Review: Don McCullin Photography Exhibition at Tate Britain

At the entrance to the exhibition of Don McCullin's photographs at Tate Britain, London

At the entrance to the exhibition of Don McCullin’s photographs at Tate Britain, London

Black and white and not very big, each frame – and there are rooms of them – shows what it felt like to be there. Not easy most of the time, but so compelling.

The exhibition of photographs taken by Don McCullin over the last sixty years is on at the Tate Britain in London until 6 May 2019. I went last week…so did plenty of others.

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Film Review: Men In Black³

During my update of The Phraser – and my filing of everything under the new menu system – I came across this review of Men In Black³ from 2012. I remember the film, and that writing the review made me smile – I hope you enjoy it…even if you never get to see the film. (I have made a few minor changes to the piece but nothing much.)

The Phraser

Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

This is a film with plenty of splash – perfect for an imagination wilted by supermarket aisles or the daily commute.

The first MIB (Men in Black) film was made in 1997, the second in 2002 and the third in 2012.

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Book Review: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

This book, the third in the series, has an ache in it that grows as the story lengthens.  It is about the absence of love and belonging, and the complications of motherhood.

The themes belong to us all and Ferrante intensifies them against the backdrop of Naples. She paints her story with the city’s colours, chosen for their truth from a palette that other cities struggle to match.

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Review of a cookery book: ‘bitten.’ by Sarah Graham

BittenCoverFinal.inddCookery books heap in my kitchen cupboard.  Some carry the scars of years of service whilst others have slipped to the back of the pile – lost and unused.  But ‘bitten.’ by Sarah Graham is at the top and it’s only been with me a year.

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Film Review: Men In Black³

Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

This is a film with plenty of splash – perfect for an imagination wilted by supermarket aisles or the daily commute.

The first MIB (Men in Black) film was made in 1997, the second in 2002 and the third in 2012.

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Review: Photography – Jake Galson breaks the blink barrier

Jake Galson - self-portrait

Jake Galson – self-portrait

“I am always trying new things, and aim to take pictures that portray the subject in a way that cannot always be seen by the naked eye.”

Galson, a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford, with a degree in biological sciences, and a DPhil in Paediatrics, challenges the link between retina and brain and asks us to look again.

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