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“Every blog should have a niche subject,” apparently. This blog is personal and covers way more than one topic. Use the categories and/or tags if you would like to filter out certain types of posts. Over time more posts from the past may be imported from other blog platforms.


Homesick home truths

From 22 December 2015:

MKAS Advent Calendar 2017

Contents as voted by a humble yet mighty Facebook group
Data collated by Alan Whyte

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Pots and kettles in bonkers Britain

Just when you think the political goings-on couldn’t get any weirder after Britons voting for Brexit and Americans electing Trump, we are now facing some seriously weird s*** in the run-up to the UK’s general election on 8 June 2017.

Welcome to bonkers Britain. This is going to be a long post.

Full disclosure: As a foreign national in the UK I have no vote, but my political beliefs are best summed up as: they’re all as bad as each other.

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[NL] Geen heil

N.B.: Dit stuk wordt opgediend met een dosis cynisme, een lading sarcasme en een heel grote korrel zout.

Jaren geleden gingen groepen voetbalsupporters geregeld met elkaar op de vuist, waarbij ze onderweg zo’n beetje alles wat daarbij in de weg stond sloopten, zelfs al was dat in hun eigen stadion of stad. Iedereen die niet zelf aan dit geweld deelnam, leek het met elkaar eens: dit had weinig met voetbal te maken, maar het leidde er wel van af. Soms werd geopperd om de boosdoeners ergens in een veld of weiland te droppen, alwaar ze het dan onder elkaar zouden kunnen uitvechten zonder al te veel tastbare schade aan de omgeving toe te brengen. Dan zou het daarna misschien afgelopen zijn met al dat onnodige, onnozele voetbalgeweld.

Deze week moest ik daar ineens weer aan denken.

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Rounding up 2016: Two years in film

I love films, but I’m currently not a regular cinemagoer. My cinema visits in 2016 can be counted on one hand, and involved only one new(ish) release:

Because I watched everything else at home — hence waited for films to become available for (legal!) downloading or streaming — I’m going to list two Top 10s of 2016: one of 2016 films and one of 2015 films watched in 2016:

My personal top 10 of 2016 films

  1. The Brand New Testament
  2. Weiner (documentary)
  3. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  4. Midnight Special
  5. Sing Street
  6. Hail, Caesar!
  7. Eddie The Eagle
  8. Holy Hell (documentary)
  9. Zootropolis (also known as Zootopia)
  10. The Secret Life of Pets

My least favourite film of 2016: Imperium (I wrote and posted a review of this film here).

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My personal top 10 of 2015 films watched in 2016

This Top 10 “goes to 11” with two titles sharing third place:

  1. The Hateful Eight
  2. Je Suis Charlie (documentary)
  3. Brooklyn
  4. He Never Died
  5. Janis: Little Girl Blue (documentary)
  6. Bone Tomahawk
  7. What Happened, Miss Simone? (documentary)
  8. Creed
  9. Concussion
  10. Spectre

My least favourite film of 2015 that I watched in 2016: The Witch

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