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When is Breast Cancer An Acceptable Side Effect?

By Rowena Ronson | March 26, 2014

When is Breast Cancer An Acceptable Side Effect?  By Rowena J Ronson I was part of a very frustrating conversation today. A friend of a friend of mine was talking about how she has been put on HRT by her gynaecologist as she was feeling depressed and had ‘gone off her husband’. Her gynaecologist had…

Reflections on ‘The Book Thief’ by Rowena J Ronson

By Rowena Ronson | March 14, 2014

I have not been so emotionally charged by a film in a long time, so full marks for The Book Thief (2014), as it delivered as powerful an impact as reading the book itself several years ago. Watching the Nazis burning books before their energy turned towards actually killing the Jews, was a reminder of that…


By Rowena Ronson | February 25, 2014

IN SEARCH OF CIVILISATION by Nigel Summerley What is a sure sign of civilisation? Might it be the rule of law? The creation of beautiful buildings? The composition of great music? Or might it be the production of vast quantities of garbage? That appears to be the view from the University of Warwick, where astronomer…

Take Gallery

By Rowena Ronson | February 25, 2014

Talking About Addiction

By Rowena Ronson | January 31, 2014

Talking About Addiction   RJR: What do you think if you hear someone is an addict? Be honest now. Do you judge them? Do you think that they deserve whatever is coming to them, even if that means a tragic and early death? Do you go into the self-righteous, high-horse part of yourself that feels that…

August: Osage County

By Rowena Ronson | January 27, 2014

August: Osage County (2013) Excited we were, my friend and I, to go and see what promised to be a rich and emotionally charged feast of ‘fucked up’ family dynamics portrayed by formidable and favoured actors. Unfortunately, our August trip to Osage County seemed heavy and humid, much like the Oklahoma weather they described, but…

Autopsy, The Last Hours of Whitney Houston

By Rowena Ronson | January 27, 2014

Autopsy, The Last Hours of Whitney Houston ‘Her legacy will outlive us all’ I had only been talking about drugs and their impact on our bodily organs the other day, when I spotted a new documentary series on Channel 5, Autopsy. I knew it was one I couldn’t miss, especially the first, which was about…

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By Rowena Ronson | January 22, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), portrayed and directed by Ben Stiller and an update of the old Danny Kaye version (inspired by James Thurber’s 1941 book of the same title), delivered a timeless message. Is the life we want to live only alive in our imagination and do we escape to our ‘what…

Monkey Puzzle

By Rowena Ronson | January 21, 2014