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Anglonerd is Moving URLs

Hopefully by now you’ve seen the news that Anglonerd has transitioned from acrossthepondtv.wordpress to anglonerd.wordpress at the top of 2017. If you were subscribed by email or with your WordPress account, please re-subscribe to the new site. Don’t forget, you can always visit our home page, too. You’ll see that Anglonerd has a whole new,…

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The Infinite Monkey Cage season 14

What is the official protocol for being contacted by aliens? Why do birds’ brains shrink after sex? What’s happening to all the bananas? These questions are tackled in the 14th season of the popular science radio panel show The Infinite Monkey Cage, hosted by comedian Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox. This season whooshes us away…

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything (2014) is a tug-of-war between being a film about Stephen Hawking’s (Eddie Redmayne) medical spiral downward with simultaneous scientific discoveries and a film about (MILD SPOILERS) how his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) met her new husband Jonathan (Charlie Cox). And why shouldn’t it be? It’s advertised as a Hawking bio-pic, but if…

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Special Correspondents

In 1954, a radio engineer named Albert Piteux (which appropriately translates to Albert Pitiful in French) used sound effects to pretend he was reporting live from the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, even though he was safe in his hotel room in Hanoi–on the complete opposite side of Vietnam. This event inspired the 2009 comical…

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Maximum Nonsense, Tony Law

Maximum Nonsense is a recent Go Faster Stripe standup DVD by Canadian comedian Tony Law. You can buy the DVD–which comes with 10 minutes of extras and is region zero–or as a straight download for those of you who no longer have DVD players. “Law is enjoying himself hugely–and the feeling is contagious.” –The Guardian…

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Robin Ince’s Last Ever Show

If you’re even half as much a Robin Ince fan as Anglonerd magazine is, you’ll appreciate that Go Faster Stripe has released a mammoth sendoff to Ince’s standup career: a two-disc DVD set containing hours and hours of recent standup material from Ince, including a recording of Ince’s last big standup show before he retired. Robin…

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Detectorists

Detectorists (2014-2015) is a TV show directed by, written by, and starring Mackenzie Crook, who you’ll recognize from The Office and Pirates of the Caribbean. It has so far run two seasons, totaling 13 episodes. Season 1 is currently on Hulu and Netflix. Both seasons are on DVD (region 1 and region 2), Acorn.TV, and Amazon Instant. Andy and Lance…

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The Cottage

The Cottage has all of the ingredients that make up a classic horror film without any mucking around with unique plot devices or character depth. A thug who believes he’s the only competent person in the story. His scaredy cat brother, unwillingly thrust into criminal life. A martial artist stripper. Asian spies. A farmer with a…

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Exile

Exile is a 2011 two-part television drama by Paul Abbott and Danny Brocklehurst. You know you’re in for a treat when you learn that you’ve got John Simm and Olivia Colman playing siblings with Jim Broadbent playing their father. Simm, who would win a BAFTA for his role in Exile, had just come off filming Mad Dogs, which…

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Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a comedy-horror TV show written and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. With 6 episodes per season, it is currently on season 3. Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming. If you like scary movies, this is a good TV show for you. Every episode is self contained with separate stories…

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Undone

Imagine that you just moved from a rinky-dink village called Toaster to the big, bustling metropolis of London where the world is opening up to you, throwing offers of adventure at your feet. Just when you think London is more excitement than you could have ever hoped for, you discover that there is a second…

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Roald Dahl Audiobooks

Last year for Roald Dahl’s brithday (September 13), Penguin Random House posted ways to celebrate the children’s author’s birthday. PRH Audio Group has produced a collection of Dahl’s books read by famous British actors, and one of the ways you can celebrate (again tomorrow) is to listen to the free sampler of the Roald Dahl…

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High-Rise

In the film adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s novel High-Rise, Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) has built what he believes will be the perfect residence: a high-rise apartment building that contains both affordable housing for the poor and luxury suites for the rich. It is so perfect that–with in-building super markets and swimming pools–one never needs to…

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Golem

I caught the very tail end of the Lincoln Center Festival 2016 in New York, and what a surprise was Golem! Narrated by Annie–the frontwoman of a rebellious punk band doomed to never leave rehearsal due to stage fright–Golem centers around Annie’s keytar player slash brother, Robert Robertson, a pencil pusher in the binary backup department where…

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Random Abstract Memory by Hattie Hayridge

The world was surprised when deadpan comedian Hattie Hayridge showed up in the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf as the shipboard computer Holly, mostly because up until then the role had been played by deadpan comedian Norman Lovett. Similarly, the world was surprised when Hattie Hayridge showed up in the hospital on the day of her birth, mostly…

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Sketchbook Project Anglonerd Magazine

Hello! It looks like the hand-drawn edition of Anglonerd magazine is on tour this summer with the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library tour. You can check it out of the mobile library at any of these stops: July 23 Boulder, Colorado Firefly Handmade Market (29th Street Shopping District) 11am to 3pm July 19 through 31 Los…

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Dylan Moran North American Tour 2016

Dylan Moran will be doing his new standup show OFF THE HOOK in the U.S. and Canada this fall. See below and his website for details. Use CAKE as the pre-sale code to get tickets before they go on sale this Friday. DATE CITY VENUE Fri Oct 14 TORONTO, ON Queen Elizabeth Theatre BUY TICKETS Pre-sale…

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10 Facts or Lies About Nick Frost

Nick Frost’s autobiography Truths, Half Truths, and Little White Lies was the most surprising biography I’ve read to date. It starts out giving character studies of his parents, like many biographies do, and I thought that perhaps I was going to be bored throughout this book. It quickly did an about-face and landed us in Tel Aviv…

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More Trees to Climb

More Trees to Climb is Ben Moor’s collection of three short works of fiction that he has performed as spoken word. Coelacanth You’ve heard of office romances, but what if your office is a tree? The protagonist in Coelacanth, named after a deep sea fish who is unchanged over time, falls in love with a fellow tree climbing…