Red Road Does it again
November 30, 2006, 10:10 am
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Nobody has seen this movie and yet, last night it won best actor (Kevin Curran) AND actress (Kate Dickie) at The British Independent Film Awards. No small feat as Kate Dickie was up against Helen Mirren in The Queen,

Trust me, this movie is magnificent. See it if you can. Certainly when it comes out on DVD.

Santa Gorman
November 27, 2006, 4:23 pm
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That’s him. I’m getting all the best presents for Christmas because my Dad is Santa. Catch him at Debenhams in Ocean Terminal any day. If he’s off his brother (My Uncle Chris) will be there instead.

The rebirth of Bond
November 27, 2006, 3:24 pm
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Sadly I was brought up during Roger Moore’s (long) Bond reign. And consequently I thought Bond sucked. So much so that I’ve not even been tempted to explore the much lauded Connery franchise. Recent efforts seem to have been desperate attempts to get back on the rails, but have failed to convince me. But this. This is a proper movie. It is just great. Bond in love? Bond vulnerable? Bond nearly dying? Daniel Craig is simply magnificent. I loved his rudeness and hostility (he barely once says please or thank you during the movie) but when he has to be sentimental he is.

Funny? Ditto.

Sexy? Yip.

Forget comparing this to other Bond movies. Compare this to other movies. It stands up very well.

OK, it is a touch on the long side. But…

Bond is back.

Daniel Craig – if you stay as Bond I’ll be there every time.

South Queensferry – One of the Best
November 22, 2006, 11:07 pm
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Well it’s official, South Queensferry is a top community. So it says in this week’s Queensferry Gazette. This is of course a headline announcing that Queensferry were runners up, Highly Commended, in the Environment Category of the Calor Gas Scottish Community of the Year 2006 competition. Greenferry were delighted and would like to thank everyone for their help and enthusiasm because we couldn’t have won it without you.

Tom Martin, chairman of the Queensferry and District Council, said “The winners – Furniture Plus of Dysart – must have been good indeed to have beaten the excellent work that Greenferry has carried out in this community.”

If you would like more information on the Calor Gas Community of the Year Awards have a look at

we’re awa’ on our hols
November 13, 2006, 1:07 pm
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Looking to shoot an 80 or so on the Queens, 85 on the Kings, dining in splendour and generally relaxing. Soundtrack for the week will include Joanna Newsom and The Fratellis.



Red Road takes them to the cleaners
November 13, 2006, 12:58 pm
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 Following my enthusiastic review of Red Road it has won ALL the Scottish movie BAFTAs (best actor, actress, script, director and movie).  Excellent news for a really great movie.  Forget the fact it’s dead miserable.  It’s great.  Go and see it, and stop moaning.

They want me to be Santa
November 11, 2006, 7:00 pm
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Should I do it? Should I be Santa in Falkirk? As you’ll know my Dad and my Uncle Chris are doing split shift Santadom at Debenhams in Leith and I’m being headhunted for a shift in Falkirk. The question is… does this in any way enhance my credibility? And surely I’m too young.