Growing up, my Dad didn't read to me at bedtime. Instead, he did something far better. He used to make up stories. Freestyle. Freestyle! And I took this completely for granted.
There's enough good stuff that came before to make the final half hour bearable, but just a shame the wordy internecine shenanigans didn't come in the middle and the chase at the end.
The star draw is Ben Whishaw and, my, he oozes charisma and a beguiling erotic enticement as an effeminate and dangerous Dinoysus, the self-proclaimed God of wine, madness and ecstasy.
Poor Sarah Harding, the ex Girls Aloud singer, seems to have a hard time on those famous cobbles, and her Coronation Street contract is not to be extended beyond the four episodes she was booked for.
The brave women I met were in a dire situation. They needed to salvage as much brick, rubble and corrugated sheeting as possible in order to rebuild their homes - and to search for their valuable possessions before the monsoon rain washed them away. This salvaging and rebuilding all takes time and energy that they don't have. They are living a hand-to-mouth existence; if they don't work the land they have no money and no food - and they also have to cook, tend the animals, clean clothes and care for the children.
WOMAD 2015 was rather uncharacteristically muddy and wet. It was also full of characteristically brilliant music, from artists both well known and loved and unheard of and obscure, from all over the world. Here are some highlights.
After the show, I caught up with Preeya in her dressing room for a chat, and asked her how she thinks Indian themed musicals making more of their mark on the west end stage have faired recently?
I so wanted to be cynical about The Beaux Stratagem but it is just impossible. Its sense of fun is infectious and if you don't find yourself laughing and smiling, well, you're probably dead.
Time and Space, a major new exhibition of work by Richard Long, opens today at the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol.
Dempagumi are an interesting bunch. Formed in 2008 after all suffering bullying at school, they sought solace in video games, comics and cosplay and were apparently so shy that when they first formed wouldn't even talk to each other...
I deal with the matter of the hashtag very differently in my show but the train of thought has led me to believe that Twitter is turning us into a nasty surveillance state. We're shaming people without considering the consequences and the punishments are outweighing the crimes.
Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation is tongue-in-cheek, frenetic, with stunts galore, nods to Hitchcock and Roger Moore's 80s Bond and is lots of fun...
On the surface, it is the tale of a Manchester teenager who has to overcome obstacles in the way of success. Marcus is in Year 9 and is a talented footballer, spending every spare moment practising and, excitingly, being watched by a Manchester United talent scout.
Jezza tells it straight. I know the guests often have heart breaking stories, webs of lies or just a pure barrel of filth, but sometimes you need to hear it straight. It can help you reflect in your own personal problems and give yourself a good talking to.
The signs have been visible for a while that Big Data is crossing the chasm and moving into everyday operations including the world of entertainment. Initially Big Data was used to predict blockbusters but now they are being used to write them, indicating that data scientists will be the next most critical job for a wider range of industries..