Monthly Archives: December 2022

Understanding Pope Benedict XVI

In 2010, with Pope Benedict XVI coming to the UK, I interviewed award-winning film-maker Mark Dowd, whose Benedict: Trials of a Pope was being shown on BBC1 and BBC2 in advance of the visit. I wanted to know what he … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Badly – The Banshees of Inisherin

I know that plot is important, but sometimes art’s atmosphere or style draws me in and leaves a bigger impression. I vividly remember the day in my teens when I discovered the Titus Groan / Gormenghast novels and was hooked … Continue reading

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Cliff Reminds us of the Heart of Christmas

Cliff begins his new Christmas album with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – something he should know about, as it’s been peak sales time for him since the ‘80s. The superb “Little Town” scratched at the door … Continue reading

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