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Alan Meban (Alan in Belfast)
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An irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology, politics and the occasional rant about life. Alan ... in Belfast (and Lisburn), Northern Ireland
An irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology, politics and the occasional rant about life. Alan ... in Belfast (and Lisburn), Northern Ireland

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NI Science Festival - space, stories, food safety, cognitive computing, astrophyics and quantum biology #nisf17
NI Science Festival is in its third year and still has a week to run. The programme is packed full of surprises and treats. Tuesday 21 February Professor Dame Ann Dowling will deliver the the 16th Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture in which she will discu...

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Logan (Wolverine III) - three men and a little lady meets Green Room
I haven’t seen any of the previous X-Men films on a cinema screen, and have mostly been working away at something else while catching some of them on TV. So going into the Movie House on Dublin Road last night to preview Logan , I had a passing familiarity ...

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Ardnaglass on the Air - rural living brings hilarity to the airwaves (C21 Theatre, Lyric + NI tour)
Take one ramshackle shed with a Yagi antenna in the corner of a busy farmyard. Add a muck-covered pig farmer who lives with his mum and a local barmaid who dreams of escaping her drunken husband for the bright lights of London. Throw in a one hour long comm...

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Review: Moonlight - seeking the stability of identity and security (QFT until 2 March)
Moonlight is a film in three acts. Each with a different actor portraying Chiron as a boy, a teenager and finally an adult. “You don’t talk much but you darned well can eat!” Juan (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monáe) befriend an uncomm...

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Looking Deadly: shape shifting actors inject life into a town’s rival funeral firms
The body of well known republican Tom McCarthy reposes in Lynch’s funeral home. Jane (played by Niamh McGrath) inherited the business from her father but local competition from Cost Less Coffins up the street means her finances are not healthy and the bank ...

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T2 Trainspotting: worth the 20 year wait for Danny Boyle to choose to breath life back into the characters
It’s unashamedly nostalgic, yet T2 moves the story of the rag bag of heroin addicts from Trainspotting ’s 1996 forward twenty years. Right from the first location the expectation is set that music will often speak louder than any character dialogue, and tha...

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Review - NI Opera's Powder Her Face (Lyric Theatre until 29 January)
Just ten weeks after their spectacular performance of Don Giovanni, NI Opera are back on stage with the smaller modern chamber piece Powder Her Face . The plots of operas are often based around big personalities who make bad decisions and suffer the consequ...

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I’ll Tell My Ma – four generations tell it like it is in witty one woman comedy show (The MAC until Sat 4 Feb)
There were two big talents on display at I’ll Tell My Ma on The MAC’s downstairs stage last night. The first was the comic flair of Christina Nelson who morphed between four generations of hilarious women in a West Belfast family in this ambitious one woman...

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Oliver Mears on Powder Her Face (Lyric Theatre, 27-29 January) and his six years at NI Opera
Northern Ireland Opera is about to bring the black comedy Powder Her Face to the stage of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast . It’s the last production that will directly involve their artistic director Oliver Mears who heads off to London shortly to take up the ...

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Assassin’s Creed – the Macbeth family hunt for the Golden Snitch (in cinemas from 1 January)
When it comes to computer games, I suppose I got stuck back in the 1980s with Jet Set Willy, Chuckie Egg and Elite as well as text-based adventure games like Lord of the Rings and Hitchhikers Guide. Not to mention Pokemon which is more of a fitness regime t...
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