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Lourdes (2009)

Lourdes 2009 directed by Jessica Hausner, shown on BBC 4. Sylivie Tsdud plays Christine a pilgrim to Lourdes. We do not know what is wrong with her, but she is shown being spoon fed and helped into bed by a young girl. Christine is effectively a head on a stick. She looks on as the young girls flirt with their male counterparts and, in particular, a handsome young man, Kuno, whom they all fancy. It is Christine that first speaks to him. She...

Prawn Sandwich/Black Shoes Competition Results

Congratulations (and £100 prizes) go to Judygee and Kilb50 and the runners up (with £25 prizes) are Alison McManus and albamac. There's lots of commendations and an explanation of how I arrived at my decision here: http://www.abctales.com/magazine/talecatching

Jo Brand on Kissing BBC 4

Jo Brand is a comedienne. She is quite funny. She is not someone you would want to kiss. I don’t want to get familiar with her, but Jo looks a bit like a truck driver with lipstick. Perhaps that was the idea of the programme. An hour devoted to laughing at kissing and Jo. An hour is quite a long time, so how did me and Jo fill it? Well, we found out that Jo doesn’t like that kind of kissing, you know, the one that goes on in public, people...

Bullets, Boots and Bandages BBC 4

Bullets, Boots and Bandages BBC 4, produced and directed by Jeff Wilkinson, presented by historian Saul David. This is drama in the detail. Why did British Forces beat the French army at Blenheim? Simple technology and attention to detail. A cart with springs could pull a heavier load quicker, because it had springs, didn’t churn up the roads, and allowed that password of modern armies: mobility. The Brits could travel 12 miles a day. The French...

Putin, Russia and the West BBC 2. [Endgame]

This is history in the making and it tells us that history is repetition. It began with Putin, the strong man confronting the oligarchs, who had ransacked Russia for personal gain and reaped the rewards of countless billions, trillions and effective control of the state. Putin the exKGB man wanted a different kind of democracy. He wanted the state to be in control. It was a return to what he knew. Next up was Chechnya, part of a greater Russia...

Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne - a review

Joe is 'spack' on ABCtales and his first novel 'Submarine' has met with huge success, including being made into an excellent film. His second novel 'Wild Abandon' is now out and it's set in a commune. My friend, Red Tina, was one of the founders of a well known commune and so I thought it apposite for her to review the book. Here are her thoughts: Wild Abandon is a bit of a romp about mid-life crisis and family breakdown. The story has added...

El Classico 2

El Classico 2 – Real Madrid 2. Should have won. Could have won. Didn’t win. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I was watching bits of the Liverpool vs Man City game. I missed the first thirty seconds. That was long enough for Higuain to miss a chance. Ronaldo missed. The ball comes into the box, a header missed from three yards, hits the Barca keeper Valdes bounces out and hit another Real player. Real hits the framework of the post and bar...

Storyville-Survival: Lust for Life.

What if a thirty-year old documentary film maker gets thyroid cancer? What does she do? She makes a documentary of her dying. Shitty ending, of course, either way. I couldn’t help putting my own lines into her camera to camera exchanges. When she was first diagnosed and a bit bored and frustrated she decided to go on holiday with her friend. Her friend said, of course, I don’t go on holiday with dead people and hung up. But maybe she didn’t. Cut...

Birdsong and 127 Hours

Birdsong an adaptation of Faulkes’ novel by Abi Morgan and 127 hours is an adaptation of Erin Ralston’s last hours by Danny Boyle. They don’t seem initially to have a lot in common. And superficially that is true, but I don’t tend to deal in the profound and am a bit short sighted so although eighty years separated the two heroes they did seem to have the same girlfriend. Something should be done about these old dames turning up decades later as...

Putin Russia and the West bbc 2

Putin, Russia and the West BBC 2. This is a four- part documentary by Norma Percy and it is one of the kind of things that BBC does so well despite having only one quarter of the budget of Sky. And it is difficult to see a Murdoch empire despite the growing money difference having the clout to get big hitters such as Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice and their Russian counterparts talking about the relationship between Putin’s Russia and the West...

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