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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.

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My Cousin Rachel at the Greenwich Picturehouse.

There is pretty much nothing I can tell you about it without giving something away. What I will say though is go and see it.

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Greybeard by Brian Aldiss

After the accident no more children are being born. THat’s the background, but not the focus of the story – elegaic story for a lost and changing world.

First published in 1962 I think.

Highly recommended

Theresa May – A Poem

Strong and Stable

Rough and Ready

Prim and Proper

So they say

Weak and Wobbly

Scared of People

Raging Hypocrite

Theresa May

Lacks Conviction

Opportunist

Narrow Bigoted

Every Day

 

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Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave at the British Museum

Fascinating exhibition focussing on his later works mainly. Some absolutely stunning pieces and of course The Great Wave in the flesh, so to speak.

Really, really enjoyed it.

One other thing, the British Museum have introduced new security measures after the Manchester incident. These include the most perfunctory bag searches I have ever seen. might as well have not bothered.

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Islington Assembly Halls to see the most diffident man in rock – Ron Sexsmith.

He was very good, but then he usually is.

Let the bells ring out in celebration

Great news in Gilead. There is a reconciliation between The Flame Haired Temptress and Ofluke.

Fear of the great conflagration has driven them into each others arms.Great was the joy in that place and great was the delight.

The madness had lifted and all was bright in that good morning