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Returning to Koblenz

In 2001 I went to Koblenz in Germany twice: January and December. Both times it was to attend the Modern Talking Fanclub Party (totally awesome, btw). When my husband and I embarked on our driving holiday around Europe in 2012, we didn’t really know where we wanted to go for the most part, but I knew I wanted to return to Koblenz, so we scheduled a two-night stop there.

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Filed under Germanialand Thomas Anders

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First look at Into the Storm #nerdrage

First look at Into the Storm #nerdrage

This August, we’ll see Richard Armitage in a film about tornadoes. It’s called Into the Storm. Here’s the poster they’ve released:

Into the Storm poster

And then there’s a teaser trailer:

So that says a whole lot. If Richard Armitage is even in this trailer, you can’t really tell. This teaser trailer doesn’t make me excited about the film. Perhaps an ac…

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Filed under history Richard Armitage

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Crafting for #RichardArmitage

So this happened:

For some reason (how many dream recollections don’t start like that?), I met Richard Armitage. Maybe I met him because I was interviewing him, or maybe I met him for some other inexplicable reason, it doesn’t really matter.

We started talking and really hit it off, and then he wanted me to make some sort of model house, where a wall had been made to look like stained glass…

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Looking forward to Eurovision

Looking forward to Eurovision

In May, TV screens throughout Europe will be tuned in to the biggest music competition *puts on Jeremy Clarkson voice* in the world. Eurovision Song Contest, the thing that Swedes obsess about and that the British shrug their shoulders at.

Being a Swede living in Britain, I miss the national selection competition beforehand, to determine which song gets to represent the country. The last few…

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Gladiator (2000)

Film review: Gladiator (2000), directed by Ridley Scott

gladiatorGeneral Maximus (Russell Crowe) wins a battle against Germanic tribes, fighting for his aging Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). The Emperor is a good guy (for a Roman emperor, at least), and so is Maximus, so Marcus Aurelius wants Maximus to succeed him, but his son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) has other plans.

Commodus kills his…

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Filed under 2000 Connie Nielsen David Hemmings David Schofield Derek Jacobi Djimon Hounsou Joaquin Phoenix John Shrapnel Omid Djalili Ralf Möller Richard Harris Ridley Scott Russell Crowe Spencer Treat Clark Sven-Ole Thorsen Tomas Arana Tommy Flanagan

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Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler’s List (1993)

Film review: Schindler’s List (1993), directed by Steven Spielberg

schindlerslistBusinessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) wants to make money, and one way to do so is to get a bunch of rich Jews to invest in his business proposition, and because they aren’t allowed to own anything, it will be in his name. He can even hire Jews as cheap labour in the factory!

His Jewish accountant, Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley),…

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Filed under 1993 Ben Kingsley Caroline Goodall Embeth Davidtz Liam Neeson Nazis Ralph Fiennes Steven Spielberg

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Film review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), directed by Mark Herman

theboyinthestripedpyjamasThis is an adaptation of John Boyne’s novel by the same name. It stars an 8-year-old boy called Bruno (Asa Butterfield), who lives in a big, fancy house in Berlin with his sister Gretel (Amber Beattie), his mother (Vera Farmiga), and father (David Thewlis) – a Nazi officer.

When “Father” gets a promotion, the family pack…

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Filed under 2008 Amber Beattie Asa Butterfield Cara Horgan David Hayman David Thewlis Jack Scanlon Jim Norton John Boyne Mark Herman Nazis Richard Johnson Rupert Friend Sheila Hancock Vera Farmiga

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The Stranger (1946)

The Stranger (1946)

Film review: The Stranger (1946), directed by Orson Welles

thestranger1946Mr Wilson (Edward G Robinson) works as a detective, tracking wanted war criminals and bringing them to justice. When on the trail of a prominent Nazi Franz Kindler, he follows a man called Konrad Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) to a town in Connecticut, USA, and suspicions fall on history professor, Charles Rankin (Orson Welles), because he’s…

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Filed under 1946 Billy House Byron Keith Edward G Robinson Konstantin Shayne Loretta Young Martha Wentworth Nazis Orson Welles Philip Merivale Richard Long