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 https://velociraptor256.wordpress.com, and a blog focussed on nature at http://richardsnatureblog.wordpress.com.

How’s The Writing Going? (February 2020)

So far in 2020, my attempts at fiction writing have not been going as well as I’d hoped. For several weeks, I’ve continued to wrestle with the vampire story that I’ve been working on for some time now. Sometimes, I’ve … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 8: “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”

This episode had a particularly good atmosphere, with the eerily lit house and the stormy weather. (I think it helped that it was very windy outside as I watched it.) Obviously Doctor Who has done haunted-house episodes before, but this … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 7: “Can You Hear Me?”

Watching the opening scene in Aleppo, I thought the dialogue was a little too modern – but apparently there really was such a thing as recognition and treatment of mental illness in that time and place. A lot of different … Continue reading

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Film review: Birds of Prey

2016’s Suicide Squad was not a very good film – but one thing that many people did like about it was Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn. So to Warner Bros executives, bringing back Robbie for a film with Harley … Continue reading

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Film review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Growing up in the UK, I didn’t get to watch Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood – all I really knew of Fred Rogers was the occasional reference to him on other American TV shows. I learned a lot more about him more … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 6: “Praxeus”

What with kicking off in a bunch of different locations, and it not being at all clear what’s going on, this episode’s opening feels reminiscent of some Steven Moffat episodes where he would try to be too clever and just … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 5: “Fugitive of the Judoon”

For one horrible moment in the opening, before we found out Ruth’s name, I thought that joke on social media that Chloe Weber was coming back was actually true. Don’t scare me like that again, Doctor Who! The Judoon are … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 4: “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror”

This episode gets into the action very quickly, and generally keeps up the pace throughout – though it does have time for some nice conversations, particularly between the Doctor and Tesla on their shared passion for inventing. I like seeing … Continue reading

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What Do You Like About Your Favourite Fiction Books?

Recently, I started thinking about what my favourite literary works of fiction are. And then I started thinking about whether there are certain qualities in a book that draw me to it. To help figure this out, I went over … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 3: “Orphan 55”

When the Doctor mentions how she didn’t know it was the space squids’ mating season, one really hopes that’s actually a tentacle on the floor… Hyph3n is definitely not a high point for Doctor Who‘s costume/makeup department; she looks like … Continue reading

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