The EpiPen: A 461% Price Increase – SmashleyAshley

I am a business owner myself. I understand that the bottom line matters, I understand that the point of being in business is to make a profit. However, I also believe that greed is one of the most destructive traits in human beings. There is no logical explanation you can give for raising the price […]

Let’s Play: No Man’s Sky (PS4)

Something a little different for you all today.. I recently bought a Playstation 4 with the intention of trying out No Man’s Sky, the recently released space exploration game by Hello Games, a small studio from Guildford and creators of the Joe Danger series. The Unique Selling Point (USP) of the game is that almost […]

Project Ghibli #5: Gauche the Cellist

Original Release: 23rd January 1982 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Kôichi Murata Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata Alternative Title(s): Gōshu the Cellist We’re back after a brief hiatus with a change of pace yet again from Director Isao Takahata. Where before we had the bawdy humour of Chie the Brat, and the childlike innocence of Panda! Go, Panda!, Gauche […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Kindness of Strangers

If we were having coffee I’d apologise for my sudden absence this past week. You might not have noticed, but I sure did. I haven’t been in the best place mentally for awhile but things came to a head recently. I’m not one to say anything publicly so I just shut down. I didn’t blog […]

Project Ghibli #4: Chie The Brat

Original Release: 11th April 1981 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hidenori Taga and Tetsuo Katayama Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata and Noboru Shiroyama Alternative Title(s): Downtown Story / Jarinko Chie / Kié La Petite Peste Our fourth film by Director Isao Takahata is a bit of a wildcard. Originally released in Japan in 1981 and later in France […]

Project Ghibli #3: The Castle of Cagliostro

Original Release: 15th December 1979 Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki Producer(s): Tetsuo Katayama Screenwriter(s): Haruya Yamasaki and Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro This next film on our list is quite a departure from those we’ve already seen. Where The Little Norse Prince gave us a square-jawed hero of the people, and the […]

#SaturdayScribblers: Madagascar

This is the second week of the ‘coffee stain’ prompts of Dean Kealy’s of #SaturdayScribblers. I’m enjoying this mixed-media approach and looking forward to what comes next 🙂 This time we were presented with this coffee stain: I flipped the prompt upside down – hopefully that’s allowed – and tried to include as much of the stain as […]

#ThrowbackThursday: An unexpected reunion

After many years of working, I returned to University in 2007 and moved to London. In my first year I stayed in student accommodation on campus where I enjoyed all the new found freedoms of living away from home. Cooking wasn’t my strong point but I was lucky to be living with a generous group of […]

Project Ghibli #2: Panda! Go, Panda! and The Rainy-Day Circus

Original Release: 17th December 1972 (Panda! Go, Panda!) and 17th March 1973 (The Rainy-Day Circus) Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Shunzo Kato Screenwriter(s): Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): Panda Kopanda (Literally Panda, Baby Panda) / Panda Kopanda and The Rainy-Day Circus After Toei Animation, both Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki joined A Production in 1971 where they were reunited with their […]

Project Ghibli #1:The Little Norse Prince

Original Release: 21st July 1968 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hiroshi Okawa Screenwriter(s): Kazuo Fukazawa Alternative Title(s): The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun / Little Norse Prince Valiant We start off Project Ghibli with a look, not at the first Studio Ghibli release, but at the directorial debut of one of the studio’s […]