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

This is a book I’ve been waiting impatiently for, not because the subject matter ... (more)

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

Due to overwhelming public demand, the producers of JERSEY BOYS are delighted to announ... (more)

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

Everyone on the planet knows the story of Buddy Holly, his meteoric rise to fame, his l... (more)

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7:50pm - 13 Mar 2017
Kent, South East
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'SON OF A PREACHER MAN' A New Musical Opens In Bromley Monday 4th September 2017

THE FIRST EVER UK TOUR OF THE NEW MUSICAL SON OF A PREACHER MAN LAUNCHES AT THE... (more)

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

On 1 March 2017, global partwork publisher DeAgostini is launching, in association with... (more)

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8:05pm - 01 Mar 2017
Kent, South East
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‘CONSIDER YOURSELF! THE HIGHS OF LIONEL BART’ (5CD BOX SET) El RECORDS: ACME323BOX

It may seem an exaggeration to say that before Lennon & McCartney and Lloyd-Webber ... (more)

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8:19pm - 16 Feb 2017
Kent, South East
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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JIM STEINMAN’S 'BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL'

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
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2:15pm - 16 Feb 2017
Kent, South East
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'LIZZIE' A New Rock Musical GREENWICH THEATRE February 24th-12 March 2017, previews from 22/02

'Lizzie Borden took an axe,

gave her mother forty wac... (more)

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

Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, The Crucible is coming to theatres in the... (more)

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

Back by popular demand after her hugely successful 2016 tour, Lulu is on the road again... (more)

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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

Other than the fact I knew ‘RETURN TO WATERLOO’ was a film totally conceive... (more)

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

Mel Brooks’ quirky musical Young Frankenstein receives its West End premiere at L... (more)

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


A Semi-staged production

Nicholas Lyndhurst (Star Keeper) joins the previ... (more)

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

Piu Entertainment was founded in 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey, and has since developed a su... (more)

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

It is hard to believe that a full year has passed since we heard the shock news of DAVI... (more)

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

At the start of the year LUCIE JONES was starring in London's West End... (more)

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.
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7:47pm - 23 Jan 2017
Kent, South East
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RENT’S LUCIE JONES ANNOUNCED TO PERFORM ON ‘EUROVISION: YOU DECIDE’

The BBC has announced today that Lucie Jones is one of the six artists chosen to perfor... (more)

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2:01pm - 22 Jan 2017
Kent, South East
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NHS NURSES WILL BE THE FIRST IN LONDON TO SEE GARY BARLOW & TIM FIRTH’S MUSICAL COMEDY 'THE GIRLS'

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth are offering nurses free seats to see the Dress Rehearsal of ... (more)

4:30pm - 22 Jan 2017
Great post, Jim. We've got a great feature on 'The Girls' in our next issue.
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2:35pm - 05 Jan 2017
Kent, South East
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MORECAMBE & WISE 'TWO OF A KIND: THE COMPLETE SERIES 'TILL DEATH US DO PART: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Any conversation over the holiday period about how we enjoyed Christmas entertainment i... (more)

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2:25pm - 05 Jan 2017
Kent, South East
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RUNNING WILD: THE UK TOUR 2017

                'RUNNING WILD' THE UK T... (more)

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10:07am - 22 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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'SLEEPLESS - THE MUSICAL' UK Tour ahead of West End Run

Up until last Saturday DANNY MAC was my guess at the winner of this year’s &lsquo... (more)

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10:02am - 22 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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MUSICALS: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY DK LTD. ISBN: 9780241214565

Musicals are the lifeblood of the theatre world, the most popular genre they attract th... (more)

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9:59am - 22 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC 'Hits To Blues World Tour 2017'

With a full 50 years of great music to choose from it’s no wonder RUMOURS OF FLEE... (more)

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7:49pm - 13 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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London Short Film Festival 2017 (6th-15th January)

‘THIS IS HAPPENING WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION’ (“Her Jazz”, Huggy ... (more)

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2:06pm - 12 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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'FOOL BRITANNIA' starring Peter Sellers, Anthony Newley, Joan Collins, Millicent Martin and more. E

A brilliantly quirky release that only Cherry Red could think of ‘FOOL BRITANNIA&... (more)

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1:46pm - 12 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY - The Musical. UK TOUR April 20th - November 4th 2017

One of the two hit horror movie comedy spoofs that graced our TV screens in glorious Bl... (more)

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8:09pm - 08 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S 'CAROUSEL' London Coliseum Limited Run April 7th to May 13 2017

One of Musical Theatre’s most iconic shows ‘CAROUSEL’ dates from the ... (more)

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8:01pm - 07 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS STUDIO CANAL DVD/Blu-ray

The most eagerly anticipated music documentary of the year, no…. the decade! No&... (more)

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3:00pm - 07 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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'SMILE' A FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR NATHAN. Orchard Theatre, Dartford 12th February 2017

There can’t be many people who haven’t seen or heard about the plight of Na... (more)

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1:34pm - 07 Dec 2016
Kent, South East
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RENT 20th Anniversary Production: West End Run & UK Tour

It’s hard to believe it’s 20 years since ‘RENT’ first played Br... (more)

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2:43pm - 04 Nov 2016
Kent, South East
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Collars And Coats Gala Ball 2016. Battersea Cats And Dogs Home

The world’s most famous animal rescue, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, once again... (more)

9:31pm - 04 Nov 2016
There's another story we've just got linked to this event, Jim: Sister Sledge anticipate London West End debut for 2017…?
11:16am - 05 Nov 2016
Hi Paul, Thanks I wasn't aware for that piece of news, look forward to it Jim
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1:05pm - 24 Oct 2016
Kent, South East
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Jim Steinman's BAT OUT OF HELL - THE MUSICAL

Over the past 40 years JIM STEINMAN has built a reputation as a producer of Classic Roc... (more)

2:38pm - 24 Oct 2016
Cheers Jim. We'll add this to the Strike Up the Band! section in the New Year edition.
2:40pm - 24 Oct 2016
By the way, Jim, you can add an image to the blog's preview on the home page: 1. Open the blog (making sure you're logged in) 2. Click to 'edit' the blog 3. On the right, choose an image to use on the preview 4. Click the 'View this blog live' link
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7:32pm - 29 Jun 2016
Kent, South East
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'LET IT BE' Flying Music UK Tour 2016

LET IT BE
ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD 27th JUNE 2016