A 1PMChat With Author Michael Gallagher

I love the majority of my characters. Even the annoying ones and villainous ones need to spark a little understanding or sympathy or they risk being cut-outs. Michael Gallagher Octavius Guy, otherwise known as Goosebeery, is about to have his fourth outing as Michael Gallagher's resourceful young detective. However, before becoming the protagonist in Michael's books, Octavius started life with a cameo appearance in what is generally accepted as the first ever detective novel; The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, first published over 140 years beforehand. Like Octavius, Michael had a life before becoming a full time author and talks to 1PMChat about his time teaching, his interest in photography and, of course, Octavius. 1PM: You say you first met Octavius when you read The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins? MG: Yes, I fell in love with Wilkie Collins’s Octavius Guy, aka Gooseberry, when my Crimes & Thrillers reading group tackled The…

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Movies According To Mischief – Ma

Ma Directed by: Tate Taylor Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis Perhaps it was way the trailer was presented, but there was a definite Get Out (2017) feel about thismovie, a thriller which starts out with the best of intentions but soon things start to show they are not what they once seemed. I’m sure we can all relate to being a teenager with a life consumed by high school, relationships, parties and of course, alcohol. This is where we find Maggie (Diana Silvers), who has just moved into a small town with her Mum (Juliette Lewis), starting a new school and making friends with a gang of kids who just want some harmless fun. Unfortunately, being under the legal drinking age, they struggle to find an adult to purchase their alcoholic supplies until they run in to SueAnn (Octavia Spencer), who after some persuasion agrees to assist them. Promising…

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How To Make The 2019/20 Tax Year The Time Of Tax Savings As A Sole Trader Pt.2.

A new tax year is officially underway. With it comes the opportunity for you to ensure that the next 12 months are your most tax-efficient yet. With a number of ways you can reduce your tax bill throughout the year, GoSimpleTax’s Technical Director Mike Parkes details the most effective tips to maximise your tax savings. Claim all allowable expenses and capital allowances Another way you can reduce your annual tax bill is through claiming back expenses. There are a variety of different types, including costs for travelling and business premises. If the latter is your home, then you can claim on those parts of your property which are used for work. You should note that, with all expenses, the amount offset must be solely for business purposes. For example, you won’t be able to claim your entire heating bill as home working. On top of expenses, you can also deduct capital allowances…

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Movies According To Mischief – Rocketman

Rocketman Directed by: Dexter Fletcher Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, John Reid This has been a long time coming. I’ve been stupidly excited for this since I saw the trailer as I watched Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), and probably the fact I have tickets to see Elton John in November 2020 also added to this. Plus,  it being Elton John, you know this is not going to be a train wreck, he would simply not allow it. What I didn’t realise the film is described as a musical, which I actually wouldn’t agree with. I think it teeters on the edge of being a musical, but not quite enough bursting-into-song-at-the-drop-of-a-hat content to actually be one. This could be seen as an advantage as I know quite a few people who instantly groan at the very mention of a musical (I’m trying to culture them with Les Misérables etc.. but sometimes you…

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Movies According To Mischief – Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Pokemon Detective Pikachu Directed by: Rob Letterman Cast: Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Lucy Newton, Bill Nighy So, my other half is a tiny bit of a geek, and he wouldn’t mind me describing him as such, thus this led me to having no choice but to go and accompany him to Pokémon Detective Pikachu on the opening weekend. Nothing at all to do with the cinema giving away free Pokémon cards (only for 3D viewings, which unfortunately for him, we were at a 2D viewing. Cue grumpy face). To be honest, it wasn’t much of a hardship to go, as who doesn’t want to see a fantasy world of seriously cute creatures, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Pikachu. However, I did have a sticking point: to me, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. End of. So to hear his voice, with a toned down to PG sense of humour…

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How To Make The 2019/20 Tax Year The Time Of Tax Savings As A Sole Trader Pt.1.

A new tax year is officially underway. With it comes the opportunity for you to ensure that the next 12 months are your most tax-efficient yet. With a number of ways you can reduce your tax bill throughout the year, GoSimpleTax’s Technical Director Mike Parkes details the most effective tips to maximise your tax savings. Understand what the tax changes mean for you Each fresh tax year brings changes to how the tax system will work. But, depending on your individual circumstances, not all of these will affect you. For example, if you’re a limited company director, then it’s worth being aware that dividend tax rates remain the same so you won’t be able to further boost your tax efficiency in this way. Or, if you’re now required to submit VAT digitally under MTD for VAT, then you’ll need to ensure you comply with HMRC’s digital path. There are changes…

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Movies According To Mischief – Booksmart

Booksmart Directed by Olivia Wilde Cast: Beanie Fieldstein, Kaitlyn Dever This is a film I can relate to, and I dedicate this movie review to all those people who was a social outcast in high school, who were more interested in trying hard and getting good grades than hanging out with class mate and spending the every weekend partying. Oh, just me then? I didn’t really hit the partying scene until college, but even then it was minimal until I moved into the university life. HELLLOOOOOO NIGHT CLUBBING! *boogie wiggle*. So back to the film… Booksmart is very much a story of two best friends, Class President Molly (Beanie Fieldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) who have literally avoided any extracurricular socialising events in an effort to maximise their grades and thus reach their individual goals. But when Molly realises that classmates have also managed to achieve places at top universities…

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Movies According To Mischief – Red Joan

Red Joan Directed by Trevor Nunn Cast: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Stephen Campbell Moore Sometimes you are really in the mood for some drama. But good drama. Something that really draws you in, grabs your attention with such a tight grasp that the cinema could be burning down and you still want to stay in your seat and find out how it ends. Well Red Joan stars the sublime Judi Dench so we are off to a good start already. Based on true events in the life of Melita Norwood, or as she is alternatively known as in the UK, Granny Spy, who during World War Two worked as a Russian spy by passing on British intelligence on building atomic bombs. Joan Stanley’s (Judi Dench/Sophie Cookson) life is much more dramatised in this film than the true real life events, which in total honesty, is shocking enough, but…

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Movies According To Mischief – The Curse of La Llorona

The Curse of La Llorona Directed by Michael Chaves Cast: Linda Cardellini, Roman Christou, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Raymond Cruz, Marisol Ramirez So giving you a jump start back into the swing of things, The Curse of La LLorona is a part of the ‘Conjuring’ film universe which include The Conjuring,  The Conjuring 2,  Annabelle and The Nun. Several references are made throughout such as recurring smaller characters, speech about the Warrens and visual clues such a raggedy doll similar to the real life Annabelle doll. With this in mind, you know you are in for a ride of the usual recipe of jump scares and thrilling scenes, which is so up my street. Personally I don’t get scared easily by movies and enjoy this journey this set up in the Conjuring universe, however my cinema cohort spent more time hiding behind their hands and clinging to the cinema ceiling, which I found highly amusing.…

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A 1PMChat With Author Sheila Patel

"Are there more Vodka Wardrobes to come?" "I’ve asked Ikea on twitter to stock them, but they blocked me!" Regular #1pmChat followers will be aware of Sheila Patel and the frequent twitter exchanges that involve Gin, Spam and her expertise regarding Wetherspoons. Many followers have already read her three, soon to be four, books that revolve around the bonkers goings in in her Vodka Wardrobe universe, but a degree in engineering. a MBA, careers at British Aerospace and running her own successful training company mean that Sheila may be less bonkers that she cares to let on. 1PMChat: How long had you been thinking about Vodka Wardrobe before writing it? SP: Think I might have been acting it out since my teens, lol. I have a huge family and lots of grown up nieces and they do some of the craziest things. Some of the events in the books are…

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