Rapscallion Magazine BOOK REVIEW: Evelyn Waugh’s satire of Phoney War Britain Put Out More Flags was written while the Second World War’s outcome was still in doubt giving it an added realism
By October 21, 2018 Read More →

Rapscallion Magazine BOOK REVIEW: Evelyn Waugh’s satire of Phoney War Britain Put Out More Flags was written while the Second World War’s outcome was still in doubt giving it an added realism

Put out more Flags by Evelyn Waugh For an insight into wartime Britain Put out more Flags by Evelyn Waugh is a good read. Written in 1941 and published a year later it tells the stories of a collection of mainly middle class men and women who are in part idol in nature, flippant about […]

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Rapscallion Magazine BOOK REVIEW: Graham Swift’s Tomorrow is a window into one family’s life from the 1940s to the 1990s with beautiful insights – but lacks suspense as we can guess what’s coming
By October 21, 2018 Read More →

Rapscallion Magazine BOOK REVIEW: Graham Swift’s Tomorrow is a window into one family’s life from the 1940s to the 1990s with beautiful insights – but lacks suspense as we can guess what’s coming

Tomorrow by Graham Swift Pity Mike in Graham Swift’s matriarchal nocturnal reflections of his wife Paula’s monologue as he spends the entire 300 pages fast asleep and worse still being talked about as though he wasn’t there. Paula’s internal monologue concerns her decision to spill a long held secret from her two children who have […]

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Rapscallion Magazine BOOK REVIEW: despite the decades Peter Brook’s The Empty Space contains many thought provoking ideas – although much of the text seems lost in the distant haze of the 1960s
By October 21, 2018 Read More →

Rapscallion Magazine BOOK REVIEW: despite the decades Peter Brook’s The Empty Space contains many thought provoking ideas – although much of the text seems lost in the distant haze of the 1960s

The Empty Space by Peter Brook In 150 odd pages Peter Brook spells out his thoughts on four types of theatre: the deadly, the holy, the rough and the immediate. He could easily have done it in 50 pages such is the density of his thought process. His essential theme is that theatre should be […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: Axbridge Square pictured in the 1970s before all the changes took place and an earlier photo of the Oakhouse Hotel (where you could buy petrol back in the day)
By October 16, 2018 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: Axbridge Square pictured in the 1970s before all the changes took place and an earlier photo of the Oakhouse Hotel (where you could buy petrol back in the day)

Before Axbridge Square was laid out in its present form when it was a car park Axbridge Square has been a the site of a Saxon fort or burh, essentially a fortified town with its own mint and garrison in pre-Norman Britain and a car park in the 1970s. Images of the town’s square reveal […]

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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE: Video interview with the curator of the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp with Werner van Hoof
By September 17, 2018 Read More →

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE: Video interview with the curator of the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp with Werner van Hoof

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing museum in Antwerp, Belgium which focuses on the work of the 16th century printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. Harry Mottram went to the city to find out about the man who managed to gain contracts to print books for the Pope despite being in a Protestant city in […]

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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – RESTAURANT REVIEW: the official dessert of Axbridge has been discovered in an antiques shop during an unusual night out in an exquisite pop up Bistro in the depths of Somerset (beware this review contains a terrible pun) 
By September 16, 2018 Read More →

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – RESTAURANT REVIEW: the official dessert of Axbridge has been discovered in an antiques shop during an unusual night out in an exquisite pop up Bistro in the depths of Somerset (beware this review contains a terrible pun) 

Ripley Antiques Pop-up Bistro Number 10. Axbridge, Somerset I’m not sure how Jules, Lou and Sally do it. Their kitchen is tiny, they have to move large amounts of antiques to fit the diners in and they have to serve the food at speed with the minimum of fuss. A lot of restaurants fail to […]

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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – RESTAURANT REVIEW: sherry, tapas and a mercifully short wait for our food at Pintxo in Bath – for a lunchtime pre theatre meal (but what about the toilets?) 
By September 16, 2018 Read More →

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – RESTAURANT REVIEW: sherry, tapas and a mercifully short wait for our food at Pintxo in Bath – for a lunchtime pre theatre meal (but what about the toilets?) 

Pintxo. Tapas and Sherry Bar. Barton Street, Bath We had originally sat down in The Garrick’s Head by the Theatre Royal Bath on Saturday lunch time but with no sign of service and curtain up fast approaching next door for the play God of Carnage we left thinking a packet of crisps and sandwich from […]

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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – THEATRE REVIEW: vomit, violence and how to bring up your children in a lively production of Yasmina Reza’s black comedy God of Carnage at the Theatre Royal Bath
By September 16, 2018 Read More →

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – THEATRE REVIEW: vomit, violence and how to bring up your children in a lively production of Yasmina Reza’s black comedy God of Carnage at the Theatre Royal Bath

God of Carnage, Theatre Royal Bath The knives (or rather the sharpened spears) are out in Yasmina Reza’s savage black comedy which sets two sets of parents at each other’s throats. An assembly of spears hangs above the stylish round lounge designed by Peter McKintosh in Lindsay Posner’s production of Reza’s God of Carnage. The […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – VIDEO REVIEW: Lesbians, talking cats and badly behaved residents in Jo Tilley’s ribald sitcom reveals there’s plenty of rude life in a retirement home
By August 25, 2018 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – VIDEO REVIEW: Lesbians, talking cats and badly behaved residents in Jo Tilley’s ribald sitcom reveals there’s plenty of rude life in a retirement home

Old. By Jo Tilley. “Hello I’m Jo Tilley, I’m 34, I’m single and I’m looking for a man.” The creator and director of the sitcom Old screened at the Axbridge Roxy Cinema on Thursday August 23rd 2018 introduced the premier with a bit of her stand-up comedy. She had a good line in being single […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – WHAT’S ON: Free screening of the sitcom ‘Old’  – filmed in Axbridge. Premiere at the Roxy on Thursday August 23rd
By August 18, 2018 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – WHAT’S ON: Free screening of the sitcom ‘Old’ – filmed in Axbridge. Premiere at the Roxy on Thursday August 23rd

The official sitcom of Old is being screened in Axbridge on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018, at the Roxy Cinema. Written by Joanna Tilley (@JoannaTilley) the comedy was filmed at The Old Parsonage in Axbridge and features at least two local actors: Diane Lukins and Janie Gray. Here’s a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKcz5o697t4

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