Proof, if proof were needed (it was)

I took the pretty shonky little snapshot below with my phone while perched on a very narrow step outside my local branch of a well-known national bank (you know, the one with the cringe-making faux radio station tv adverts…). As you can probably work out for yourself, the picture is of a section from a careers poster. This poster has been on display for at least 6 months. I know this because I took a previous photo of it back in November that was even worse than the one I’ve included here and it’s taken me until today to get round to re-doing it & finishing this article. Continue reading

Eastern Promises

four stars out of fiveSome tour-de-force performances from a strong cast make this a very watchable thriller, in spite of a few patchy plot moments and the negative portrayal of Eastern Europeans and Turks. Unfortunately, in the many multi-lingual scenes, I often found myself thinking about the technical skill that must have gone into making the dialogue appear naturalistic, which created a certain distance from the storyline. I believe that a lot of effort went into distinguishing between the various dialects (see the extra features) but that was a subtlety totally lost on me. Continue reading