Elling @ Court Theatre

Written by Simon Bent
Based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Starring Mark Hadlow and Ross Gumbley

Elling is anxious. Always. He also suffers from neurotic tendencies, has bouts of dizziness and prefers not to go outdoors.

Kjell Barne is in his forties and a career virgin. He is a gentle giant, fiercely loyal and really, really wants to have sex.

These two middle-aged misfits have been given an ultimatum: make it work living together in a state-sponsored apartment in Oslo, or return to the institution where they met – this time for good. It’s an ultimatum that’s not so easy for the co-dependent pair; Kjell wants nothing more than to find a woman in the outside world, while budding poet Elling is afraid to leave the house.

Stuff Review

Theatreview Review




Energy Myths and Realities
by Vaclav Smil (2010)


Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge.

A very sobering look at the future of energy generation. While USA-centric most of the analysis can apply to the world situation.
Energy sources like bio-fuel are quickly dismissed. Solar is not much better. But in the end it comes down to (as expected) wind and nuclear. As these are the most dense of energy forms it’s not surprising.

The main issue I have with the analysis is the emphasis of the economic impediments to development of renewable energy. The book was written in 2010, possibly capturing the gloom of the post-Global Financial Crisis.

But as the GFC shows, when those in power are inconvenienced by lack of funds, it’s easy to print money. The USA created $600 billion to bail out the financial industry.

In the end he verifies the quote ‘it’s easy to criticize’. There isn’t much here about solutions.


Murder Wat

A Murder for Master Wat
(The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage Book 11)
by Howard of Warwick (2018)

Wat the Weaver doesn’t want to go to the weavers’ Grand Moot in the first place and no one can make him. Except Mistress Cwen, of course. When they get there it all starts so well, but it only takes the blink of a bat’s ear for murder to rear its ugly head and stare straight at Hermitage.

Finally, after ten books featuring a weaver, we get details on weaving. I don’t know how historically accurate the descriptions are, but it does add to the detail and provides interesting plot devices.

There is still a whole crowd of people not as smart of Cwen and Wat to provide the humour. Another fun read, and proof that the author can consistently deliver the jokes after 11 novels.

ST:D 2.06

Star Trek Discovery 2.06 The Sounds of Thunder

Saru goes home and faces his former fears.

A lot better that previous episodes. And at almost an hour long, plenty of plot.

The story of the ‘Red Angel’ gets more info as Saru defines it as ‘Humanoid with technology’. We get to see his rival species the Ba’ul, and it’s very creepy. Cant’ work out if it is CGI or a puppet.

Doug Jones is excellent as Saru, giving him more authority now that he has lost his fears. Shown in a nice moment where he doesn’t yield the captain’s chair until prompted.

The only real problem was that the alien voice was very distorted, making some of the dialogue  incomprehensible.


(The Second DemonWars Saga #3)
by R.A. Salvatore

In this extraordinary third and final work in the Second DemonWars Saga, R. A. Salvatore weaves a diverse tapestry of characters and events from all the novels of the DemonWars Saga into an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Casting his inimitable spell of the human and supernatural, love and war, faith and faithlessness, Salvatore’s crowning work is centered on a dark young king, driven by a quest to remake humankind.

A total of 163 hours of audio-drama
Approx 1.2 million words
Started almost a year ago
Mainly listened to during the hour of preparing and eating the evening meal.

I’m not doing that again !

Despite the multiple plot threads an characters I kept forgetting each time I resumed listening, it all lead up to a satisfying concluding battle that only Salvatore can do well.


Galileo’s Stepdaughter

Galileo’s Stepdaughter
by Amanda McCarter (2011)

Thousands of years after a devastating cataclysm, humanity lives in a new dark age. Technology and science are forbidden and a matriarchal church rules society. However, Ellia is ruled only by her curiosity. Defying the Church, she learns that all is not as it seems in the holy books and that humans once traveled to the stars and possibly beyond.

I initially thought this was steampunk, as it was in a steampunk bundle. It’s more in the post-apocalyptic genre. There is  steam technology, but it’s not really part of the story. Not really science fiction either.  It’s more young adult romantic adventure. And while well written (despite a few spelling mistakes) not really engaging.

It does end on a bit of a cliff-hanger. However it’s not interesting enough to continue.

Dark Web

Dark Web
(Jet #14)
by Russell Blake (2018)

A Russian oligarch who’ll stop at nothing.

A ruthless tech wizard with a seedy past.

An existential threat to Jet’s family and country forces her down a twisting road of treachery and betrayal, where the geo-political status quo and Israel’s future hangs in the balance.

The last book to be written in the series is like the previous one. Big planet wide threats by evil madman. And who can stop him..

Only our hero ! It could be a Bond or Bourne film script !

Anyway, it goes out on a bang. No sign that there will be more. And probably not necessary as a sequence in this story reminded me of a similar one in one of the earlier novels.


Cwen Murder

A Murder for Mistress Cwen
(The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage Book 10)
by Howard of Warwick (2017)

When Stigand of Arundel arrives in Derby with a commission from King William to buy some very expensive hawks, Wat, Weaver of adult tapestry sees an opportunity for profit. Brother Hermitage sees only trouble.

Not really. Cwen doesn’t murder anyone and she is not murdered (thankfully). But someone claiming to be her father turns up, then turns up dead. It’s all heads on board as the Vikings, Normans and locals try to work out who id the murders. Everything becomes more and more intriguing. Then, like the previous story the mystery is solved and the book ends.


ST:D 2.05

Star Trek Discovery 2.05 – Saints of Imperfection

This encapsulates all the thing I don’t like about Star Trek:

A crew member has gone missing. Someone has come up with a crazy scheme to get them back. Never mind the ‘needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one’. The ship is going into uncharted territory with hand waving science. In they go, the ship is at risk immediately with a strangely accurate clock ticking down to their destruction.

The rescue team, with minutes to go indulge in a ‘chat’ to retrieve another ‘dead’ crew member.   Then, deus ex machina, there is another ship that can help. And after wandering around a bit they all successfully come home.