Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 8 – “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”

Another pre-credit sequence - after last week's, that's two in a row! 👍 SYNOPSIS:Lake Geneva, 1816. Lord Byron and the Shelleys prepare for a night telling ghost stories, but their villa proves to have ghostly presences all its own. This episode was written by (newcomer to Who) Maxine Alderton. https://youtu.be/oSg0ALqhUJQ ★★★★ A great story tonight…

Valentine Meal 2020 ❣

The Attic Restaurant, Lutterworth It's Valentine's Day!! Usually, either I cook the meal, Ann cooks the meal, or we share cooking duties with David and Valerie and get together as a foursome. So, with cards, flowers and gifts on display, by way of a change for this special day, the four of us left our…

Mival-lous

A boys' get-together today! 👍 I drove over to Stamford to meet up with ex-business colleague and film producer: Eric Mival. We've kept in touch ever since Eric shot a corporate video for Sainsbury's (that I was responsible for) back in the late 80s. Our venue of choice was, of course, the iconic George Hotel…

Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 7 – “Can You Hear Me?”

I found last week's episode - Praxeus, had a lot of potential, but its oh-so-predictable ending and the not-so-subtle message about the environment spoilt it (although most of the critics seemed to disagree with me, so it shows how much I know!). So, with only two more episodes to air this season, there's a lot…

Play: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Bottom's in the Air! We drove over to Stratford-upon-Avon today - to The Bear Pit - to see Second Thoughts' penultimate performance of 2020's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was a perfect excuse to leave a bit earlier to give us time to get some retail therapy in the town! We chose the…

Celebrating Sainsbury’s!

A short tale of how, many years ago, one person influenced the career paths of three others - and today's reunion! 😁 The Back-story In 1972, I joined Sainsbury's at their flagship store - Central Croydon as a Saturday Student - working Friday nights and all-day Saturday. By late 1974, I was still uncertain as…

Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 6 – “Praxeus”

Well, it seems that series 12 is now on a roll! After last week's shock revelations and a story that pleased the critics, fans and super-fans alike (all three? truly a rare event in itself!), this episode is going to have to work really hard! SYNOPSIS:What connects a missing astronaut in the Indian Ocean, birds…

Lunch with Nicki

Nicki joined us last night and after a lazy(ish) morning today, we headed off to our fave 'Local' - The Old Victoria, for lunch. As usual, the food and service didn't disappoint! Matthew was off today, but with Joanna running the show, we knew we were in safe hands! 😃😋 Yummy! (Obviously) We were all…

We’re out!!!

It's 11pm here in the UK and midnight in Brussels - and after 47 years, we're out! OK, technically, we've got a period of 'transition' (whatever that means!) but the people have spoken! I voted remain, and I can't help think that this is the worst decision ever for our country. Our children (and children's…

Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 5 – “Fugitive of the Judoon”

We're exactly halfway through this series, and after last week's very satisfying episode, I wonder if this week's will be as good? SYNOPSIS: The Judoon have marched their way into modern Gloucester on the hunt for a fugitive. Who are they pursuing and why is the Doctor involved? Reserve your space behind the settee for…