Archive for 14/08/2013

Killing Season



A Michael Powell story.

“A donkey was duly called by the property department and reported to Pinewood Studios on the appointed day at 6 a.m. complete with its owner, a diminutive cockney from Covent Garden Market. Immediately on arrival he was taken to wardrobe and fitted out with a ballet costume, tights, shoes, etc. Then followed make-up and hairdressing  where he was given the full classical look. This he endured without comment of complaint, being a man of few words who had prepared himself for the peculiarities which he might have to face in a film studio. His donkey, equally phlegmatic, grazed on a patch of grass outside the window. He was then taken to the crowd dressing room where h sat, silent, in the farthest corner, surrounded by other male dancers with whom he was totally identified in looks, if not in spirit. He waited patiently for something to happen…

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Poems Underwater

Debby Akam’s film ‘Girlfish’ is adorning our youtube channel, along with some other excellent works. Debby writes,

‘Girlfish’ induces the ritualistic, meditative mechanisms of travelling between realms, and returning refreshed after connecting with Nature. More at

‘Girlfish’ is part of Lines Underwater, an anthology of new artwork, film, audio, prose, and poetry that re-envisions mermaids in the twenty first century. Curious? Get yourself a copy to see!

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AA262501%20%2814-56-56-01%29You just have to watch this beautiful video trailer for Kes which is being shown at Derby Theatre next month.

It is wonderfully put together and certainly makes you want to go and watch the play which stars Sam Jackson as Billy Casper.

Kes will be the first of four productions for the autumn season at Derby Theatre and runs from September 13 until October 5.

It has been adapted by Lawrence Till, directed by Sarah Brigham and designed by Barney George with original music by Ivan Stott.

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High on my list of must watch TV is Later with Jools Holland, needless to say when I heard he was playing at the world famous Brecon Jazz festival I was keen to get my name on the press pass list!


The venue was rather an unusual one by any standards, by day the towns market hall, at night a concert venue! Nevertheless it really scrubbed up well & it didn’t put the assembled masses off one bit. The stage was not the biggest I’ve seen yet it must have been the fullest with all of Jool’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra packed on to it.


As per usual the assembled group of photographers were allowed to cover the first three songs. Unfortunately Jools being the man of guests kept his until later in the show with guest performances from Ruby Turner & the voice of 80’s group The Fine Young…

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