Sunday, 18th March 2018
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Miriam's Big American Adventure

Miriam Margolis is a person with a very set way of looking at the world. In case you thought that this made her a very unbending, authoritarian sort of person then you couldn't be more wrong. It's just that she is very opinionated and isn't afraid to share those opinions or to call people out on what she thinks are very dodgy ways at looking at the world. She wanted to go to America to see what the country was like today as she thinks that it has changed massively since she last lived there. Of course the big word that everyone was thinking about but no one said was that of Trump and his current influence on what is happening in the States at the moment. She started off her journey in Chicago in what was a very affluent suburb mixing with people who had money and the choices that that brings. It was easy to see that it didn't really take long before she was bored of all that and she was off to the other side of the tracks to Chicago's south side to see how the very poor lived. She picked to go to one of the most dangerous areas in the city and spoke to a lot of people about their life experiences which were the polar opposites of those in the affluent suburbs. You really got the opinion that that you weren't really finding out anything new about the United States at all and in fact it is the same the world over, the rich have better lives than the poor with everything that goes with that. It is just because Miriam has such a magnetic presence and the way that she articulates her opinions makes her interesting to watch on television, you don't need her programme to tell you what life is like in the United States if you keep up with current affairs which most people do to some extent or other but it is the way she expresses herself that is most interesting.

A mixed bag of a programme that will only reinforce what you probably thought about the States rather than giving you any real fresh insights, most likely because there aren't any there to be had.

Thoroughly Modern Millican

If you like your humour with more than a little spice then the comedian Sarah Millican should be right up your street. You'd be amazed with what comes out of her mouth but the real humour is the difference to the way she looks, like a school dinner lady or someone's mam, and the things that she finds funny to talk about. Most of her jokes wouldn't be suitable for a family newspaper and that is part of what makes her so unique, no one is really doing humour in the way that she is doing it at the moment. It is no wonder that her tours and her dvd sales are best sellers. The only pity is that she isn't on t.v. more although we all probably know what the reason for that is. This recording of one of her shows also demonstrates the way in which she can so brilliantly interact with an audience and keep the flow of her material so seamless. She is one canny lass.

The Hobbitt

The Desolation Of Smaug

You know when you are watching a Peter Jackson movie that the special effects, as well as all theother elements, in the film are just going to be spot on. And considering that the majority of the movie, particularly in this series, are made up of special effects then you have to ensure that they are going to work out perfectly in order to give a great cinematic experience which again you expect from a Peter Jackson film.

This is the second in the series of The Hobbitt where Bilbo and friends journey to the dragon Smaug's kingdom under the mountain in order to regain it. You don't know by the end of the film whether they are going to do that because Smaug wakes up and heads off to destroy the lake village in retaliation for letting Bilbo and his friends through.

Of course the movie isn't as straight forward as that and as in any quest the people have to go through a series of dangerous adventures in order to attain their prize. This includes battling Orcs, giant spiders and escaping from the Elf's palace in the magical woods. Naturally enough you have to be in the right frame of mind to watch a film like this one, it is long and feels longer with ads, but if you're looking for a great family movie then this is certainly one for you.


Letters to the Editor


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