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Christopher Fowler
Since 2008, when I started running this pub punch-up of a site (as well as posting on Twitter, Goodreads and two separate Facebook pages, I'll have you know) I've just realised that I've managed to clock up more than 3,000 separate pieces, usually posting at least one a day unless I'm travelling somewhere without technology, like Wales. The amount of time it takes out of my day means this is a…
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Christopher Fowler
Remember the eighties? If you do, you'll either recall a halcyon era awash with 'Loadsa Money', glass winebars and bad hair or a morally bankrupt time of tastelessness, selfishness and appalling greed. And for London, those times are clearly back again. Although this time around, there are a couple of new twists. It's no longer about selling off the family silver in the form of privatising public…
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Christopher Fowler
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With World AIDS Day having just passed, I thought this would be a good time to remember Oscar Moore. Oscar wrote for the Guardian newspaper and Screen International. He also bravely chronicled the horror of suffering from Aids-related illnesses and failing experimental therapies, and continued to write his column until his death (this was long before combination therapy restored healthy lives to…
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film quiz
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Christopher Fowler
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Alex Gibney, the director behind the Wikileaks documentary, looks at another kind of whistleblower. It begins with a letter, an accusation of pedophilia, and spreads out like a stain as the deaf children's abuse scandal takes grip within all levels of the Catholic Church - a global religion that is rapidly growing in the developed world. What follows is at first a rather familiar recap of the…
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Christopher Fowler
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He's been at her again. Pogo, the Australian drum-n-bass sampling DJ, is having another pop at Mary Poppins. Seems like it's the big year for PL Travers' most beloved creation, but if Pamela hated the penguins, God knows what she'd have made of Pogo's sound-attack on the film. It's a nice addition to his MP remixes, most of which you can find on his site and on YouTube...
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Christopher Fowler
Guillermo Del Toro's wonderful new book has a forward by James Cameron and an afterword by Tom Cruise, and me in it somewhere toward the end. This is the poshest company I've ever been in. I was surprised to find myself in 'Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities' because the fantasy director's notebooks, interviews and acquisitions cover the eight films he has made so far; Cronos, Mimic, The…
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Christopher Fowler
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When I wrote 'Roofworld' I think this is the feeling I was trying to capture. I know it has been around for a little while but it still makes me feel ill watching it. It's quite amazing what the human body can do...if I could only get the effect into my writing I'd be a very happy man!
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parkour POV
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Christopher Fowler
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In this month's issue of 'Black Static' magazine, the genre author Stephen Volk releases an angry polemic about what looks to be an increasingly disastrous future for writers. Having just returned from dealing with the BBC executives, he points out that their training managers - brought in to teach them how to make decisions (as if they shouldn't have that skill already) - earn far more than…
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Christopher Fowler
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Cultural differences are what make visiting other lands so much fun, and although they're fast smoothing out on the surface (thanks, Starbucks) they still exist beyond cities. But we live in times of the cultural export, when everything must work on a global level. America has successfully exported itself as a brand value - we probably all know far too much about US history and geography compared…
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Christopher Fowler
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As I zip around looking for fresh influences to write about, I make notes of what's happening in the world. As a regular feature in my short story collections I would start with a round-up of news items I found funny/ tragic/ insulting. I continued the habit for five or six books. Here's an mix of some of the items and juxtapositions that struck me. If they seem especially hard on Britain and the…
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