Father Ted, A Legacy

  “It doesn’t sound good, you know: three priests living on an island as a sitcom. If I’d heard about it, I’d hate it.”[1] Graham Lineham, the co-creator of the Irish sitcom Father Ted confesses, slightly apologetically. Nevertheless, twenty years since the last episode aired, its legacy lives on, from the unforgettable protest slogan “DownContinue reading “Father Ted, A Legacy”

The Ten Best Alice in Wonderland Films

This year marks the 110th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s death, and though it might sound a bit macabre, this may nevertheless be a good celebratory occasion to review the best Alice in Wonderland film adaptations. Perhaps more fascinating than Alice in Wonderland itself is the mind from which the story sprang. Contrastive to his work,Continue reading “The Ten Best Alice in Wonderland Films”

WB Valentine’s Poetry

  It is no secret that we like good poetry here at Writer’s Block. But if there’s one thing that brightens our day more than good poetry, it’s bad poetry. Luckily for us, there is a special day, every year, which seemingly functions as a magnet to forced rhymes, nonexistent meters and toe-curling similes: Valentine’sContinue reading “WB Valentine’s Poetry”

Homo Ludens: Exploring The Popularity of Let’s Plays

I guess you can say that this article came into existence by accident. A few weeks ago, one of the Writer’s Block board members texted me asking, “Are you watching playthrough videos again on YouTube, Roos?” I was shocked by this I know what you did last summer-level of clairvoyance and immediately paused the videoContinue reading “Homo Ludens: Exploring The Popularity of Let’s Plays”

Hapax Legomenon! ‘University Challenge’ and the Nerd Cult

Watch University Challenge on BBC 2 every Monday at 21.00 (CET). On April 10th 2017 at 21.00 (CET) you may have missed the event of the year. After several months of weekly matches, people around Britain (and the world) sat down at home or in the pub to watch this match that was hyped withContinue reading “Hapax Legomenon! ‘University Challenge’ and the Nerd Cult”

Kanye West – Reanimator

  The waiting was gruesome, but Kanye never faltered. Every now and then he applied his ear to the chest of the specimen, and bore the negative results in typical Kanye fashion: by throwing a non-sequitur rant. He’d wax hyperbolic about breadth and width of his art, claiming that it couldn’t be contained by mereContinue reading “Kanye West – Reanimator”

A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat

  Armed with hammer, screwdriver, and inexhaustible optimism, Pat and Mat have been taking on the world for over 40 years. In those years their world changed drastically;  born during the dark days of communist Czechoslovakia, they witnessed the Velvet Revolution, watched the Iron curtain fall, and saw their country being split into two. YetContinue reading “A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat”

Ode to the Pimple

  It was a cold February morning when I was on my way to Amsterdam from Haarlem station. Like any other person commuting by train, I normally keep my business to myself but this time I was distracted by the guy sitting in front of me. It was a Spanish tourist who was browsing throughContinue reading “Ode to the Pimple”

T2 Trainspotting

  Choose to make a highly anticipated sequel to a 20 year old movie. Choose to ignore the cynicism surrounding remakes, follow-ups, and other so-called money-draining exploitations of an initial “good movie”. Choose nostalgia. Choose letting an entire generation reach for the last lingering strings of their youth. Choose to accept some meagre compliments andContinue reading “T2 Trainspotting”