Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fleeing Easter

As you rightly discerned, I Am Not Here Again. Having finished the first draft of the new Bryant & May novel, I could actually stop thinking about books for a few days and take a break, so I vanished from freezing wet London to sunny Barcelona, and it appears we’re not the only ones fleeing the […]

Three London Questions No.3

Where is London’s most unique museum? 12, Crooms Hill, Greenwich. The Fan Museum is the only one of its kind in the world, and has over 4,000 fans, on display in a Georgian house with an orangery and a Japanese-style garden. The earliest fans go back to 3,000BC, but the oldest on display here is […]

And remember – it’s Crimplene, for men!

Thanks Evrim Ersoy for reminding me how utterly crap past cinemagoing used to be…I’m really sorry to have missed his April Fool’s night of turning on and getting down at the Duke Mitchell Film Club…love the desperate-to-be-cool trailer for ‘Skidoo’, but the trailer for ‘Exorcist 2: The Heretic’ made me want to see it again! […]

Competition: Win ‘The Casebook Of Bryant & May’

It’s compo time! A simply delightful limited edition hardcover copy of ‘The Casebook of Bryant & May’ is now set to become even more collectable because it is set to be the first in an annual series, and will be signed, dated and numbered by me before being mailed out (UK only, I’m afraid, but […]

In My Bad Books No.1

Ho ho, very droll – last night someone presented me with a copy of a book called ‘Creating Writing For Beginners’. You get this sort of thing a lot. But nothing quite like this book, by someone called Jim Green. It’s one of the most unintentionally hilarious manuals I’ve ever skipped through. First of all, […]

In Which I Become Arthur Bryant

As regular readers know, I’m not much prone to swearing in print, but….fuck. Today is my 60th birthday. Let’s take that slowly; six-tie-th… Trust me, it’s a bigger shock for me than it is for you. I certainly don’t feel any different to 30, except that I’m not worried about money all the time now. For […]

Three London Questions No.2

Where in London will you find a still-functioning water wheel? At Morden Hall Park, a five minute walk from Morden tube station.This former estate had a school for young gentlemen, but was sold in the 1870s to a tobacco seller. The wheel used to be part of a snuff mill, grinding tobacco until 1922. The […]

Three London Questions No.1

Are there secret surveillance rooms in the back of Marble Arch? Supposedly they’re there, but they haven’t been used since the 1950s. The arch was modelled on the Arch of Constantine in ancient Rome, and originally built by John Nash in 1828 as an entrance to Buckingham Palace but ended up stranded at the bottom […]

One Month Without A Supermarket 2

Apparently I’m not the only one with this idea. This morning I braved the sleet to avoid the only supermarket we have and shop in a new local farmers’ market. I found it busy, considering the adverse weather conditions. The butcher, usually empty, was full. He gets his meat fresh from Smithfield, so there’s no […]

Egad! Still More London Books!

Popping into St Pancras Station this morning to sign some books (tip; if you ever want a signed Bryant & May, that’s the place to go), I remind myself that this is simply the nicest station in the world (although the one in Cairo is kind of fun in a scary, let’s-get-out-of-here way). For a […]