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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Christmas Stories by Michael Morpurgo, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Christmas Stories by Michael Morpurgo

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 12th is this collection of four Christmas stories by Michael Morpurgo.

By | Arts | Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Review: Last Tango in Halifax – Series 2, Episode 4, Arts

Review: Last Tango in Halifax – Series 2, Episode 4

A mixed episode this. In the first half things go frantically wrong, as some key characters discover more than they would like about the other folk around them. Great fun to watch, whilst safe in the knowledge we viewers would never be so stupidly open about our own private affairs.

By | Arts | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 11:53 pm

Doctor Who – ‘The Time of the Doctor’ trailer, Arts

Doctor Who – ‘The Time of the Doctor’ trailer

Following on from the short trail at the end of The Day of the Doctor back in November, we have finally been given a longer trailer of the Doctor Who Christmas special and it’s all getting pretty tense. There are Weeping Angels, Daleks and Cybermen and lots of explosions (naturally).

By | Arts | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 11:32 pm

Interview with singer songwriter Ayanna: ‘In creating music, I experience a powerful exchange of energy’, Arts

Interview with singer songwriter Ayanna: ‘In creating music, I experience a powerful exchange of energy’

Her inspirations range from Stravinsky to Stevie Wonder; currently she is touring the states with Anoushka Shankar and last year she received personal plaudits from Dionne Warwick. But in a few weeks’ time, singer song writer Ayanna Johnson will for the first time in her budding career have the spotlight solely to herself.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 6:00 am

Tapesh & Maximiljan look back on 2013, Arts

Tapesh & Maximiljan look back on 2013

Tapesh and Maximiljan are a pair of DJs from Germany who have combined their talents on a series of EPs over the last year or so, finding favour with labels such as Leena Music, Noir Music, Area Remote and Mobilee. As the end of the year approaches, I dropped them both a line to get a brief overview of their highlights from the past 11 months.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 4:00 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The House Without a Christmas Tree by Gail Rock, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The House Without a Christmas Tree by Gail Rock

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 11th is Gail Rock’s ‘The House Without a Christmas Tree’.

By | Arts | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Interview with Molly: ‘I must have very lucky stars above my head!’, Arts

Interview with Molly: ‘I must have very lucky stars above my head!’

The house and techno scene in Paris is on fire at the moment. One of the most popular and influential clubs in Paris is Rex Club, which celebrated 25 years in the business this year. I spoke to resident DJ and Head of Communications at Rex, Molly.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 10:59 pm

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Bear’s Winter House by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Bear’s Winter House by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 10th is John Yeoman and Quentin Blake’s The Bear’s Winter House.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Ripper Street ‘Our Betrayal’ – Series 2 – Episode 7, Arts

Ripper Street ‘Our Betrayal’ – Series 2 – Episode 7

Following on from the events of last week, we have a series finale of two halves and it’s all kicking off. Poor old Drake has disappeared and his house is in a mess while Jackson’s brother comes to town with a stolen diamond.

By | Arts | Monday, 9 December 2013 at 10:00 pm

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 9th is E.T.A. Hoffmann’s ‘Nutcracker’.

By | Arts | Monday, 9 December 2013 at 4:00 am

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