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Grimmfest takes place in Manchester every October and has cemented itself on the UK horror film festival calendar. Given the current ‘situation’, things have been a little different over the last year. However, whilst most of us are stuck indoors with little to do, they’ve decided to launch something a little special. Grimmfest Easter Horror …

Lume

The Yugoslav wars were horrific and a damning indictment on the impotence of the (then) European Communities to take action. Less than fifty years after the Holocaust we let a genocide happen on our doorstep. The repercussions still reverberate widely today. It’s likely that the results of systematic ethnic cleansing, rape, torture and murder will …

Daniel and Julie at dinner

As humans, we spend a disproportionate amount of time contemplating our own mortality. Sometimes at the expense of actually ‘living’. This inquisitiveness often centres on what happens after we depart this mortal coil. Is that it or is there something else? Life after death. Reincarnation. Heaven and Hell. Indeed, the concept of an eternal life …

David and Linda in their motor home

Most of us spend much of our lives working, often in grey office blocks in some soulless and essentially pointless white-collar profession. Doing much the same thing, day in, day out. Never really making enough money to do much more than take a holiday every year. Maybe buy a house, start a family. Some people …

Translators sat at desks

It’s often said that everyone has a book in them. Thankfully, most people don’t take up the challenge. Even so, it’s incredibly difficult to get a novel published, let alone make a living out of writing. However, sometimes an author manages to catch the imagination and becomes hot property. E-books and the internet have added …

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, or Jorge Mario Bergoglio to his friends, is unique in many ways. He’s the first pope to hail from the Americas and the first from the southern hemisphere. Not since the eighth century has there been a head of the Roman Catholic Church from outside of Europe. Most importantly of all, there has …

Hector snr and jr

Héctor Abad Gómez was a prominent Columbian doctor, university professor and human rights activist. He is responsible for the foundation of the Colombian National School of Public Health and pioneering a number of public health programmes for the poor in Medellín. During his later life, his focus shifted towards tackling the injustices within his country; …

Cami

Genre cinema is full of nightmarish visions. Whether that’s witches, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, aliens, ancient gods or just about every monstrous creature the brain can possibly devise. Indeed, whilst folklore, myths and legends hold their own dread, there’s nothing which can rival the human imagination when it comes to conjuring up terror. This is a …

Shira and Maria

Families can be complex, confusing, confounding and confrontational, but more often than not blood is thicker than water. All families have a tangled web of inter-relationships, shared histories and those topics avoided at all costs. However, when you’ve finally found that special someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, your nearest …

Protestors for gay rights

Today, being gay in a progressive society generally means being a second-class citizen in one way or another. Seen, accepted but usually not afforded the same legal protections as someone in a heterosexual relationship. In less open and tolerant countries it remains a criminal office, often punishable by death. However, there was a time, even …