Liar’s Poker

After he wrote ‘Liar’s Poker‘, Michael Lewis wrote ‘The Big Short‘ which was turned into a brilliant film. It’s well worth a watch. Here’s the trailer:

The Last Banquet

Our host for the evening was Mr Allen and he laid on some exotic tastes of his own care of Osgrow in Bristol.

The Children Act

Music from the Book

I had just started to source links to the various pieces of music cited in the book when I came across this great Blog which had beat me to it. So if you fancy hearing what the Mahler or the Keith Jarrett tunes sound like then just follow this link. Here’s the piece played by Adam in the hospital.


The Hospital

I was intrigued by the description of the 26 storey Edith Cavell Wandsworth General Hospital. Sadly no such place exists. There was an Edith Cavell Hospital but it was in Peterborough and wasn’t funded by New Labour money. In fact it closed its dors in November 2010 and has since been demolished.


Film Adaptation comes too late for Matt

Emma Thompson is set to star in a film adaptation of the book. Shooting won’t start till 2017 so it will all be too late to save Matt Willing from having to read the book. Read more.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

All the Lonely People


The author (Rupert Potter foreground) needs a sit down after two hours of ‘constructive criticism’.

The Traveler


The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century.

Time and Time Again

Franz Ferdinand

The Bees

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

A review from our very own Professor (not of literature) John Walsh.

I have eventually managed to wade through (apologies to Hon Chair) ‘The spy who came in from the cold. For me, my edition was 249 pages too long, a four page summary would have been more than enough. The first quarter-third of the book was interminable; more filler than Homebase! At this point it was on a score of 3. Early in the last third it could have rallied to a ‘foyve’, but ultimately it didn’t.

In the early stages of the book I was thinking cowboys and Indians (thought crime? ed), so was pleased to have this confirmed by Leamus in chapter 25 when he likened it all to cowboys and Indians. Parts of the plot couldn’t hold more water than a broken pisspot (apologies to Fred Trueman); more Clouseau than Intelligence Service. It did have a few more twists and turns than the straighter parts of the Fosse Way, but they didn’t go anywhere that was sufficient to merit reading.

I can’t believe how much critical acclaim the book is said to have had; since Graham Greene said it was the best spy story he ever read, we can only assume it was the only one he ever read! The seven (and a bit) pages of the ‘Fifty Years Later’ postscript in my edition was marginally more interesting than the book.

I give it 4.

John le Walshé