Monthly Archives: August, 2013

Sparrows Dance

sparrows dance

My review of the smaller than small-scale romantic drama is over at Flickering Myth now… check it out if you get the chance!

Ber Ber Ber Berlin

Saw these posters outside an arts Kino here in Berlin a few days ago and it brought a smile… top film! My review of this deeply odd piece is here


Holiday Drawings

A couple of holiday sketches…



New Sketches/Ideas




Soooo. I’ve been doing a bit more drawing recently… More to appear on here soon!

MS Update – Early Morning Scan Business


The ongoing investigation into discovering just what makes my personal MS thing tick took another step forward this morning.

At the (not so) bright and early time of 7.00 I had another MRI scan in the austere quarters of the Kaiserin-Friedrich Haus, just next to the Charité . Rather like getting a brain scan done in a museum or an art gallery (apparently there is a casino in there too!), it had a vaguely relaxing affect on me – or perhaps that was just the lack of sleep…

Anyway as ever, the MRI itself was the usual industrial/ambient crossover; a buzz of beeps, whirs and machine-made glottal stops, strangely inspiring. Obviously, some artists agree, including this group who created this piece back in 2010.

After the show was over, the NeuroCure assistant showed me the picture of my dear old brain. She pointed out two new active lesions, which qualify me for the Boswellia  trial/treatment.

Obviously this is something of a mixed bag – but it is the nature of relapsing/remitting MS that the myelin lesions clear and then are not active, and then new ones form. Anyway, the main thing is that the immediate future of my personal treatment is clear and is in the best possible hands. Staying positive/learning more!

BBC News – MS damage repair treatment looked at by Edinburgh researchers

Interesting report on a possible treatment to promote regeneration of myelin.

BBC News – MS damage repair treatment looked at by Edinburgh researchers.

The Conjuring – out now


The Conjuring is out now. Strongly recommend to lovers of old school chills…

Over at ExBerliner and below…

So, you’re a couple moving to a remote New England farm-house available at a suspiciously low price in the American heartland of Steven King and HP Lovecraft. Um, with your five young daughters. What could possibly go wrong? 


Quite a bit as it turns out. This elegantly-fashioned ghost story – based on actual events in the early 1970s – is an atmospheric back-to-basics chiller, taking the view that restrained direction techniques and correctly deployed lights and shadows alongside characters with understandable motivations and back stories will be far more effective than cheap and nasty ‘torture porn’. Skilled director James Wan certainly seems to have come around to this way of thinking, with every release of his after the first grisly Saw film in 2004 marking him out as something of a standard-bearer for top-drawer supernatural cinema. 

Taking the case notes of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorrine Warren (also involved with The Amityville Horror) as its inspiration, the film occasionally seems slightly over-keen to state its ‘trueness’, but any misgivings about this are blown away by the jumps and expertly-crafted frights in store. Clap, clap… And once more, clap.

The Conjuring | Directed by James Wan (USA 2013) With Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, Kyla Deaver.  Starts August 1