the sandman

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sandman netflix

So good! I have never read the comics and so had no knowledge of the story or any of the characters, but it turns out it stands alone quite well. Just one piece of advice… the first episode is so full of everything that you really have to pay attention so that the following episodes make sense. I ended up watching it twice. Anyhow, it’s not often a series sweeps me up like this. Great fun, excellent writing and a stellar cast.

My only disappointment was that Despair is portrayed as an overweight woman with stringy hair in a tattered cardigan. I mean, really? The only thing missing was a dozen cats. Other than that… loved it.

bodega soto

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Since reopening after lockdown Bodega Soto has been run by the third generation of this macareno family, Manuel Infante Soto, who clearly has a slightly bonkers sense of humour. The bar is much more “cluttered” than previously, with all kinds of curious bric a brac, including this mini depiction of the annual almadraba tuna catch and a creepy killer doll which Manuel says came into his possession after a client said it was too scary for her to keep at home. There’s plenty more to unpack here and so I shall be back to question Manuel about the history of some of his other curios.