Day: 20/12/2014

10 “Orphans” (American Horror Story: Freak Show) [SPOILERS]

ahs freakshow

Haunted house. Asylum. Witches. Freaks.

Those are the four subjects of the series of American Horror Story so far. I laid them out like that earlier this week, and it struck me how far they’ve taken individual tropes of the horror genre and run with them. It’s an impressively simple idea, giving each series its own flavour, and just running riot.

This sort of anthology show isn’t really done any more. Aside from AHS, I mean. Seeing the same troup of actors in different roles, different situations, links them, but through the talents of the people involved. It’s an impressive beast if you think about it.

And since I’m reviewing it, I do tend to think about it.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)

Tories/ Lib Dem coalition slashes Southend’s funding by £11 million

southend civic centre

Can you picture £11 million? I mean, actually picture it? In cash, in change, in whatever denomination you like. Can you see it in your mind’s eye?

I cannot.

But the number is one which I haven’t been able to escape. £11m is how much Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s funding has been cut for the 2015/16 financial year. £11m is how much less that the council have to spend on local services for Southenders.

So when you’re writing your Christmas thank you letters, don’t forget to thank the Tories and Lib Dems, and especially Uncle Eric at the DCLG. Because of them the council will have to make some tough decisions next year, and won’t be able to fulfil as much as it would like to to make your lives better.

Cheers for that.

Read on…