random and infrequent thoughts


Happy 30th Across The Lines


I had tickets to this marvelous event, and I couldn't make it - so gutted. Happy 30th to the home of Northern Irish music!!!


The Best and the Worst


So Dr Kermode has announced the best and worst films (top 10's) OF 2016 so far and far be it for me to disagree with the good doctor on his findings, but what was most striking about the 10 "best" films of the year was the fact that pretty much all 10 will have received something of a limited release, making them hard to find unless you live in a modern metropolitan city.

My local cinema is great.  6 Screens, nice popcorn and friendly folks, but with so many releases on a weekly basis even the blockbusters have a very limited shelf life so how on earth some of these smaller releases are supposed to find a space on these screens is beyond me.

What about sharing your top 5 mainstream movies that we could all get to see??

Anyway - in case you missed them:

The Top 5 Best Films:

10 -6 Best films:

The Top 5 Worst Films:

10-6 Worst films:




After my rant about how important it was to vote REMAIN below, I thought it important to include a humorous look at how we all behaved during the referendum



I’m IN!


OK - So I very  rarely use this BLOG, and I guess that virtually no one ever visits, but I feel so strongly about this that I have to put my thoughts down.

So 23rd June 2016 will go down in history as either the day the UK cut itself off from the rest of Europe or the day that the people spoke and said... "We're In!".keep-calm-and-vote-remain

I for one will be voting IN. Choosing to REMAIN.  Not because I believe that the EU is some sort of EUtopian, perfect solution to our politics, but mainly because I have seen NOTHING to persuade me that jumping off this ship without a lifeboat is a risk worth taking.  And please believe me when I say how much it PAINS me to take David Cameron's side!!

It has actually amazed me to see so many individuals claiming that they wish to leave because they "feel" like it'd be better, although, I understand that the desire for change can often manifest itself in choosing any change as a protest against the status quo.

The problem is, this is not about voting for the other party at local govt elections because they're doing such a terrible job at running the country, where you get the chance to change your mind again in a couple of years.

This is about much more than that.  This is about my children, your children, THEIR children.  This is about NOT wanting change at any cost.

Here's a couple of things, given what I've read/watched, I believe:

  1. We're Better Of IN - that said I do not believe that leaving would cause economic Armageddon, however, why vote to be worse off?  If you've lived your entire life with pure nationalistic pride being at the core of your being then I get it, but my suspicion is that most have not, so why risk the financial uncertainty?  Surely there's enough of that already?
  2. Reintroduction of the border is like Building A Wall - any argument from an NI perspective that believes that the reintroduction of borders is not inevitable is living a fairy tail.  I don't believe that there will be a reintroduction of North/South borders, however if immigration is a key to "taking back control" there is no possible way to do that without added checks at ports and airports from NI to GB.  So if you're from NI and anti immigration, voting leave will not benefit you - you'll get all of the immigrants freely moving North and South and added security when you want to run away from it!
  3. Migration is about humanity and compassion - it's not about maintaining a xenophobic hatred of "themuns over there coming over here" that's so blind that it cannot accept the argument that those coming here contribute more to the economy than they take:

    "Most economists say the overall impact of EU immigration into Britain is positive, as it has been with successive waves of immigrants since the 17th century."   OECD

  4. Both sides have failed to cover their campaigns in glory - Whether it be scaring pensioners to using a photograph of Syrians fleeing the War to depict the uk at breaking point - the lies and spin from both sides has been appalling.  So it's difficult to understand what are facts and what are scare tactics, but please do not believe that one side has not been as bad as the other.  That's how negative any political campaining appears to have gotten these days.
  5. VERY few of us will change our mind - I think that the fact is that most of us will go into this with a particular political leaning and will not wish to have our minds changed.  That's OK.  That's democracy.

I have added links to a few articles below that might help if you manage to stumble across this page and want to make a more INFORMED decision.  VOTE - But please, please do not vote on a feeling.  I understand that there are many selling their sides who have vested interests, who are selling an agenda that will benefit them.  And they are entitled to do that, they're exercising their democratic right.



TRUMP actually scares the crap outta me