Monthly Archives: August 2008

The World’s Poshest Cinema

If you’re going to sit through a Will Ferrell comedy, you’ll need a comfy chair you can doze in. So how about the Monte Carlo Open Air Cinema. What you get is a choice of seats (sun lounger or armchair) and a wine waiter to bring a chilled bucket of champagne to your table. The […]

The Happiest Place In England

Apparently it’s Powys in Wales. It topped the list of 273 districts in Great Britain. People here are the cheeriest in the country. Which suggests that the concept of happiness, to most people, is not being near anyone else. I suggest that the research data is flawed, as one of the key signs of being […]

Bryant & May: Death Or Glory?

Well, the sixth and final book came out in the UK, the votes are in, the publishers have put their heads together, I’ve thought about it carefully and now it’s official. Bryant & May are going on. They have no status, no unit, no authorization and nowhere else to go. How could I leave them […]

The Boozy History Of ‘The Victoria Vanishes’

In this latest Bryant & May mystery, I decided to investigate the murky world of London pubs because they are such an essential part of London. They’re also being killed off. Last year saw the closure of 1,400 traditional English pubs, and the closures are accelerating fast because of rising costs, competition from clubs and […]

Remember this guy?

  This found image graced the cover of my neo-Faustian novel ‘Spanky’ (his real name was Fritz Kok – I wish I was making it up) and accidentally turned what was meant to be a serious supernatural thriller into something that looked embarrassingly like gay porn. However, Guillermo Del Toro was taken with the image, […]

Bryant & May Casting Now Closed!

The team at Clerkenwell Films who are developing Bryant & May for television have come up with some firm choices on casting, although they have been monitoring everyone’s casting thoughts in these pages. I can’t share the final choices yet as the series will have to win a commission first, but some of your ideas […]

Old And New London

I seem to write a lot about old London, but I love modernity in cities just as much. Each time you log onto this site you’ll see a different image from the city, but here’s one I just took of an art installation near the Festival Hall.