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Hailing from Plymouth in the South West Robert moved to London 7 years ago to chase the dreams of big city living. You'll more than likely find him on week days people watching in one of the capitals many royal parks, at either one of the Tates or hunched over his laptop enjoying a vanilla latte in Queens Park's Costa.

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Entries by Robert Bradley

Rhino Hunt by Nick Higgins - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 30 March 2014 | (20:15)

At first when I decided to turn my blog into a book review column I contacted a ton of publishers requesting that they send me their most recent titles. I was inundated but ultimately left unsatisfied.

Many of the books appeared to be cloned stories of other highly successful...

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Latent Hazard by Piers Venmore-Rowland - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (19:01)

I have always wanted to be in an action thriller.

Such fleeting fantasies tend to find me when travelling. Every woman under the age of forty has and no doubt continues to fanaticise about staring in their own music video. For men however, these stolen moments of contemplation, these breaks...

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Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2014 | (17:33)

I love a good horror story. They offer so much raw detail of deep brooding characters, heralding from the most trusted corners of our civilization. Clever writers over the years have used the ones whose company we find the most secure, intelligently forming narratives that are truly terrifying.

Lynne Truss,...

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The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (18:37)

As they attempt to reach out, you often hear the older generations baffled by the decisions of the younger. Such endeavours to connect go unnoticed by the Smartphone generation, with their Monster energy drinks and fanatical need to include the word "like" into every sentence. A gulf of years and...

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Not Another Happy Ending by David Solomons - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (19:33)

Perhaps I'm sexist?

I have always stuck to the notion of enjoying books providing the protagonist is a person that I can connect with and their sex, it appears until two weeks ago, had been one such contributing factor.

My wrist may as well continue being slapped to the...

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Star Wars the Crimson Empire by Dark Horse Comics - Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (16:58)

It's a habit, with clockwork precision...

I come home at 4pm each weekday and turn on my laptop. I go about the mundane tasks that one would expect of any 30's something's male, while my ancient computer attempts to load its megabytes.

Finally, after about half an hour.......

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Book Review: My Outdoor Life by Ray Mears

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2014 | (18:04)

We all have them don't we; stolen moments of fantasy! Where we imagine doing something out of our comfort zone and turning our lives into one great big adventure! These tend to find me on the London underground, on my depressingly dull way home from work. How many of us...

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We Need to Talk About, How to Talk

(0) Comments | Posted 5 January 2014 | (21:28)

We are indeed blessed with many great scientific thinkers. Before the internet, us everyday normal people were unable to tap, or even come remotely close to understanding, let alone know of any of their forward thinking, innovative ideas. The closest thing we had, was the BBC television series Tomorrows World....

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Book Review: The Explorer by James Smythe

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2014 | (14:33)

Ever since my first encounter with the glowing blue introduction text of "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.." I have enjoyed a boundless love affair with outer space. Just as the monstrous television series coined it the final frontier, mankind's last wilderness of unknown exploration that...

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The Branded Brand Vs the Bourgeois Elite

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2013 | (19:09)

It's hard to comment on something that's old news and still get your voice heard in this blogging sphere. There are so many of us now.. writers, journalist, doctors and celebrities. All with a voice, egger to expose our midnight left to right pillow thoughts to anyone, willing to read...

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The Importance Of Puppets

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (14:32)

I've never been a serious person. Often I find myself at the end of another's judgement, with them claiming that I'm immature, silly or even stupid. Such labels would have their negative uninspiring effect, crushing me to choose a life less interesting; the 9 to 5 dull of mortgages and...

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Book Review: Soho Dives, Soho Divas by Rian Hughes

(0) Comments | Posted 20 October 2013 | (17:01)

Like many Londoners, I have a love affair with Soho. With its many sex shops squeezed into tiny alleys, where a glimpse of a London rat scuttling off down a narrow side street, with a buddle of noodles caught up in his tiny mouth, is as common a slight as...

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The Immature Housemate Vs the Old Man Housemate

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (18:00)

Living in a shared house with 6 people, I face an identical fate that many a fellow Londoner faces at 7pm. They, like me, remove themselves from the politics of work into an entirely new playing field of mixed characters and upbringings, making both our values somewhat lopsided with one...

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Book Review: Amy 27, By Howard Sounes

(1) Comments | Posted 13 October 2013 | (16:03)

That stupid club, coined famously by the late Kurt Cobain's mother, holds host to some of the world's most talented of earthly departed artists. The coincidences surrounding these individuals deaths are in some cases so similar, that it could have been as if such tortured self destructive lives run parallel....

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Book Review: Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (18:36)

Admit it, around 9 out of 10 of you would have loved to have been food critics right? I mean Imagine it, what a job! Travelling the country, paid to taste food and then write about it. Since I've started critiquing books I thought for the sheer fun of it,...

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Book Review: Briony Hatch by Ginny & Penelope Skinner

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2013 | (20:26)

The cells of the comic book, such simple boxes, all overlooked platforms of truth, for this reason, Comic books will always have a special place dedicated on my bookshelf. Many adults that haven't grown up with the genre, unfortunately live with a cemented stigma towards these awesome tombs of creative...

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Book Review: The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (18:54)

One of the many joys from my childhood were those wintery, rainy weekends. My twin brother and I would beg our poor mother to take us to the video shop. There we'd splash our pocket money renting such awesome classics as Star Wars and The Karate Kid, both of which...

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Book Review: The Great Escaper by Simon Pearson

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2013 | (17:15)

Having served in the Army Air Corps for a number of years and coming from a family military background, this tale of the original hero of The Great Escape, made famous from the Hollywood movie of the same name, location and dates, but an altogether completely different list of characters,...

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Book Review: Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

(0) Comments | Posted 28 August 2013 | (08:55)

Like most authors' early novels, Ivy Pochoda has decided to set her story within the confines of a familiar town. Red Hook, a small docklands in Brooklyn, is the backdrop of Pochoda's tale of diverse characters and small town community life, which together get caught up in an intertwining murder...

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Book Review: You Can't Read This Book by Nick Cohen

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2013 | (22:31)

The title 'You Can't Read this Book' should really be changed to 'Don't Read this Book, if you don't Enjoy Constantly Reading the Name Salem Rushdie'. The controversial author is mentioned almost to the point that you might make up your own conspiracy theory...

Cohen's politically charged book of...

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