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12:30pm - 10 Feb 2017
Kent, South East
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RETURN TO WATERLOO: A FILM BY RAY DAVIES WEINERWORLD DVD: WNRD 2600

Other than the fact I knew ‘RETURN TO WATERLOO’ was a film totally conceived and created by RAY DAVIES I had no inkling whatsoever about what to expect. This feature was made in 1984 for Channel Four with a running time of just under an hour telling the story of the regular commute from Surrey to London’s Waterloo Station by a seemingly unimposing middle aged man, with virtually no dialogue.

Each morning he sets off, same train, same fellow passengers, same tedious journey, to a soundtrack of typically observant and witty Davies songs, his mind begins to wander on the journey, which is made in real time, his imagination runs wild about the lives of those around him, as theirs does about him, judging how each other live, and how their day will progress when they reach their destination. Those on the train are not alone in this as his wife also begins to experience the same feelings, as the daily routine starts for her.

At times I wondered why I was bothering to watch this, but apart from the compulsion to see the conclusion of the story I realised I had been totally sucked in by the tedium of the daily grind of the train waiting outside stations, ever changing cast of travellers on the journey, reminding me exactly what I hated about travelling to work.

Throughout the movie the score is driven by the rhythm of the train on the tracks, changing as the mood within the carriage intensifies, or eases, classic Kinks songs accompany this, ‘Going Solo’, ‘Sold Me Out’, ‘Expectations’, and ‘Missing Persons’, and ‘Voices In The Dark’ standout.

Ray Davies himself appears as a busker singing the title song ‘Return To Waterloo’ at each end of the journey. A fascinating tale, hypnotic, sub plots aplenty, enough to fill the minds of those either looking at South London through the windows or trying to avoid eye contact with each other.

An original idea executed perfectly.

Jim Stewart
2017

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2:25pm - 21 Jun 2017
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JIM STEINMAN's 'BAT OUT OF HELL - THE MUSICAL' opens in London

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2:09pm - 21 Jun 2017
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A Busy Year Ahead For SUZI QUATRO, Books, Radio, Plus Her first UK TOUR in over 15 years!!!

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11:49am - 09 Jun 2017
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'DREAMGIRLS' ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING

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11:41am - 09 Jun 2017
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'BAT OUT OF HELL' Interview with SHARON SEXTON ahead of this month's opening in London

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1:20pm - 17 Mar 2017
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HITSVILLE! THE BIRTH OF TAMLA MOTOWN by KEITH RYLATT MODUS ISBN: 9781526205353

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1:17pm - 17 Mar 2017
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WEST END AND BROADWAY MUSICAL JERSEY BOYS TO EMBARK ON SECOND UK & IRELAND TOUR FROM DECEMBER 2

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7:57pm - 13 Mar 2017
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LA BAMBA (Blu-ray+DVD Set) EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT: EKA70243

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'SON OF A PREACHER MAN' A New Musical Opens In Bromley Monday 4th September 2017

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1:48pm - 02 Mar 2017
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NEW COLLECTION OF THE BEATLES’ ALBUMS ON 180g VINYL LPS LAUNCHED IN THE UK

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‘CONSIDER YOURSELF! THE HIGHS OF LIONEL BART’ (5CD BOX SET) El RECORDS: ACME323BOX

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JIM STEINMAN’S 'BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL'

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2:15pm - 16 Feb 2017
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'LIZZIE' A New Rock Musical GREENWICH THEATRE February 24th-12 March 2017, previews from 22/02

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2:06pm - 16 Feb 2017
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THE CRUCIBLE by ARTHUR MILLER heading to The Orchard, Dartford

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1:37pm - 15 Feb 2017
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LULU to embark on her longest ever UK tour 'ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC' on October 1st.

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12:30pm - 10 Feb 2017
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RETURN TO WATERLOO: A FILM BY RAY DAVIES WEINERWORLD DVD: WNRD 2600

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12:26pm - 10 Feb 2017
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MEL BROOKS' 'YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN' Opens at Garrick Theatre later this year. Tickets Now On Sale

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12:56pm - 08 Feb 2017
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NICHOLAS LYNDHURST JOINS KATHERINE JENKINS AND ALFIE BOE IN RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S 'CAROUSEL'


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12:50pm - 08 Feb 2017
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‘VIVALDIANNO – CITY OF MIRRORS’ March 8th Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London

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1:46pm - 05 Feb 2017
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DAVID BOWIE 1947 – 2016: A NEWSPAPER HISTORY (SPECIAL PICTORIAL PUBLICATION) HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS

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1:37pm - 05 Feb 2017
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What A Year It's Been So Far For RENT's LUCIE JONES!!

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8:44pm - 07 Feb 2017
She got a very good write up from our reviewer at The Churchill this week! I just wish her UK song entry was more suited to Eurovision; with all her talent I can't see the UK doing well.