Consumer

This page shows everything I have written, edited or project managed for a Consumer audience:


Cardiff correspondent for student website BigBlueSpot.com where I was responsible for writing 'The student guide to Cardiff' (from May 2000 to June 2000):
 
BigBlueSpot.com
Bigbluespot.com is an online magazine for students written by students. We've got all the essential information you need to survive, as well as bundles of competitions, jokes, reviews and lots more entertaining stuff.


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Writer and occasional film listings editor for Buzz - a Cardiff-based entertainment listings magazine (From August 1999 March 2000):
 
Buzz
South Wales' Entertainment guide


I contributed CD, book and film reviews, andinterviewed visiting celebrities e.g. Ian Mcshane. I also edited the film listings pages.

Tags:  Buzz  Reviews  Entertainment  Writing  Consumer  Magazines  Interviews  Nightlife  Video  Film  Literature  Editing  





Bad poetry. I won five pounds for this when it was used in the humorous verse section of famous vanity publisher Poetry Now magazine (March 1999):
 
On The Buses

When I get on a bus
†as a precautionary measure,
I like to talk about my meringue collection to elderly ladies
†And demonstrate origami to uninterested poodles.
I tend to groan loudly
†about the chocolate weasels
††which infest my brain.
Then quietly talk to people about
†the time the FBI
†interviewed my big toe
††-you know- after Kennedy was shot.
This then ensures
†that during my journey
I donít get the nutter sitting next to me.

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Weekly video reviewer for the Big Issue Cymru magazine (from February 1998 to October 1998):
 
Big Issue Cymru





Example text:

Air Force One (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) (15) ****
Her Majesty Mrs Brown (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) (PG) ****
American Buffalo (Film Four Distributors) (15) ****

This week we have so many would-be block-busters that Bob Holness would probably be interested.

First up there is Air Force One. Harrison Ford plays President Marshall loved by all good decent Americans. Unfortunately evil nasty communists donít love him and hijack his plane. The terrorists are led by Gary Oldman who overacts for Mother Russia. A very good action film, there are superb aeroplane sequences, real tension, and because it's American, occasional glitches of sickly patriotism. But then Harrison Ford is so believable in his good president role that God help Bill Clinton should Harrison ever decide to dabble in politics.

From American democracy to the English Monarchy now in Her Majesty Mrs Brown. This film has so many different charms it could open its own gift shop and like a successful Fly-fisher it's all down to skilful casting. Judi Dench plays a grieving Queen Victoria like sheís been crying for the past three months in preparation for the role and if anyone can think of a better person for the job of playing an irreverent headstrong Scottish man than Billy Connolly I personally take my sporran off to them. History has never been so much fun.

Out to buy on video, from the writer of the Untouchables, is American Buffalo. Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz star in this adaptation of the American play about two small time hustlers planning to steal someoneís coin collection. The dialogue is so well written and the main characters react to each other so believably it's like they've known each other for decades. If you want to see the rotten side of American realistically portrayed get this film.

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