There’s an increasingly symbiotic relationship between the stage and the screen. Every year, more and more TV and film actors decide to tread the boards, leading theatres to enjoy larger and more successful productions than they have done in years. The actors get to scratch the itch that has been bothering them (usually one about
I wrote this for a newspaper last year, when my local Blockbuster – which I had worked at for few years – was closing down.
With today marking the closure of the last remaining UK stores, I thought I’d share it…
The Rob mentioned in the story went on to manage another Blockbuster store. Yesterday he turned the lights off there for the last time.
This weekend, the book closed on what had been quite a large part of my life.
After 22 years, Blockbuster in Canterbury has closed its doors, ready to be smashed into pieces in preparation for a new hotel with too few parking spaces.
For many, I expect it was just another video shop, but the big blue store by the crossroads always meant more to me.
In this year’s Christmas special edition of The Spectator, there is an article by me about the best way to get your kids interested in the theatre.
Don’t worry, it’s not as dry and worthy as it sounds. Plus, it opens up with me getting hit in the face, so there’s that.
The issue of The Spectator it’s in looks like this:
And like most things it’s available to read online too.
A combination of exam results in the news and an excellent blog by @pme200 has reminded my of my own Oxbridge experiences. My parents didn’t go to university and until I hit my late teens, I didn’t know anyone who had gone, so the very idea of heading off to get a degree was still