Author Archives: Richard Southworth

About Richard Southworth

Hi, my name's Richard. I've been blogging since January 2014, and I like to talk about all sorts of things: book reviews, film reviews, writing, science, history, or sometimes just sharing miscellaneous thoughts. Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you find something that interests you! I have a main blog at, and a blog focussed on nature at

Game of Thrones: How I Felt About Season 8

(Warning: spoilers. Obviously.) So, the final season of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past two months, you’ve probably noticed that an awful lot of people on the Internet did not like it. … Continue reading

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Adventures in California: Part 1

Like many people, I’ve got a list of the places I want to go and the things I want to do before I die. It’s easy to let that list sit somewhere, waiting for some unknown point in the future … Continue reading

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Film review – X-Men: Dark Phoenix

With Disney having taken over Twentieth Century Fox, giving Marvel Studios the rights to use the X-Men, Dark Phoenix will be the second-to-last film in Fox’s long-running X-Men franchise, assuming that The New Mutants actually ends up being released at … Continue reading

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Film review: Aladdin (2019)

I’m under no illusion that this live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic Aladdin is a film that needed to be made, or that the original needed improving upon in some way. It was made because, as demonstrated by Disney’s … Continue reading

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Adventures in America: My Highlights

I really love America. I’ve been on four proper holidays there (plus two stopovers), taking in thirteen different states – Florida, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas – and they’ve … Continue reading

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Film review – Avengers: Endgame

(No spoilers for this film, though I’m assuming that if you’re planning on watching it, you’ve already seen Infinity War.) It’s been almost eleven years since Iron Man was released and kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Avengers: Endgame … Continue reading

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Running Update: My Second 10K

I last posted about running in December, and since then, I’ve continued to go out three times a week for most weeks. I’m definitely feeling the effects: I’ve both been losing weight and going significantly faster. In November, I¬†completed my … Continue reading

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Hillsborough: 30 Years On

Last Monday, the fifteenth of April, saw the thirtieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, when what should have been an enjoyable day out for thousands of football fans turned into a horrific and avoidable catastrophe that saw ninety-six people dead … Continue reading

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Film review: Shazam!

It’s hard to be certain where Warner Bros’s DC Extended Universe – having produced more films rated rotten than fresh on Rotten Tomatoes thus far – is currently headed. For one thing, Warner Bros is apparently producing DC-based films that … Continue reading

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Blue Planet II Live in Concert

Blue Planet II, the David Attenborough-narrated nature documentary on life in the oceans, was the most watched TV programme of 2017, with a peak audience of over 14 million viewers. As well as presenting fantastic footage of marine life, and … Continue reading

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