Tag Archives: Derek Walker

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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Has Faith Helped Bob Dylan to Win his Nobel Prize?

For the first time in its history, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to a musician, leaving its winner, Bob Dylan, “speechless” at the award. However, it took him weeks to acknowledge it, causing  a member of the … Continue reading

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Janis: Little Girl Blue (DVD)

The 27 Club is a select few. Jimi Hendrix died at that age just weeks before Janis Joplin; Brian Jones and Jim Morrison in the same era; Kurt Cobain much later, and the appropriately-named Amy Winehouse more recently. Most of … Continue reading

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Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop – Love Letter for Fire

  If Beam and Hoop sounds like a gymnastics event, it is the songwriting that stretches and flexes on this fluid performance. Fans of both should be thrilled.

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Nick Page Experiences the Dark Night of the Shed

When I had a monthly review slot on BBC Oxford’s Sunday Breakfast, Nick Page was the man to come in and round the show off, because his combined wit and wisdom had huge appeal. There is plenty of both here … Continue reading

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Songs of Separation

“Songs of Separation” isn’t really about separation, admits  project creator Jenny Hill in the liner notes to this feast of female folk artists, explaining that it really looks across borders “to remind us that we’re all so much more connected … Continue reading

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The Brilliance – Brother (The Brilliance Music)

It looks like an adventurous, yet sensitive, approach to music runs in the Gungor family. This one is almost timeless, with a twist of now. 4 Stars CD: 10 tracks, 39 mins The Brilliance Music “When I look into the … Continue reading

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Climax Blues Band: Live, Rare and Raw 1973-1979

An advert for touring bands, who learn their craft night after night, this superb batch of gigs shows how CBB moved from blues towards funk and excelled at each genre. 4 Stars 3CDs: 31 tracks, 3 hrs 40 mins (Repertoire) … Continue reading

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