Author Archives: aides mémoires

Billy Liar (1963)

Dir: John Schlesinger, with Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie (DVD) It’s many years since I saw this film, and my take on it has changed somewhat. As a teenager, I was completely on Billy’s side; who wouldn’t fantasise about escaping … Continue reading

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Leeds art gallery

Thanks to train and track disruption, I bagged another cathedral today. The train detoured via Lincoln, so I had a brief view of the cathedral. Leeds art gallery has finally re-opened. It is full of images which have been familiar … Continue reading

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After a weekend spent in the fascinating hellhole between Euston, King’s Cross and Oxford Street, I am now heading home, expecting to arrive 5 hours late because of damaged overhead wires at Watford. I am not complaining: I’ve had an … Continue reading

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More of London

I noticed a leaf on the ground and looked up. Yes, they have planted ginkgo trees in London streets: At lunchtime, to get a walk and some fresh air, I went up to Mornington Crescent to look at the old … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence

On a whim, I decided to attend a New Scientist event to learn more about Artificial Intelligence (or Machine Learning) today to find out more. I read the newspapers (so I know stuff like Facebook using their subscribers as guinea … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole

I’m in a world where inanimate objects write me notes: Note the initial caps on Health Issue and Christmas Shopping. Perhaps it’s cute, but it makes me queasy. On the plus side, his (her?) colleague has a glass wall, so … Continue reading

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A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark (1988)

The novel is set in war-damaged London in 1954, narrated in retrospect by a fat young war widow, Mrs Hawkins. Over the course of the novel she ceases to be a widow or fat, but her strong moral sense remains … Continue reading

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