Blog / 2013

Christopher Fowler
(Mr Arthur Bryant on the subject on carrying on) 'You could smarten yourself up a bit. You have new bosses now. It's important to stay on top of things.' 'And how am I supposed to do that at my age?' cried Bryant indignantly. 'I'm not fashionable. I'm not technical. I'm not meant to be there. I'm not even meant to be here.' Alma sat on the edge of the bed. Bryant pulled at the duvet, resenting the…
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Christopher Fowler
Every writer has projects that didn't happen filed in his drawer. I have quite a few, and over Christmas, I threw out some that I knew would never get realised. But there were a few I couldn't bring myself to get rid of. The funny thing is that most were written as hobbies, something I felt like doing without thought of recompense. Among the film scripts I hung onto was the one for 'Rainy Day Boys…
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Christopher Fowler
New Year's Eve is the time to open that special bottle. Great Britain imports more champagne than anyone else in the world, but for the second year running sales are well down and continuing to fall. The French dug up over 40 villages to plant more champagne grapes when sales were booming, and are now stuck with a champagne lake. What happened? First came the artificial inflation of champagne…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
According to The Guardian, British clowns fear their good name has been tarnished after reported incidents of pseudo-clowns scaring members of the public. The copycat craze was started by the Northampton Clown and involves people dressed as clowns frightening passers-by in public places. Police have issued warnings after sightings and now details released under the Freedom of Information Act have…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & Observatory
That's it for another year (almost). Watched the Queen (Time for all of us to reflect, Commonwealth Games, baby photos) and ate a Banned-In-The-UK lunch (capon fattened on brandy), now considering a bracing (i.e. hurricane-facing) stroll along beach. Meanwhile, here's a star from one of the most magical cathedrals on earth.
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & Observatory
Not content with selling seasonal caganas (squatting, shitting figurines) of political figures, Christ, football teams and Disney characters (how come they haven't sued?) here in Barcelona, try these delicious Christmas desserts, turds in chamber pots, complete with what looks like blood and bits of sweetcorn. Mmmmm!
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory & The Arts
A flashmob with a difference, as Dutch actors recreate Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' in a shopping mall.
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & Observatory
Here's a Christmas thought. The Revd Dr Graham Standish has this to say on 'What Gun Would Jesus Carry?', the subject that's on the tips of everyone's tongues (or at least on Fox News): 'Christians face a dilemma when it comes to guns. Would Jesus agree with the National Rifle Association's approach (...) by encouraging more people to wield guns? Does the Bible support this? In fact, do Christians…
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Christopher Fowler
It must be Christmas, the press are forecasting 'misery journeys' and warning of gales and rainstorms, shops are offering 'panic sales' after poor forecasts, and everyone I know either has a virulent cold or has already left the country on an extended (two week) break that won't return them to London until January 6th. I'm in Barcelona, which is colder than London today, and the Guardian has…
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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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