Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Joys of Les Miserables!

There are those who say Les Miserables is well-named, and in fairness, it’s not the most cheerful of films – but it’s certainly not all sung on one mournful note either. The story can be summed up as: a slave is freed, goes on the run, changes identity and becomes mayor, fails to help factory […]

The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

I read The Hobbit as a teenager, and enjoyed the book more than The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I’ve been excited about seeing it brought to film for a long time. Thankfully, for me at least, the first installment of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, lives up to the hype. Martin Freeman is […]

Gangster Squad – Gangsters By Numbers

Prior to Gangster Squad,  I hadn’t found a Ryan Gosling movie I didn’t like. Predictably, I loved The Notebook and Crazy Stupid Love – like most of the female population – but I also liked Half Nelson, Fracture and Murder by Numbers. Because while there’s no doubt Gosling is easy on the eye, it’s his […]

The Salsa Diaries – Spin Away Stress

The health benefits of salsa are well documented, it lowers your blood pressure, improves flexibility and stamina and is a perfect form of gentle exercise. For me though, dancing, and salsa in particular, is a release of all the stresses of the day – work, arguments, niggly worries – it all goes away as you […]

The View from the East Stand – Stung by the Hornets

This is my first blog of 2013, it’s also my first Boro blog for quite sometime, so it’s a shame it comes off the back of a Boro defeat. I’m still quite depressed having endured the Boro v Watford match, so I’m going to kick off with the positives. (Ironically Boro started positively, with some […]