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#1 07.Jun.18 09:47:18

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Film, Theatre, Books - suggestions and stuff currently worth seeing

I thought this would be a useful thread...

We have one for gigs, so this is for other broadly cultural stuff happening locally ( or just worth reading, wherever you are)  - so feel free to include anything that would/could be reviewed and, ideally, that is still on and available at the time of posting.

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#2 07.Jun.18 09:50:43

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So...


Jurrasic World - Odeon, Oldham.  Last night.


Screen 3 is the big, iSense screen in the excellent town hall development -  and it really suits a blockbuster like this.

The best of the recent ones, this is a real action film in every sense - loud, visually impressive and a (half) decent plot.

If you like the others, worth seeing at our local big screen.


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#3 07.Jun.18 10:36:53

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Good idea Barleycorn & thanks for the review. I must admit I loved the first Jurassic Park, but not so much the next. I saw the advert for this latest one & thought I might be able to persuade the O/H to try it so thanks for that.  tummenupp


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#4 07.Jun.18 12:55:58

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Good idea for a thread Barley.


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#5 07.Jun.18 12:58:13

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It is a good idea. Barley, do you want book suggestions? And if so is it just the latest publications you're after or would you welcome some suggestions of older books that are well worth reading?


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#6 07.Jun.18 15:43:44

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Tabbycat wrote:

It is a good idea. Barley, do you want book suggestions? And if so is it just the latest publications you're after or would you welcome some suggestions of older books that are well worth reading?

All of the above!!


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#7 07.Jun.18 16:44:07

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Two Brothers by Ben Elton

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/135 … o-brothers

You might like this. I read it about 2 years ago and it had a profound effect on me, mainly because it is set partly in Berlin during WW2 and is about a Jewish family.
It has been suggested that this book should be compulsory reading for schoolchildren. It is based on the author' grandparents' and uncle's experiences but is set as a novel and as such is a real page turner.
If you want light summer reading this is not the book for you!

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#8 07.Jun.18 17:26:27

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I’ve just watched Safe by Harlen Coben, a six part thriller filmed in Manchester about the disappearance of a doctors daughter but all is not as it seems, recommended.


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#9 07.Jun.18 18:10:35

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Is that on catch up, Tony?


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#10 07.Jun.18 18:34:06

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Tabbycat wrote:

Is that on catch up, Tony?

Netflix Tabby


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#11 07.Jun.18 19:42:45

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Bought a book in Asda last week. The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, The true story of Lale Sokolov,

With a large needle he punctures the skin of each captive  then rubs green ink in for the number etched on there arm,

A grim reminder of what people suffered for there faith,

Not read it yet but I don't think it will be an easy read,


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#12 07.Jun.18 19:53:00

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Tony wrote:

I’ve just watched Safe by Harlen Coben, a six part thriller filmed in Manchester about the disappearance of a doctors daughter but all is not as it seems, recommended.

I love his books, and there was a mini series called The Five a while back, but I couldn’t get into it, because it was set in England, but was clearly written by an American, so it just felt really odd.

Is Safe better?


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#13 07.Jun.18 20:18:48

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LittleRach wrote:
Tony wrote:

I’ve just watched Safe by Harlen Coben, a six part thriller filmed in Manchester about the disappearance of a doctors daughter but all is not as it seems, recommended.

I love his books, and there was a mini series called The Five a while back, but I couldn’t get into it, because it was set in England, but was clearly written by an American, so it just felt really odd.

Is Safe better?

Not seen The Five but will take a look, Safe stars Michael C Hall an American who was the lead in Dexter but his English accent is brilliant, Amanda Abbington co stars along with Marc Warren, loads of red herrings thrown in and I didn't pre guess the outcome.


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#14 07.Jun.18 22:29:38

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Alexander the Corrector by Julia Keay.  It's non-fiction.
Alexancer Cruden was a 17C proof reader and is still documented in the Encyclopedia Brittanica as being mad, having been encarcerated in an asylum.   Keay uncovers evidence to show he was in fact stitched up in order to silence him.   We have an old copy of Cruden's Concordene of the Bible and in the preface it refers to his madness.


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#15 07.Jun.18 23:12:34

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Shakespeare backstage tour at the RSC in Stratford - a brilliant performance in itself


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#16 08.Jun.18 15:08:40

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Tony wrote:

I’ve just watched Safe by Harlen Coben, a six part thriller filmed in Manchester about the disappearance of a doctors daughter but all is not as it seems, recommended.


I fancy that, thanks Tony. 
I quite like HC books for a quick, light read and haven't seen much of his stuff on screen.

Just finishing The Tunnel ( a rehash of The Bridge)  and will try this afterwards.

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#17 14.Jun.18 11:34:08

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Just about to start the Jack Reacher series of books - not my favourite genre, but it is summer, the time for trashy fiction.


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#18 14.Jun.18 14:18:33

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Barleycorn wrote:

Just about to start the Jack Reacher series of books - not my favourite genre, but it is summer, the time for trashy fiction.

I quickly became hooked on Reacher, enjoy.


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#19 14.Jun.18 14:29:00

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I must admit I enjoyed the Jack Reacher books as well. I'm just about to start Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz - it's a follow up to Orphan X - if you enjoy Lee Childs books you'll like this I think.

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#20 14.Jun.18 15:21:36

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If you're into trashy fiction, BC, you might want to give Martina Cole or Mandasue Heller a go. I absolutely love them!


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#21 14.Jun.18 16:32:17

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I'm currently reading book 3 of the Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve.

There's a film coming out in December based on the first book and directed by Peter Jackson, should be interesting!!! smile


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#22 14.Jun.18 19:26:33

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I’ve read quite a few Jack Reacher books, but I’ve gone off him recently and find him annoying in some ways.

But if you like those books, Mark Dawson is worth a try. 

Linwood Barclay is also good, but slightly different.


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#23 14.Jun.18 19:31:52

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I agree Little Rach - the earlier Jack Reacher books were better - the latest ones have gone off the boil a bit - very repetitive.


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#24 14.Jun.18 20:03:38

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A lot of authors who have a  success with their earlier books seem to tail off with subsequent work.  I always feel disappointed when that happens.  I am reading a new Peter Robinson book at the moment it's a DCI Banks and I am finding it hard work.  sad   I think the only author I am never bored with is Ian Rankin.

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#25 21.Jun.18 16:51:23

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Tony, thank you for recommending Safe. We finished watching it last night and it was one of the best things we've seen for ages. Do you know any more like that?


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#26 21.Jun.18 20:27:36

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Tabbycat wrote:

Tony, thank you for recommending Safe. We finished watching it last night and it was one of the best things we've seen for ages. Do you know any more like that?

Glad you enjoyed it, Michael C Halls British accent was faultless wasn’t it. Will let you know if I spot anything.


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#27 21.Jun.18 20:39:36

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Yes indeed. And the plot kept going and going, with a good satisfactory ending, which a lot of today's dramas don't have.


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#28 28.Aug.18 18:28:46

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Tabbycat wrote:

Yes indeed. And the plot kept going and going, with a good satisfactory ending, which a lot of today's dramas don't have.



Finished this last week.   A good call - thanks all.


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#29 30.Aug.18 20:43:18

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

This fascinating book surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century, focusing on our own species of human, Homo sapiens.

A real eye opener

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