THIS/THAT/ & THE OTHER: OCTOBER 2021

And so it came to pass … I’ve pretty much given up proper blogging: reviews, interviews, etc. Mainly because I find it quite hard work, and I’m more than somewhat idle. I recently started a Substack site, mainly to repost flash fiction, but I lost interest soon enough.

So, I thought I’d try to post a monthly round-up of some of the entertainments I’ve enjoyed of late. No reviews or star ratings or any of that. There will be some things I’ve overlooked, of course, and I’ll try to catch up with them at a later date. Time is a concept created by the bourgeoise to oppress the proletariat, after all.

Anyway, here are a few of my favourite things Octoberwise, click on the links if you fancy!

THIS / THAT / & THE OTHER : OCTOBER 2021

BOOKS:

THE QUIET MAN BY CAIMH MCDONNELL

ANGELS IN THE MOONLIGHT BY CAIMH MCDONNELL

UNDER COLOR OF LAW BY AARON PHILIP CLARK

I DREAMED I WAS A VERY CLEAN TRAMP BY RICHARD HELL

DEAD GROUND BY M. W. CRAVEN

FILMS:

THE GUILTY

OPERATION HYACINTH

ROCKETMAN

THE GOOD LIAR

NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE

TV:

MAN DOWN

DON’T F**CK WITH CATS

THE MIRE 87 AND 97

GOOD GIRLS

MUSIC:

HAPPIER THAN EVER- BILLIE EILISH

DARK MATTERS – THE STRANGLERS

METROBOLIST – DAVID BOWIE

WELCOME 2 AMERICA – PRINCE

SPANISH MODEL  – ELVIS COSTELLO

A Film For Friday: Too Many Crooks

Too Many Crooks is a 1959 British comedy film directed by Mario Zampi. The plot concerns a bunch of inept crooks who kidnap the wife of a shady businessman, only for him to decide he doesn’t want her back.[1] It stars George ColeSidney James and Bernard Bresslaw as members of the gang, alongside Brenda De Banzie as the victim and Terry-Thomas as her husband.

A Song For Saturday: Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained by The Fabulous Artisans

Stereogram Recordings are delighted to announce the release of “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained” a brand new track by The Fabulous Artisans on September 25th. It was mostly recorded prior to lockdown, with finishing touches, mix and mastering completed in July.

Founded in 2007 and named after the iconic Orange Juice track, The Fabulous Artisans is a collaboration between Glasgow based Oscar and BAFTA award winning actor, former stand-up comic and singer Neil Crossan and Edinburgh based songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jeremy Thoms (also of The Cathode Ray and Stereogram label boss). “With a sound fed from Bacharach to Barry, Brel to Bowie, Cave to Collins, Magazine to Morricone and Wilson to Walker, this is timeless music for or from any era…

Written, arranged and produced by Jeremy Thoms, “Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained” is only the fourth new track The Fabulous Artisans have released since their warmly received debut album “…From Red to Blue” came out on Swedish indie label Bendi Records in 2008. It continues their lineage of mixing up the classic pop sounds of the past with a modern twist, whilst adding their characteristic big lyrical themes of life and death.

A Film For Friday: The Ghost Train

“The Ghost Train” is a 1941 British film directed by Walter Forde and was based on the 1923 play of the same name written by Arnold Ridley, who much later played Private Godfrey in Dad’s Army. The story is about hijinks and chills ensue when a group become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches

I Carry On Blogging!

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I have a guest blog over at the splendid Carry On Blogging!

‘It’s been said that the British like eccentrics and I think it’s certainly true that we have a predisposition towards the odd, the awkward – especially where our entertainers are concerned. Britain has had its share of slick matinée idols of course, but there was always something a bit rough around the edges about the likes of Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Sean Connery.’

Read the rest here, if you’re that way inclined, and check out the rest of the blog.