Author Archives: aides mémoires

The Man who was Thursday by G K Chesterton (1908)

The terrorist murders in France and Germany last year made me think more about previous eras when ordinary life was shattered by ideologically-driven violence. I recalled the IRA, Red Brigades and Baader Meinhof Gang and I wanted to read something … Continue reading

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My Life and Times by Jerome K Jerome (1926)

It was my father who recommended Three Men in a Boat to me when I was a teenager. (He also suggested P G Wodehouse, yet I never knew him to read fiction. I’m saddened now that I never thought to … Continue reading

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Leaving Grange

I can report that the 6-minute train journey from Grange-over-Sands to Arnside takes 2 hours on a bicycle: some of it into a headwind! You stick to the low roads that wind through distinctive limestone hummocks until it is no … Continue reading

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Barrow to Grange

I got off the train in Barrow-in-Furness and 15 minutes later was eating a second breakfast. I followed the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way and cycled between a gas terminal (with miniature flares) on one side and oystercatcher-friendly mudflats on the … Continue reading

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Der Müde Tod (1921)

Dir: Fritz Lang, with Lil Dagover and Bernhard Goetzke This film gave you a sense of the creative range that early filmmakers must have sensed in the still-new medium. Nowadays cinema has largely solidified into realism and genres, but this … Continue reading

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Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men

Photographs of streets and their occupants in Salford, Moss Side, Hulme and Ancoats in the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition in Manchester Art Gallery also had recorded reminiscences from people who had featured in the shots.  Even allowing for an … Continue reading

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Dir: Sean Foley, with Julian Barratt It made me laugh out loud. A cheesy TV detective from the days when they all had to have a gimmick gets involved in a real-life case many years later. It’s a bit derivative, … Continue reading

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