Monthly Archives: July 2012

Filthy Shades Of Rich

I nicked that heading from mate Rick Drew, who points out an ‘article’ (i.e. reworked press release) in the Daily Mail mentioning that the combined total global sales of EL James’ porn trilogy is already 20 million. The books are now selling at a rate of one million paperbacks and ebooks per week. According to […]

Bowlers, Berets & Bullfights

A few days ago the Chinese told David Cameron that if he wanted to encourage Chinese tourism we’ll need to build more cottages with thatched roofs. At the same time, an interesting article came to light in (I think) Paris-Matin, suggesting that French culture was losing its way because of exactly this kind of conservative […]

Welcome To The Home Of The English Language

A new welcoming sign has been put up by the chimps in charge of such things at King’s Cross Station. Is it being too picky to expect the correct use of apostrophes? Or should we all just not bother? Reader Xan forwards the other one, even more horrible, from Tesco – or Tescoe’s – who […]

Neglected Films No.4: “Savages”

Here’s a really lost movie. I remember seeing it at the Curzon Mayfair and being unable to get it out of my head for ages, even though it didn’t seem to make a shred of sense to me at the time. What I didn’t realise then is that it was in part an homage to […]

A Bigger, Darker ‘Celebrity’

Remember this work-in-progress? A short fringe play what I wrote (God, I shouldn’t even type that – does anyone still remember Morecambe and Wise?) was performed in London in December 2011, and is now about to start workshopping in a very different form as ‘Falling Stars’. Most of the roles have changed in character, the […]

The Bullying Of Richard O’Dwyer

You may have heard or read about this guy recently. Richard O’Dwyer is a 24 year old British student at Sheffield Hallam University. He is currently facing extradition to the USA and up to ten years in prison. His crime? Creating a search engine website – – which linked to places to watch TV […]

Unnerving Posters

Children and very sharp knives can happily co-exist in European street posters. Perhaps it’s better to teach kids the correct use like this. This one’s deliberately provocative, obviously, but still unsettling.