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Concert Review – Different Trains

Lichfield Festival Concert Review Different Trains – Mr McFall’s Chamber with Luxmuralis Two leading practitioners of widely divergent artistic practices collaborated on a new project as part of Lichfield Festival, when the leading String ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber and local … Continue reading

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Theatre Review – David Garrick 300 Playwriting Competition

Theatre Review David Garrick 300 Playwriting Competition For one of the final shows in this year’s Lichfield Festival, the spotlight was turned on the talents of three writers, whose work was featured during an evening of script-in-hand performances. With four … Continue reading

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Book Review – Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

Book Review Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin Orion Books 7 out of 10 Knots and Crosses is the book that introduced Inspector John Rebus to the world. His world weary cynicism, and unhealthy habits forming, but still not fully … Continue reading

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Francis Bacon’s Head

The Great Artist, rendered expensively in Gold. Maybe the mould was broken, Or maybe the artist was going through his Picasso stage, where faces don’t look like faces, and if he tells us that it is Francis Bacon’s head rendered … Continue reading

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Book Review – A Monstrous Commotion – The Mysteries of Loch Ness by Gareth Williams

Book Review – A Monstrous Commotion – The Mysteries of Loch Ness by Gareth Williams Nessie has had a long and storied life. Whether or not it simply is a tourist attraction, a sea monster that does not take a … Continue reading

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Book Review – Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

Book Review – Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin Even Dogs in the Wild finds Ian Rankin’s most famous creation, Detective InspectorJohn Rebus doing what he does best, clashing with colleagues and criminals, drinking too much, and coming … Continue reading

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Book review – School of Velocity by Eric Beck Rubin

School of Velocity is a novel about music, about self-doubt, about mental health, and about friendship. Jan is a virtuoso pianist, always practising, the book starts with him accompanying a cellist in a foreign country, but the concert doesn’t go … Continue reading

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