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Die of Shame – Mark Billingham

Not one of the Thorne novels. Cliche alert a real page turner, rattles along at a tremnedous pace. Thoroughly entertaining and recommended

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The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

So what’s it about, secrets and scandals, H.P. Lovecraft, stories, psychiatry, obsession and how if you don’t like the story of your life tell a different one.

One of the best books I have read this year, highly recommended.

Food Standards

Hmmm… chlorinated chicken.

Most people in Britain don’t give a toss about how the meat they eat is reared and processed. If we did we wouldn’t eat half the crap we do.

Lets be honest about it, if after Brexit food prices rise most people won’t care where their chicken comes from, how it was reared, killed and processed. Just so long as it is cheap.

 

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To the Roundhouse to see Daniel Kitson. Standup rather than one of his theatrical pieces (though to be honest still quite theatrical in places).

Still contained a lot of his usual themes, very good though and very funny

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Back to the Bill Murray with Rose to see Sarah Kendall work in progress. Dont know the name of the show which is unfortunate because I am telling you all to go and see it.

It was great, really really funny and there is something about her which is just very likeable

A farewell

Woe is me, because of my injury! My wound is incurable But I said, “Truly this is a sickness, And I must bear it.”

Today we bid farewell to the heart and soul of the Infinitepirate’s blog. The man of a thousand identities is leaving us, he is not going far and we will no doubt see him again over a Full Collins

He leaves us to take up his trusty sword in a different cause at the Ministry of Truth.

We shall not see his like again (or not until next week probably)

Thank you Major
Thank you Fifi
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

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Just got round the watching the 1st episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Darkly, scarily, oppressively brilliant

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Matthew Logan Vasquez at the Old Blue Last.

Small venue, small(ish) crowd, big, big, loud sound.

Still can’t quite put my figure on how to describe the sound, but he was excellent…and loud, very loud

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The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst

Winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize.

This from Wikipedia – “The novel is set in Britain in three parts, taking place in 1983, 1986 and 1987. The story surrounds the young gay protagonist, Nick Guest. Nick is middle-class and from the fictional market town of Barwick in Northamptonshire; he has graduated from Worcester CollegeOxford with a First in English and is to begin postgraduate studies at University College London. Many of the significant characters in the novel are Nick’s male contemporaries from Oxford.

The book explores the tension between Nick’s intimate relationship with the Fedden family, in whose parties and holidays he participates, and the realities of his sexuality and gay life, which the Feddens accept only to the extent of never mentioning it. It explores themes of hypocrisy, homosexuality, madness and privilege, with the emerging AIDS crisis forming a backdrop to the book’s conclusion.”

Really, really enjoyed it

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Richard Herring – Oh Frig I’m 50 – Work in progress at the Bill Murray, Islington

Something of a return to form here. His last 2 shows “Lord of the Dance Settee” and “Happy Now” were respectively rubbish and him trying to hard to be something he wasn’t anymore and failing.

This however was much, much better, very funny, much more like his old self, seems at ease in his own skin again.