Here is a selection of my blog posts which I have classified as ‘misc’ – including film, TV, music and random stuff.


Important Stuff

How to save a life: 6 new things I learned about first aid


Film & TV

7 children’s TV shows that scared me too much

Witches, wheelers and pink elephants: the 7 scariest children’s films

Doctors, Daleks and Drums: 11 series of Doctor Who

Review of Doctor Who, series 12

Review of ‘The War of the Worlds’ (2019)

The Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter!

‘Outdated cultural depictions’ – a discussion

Life advice from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Things I’ve learned from ‘Back in Time for School’

Don Bluth and the dinosaurs: re-watching ‘The Land Before Time’

Review of ‘Ratched’, season 1,

Review of ‘Last Woman on Earth with Sara Pascoe’

Obscure children’s TV comedies


Film of the book – and can a film adaptation ever be better than the book?:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

Adaptation (2002)

A Monster Calls (2016)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

A Walk in the Woods (2015)

The BFG (2016)

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Brooklyn (2015)

Emma (1996)

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

I, Robot (2014)

Jane Eyre (2011)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Mortal Engines (2018)

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Persuasion (2007)

Rebecca (2020)

Stormbreaker (2006)

The Black Cauldron (1985)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Hobbit (2012-14)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

The Lost City of Z (2016)

The Railway Children (1970)

The Shining (1980)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

War of the Worlds (2005)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)


Reviews of Michael Palin’s TV documentaries: Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle

Reviews of Simon Reeve’s TV documentaries: Russia, Mediterranean, Sacred Rivers, The Tea Trail and The Coffee Trail, Tropic of Capricorn, Ireland, Equator, Turkey, Indian Ocean, Colombia, Tropic of Cancer, Greece, Burma, Australia, Caribbean, Cornwall, Incredible Journeys,

Why I still love ‘The Snowman’

Films I watched in 2020



10 things I’ve learned about guitars

10 Beatles songs to ‘help’ you out

5 songs that spark memories for me

5 more songs that spark memories for me

My top 5 music videos

7 great songs with terrible music videos

Music mysteries from the 90s that people are still talking about

Grooves, chills and starship troopers: 14 songs about hearts

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: Radiohead – The Piano Songbook, Muse – The Piano Songbook,

Music album reviews: Crowded House – Dreamers Are Waiting,



Review of James Acaster, ‘Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999’

Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’



A guide to the world of vegan snacks

A summer visit to Kew Gardens

Bicycle Spearing Potatoes… and other party games [something weird I discovered in my research]

5 good things about early 2000s internet

5 cultural trends I want to throw in the bin

My worst job interviews

Some favourite things from 1988

Tiny problems which I find ridiculously annoying – and more problems again

Why do people find clowns scary?



N S Ford’s Information Superhighway: OZ magazine, British Library Online Exhibitions, Museum of Obsolete Media, Currency Converter 1270 – 2017, British Council Literature: Writers Directory

‘Ordinary people of the past’ series: 14-year-old girl avoids prison sentence, Irish girl arrives in New York, Georgette and Salvator get hitched in Paris, A baby is born on Barbados, A war casualty on the day of the ceasefire, Prisoner transported to Tasmania, Georgianna goes to Rio, Gaudah Singh arrives at Liverpool, Seven rioters sentenced, Cora Coombe’s birthdayThomasine enters the asylum, Emily goes to the workhouse, Alexander joins the Royal Navy, Pilgrims become parents at sea, Margaret begins her prison sentence.