Author Archives: StratMan

Lord have mercy…

Is it ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ where we see the peasants praising the qualities of different types of mud, as King Richard ‘rides’ by? I only ask because it seems to me that we are sinking further and … Continue reading

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‘Kunene and the King’ with Anthony Sher and John Kani.

Ever since (as a stagehand) I helped Anthony Sher up onto his wooden horse in Dick the Shit (Richard III) he has been my favourite stage actor. However, and this I admit is weird, I don’t know what it is … Continue reading

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Bash a Burglar?

I note that Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip (Harry) Seccombe has admitted that the 101 service is a load of crap, (The Stratford upon Avon Herald 21st March & I paraphrase), which must beg the question, ‘this being so, … Continue reading

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Excerpts from The Book of Stratford upon Avon.

‘The William’. Chapter 1. V.1-9 1…and it came to pass that in that town a child of great wisdom was born. 2. Such greatness did God bestow upon him that in later years the people did build a temple to … Continue reading

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The Royal Shakespeare Theatre – Crumbs from the High Table.

Let’s get one thing clear. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is without doubt, world class. The quality of its output is second to none and its pool of talent, well-chosen. Its record speaks for itself and anyone who says otherwise is … Continue reading

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Now I get it…Why Turkeys Vote for Christmas.

I’ve been meaning to post this for some time now but have only just stopped laughing. Anyway, this is a picture from ‘The Style Book’ (*cough) in The Observer a couple of Sundays ago. And it is Thanks to this … Continue reading

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Peony Pagoda poorly positioned.

FFS. All joking aside…what Council Knob-Head decided to build the Peony Pagoda down that end of  The Firs? #namethattwerp

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The Peony Pagoda Plot thickens…

I see this amazing gift from China has mysteriously began to cause accidents at an already traffic black spot. And to some it has also now become (even though not yet constructed), a ‘monstrosity’ AND an ‘eyesore’. As indignation, dissent and … Continue reading

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62 quid!

On one hand, I’ve always been a great fan of the cinema/flicks/movies and on the other, like many of my age group, I stopped going quite a few years ago. The main reason I think was the fact that I … Continue reading

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Gets my Goat – Advertising

I’ve never been a big fan of advertising (gets my goat) and have always considered it ‘the real Big Brother’, ‘the eye in the sky’. I think, as the years have gone by my fears with the appearance of Facebook … Continue reading

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‘Skylight’ at The Loft Theatre Leamington Spa

Last night I spent a smashing evening at The Loft Theatre in Leamington watching ‘Skylight’ by David Hare. Although the subject matter, Middle-Class Angst, is not dear to my heart, it was a brilliantly acted and directed piece. For the … Continue reading

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Disgusted of Stratford upon Avon

In an effort to quell (‘quell’ – there’s a word you don’t see very often) my anger I found myself having to take a swift walk around the river (me – in my state of health). ‘’Why, gentle writer?’, I … Continue reading

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You know what you can do with your Chinese Peony Pavilion…

Interesting to note that when I searched for ‘Stratford upon Avon’s Chinese Pagoda’ all I got was a list of eating houses. Of course what I should have searched for was ‘Stratford upon Avon’s Chinese Peony Pavilion’. However, my mistake … Continue reading

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Bah Humbug…

On Friday me and specially chosen members of the brood went to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ and I have to say…I was underwhelmed. Maybe it was something to do with all the publicity surrounding the project. Let’s face it, ACC … Continue reading

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A Funny Old Day…

MORNING. Just over a month ago I visited a recently taken over Stratford upon Avon Theatre & Entertainment establishment in an effort to find out about hire. Unfortunately, the very nice man on counter couldn’t help me as the person … Continue reading

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Stratford upon Avon Rumour Mill set to rise to 11.

The streets of Stratford upon Avon are running hot rumour. The rumour being that the first of Mister Bird’s family projects is about to close. If true, and the MAYBIRD shopping centre is set to close* and give itself over … Continue reading

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Nest of Vipers

As we are all aware the new year is a time to reassess. A time to look a little deeper into our lives and see what can be changed for the better. Unfortunately, and at the moment we are in … Continue reading

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Onward…and over the cliff we go…

I’m sorry to be so transparent but thank God that’s over. 2018, unless you won the lottery was, shit. The world had the idiot Trump to contend with and the UK has Brexit and a robot for Prime Minister. The … Continue reading

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CLOSED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR…see you then.

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3 stents later…

For those of a nervous disposition (snowflakes), turn away now… First of all, I have to say to sorry to myself for not keeping my blogs up to date. It was something I promised myself right at the beginning. At … Continue reading

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