Monthly Archives: May 2012

Re:View – ‘Prometheus’

+NO SPOILERS+ At the World Premiere last night Ridley Scott told us frankly ‘I’m an art director – I’m more interested in the sets than the actors.’ A brave thing to admit before the start of his new film, and yet it showed admirable confidence, because with this prequel to ‘Alien’ we’re in safe hands […]

Exhibition: ‘The Brain’

This show at the Wellcome Institute, Euston Road, focusses on the brain as a physical object rather than a difference engine of dreams, so the tone is (appropriately for the Wellcome) medical rather than philosophical. That means there’s plenty of stuff about neurones, electroshock therapy, trepanation, MRI scans and historical efforts to map and preserve […]

Doomed At An Early Age

This is probably the most disturbing thing I’ve seen all week – tiny fat children trained to sing hate songs in church. Even the Syrians don’t do this. Somebody call child services! Children singing in Church to enthusiastic… by f100001838231867

Read, White & Blue

On Tuesday the 5th of June I’ll be publishing a short story I’ve written especially to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I’ll be putting it online here for you to download free, so that you can print it out and keep it should you so wish (there are actually people who do this!). When people […]

The Planned Obsolescence of Electronics

Everything has its sell-by date – the question is, are those dates planned in? In my writing career I’ve covered the entire arc of electronic devices, from the IBM Golfball Selectric to Amstrad, BBC Wordstar and eventually the intuitive joy that is the Mac. I haven’t used a PC for decades and the closest I’ll […]

Yet More London Books

A veritable avalanche of London books has appeared lately, and I’ve been remiss in rounding them up. Let’s start with ‘Night Haunts’ by Sukhdev Sandhu, which feels like a poetic addition to Craig Taylor’s masterly ‘Londoners’. Here we have detailed but spirited reportage of the night lives of Londoners, with interviews from cleaners and cabbies […]

The Day The Builders Went Away

Remember the old joke about the man waking up in New York one day to find that all the building work had been finished? I think it’s happening here in London. With the Diamond Jubilee next week and the Olympics approaching, it seems the scaffolding is coming down all over the city, revealing buildings that […]

It’s All Gone A Bit 1952

Union Jacks – they’re everywhere you look this week. Carnaby Street has a cool glittery one which only reads as a flag when you reach a certain angle, like the Channel Four logo. Liberty has one made of flowers, Aquascutum one made of diamonds, and they’re appearing in ethnic colours and in shop window displays […]

eReading: Only For The Masses?

Lately I’ve noticed something blindingly obvious about the Kindle and its kin; the majority of recent ebooks seem to be largely aimed at mass market readers. At first I thought there were simply rights issues around books I was trying to buy on Kindle, but then I realised that they might be doing a WH […]

When Characters Come To Life

This weekend I was up against a number of excellent nominations in the category of ‘Funniest Crime Novel’ at Bristol Crimefest. I was surprised that ‘The Memory Of Blood’ had been nominated at all because it’s considerably darker than the usual Bryant & Mays, but it’s always nice to be nominated. The winner was not […]