What price brotherhood? by Tess Makovesky

Recently I drew the curtain on another long-standing favourite TV series, Brotherhood. I’d been watching it, on and off, for several months, downloading episodes from the Sky box sets service whenever I got the chance. And I enjoyed it so much that it feels like saying goodbye to an old friend.  The series focussed on…

Fiction: That Voodoo That You Do by Tess Makovesky

Ball regarded the mess on the warehouse floor. Felt slightly sick. Wished he was back home watching Blazing Saddles, which he had been until his henchmen called him out. Annoying, that. It had just got to the farting – his favourite bit. He felt his face twitch into a grin, had to smooth it back…

A cookbook for cannibals? by Tess Makovesky

You can thank my Mum for my latest, rather gruesome story. No, she didn’t serve us someone’s liver with fava beans and a fine chianti. But she did tell me an old World War 2 joke which, while not being about cannibalism itself, stayed with me for years and provided the basis for ‘Rabbit Stew’….

City of Tiny Lights – groundbreaker or stereotype? by Tess Makovesky

City of Tiny Lights is a gritty British crime/noir movie from 2016, made by BBC Films. The story is a fairly standard one: a hard-living private detective in London is hired to investigate the disappearance of a young Russian prostitute, in a case that has links to drugs, terrorism, a property scam – and a…

Fiction: Bang to Rights by Tess Makovesky

“Of course, you’re not one of us, are you?  I mean, not really.” Jacks stared at the scrawny girl who was supposedly helping her.  Late teens, ratty hair, the scars of acne still visible on her narrow face.  A baby in a world of adults.  A baby who was sneering at her again. She clenched…