Author Archives: WalkerWords

Jasper Fforde, Part 1: Having Fun with Shakespeare, Mel Gibson and Dodos.

Some established writers are a byword for their genre. Agatha Christie is to whodunits what Barbara Cartland is to romance; while Terry Pratchett is to fantasy what Jasper Fforde is to… well, to what, exactly? This dilemma has made Fforde’s … Continue reading

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Jasper Fforde, Part 2: Shades of Grey – “a different kind of fun.”

When I met Jasper Fforde, he was promoting his Shades of Grey novel. He didn’t do a very good job, as he left me with the impression that it would be dull, compared with his previous work. Having since spent … Continue reading

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Broadchurch (Boxed set)

(RLJ Entertainment / Acorn) 19 hours, 50 minutes Region 2 It is no accident that Broadchurch has grabbed Britain’s attention and held it over a few years. This excellent show is all about brokenness among beauty and how a small … Continue reading

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Ian Anderson Wondrin’ Aloud about Canes, Cathedrals and Questions of Faith

Tracing the spiritual thread through Jethro Tull’s catalogue is a puzzling job. On Aqualung – the album that catapulted them up the ranks of classic rock bands – singer Ian Anderson was clearly angry with the Church, which could explain … Continue reading

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Dave Bainbridge – the Solo Work

Goodbye Iona, hello Celestial Fire. Dave Bainbridge’s unique Celtic/prog/ rock /folk band is on hiatus, but with his new band Celestial Fire he has taken its more combustible elements and thrown on another can of musical petrol. Fiery it certainly … Continue reading

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Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound

(Sound Swan Records) If Eric Owyoung (who is FoF) is looking for soundtrack commissions, he could do worse than submit this collection, which mixes lush strings, oriental splashes and a dash of Isaiah. A year ago, he released an EP … Continue reading

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Harriet Lamb goes Bananas for FairTrade

Talk to Harriet Lamb C.B.E. without mentioning bananas? You might as well write a biography of Richard Nixon that skipped over Watergate or write about the FA Cup without mentioning Wembley. Their bold shape and colour may match her driving … Continue reading

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Spiritual Protein for your Music Menu

If you have come here from the Christianity Magazine article “Lies our Worship Music Culture Tells Us” then welcome to you.  There was so much I wanted to add, but space was too short. So here are here are some … Continue reading

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Paperback (and Hardback) Writer: Steve Turner on his book Beatles ’66

Writer Steve Turner must have one of the best jobs in the world. He gets to be creative every day, writing about things and people that interest him. He has the platform to put out his view of the world … Continue reading

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Vox Clamantis: The Deer’s Cry (Music by Arvo Pärt)

Arvo Pärt’s music comes in various shades, and for those of us who prefer the most calm-inducing pieces, this release, which features shorter and more recent compositions, is a great find. No one does Pärt like ECM and these seventeen … Continue reading

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