Getting to the end of the homework

This is a really contrived title I know, but I wanted to write something about getting close to the end of Alexei Sayle’s ‘Stalin Ate my Homework’.

I am so enjoying this book, which is much more coherent than ‘Great Bus Journeys of the World’, which I read a look time ago.

it is so good to hear him reading about his own life, and it is sad, funny and amazing all at once.

Doctor Who: Demon Quest

Well the last 2 episodes of Tom Baker’s latest Dr Who story have come out and I hope to get to listen to them over the next few days. The first couple of stories weren’t so good, but the third one picked up so I’m hoping that the last 2 will be good as the last series was excellent.

Really looking forward to it, and I’ll let you know what I think at the end.

True Grit

My favourite films are a strange and largely unconnected bunch, and when one of the ‘older’ ones gets a remake it is a big deal. There are some films that I just think should never be remade, like the Blues Brothers for example. Others, like True Grit could be great. Time will tell.

At least I think that Jeff Bridges will be great in the roll, and I do think that Matt Damon is a good solid actor. So it should be a good movie. I won’t have to wait long to find out.


Well the snow is on the way out, that’s for sure. It is still going to be cold, but it looks like I won’t be walking through the woods next week, which is good although I did like parts of the walk (not the uphill bits)


I just watched ‘Informant’, a film with Matt Damon by Steven Soderbergh, who’s work I normally like, but I felt like this film really missed the mark. It has some good moments and Damon’s performance was good, but it didn’t hang together as a story for me.

Dusk, Snow, Woods and Alexei Sayle

I walked home tonight just at dusk hoping that the light would hold for long enough for me to get through the woods before it got dark and I started to walk into things or get lost.

I was ok thankfully and just made it.

I continued listening to Alexei Sayle’s “Stalin Ate My Homework” on the way back which is an excellent read, or in my case listen as I’ve got the audio book version. I would recommend it to anyone. Unless of course you don’t like Alexei Sayle in which case you probably shouldn’t bother with it.

I must be over half way through now and I’ve really enjoyed it. It is funny and poignant at the same time, and a deeply personal reflection on his quite unusual childhood.

I’ve especially enjoyed the way the book doesn’t so much tell the story of his childhood but more meanders through it in a seemingly haphazard manner. I guess in many ways that childhood is like that. Today it made a good backdrop to my journey.