Great American Novel” it follows a man who lets his love obsession get the better of him, and it ultimately leads to his demise.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (160 pages)
The book is quite different from the movie (for a start the male protagonist is gay) and Capote’s prose is incredible. Even if you’ve seen the movie, the book is well worth a read.

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