The idea of blogging took root in my mind back in 2016: some of my earlier posts were written in those days. However, it was over a year later that I pressed that green Publish button for the first time. And so Wednesday’s Child was born. My first post was a review of my favourite … Continue reading Six Months in the Blogosphere: Reflections and a Digest
As the end of June rolled around each year, and my peers headed for the football field or the park, I inevitably found myself en route to my local library. My hazy days of summer were instead spent having tea with Miss Honey in her ramshackle cottage; traipsed the jungle with Mogwli and Baloo; crept through the ruins of Charn and witnessed the birth of Narnia; and slipped through the looking glass into Wonderland.
Original Sin is a 2014 Marvel mini-series, part-thriller and part Hercule Poriot meets the Marvel Universe. In the words of Taggart, “There’s been a murder.” Uatu the Watcher has been found dead, his lair plundered, and one of his all-seeing eyes stolen by his killer. More chillingly, given how guarded his very existence, the suspect list is both short, and peppered with heroes and villains alike…
I’ve been living in Manchester for just under a year; Lancashire before that and Edinburgh before that. Out of them all, Glasgow still feels the most like home – every time I come back, it’s like the warmth of slipping on a favourite jumper on a cold day. Seeing photos of the city always strikes … Continue reading Streets of Manchester: Oxford Road
What is history? Is it the shifting of geography as wars are waged, new nations and empires carved from the blood-soaked field of battle? Is it periods of sweeping technological and social changes? Or is it the lives of those who lived aeons ago, in a world unrecognisable to most of us?
Mr De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up. Simultaneously one of the cruelest portraits of Hollywood, the film industry and its callous treatment of actors and writers alike; and one of the greatest movies ever made (currently number 54 on IMDB Top 250 movies), Sunset Boulevard is a an unsettling and visually stunning paradox of … Continue reading Sunset Boulevard: The Musical
I’ve been peeling carrots and chopping vegetables for as long as I can remember – or at least, at along as I could reach the counter-top. I’ve eaten it every Christmas and New Year; and at least once a month for most of my childhood. Maybe I’ve adapted the recipe in leaner financial times – … Continue reading Gran’s Lentil Soup
One September afternoon in 1954, Glasgow’s Southern Necropolis was invaded by dozens of local school children, armed with whatever makeshift weapons they could gather. The playground and tenement stairways had whispered of a malevolent creature, with fangs of iron, who had slaughtered two of their peers. The children of the Gorbals were going on a … Continue reading The Gorbals Vampire
Spoilers abound - for this and other DC/Marvel properties In November 2017, the CW premiered an ambitious four-part crossover event between Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Encompassing multiple Earths, doppelgängers and appearances by an eye-watering roster of superheroes, and a level of fan-excitement that Justice League couldn’t possibly match, it was supposed … Continue reading Crisis on Earth-X – The N*zi Problem
Warning: There be spoilers ahead Superheroes versus super-villains is a trope as old as time – from various ancient mythologies, to medieval tales of Beowulf versus Grendel, to our modern day Wonder Woman versus Circe. The hero will have an origin story, as too will his/her nemesis. Megamind is a 2010 movie that had the … Continue reading Megamind and Toxic Masculinity