Month: November 2021

Get Back

If you were born after The Beatles became ‘a thing’, when and where and why you found them the first time can sometimes be heard to pin-point. They were just there, man. Larger than life. Musical gods. Obviously I can remember moments in my youth which helped inform my...

Maigret

Before the Maigret series of 2016, which is the subject of this post, I had no idea that these stories of Georges Simenon were ‘a thing’ at all. There was apparently a BBC series in the early 1960s which ran to some 50 or so episodes, but it’s not...

Quartered Safe Out Here

Bugger me, this is a good book. Quartered Safe Out Here: A Recollection of the War in Burma – to give its full title – is a World War 2 military memoir by George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, which is how I came to know of...

Weekend at Bernie’s I & II

My recent reading of Andrew McCarthy’s memoir, Brat: An ’80s Story, put me in the mood to watch some McCarthy movies. Rather than pull something obvious like Less Than Zero or Pretty in Pink off my DVD shelf, I threw a few bucks at eBay and picked up copies...

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

About 20 years ago there was a documentary called Dogtown and Z-Boys. Narrated by Sean Penn, it was this amazing slice of Southern California in the 1970s and how the surf culture of the area bled into skateboarding, taking it from something a bit naff from the 60s that...