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    General Practitioner
  • Favorite movies
    Before Sunset Last Temptation of Christ Three Colours Red Terminator 2 In the Bedroom March of the Penquins
  • Favorite music
    Bruce Cockburn Bruce Hornsby Kate Rusby Robert Plant
  • Favorite creative writing
    Thomas Pynchon Dave Eggers Milan Kundera
  1. Ackworth

    Sixty Six

    Took my daughter on HER 12th birthday with a friend in tow. During the trailers the Odeon were advertising senior citizen afternoons with free tea! (and showed an actual teapot being passed round!) which we all laughed at. It was only as we left we realised we were all a good 30 years younger than the rest of the audience! I thought the film was fine - great in a sort of 'that was great' kind of way. I have to admit that all that overt button pushing had me weeping pretty effectively. The kids liked it too - which I was a bit worried about half way through. Great period detail, lovely pe
  2. Indigo Girls - 'Ghost' - possibly exceeds the mushy meter for many, but boy oh boy that's love! So far consipcuously absent would be Tom Waits - where to start!! but 'Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis' always strikes me as full of love behind the pain, and the line 'I don't have a husband, he don't play the trombone' always gets me
  3. Good stuff on your website Tony, thank-you. Here in Essex, I have just started a new monthly 8 O'clock service dealing with cultural issues, and did 'Science-vs-Religion' on Sunday Evening. The link for the resources is HERE I confess that even after a huge amount of preparation and caution I was still taken aback by how LITTLE thought some people have ever given the topic, and yet how ready they are to adopt a position. In general I found explaining the main tenets of a broadly theistic evolutionary theory, afirming that the Bible has four seperate creation accounts, NONE of which were w
  4. Ahh but the thing with Fanny Crosby (or whichever of the myriad pseudonyms she was using at the time) is you can pretty much always come up with a better tune, 'cos the poetry is so simple - and I reckon many of them have enough in there to make them worth hanging onto. My contender for worst Tune / best Lyrics would be the incomprehensible major key version of 'It Came upon the Midnight Clear' - though locally I'm having reasonable success getting people to sing it to the Sam Phillips (Bruce Cockburn) tune - I know people hate messing with carols but her version is lovely. And theres a hymn
  5. Ackworth

    Live Albums

    Bruce Hornsby's - Here come the noisemakers is my all time fave. Whether you're familiar with anything beyond 'The Way it is' is irrelevant. This set is so full of the joys of live music it's impossible not to fall in love with it. Despite HUGE critical opinion to the contrary I've never seen anything wrong with The Song Remains the Same (OK the film is duff in the extreeme but if you want 20 minute drum solos and general 70s excess this should be your first port of call). When I was growing up EVERYONE had a copy of 10CC live and let live - I recently listened to it and it was hugely disa
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    A few random Rosetta observations from an amateur viewer. WOW! What an amazing film - utterly gripping, looks improvised but I'm not at all surprised that it's made in such a meticulous fashion. Why Spiritual? Indeed someone asked where is God in this film. Well for me this film was one of very very few films that I think can justify the 'Eye of God' approach to story telling. I'm frequently irritated by the way a novel will adopt an eye of God perspective, viewing the story from multiple angles without justification. With Rosetta I felt that I as the viewer WAS God watching this desper
  7. Ooh no, didn't care for Monster at all, Turbulent Indigo is a good pick as is Raoul and the Kings of Spain. OK this sorts the men from the boys, Supertramp Yep the eponymous first album, I LOVE it to death, almost certainly listened to it more than any other record in my collection (helps that it was one of my first ever cassettes when I was about 12) A couple of years ago I started work on a project which was a cover version of this whole album, then I decided that was pretentious nonsense, but I still harbour the ambition. Remember how much you loved Parachutes before it was hip to hat
  8. It would be a crime to overlook 'Christmas', but I can understand it's easily done when we're introducing new people to an artist, the festive album is rarely top of the list. I start listening to this every year around November, and put it away again on December 26th. I cannot imagine the festive season without this record, my daughters have grown up with it since they were toddlers and now (at 13 and 11) they get it out before I do! The range of songs is enormous, (a tripped out 'I saw three ships', a rollicking 'Early on One Christmas Morn' and a downright strange 'Down in yon valley') a
  9. Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon - utterly superb, and very funny despite being very clever (but if you're new to Pynchon you're in for a shock, you may find you stop reading any other novels as they pale by comparison)
  10. I think it's up there with his best - (Dancing in the Dragons Jaws, Big Circumstance and Charity of Night) - no talkies, less political in some respects and the poetry is a little simpler. All of this leads to a more 'accessible' album, I mentioned this to my wife who commented - 'Yes, but do you really WANT Bruce to breakthrough?' Good point, he remains the thinking musicians best kept secret.
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