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The Greatest Store in the World (1999)

You can be sure there’s a story behind every superlative boast, and when it comes to The Greatest Store in the World, it’s not quite the magical emporium you expect. 492 more words

Western TV Reviews

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Kevin Costner, megastar of the nineties but latter-day nonentity, is hopelessly miscast as the tight-clad outlaw of Sherwood Forest. When away on the crusades his father (Brian Blessed) is murdered and Robin returns to England seeking vengeance against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). 462 more words


October 9: Happy Birthday Steve McQueen and John Lennon

Director and producer Steve McQueen turns 47 today (he should not be confused with the actor of the same name, who will be turning up here next March).  1,082 more words

Celebrity Birthdays


Well Thumbed in Wigtown.  The unseasonal sun was shining in Dumfries and Galloway. The spirits of Robert the Bruce and Robbie Burns shimmered and shimmied in the party atmosphere. 345 more words

Bodge it yourself...

I once did a book jacket for a book of this title, the day after putting a floorboard through a ceiling.

Well recently there’s been a lot of bodging going on and this time not by me. 487 more words

Never Forget... Springfield Abused Quark.

“That practically wrote itself.”

As a writer, I know that there are times when this happens. I’ve been lucky enough to have it happen to me on a few occasions. 746 more words