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Christmas Choice 2017
Who are the greatest villains, direst leaders and most offensive personalities to have spread their regrettable influence throughout the modern world? Be it through politics, war, sport, culture or just their general idiocy? Well, take your pick…
Despite official reports, members of Generation X and younger feel completely and totally ill-prepared to deal with anything. They still, as purportedly self-sufficient adults, look toward Baby Boomers and the Greatest Generation and think, How did they do that?
John Cleese is the epitome of British humour at its best. In his book he tells the story of the earlier part of his life and career, his family, his school experiences and both the good and bad memories he has of both. He also shares how a visit from the BBC, when he was just days away from graduating from Cambridge and embarking on a career in law, abruptly changed his course in life, setting him on a more thespian path. It wasn’t long before he was scriptwriting for David Frost and Peter Sellers. This led to the creation of the iconic band known as Monty Python. He describes his relationship with Connie Booth, with whom he starred, in the timeless Fawlty Towers. He reveals the heady London of the sixties and seventies, and digresses to a consideration of the nature of comedy, and what exactly makes us laugh.
What if there’s a hidden dimension to Donald Trump; a sensitive, poetic side? Driven by this question, Rob Sears began combing Trump’s words for signs of poetry.What he found was a revelation.
While few people were surprised that the Netflix series Stranger Things was a smash hit, no one expected that one of the show’s minor characters, the nerdy, faithful underdog Barb, would break the internet. But Barb resonated with us – the chill, bespectacled BFF and her unjust abandonment hit a collective nerve.