Boy + Dog

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Featuring Tim Earl

Fifteen-year old mathematical genius Christopher Boone sees the world differently to everyone else. He knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities, every prime number up to 7,507, he doesn’t tell lies and his favourite colours are not yellow and brown.

When the neighbour’s dog is murdered, Christopher takes the investigation into his own hands and uncovers secrets that lead him far from home and change his life forever.

All the reviews rave about this:

A white stage reveals the inner-workings of a beautiful mind in this flawless piece of modern theatre.

If this was a movie, it would be nominated for an award.

In fact it’s won many….

It won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

Given my experience with awards, it’s unlikely I would like it. Certainly the performance of Tim Earl is notable, if only for the amount of dialogue he has to remember.


It’s got a very ‘look-at-me, I’m a modern innovative piece of theatre’ tone to it. It certainly has humour and pathos, but I’m a cold hearted bastard and wasn’t taken in by the Boy’s story.  It could have done with more plot and less silly acrobatics.


Superstition (2016)

From Monterrey, Mexico this band was a surprise.
Formed by siblings Miguel & Gina Ríos. Spacegoat play a a modern interpretation of classic rock with influences from early Sabbath to Janis Joplin. It sounds good, but probably fits into the modern ‘stoner rock’ category.

Gina Ríos – Vocals & Guitar
Miguel Ríos – Lead Guitar
Rey Fraga – Drums
Rigo Vigil – Bass


by BrunuhVille (2014)

This is the result of a search in bandcamp for artists in the celtic style, like Maire Brennan (Clannad) and Loreena McKennitt. There aren’t that many artists, most of the well known artists are on major labels.
BrunuhVille comes from Coimbra, Portugal and claims to melt elements of Gothic, Orchestral, Celtic, Folk, Movie, Ethnic and World music.
While true, the most influential element is western romantic orchestral music. Elements of Celtic come through in the drums and flutes, the vocals are mainly wordless and add to the mystical style. Very full sound and fine production make this a good album to listen to in the background. There are 11 albums here.


Centurion (Jack Sigler: Continuum #3)
by Jeremy Robinson & J. Kent Holloway (2017)

A.D. 102. Two men are locked in an eternal battle with destiny. One is a fugitive, driven mad by the deeds of his past. Haunted by a demonic force that has tortured him for more than half-a century, he fights to retain his sanity long enough to separate himself from civilization.

The other is Jack Sigler, callsign: King, a former Delta operator torn from the present and hurled into the pages of history. King must endure the long journey through the ages to be reunited with his loved ones in the world he knows.

The final book of the series. Despite being a novella length, this throws all of Robinson’s monsters at Sigler in an attempt to bring him down. Of course we know he will survive to participate in the first ten novels. An over-the-top hyped up end to the Sigler series.

This is almost a medieval setting, I wonder if Jeremy Robinson will  try epic fantasy next !

BSG 2.01 & 2.02

Battlestar Galactica

2.01 Scattered (2005-07-15)

With Adama in sickbay, Tigh is forced to take command of Galactica, but is quickly plunged into a crisis when the fleet and Galactica jump to separate locations.

2.02 Valley of Darkness (2005-07-22)

A Cylon boarding party wreaks havoc throughout the ship, while the stranded crewmen on Kobol struggle to stay alive.

A new series with new title sequence. The action and suspense continues from the end of the first series.


BSG 1.12 & 1.13 Kobol

Battlestar Galactica
Kobol’s Last Gleaming (2005-17 & 27)

(Ronald D. Moore, Executive Producer)

Part 1

The discovery of the lost birthplace of humanity causes a split between Roslin and Adama.

Part 2

The political crisis between Roslin and Adama forces Apollo to make a difficult decision, as Starbuck returns to Caprica on a mission for Roslin.

This is more like it. The final double season one cliffhanger, lots of plot threads finally come together in a spectacle of nuclear explosions and plot twists.


Life Book

The Book of Life is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Co-written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, it was produced by Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro and Carina Schulze. The film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Kate del Castillo. Based on an original idea by Gutierrez, the story follows a bullfighter who, on the Day of the Dead, embarks on an afterlife adventure to fulfill the expectations of his family and friends.

The film premiered in Los Angeles on October 12, 2014, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 17, 2014. It received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. The film grossed $99.8 million on a $50 million budget.

This film has gorgeous and vibrant colours. The character animation is based on wooden block characters visualized through CGI animation. It’s very kinetic and frantic with lots of the humour being physical.

The story is never predictable, and mainly avoids good vs evil tropes. Each character has clear motivations and these play out in interesting ways. Although it delves into the land of the dead, it’s ultimately a fun and uplifting watch.



Harry Watt

Harry Watt Bounty Hunter: 2150 AD
And Harry’s Life Just Got More Complicated

by Rob Guy (2015)


For Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter, simply doing what he’s told was never an option. When the best hydrologist on Earth goes AWOL after first helping himself to some company funds, Judge Headlock, Harry’s employer and nemesis, instructs him to bring back the runaway to face justice.

A trip to Mars onboard one of the new ships with the StrateLine Drive sounds like fun, but Harry soon discovers something stinks about this job, and it’s not one of his socks. He realizes he must first travel to Venus Station, but it’s not easy to be in two places at once. And getting framed for murder doesn’t help matters.

The premise is interesting, but I got 30% of the way through. It’s supposed to be science fiction humour. First, there is bugger all SCIENCE in the story. Just setting something in outer space does NOT make it science fiction. The defining characteristic of science fiction is that it is literature about IDEAS. There ain’t any here, it would be better characterised as crime fiction.

Then there is the “humour”. Most of the first part of the book involves Harry trying to bed a busty fellow traveler. Having failed, he’s off the the local whore house (!)

If this is humour then it’s a very laboured ‘Three’s Company’ type. And worse, it just got in the way of advancing the plot.



Soviet Style

I have noticed that recent purchases from bandcamp feature artists and bands from regions that were formerly part of, or adjoining the USSR:




Yekaterinburg, Russia

Mytishchi, Russia


Russian Federation

Moscow, Russia

Bucharest, Romania