Thursday, 21 August 2014

Film review: Lucy (15)

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Lucy
(15) 89mins
★★★★✩

Nothing in Lucy feels particularly new. It doesn't require a great deal of brain capacity to spot the references - 2001, Limitless, The Matrix, Inception.

Film review: The Rover (15)

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The Rover
(15) 108mins
★★★✩✩

Guy Pearce is mad, bored and has nothing to lose. Well, he has one thing to lose and that's his car (not the Rover of the title, sadly). When the dusty Aussie emerges from a roadside bar and sees criminals making off with his wheels, he finds a purpose that makes him less bored but more mad.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Spiral Notebook: This is not a cute cat meme

SN_cat.jpgThe hutia of the Caribbean; the Guadaloupe storm petrel; the Stephens Island wren - you can't see any of these creatures in the wild.

They are extinct, victims of an imported predator that has created unparalleled damage to indigenous populations - the cat.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Book reviews: Feral, by George Monbiot; The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith

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Feral
George Monbiot
(Penguin)
★★★★✩

"Shifting baseline syndrome" is a curse of the re-wilding movement, one of a list of foes that also includes sheep, Scottish landowners and stupid EU diktats.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Film review: God's Pocket (15)

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God's Pocket
(15) 88mins
★★★✩✩

The work of Philip Seymour Hoffman has always been compelling and watchable.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Spiral Notebook: What happens when local councillors play at international geopolitics

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Pro-Palestininan campaigners clog up Blackwall tunnel in support of the victims of the Gaza confict. Jewish organisations report an increase in anti-Semitic attacks.

And what does the mayor of Tower Hamlets do? Tweet a picture of a Palestinian flag outside the Town Hall.

Friday, 11 July 2014

What's On: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest For Longitude at National Maritime Museum

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In many ways, a major new exploration of the quest for longitude at the National Maritime Museum is the story of Greenwich itself.

Film review: Begin Again (15)

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Begin Again
(15) 104mins
★★★★✩

Actors secretly harbour a dream to be a musician and musicians want to be an actor one day." So says Brit James Corden, who turns up in this love song to the power of music which is heaving with job swappers.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Exhibition: Bridge at Museum Of London Docklands

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Bridge is a free exhibition of artworks responding to the capital's crossings showing at the Museum Of London Docklands, West India Quay. We have selected four of the works from the exhibition with words of explanation or evocation.

Business books: Think Like A Freak, The Reckoning

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Think Like A Freak
Levitt & Dubner (Penguin)
★★✩✩✩

In 2005, the double act of Steven D Levitt (economist) and Stephen J Dubner (writer) stumbled upon a new name for the old practice of thinking outside the box - Freakonomics.