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Hi, my name is Gerry and a long time ago I used to live on a not-so-little island up and to the left of continental Europe called England. In England I was born in a city on the banks of the River Wear called Sunderland which is a backwater but had lots of good music and venues. In the process of trying to grow up I used to be a DJ in a dancehall where I aquired the name of Jingles and lots of fri… Read more

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John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard Reeves
This is a fascinating and compelling read which reflects considerable study and research by the author, Richard Reeves.

John Stuart Mill is a fascinating character in many ways, although I suspect many today would find a lot of his views rather pederstrian in nature, given the current climate of what some call "a liberal society". However, his personal life would probably raise eyebrows among a majority of the populace, particularly his platonic relationship with a married woman whose husband apparently ignored the realtionship to a great degree. The lady would subsequently become his wife.

Surpisingly, given the vast amount of his published works amounting to some… Read more
Harry Brown [DVD] [2009] <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Caine
Harry Brown [DVD] [2009] DVD ~ Michael Caine
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
American readers of this review may not be familiar with Callan, a British television show from the 1960's although they are probably familiar with the star and anti-hero of the show, Edward Woodward, of the Equalizer fame.

This film is so very reminiscent of a whole raft of British movies from the 1980s such as For Queen and Country starring a young Denzel Washington, My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammie and Rosie Get Laid, which all were filmed against a background of urban decay and unrest.

Harry Brown is shot against such a background which shows little, if any improvement since the 1980's. In fact recent reports on crime in the United Kingdom show that gun and knife… Read more
The Ghost [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ewan McGregor
The Ghost [DVD] DVD ~ Ewan McGregor
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This movie was recommended to me by an anglophile colleague with an interest in British politics.

My first reaction was to the miscasting of Kim Catrell who provides an unconvincing portrayal of a British aide with a foreign accent.

Overall the movie held my interest with the viewer trying to pice together the clues before the revelations near the end.

Anyone with any prior knowledge of parliamentarian protocols would understand the creative licenses utilized by the film makers permit the story to start. No stuffy civil servants or intelligence offices to scan the text for breaches of the official secrets act or divulge any policy decisions.

The… Read more

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