Here is a selection of my blog posts which I have classified as ‘misc’ – including film, TV, music and random stuff.
Film & TV
7 children’s TV shows that scared me too much, Doctors, Daleks and Drums: 11 series of Doctor Who, Don Bluth and the dinosaurs: re-watching ‘The Land Before Time’, Life advice from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, My top 33 films!, Obscure children’s TV comedies, ‘Outdated cultural depictions’ – a discussion, Things I’ve learned from ‘Back in Time for School’, Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter!, Why I still love ‘The Snowman’, Witches, wheelers and pink elephants: the 7 scariest children’s films
TV Reviews: Doctor Who series 12, Glow-Up, ‘Last Woman on Earth with Sara Pascoe’, ‘Ratched’ season 1, ‘The War of the Worlds’ (BBC, 2019)
Reviews of Michael Palin’s TV documentaries: Around the World in 80 Days, Full Circle, Pole to Pole
Reviews of Simon Reeve’s TV documentaries: Australia, Burma, Caribbean, Colombia, Cornwall, Cornwall (return to), Equator, Greece, Incredible Journeys, Indian Ocean, Ireland, Mediterranean, Russia, Sacred Rivers, The Americas, The Tea Trail and The Coffee Trail, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Turkey
5 songs that spark memories for me, 5 more songs that spark memories for me, 7 great songs with terrible music videos, 10 things I’ve learned about guitars, 10 Beatles songs to ‘help’ you out, Grooves, chills and starship troopers: 14 songs about hearts, Happy 40th birthday to the CD, Music mysteries from the 90s that people are still talking about, My top 5 music videos, Some favourite cover versions, Why 5ive were the best 90s ‘boy band’
My ‘favourite albums’ series: The Beatles – Revolver, Simon and Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine, Depeche Mode – Violator, NOW That’s What I Call Music 35
Sheet music reviews: Muse – The Piano Songbook, Radiohead – The Piano Songbook
Music album reviews: Crowded House – Dreamers Are Waiting, Muse – Will of the People, Musik Music Musique (compilation), Musik Music Musique 2.0 (compilation), The Tears of Technology (compilation), Vaughty – Dark Society
Gig reviews: Crowded House (2022), Franz Ferdinand (2022), Gary Numan (2022), Turin Brakes – Acoustic (2021), Turin Brakes (2022)
Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, Review of James Acaster, ‘Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999’
5 cultural trends I want to throw in the bin, 5 good things about early 2000s internet, A guide to the world of vegan snacks, My favourite ghosts, My worst job interviews, Tiny problems which I find ridiculously annoying – and more problems again, Some favourite things from 1988, Visit to the British Library, Visit to the British Museum, Why do people find clowns scary?