A Bottle of Château Maldon, Please

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Until I read this interesting book, I had no idea that the postcode in which I live in northeast Essex is the finest terroir for wine in the country. It was all I could do to resist ripping up the lawn and planting vines. Indeed, Henry Jeffreys quotes one of the country’s leading authorities on English wine as saying that ‘England’s answer to Château Pétrus’ could be found somewhere in Essex. Of course it could. Jeffreys has talked to key people in the English wine

How We Laughed

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

I’m lucky. I came of age in the 1990s, when Reeves and Mortimer were on a run of form so inspired they could occasionally make you fear for your sanity, when by cross-pollinating Richard Pryor with Monty Python, Eddie Izzard could tunnel logical wormholes that began at Robert Burns and ended at The Italian Job […]

Demolition Men

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

This summer, Arnold Schwarzenegger can be seen shooting bad guys in a Netflix series, FUBAR, and Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren can be seen shooting bad guys in a film, Expend4bles. Even in 2023, it seems, audiences still haven’t entirely got over their love affair with the terrifyingly muscled actors who punched, stabbed and machine-gunned their way to superstardom in the 1980s, usually with their shirts off. It’s a love affair charted in Nick de Semlyen’s The Last Action Heroes. Having whisked through the CVs

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