Category Archives: Misc

In his outstanding commentary for the New Yorker David Remnick writes:

For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this. His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite.

Fortunately, I have a counter-obsession to help lift my spirits in these distressing times.


Trying Not to Drown in a Flood of Major Breaking News


A Ton Of High Schoolers Took The Opportunity To Roast Trump In Their AP Exam Essays

Not a bad way to cap off two weeks of AP exams.


Amazingly lucky people who have encountered Michael Kitchen near his home.


A sighting with photo evidence! I wonder if this is the “particular cafe”.


Kevin Costner, who plays Al, is an actor almost uniquely capable of upstaging through understatement. He is also one of the great gum-chewers of American cinema… – A.O. Scott, The NY Times

The American counterpart to Michael Kitchen? Can’t wait to see Hidden Figures.



First I’ve heard of Their Finest. The upcoming film adaptation sounds good. Too bad quietly devastating MK isn’t in it.



A submission from Steve Mellor to the April 2016 issue of “Old Wyves’ Tales”, the newsletter for ex-pupils and staff of Michael Kitchen’s alma mater, City Boys Grammar School Leicester:

Mention of the clock tower brings memories flooding back of the nearby men’s barbers shop – Ron’s. Used by a clique of the more fashionable pupils, therefore excluding myself, Ron used to sell a concoction for holding the most difficult quiff in place – Ron’s Pink. It was a pink-coloured cream, sold in a bottle bearing a black-and-white label bearing an image of Ron and the clock tower. Much favoured by Michael Kitchen, this cream set like concrete after application, resisting wind and any physical attempts to disturb the styling.and far more effective than greasy alternatives such as Brylcreem.


Michael Kitchen sightings in Liverpool during the filming of Foyle’s War S9:

From the Spotted section of the Liverpool Echo:

Foyle’s War actor Michael Kitchen waiting for the London train in Lime Street station

From a forum member at briskoda.net:

…early in 2014 we saw Michael Kitchen shopping in the food section of Marks & Spencer, Liverpool.


Newly listed on eBay, a gorgeous autographed candid of a very youthful Michael Kitchen in 1980.





Posted last month by a Shaftesbury resident on northstandchat.com:

Michael Kitchen of Foyle’s War and the like is also a regular [in my local Tesco] and he also uses the same swimming pool as my wife each morning.

Art imitates life.