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Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森)

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Japanese / reviews

A few people have asked, so here’s a review of sorts: if you love the book, should you see the film? Two disclaimers up front: I’m no film expert, just an idiot with a history of low-rent literary criticism. Your level of agreement may vary. Also, I’m focusing purely on the perspective of those who know the book. If you haven’t read it, please stop here as I am going to spoil it in a […]

Summer Wars – now on Blu-ray

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One of the best Japanese films I caught last year was Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars (or, if you prefer spelling English titles out in katakana for the hell of it, サマーウォーズ), which was shown at the NFT alongside Uchuu Show e Yokoso. It’s a visually stunning film built on the contrasts between the traditional (an old family mansion in rural Japan, beautifully animated in a traditional hand-drawn style) and the ultra-modern (the 3D virtual world […]

Garmin Forerunner 405CX vs 110

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A few months ago I reviewed the Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS running watch – click here for the full review – and over the last fortnight I’ve also reviewed the new, cheaper Garmin Forerunner 110 for work – I’ll put a link here when it goes online. In case anyone’s trying to choose between the two, though, here’s a comparison of the key differences – there wasn’t room to fit this info in the magazine […]

On Freedom

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Or rather, in which I mix review-writing – which has been a large part of my job for years – and ham-fisted literary criticism, in which I have a degree. Also: this post will contain MASSIVE HUGE SPOILERS so anyone who has not yet read the book should run for the hills at this point. If you’re looking for a review in order to decide if the book’s worth reading, here it is: yes, it […]

London Cycle Hire: good, but not great

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The hideously named Barclays Cycle Hire scheme – also known as borisbikes, kencycles, bankerbikes and so on – has been running for a few weeks now, and after a slow start I’ve finally had time to try it a few times. So is it any good? Well sort of. Ish. Maybe. From the perspective of a pedestrian who’d like to cycle far more than he does – no room for a bike at home – […]