‘The Longest Week’

By Sunday, August 31, 2014 1 Permalink

If only someone would have said that a penchant for Bach was the hallmark of a maladjusted, commitment averse fantasist I would have perhaps adjusted my classical music playlists all these years. Michael Fassbender's character in Shame, Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs and though rather more caddish than wicked, now Conrad Valmont  in 'The Longest Week'. After what seems to be a flurry of posts about death I thought some cinema might be a nice change. As I have watched a lot of excellent films lately it seems ironic that this review is for a fairly unremarkable one. But it is perhaps easier to write a playful review for a whimsical film than to dissect the deep and powerful ones. Nonetheless 'The Longest Week' kept my interest mainly due to the interesting script. Engaging banter is as rare in real life these days as it is in the movies. I am ...

‘Sex, Lies and Economics’

By Sunday, January 12, 2014 0 Permalink

François Hollande - liar, cheat, betrayer. He could be called many things by his compatriots or critics, but I would hope these derogatory terms would be based on his political, rather than his sexual prowess. Taking a vaguely bemused glance at the 'story' of M. Hollande and his mistress (can one have a mistress when not married)? I feel a bit sad that France has become as puritanical and dull as the ironically sexless USA or UK. And once again, the really important matters of the day are put aside in favour of pointless tittle tattle which to be honest seems almost quaint to me. Now, the first issue I take with this matter other than the fact it is totally irrelevant and a disgraceful invasion of privacy, is one which is weirdly never discussed when writing about the sex lives of politicians or publicly known people. How it affects their partners and families. Mme. Trierweiler, Hollande's partner, ...

The Westminster Bubble Part II

By Sunday, May 5, 2013 0 Permalink

Politics and sex. I was about to post on the disgraceful way I perceive the media to be addressing the recent spate of high profile historical rape incidents. How it is abysmally biased in favour of an anonymous and 'supposed' victim;  is causing gender equality and even distorting the very foundation on which male/female relationships are based. Not to mention the concern over how justice is now meted out by the press and social media rather than our legal system. And then along comes this. Not entirely disconnected. Now, unlike the media and much of the general public I do assume someone is innocent until proven guilty. I have defended in many an argument all of these so called predators who have appeared in the press recently over allegations made decades ago. People are so quick to condemn people they do not know regarding situations they have no knowledge of. The old maxim ' ...