Monthly Archives: January, 2011


I’ve recently watched the latest episode of Primeval, in which The ARC team spring into action once again when they discover an anomalous anomaly (Try saying that fast a few times).which cannot be shut down, so Connor (Andrew Lee Potts) goes to investigate and soon finds himself in trouble. To make matters worse a predatory …

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Dr Who – Flesh and Stone

I’ve recently watched a repeat of the second part of this atmospheric exciting two-part Doctor Who story. It sees The Doctor (Matt Smith) Amy (Karen Gillan) and River Song (Alex Kingston) finally reaching the relative safety of the space ship. Unfortunately The Weeping Angels are still running amok (Whilst nobody is looking of course), and …

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Am I seeing things?

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Optical Illusions

Is this a Horse or Frog Can you spot the three women? Can you spot the embracing couple? Can you spot the baby?

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Exciting novels by Tess Gerritsen

Keeping the Dead- By Tess Gerritsen I read this exciting crime thriller last year, which starts off when what is thought to be an ancient mummy is discovered in the basement of a museum in downtown Boston. Amid great excitement the Mummy is taken to a local hospital for a CT Scan, where a forensic …

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Goodnight Mr Tom

Being a big fan of Steam Trains, I recently watched the television adaptation of Goodnight Mr Tom again. Parts of which were filmed in and around Arley Station, on the Severn Valley Railway, using the GWR Collett designed 43xx Class Locomotive No 7325, which can currently be found at The Engine House in Highley. Starring …

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Far North by Marcel Theroux

I was also given this library book to read, which is Set in a desolate fictional  frozen wasteland and features a Character named Makepeace who patrols the ruins of a Dying city & tries to keep it’s unruly citizens in check. One day Makepeace is inspired to leave after learning that civilisation is flourishing further south. However …

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Entertaining & Suspenseful thrillers

Some kind soul has given me a number of Library Books to read during my copious recuperation time (Some of the rubbish on Daytime Television really does-my-head-in) and I can’t really travel very far at the moment. So reading is a good way of keeping my mind active. Shimmer by Hilary Norman Nail biting psychological …

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Victory of the Daleks/Time of Angels

I am a big Dr Who fan & Lately I’ve been enjoying the reruns of the Latest series of Dr Who, starring Matt Smith & Karen Gillan. One of the The latest episodes I’ve seen follows The Doctor & Amy back to World War II to meet Winston Churchill, who is very excited about having …

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Last Days of Steam on the LMS & BR by Roderick E Fowkes

This is another fascinating steam related book I have been reading again recently. It is a nostalgic look at Britain’s Railways through the eyes of a chap whose boyhood dream it was to become an Engine Driver, but who was sadly denied his dream due to medical reasons. In the book he reminisces about his …

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