Film and TV

The Iconography of James Bond

‘Well I’m not hiding in there, if that’s your brilliant plan,’ M tells Bond as they stand outside the lock-up on a dark quiet backstreet somewhere in London. ‘We’re changing vehicles,’ replies Bond. This is the pivotal moment in Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James...
Whatever Happens At 4am

Whatever Happens At 4am

Somewhere in the fug of the night amid the din of the music and swaying bodies and narrow shafts of jagged white light that criss-cross and flash in fit inducing intermittence above the heads and across the sweaty walls, you walk with a stagger then a helpless dance,...

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St David and the Half-Day Holiday

St David and the Half-Day Holiday

It was the day that Dafydd Hughes got a crayon stuck up his nose. Nobody was quite sure how he’d done it, an act without witness; attention drawn only when Dafydd let out a cry of panic. Mild at first, swiftly moving through the emotive gears to something all the more...

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When Desmond Punched Me in the Face

When Desmond Punched Me in the Face

To the best of my knowledge I’ve been punched in the face twice in my life. The first time was by Andrew Passolini when I was in standard three (year 5 in the modern parlance), who put fist to face after a brief squabble over who was ‘it’ in a game of off-ground...

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We’re A Long Way From Whitchurch High School

We’re A Long Way From Whitchurch High School

You see, long before Gareth Bale, Geraint Thomas & Sam Warburton raised the profile of Whitchurch High School there was us — the forgotten generation of forty-somethings who spent the best part of the 1980s (and early 90s) navigating their way through the...

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Classic Prose From Don Delillo’s Underworld

Classic Prose From Don Delillo’s Underworld

“It was the rooftop summer, drinks or dinner, a wedged garden with a wrought iron table that’s spored along its curved legs with oxide blight, and maybe those are old French roses climbing the chimney pot, a color called maiden’s blush, or a long terrace with a slate...

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