All Along the Watchtower

All Along the Watchtower
Did you know George Frederick Handel- Baroque composer- and Jimmy Hendrix– guitar hero- actually lived next to each other in 23 and 25 Brook Street in Mayfair, London. Sure they lived there 200 years apart, but knowing that one can’t help fantasising what it would have been like for Hendrix and Handel to jam together. ...

Frankenstein 1

Frankenstein
Thomas Edison’s 1910 Frankenstein movie Johann Conrad Dipple was born at Castle Frankenstein in 1673. After University, he returned to Castle Frankenstein to practice alchemy, anatomy, and possibly much worse. He claimed to have developed a technique to transfer the soul from one corpse to another. He also claimed to have produced an Elixir of ...

Gastronomie Domine

Julie and Julia is a movie about blogger Julie Powell’s l’adventure gastronomique – a year spent cooking all 524 recipes in ‘The Art of French Cooking’ by the TV chef and icon Julia Child. Watching the movie I got to wondering why there was no one out there attempting something similar with the redoubtable Hannibal ...

The Tragedy of Educating Rita

In ‘Educating Rita’, Willy Russell’s comedy about a scousewife hairdresser who goes to University, Rita’s lecturer gives the literary definition of tragedy as… ‘the inevitable, yet unforeseen, result of an action taken by the hero caused by an error or a character flaw in the said hero’ For example in the ancient Greek tragedy ‘Oedipus ...

Politics: It’s all Greek to me

And a little Latin too. Politics comes from the Greek Politikos – affairs of the city, or of the people (Poloi)- giving rise to the words: population, police & policy. Republic is Latin… Res publica: a public affair. It is a translation of the Greek Politeia – people governing for the public good. It gave ...
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