Monthly Archives: June 2010

Advertising Finally Provides One Good Laugh

Flaming Heck!

First person to review Bryant & May Off The Rails on Amazon UK wins – oh, let’s see now, what would you like, a signed first edition, plus the signed paperback of Bryant & May On The Loose – how about that?

It’s Today!

I’m a father again! My lovely publishers have left a magnum of champagne on my front step (it would only be nicked around here if it was a beer keg with a St Andrews flag on it) and I’m signing books tonight at my favourite store in the world, Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue @ 6pm, […]


The Capio Nightingale Hospital in London houses England’s first technology-addiction centre. Addicts are contracting the computer bug early: according to research published by Cranfield University School of Management in Northampton, of 260 secondary school pupils surveyed, 26 per cent spent more than six hours a day on the internet. The tech-kids admitted to comprising 63 […]

‘I Really Loved Your First Novel’

Is there any more inadvertently insulting comment ever made to an author? (Unless they’re only on their second novel). In an old episode of ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ Kenneth Williams tells Hancock ‘I used to love your old shows – you were very funny in those days.’ People loved the ‘early, funny’ Woody Allens. They don’t […]

Secret Cinemas

A friend of mine organises private cinema, showing forgotten films and organising one-to-one group discussions afterwards that invoke the Chatham House Rule*. But she’s not the only one currently doing this. As the Independent points out, if you’re looking for a sign that the age of Odeon is over, the current bizarre vogue for tiny […]

Getting ‘Stuff’ed

The Museum Of London’s New Galleries

The new £20million galleries at the Museum of London are a triumph. The mistake everyone makes when visiting this smallish museum is underestimating the time it takes to visit. The early sections of the museum are, for me, the dullest – it’s hard to make bits of pottery interesting, or to bring to life the […]

Re:View – The Surreal House

A house is not always a home. Sometimes it can be a bloody scary place to visit. The Surreal House at the Barbican Gallery in London makes concrete the tensions and disturbances we find in buildings, ranging from paintings by De Chirico, Magritte, Duchamp and Dali to footage by Jean-Luc Godard, Buster Keaton and Georges […]

Perfume Bottle London

A short while ago London was awash with plans to stick office towers throughout the square mile. Then came the credit crunch. But now, it seems, all those plans have been reignited, and despite the hard times, a rash of skyscrapers is set to appear across the capital. What happened? Well, it’s not a new […]