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For fans of the Northern Irish actor, age 66, Liam Neeson, as I was, his last few days have seen a road best not taken. Depending on your politics, or Twittersphere, you have either condemned him, or lurched queasily to his defense, since he volunteered the information that, years ago, after a friend was raped, he asked the race of the assailant, and, upon learning they were allegedly African-American, decided to kill a 'black bastard' (his words) in revenge; thereupon he claims he spent a week or more prowling the streets, hoping a black man would attack him so he could murder him with a cosh.

In his defence (one supposes he would see it that way) he confessed to these bloodthirsty and racist impulses in the context of his violent upbringing in Northern Ireland; and condemned the cycle of violence that revenge initiates; and he called these horrible thoughts.

It is unfortunate for Neeson that the long connection between the put upon of the North of Ireland and the American civi…


The Girl In The Spider's Web, which was released only in October 2018, has already been consigned to the dustbin of cinematic history, as yet another Box Office flop, with, to add insult to injury (as perhaps befits the plot), no audience or critical love, either.  On Metacritic it scores 43; On IMDB, 6.1; on Rotten Tomatoes, a not very fresh 41% - it stinks, all the metrics seem to warn.

The film, which had a medium-sized budget of $43 million USD, has so far only earned back under around $34 million domestic and international; with, however, the home viewing sales to come; if lucky, and there is no reason to expect much luck here, it may eventually break even. Everyone was startled at how badly the film was received, given it stars Claire Foy, a current darling for her role as The Queen on telly; and is directed by Fede Alvarez, whose previous English films, The Evil Dead and Don't Breathe are considered, if not modern classics, then near-perfect nasty cult-style horror pics.


Yesterday's parliamentary vote made British history - the government's Brexit deal lost the support of a vast majority of the House of Commons, losing by 230. To put this in perspective, this is the BIGGEST LOSS EVER for any government in UK's history. To make matters worse, the Prime Minister Mrs May, refused to resign afterwards, and seems incapable of adjusting her bearings sufficiently to locate a compromise Plan B that could pass, before a No Deal Ultra-Hard Brexit occurs on 29 March - the so-called Cliff Edge.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Mr Bercow, seems driven to enter history as the man who undermined executive authority in the parliament, moving the control of the order of business from the Cabinet to the back benches; such a transition would represent a revolution no less significant than Cromwell's time, in terms of the sudden shift of power in the land. Making this turbulent, exciting, and deeply worrying crisis in British democracy all the more fra…