D. Wright

Helpful votes received on reviews: 71% (97 of 137)
Location: Scotland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,332,373 - Total Helpful Votes: 97 of 137
Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North by Stuart Maconie
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upper Crust!, 12 Feb 2008
This is an urbane, witty and clever book that explores "Northerness" means ... or rather what "Northern Englishness" means.

I found it fascinating but wished Maconie had hopped north of the border to juxtapose the view of Scots to "oop norf" with those "dan sarf". ( I did at times say "being patronised by the Londoncentric media ... try living in Scotland, pal!" while reading it.)

(I was studying in Glasgow a few years ago and I overheard a middle-class southern girl ask a friend "do THEY like dogs". I resisted the urge to butt in and say "only when there is an "r" in the month." To this girl everything north of Oxford is a suburb of Mordor.)

Maconie's… Read more
Catterick [DVD] [2004] <b>DVD</b> ~ Morwenna Banks
Catterick [DVD] [2004] DVD ~ Morwenna Banks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Reeves & Mortimer's careers spun alarming off track with "Randall & Hopkirk ..."; they delivered woefully inconsistent acting performances and the scipts were often woeful. (Long term fans blame the success of "Shooting Stars", it was a bright idea that turned into a turgid pantomime.)

While "Bang, Bang .." was their comeback series, it is this series that goes furthest to reestablishing their credibility. It is funny, weirder than a Britney Spears court appearance and even touching at certain moments. Matt Lipsey's direction is tight and he draws good performances from the whole cast.

From double entendres to physical comedy : all the facets of the series marry… Read more
Against Establishment: An Anglican Polemic: 14 by Theo Hobson
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hobson is rightly passionate about his concern over the role of establishment in strangling the Church of England's mission, moral compass and sense of self-respect.

Arguably, the CofE has that peculiar sense of being supported by no-one and yet has to listen every voice no matter how shrill, no matter how pathetic.

But Hobson champions the cause of cultural & ethical distinctiveness for the Christian community yet somehow wishes that the church still remain Liberal.

Yes, he criticises liberals but he, like many anglican writers, shows contempt for theological conservatives. Why is this important? Well, liberal theology's grand project was to construct a… Read more