Blog / 2013

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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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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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
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Film
Europe does Christmas very well; it's just as cheesy but less corporate and nakedly sales-oriented than the UK or US, and Berlin is better than most, with its plethora of Christmas markets and art and craft fairs. The biggest problem in a weekend jaunt is allowing for travel on a subway system that's (understandably perhaps, given its history) awkward and time-consuming, but if you're prepared to…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
Here are some people celebrating hatred. Croatia is the EU's newest nation. It's also a Roman Catholic country, so perhaps it was inevitable that human rights for minorities never stood a chance. But holding a referendum to ban same-sex marriage, with a question deliberately worded to prejudice the answer, has just opened the floodgates to the kind of hatred that is now turning Russia into a…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film, Observatory & The Arts
Europe has always gone to Hollywood and hired its talents out - but there was a brief period when the reverse happened. In the late 1990s Hollywood topped up finance for European movies that wouldn't otherwise be made, employing some great directors in the process. Europeans rarely replicated big action in their popular films, concentrating instead on human interaction, because they were less…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & Media
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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Christopher Fowler
I've been searching for a new title for my upcoming standalone abduction thriller, so I conducted some research on nursery rhymes. These seem to be surprisingly finite in number and variety, and are defaulted to by parents even though their topicality and meaning has long been lost. I learned, for example, that 'Humpty-Dumpty' was supposedly the name of a Royalists' cannon used in the Siege of…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
Yes, it's that time of the year when Americans inexplicably choose to humiliate their pets by dressing them up in Hallowe'en costumes, but I have to admit that some are pretty funny. We've never quite grasped the whole Hallowe'en shoppertunity here in England, because of the event's late arrival so close to our more political dark night, Guy Fawkes' Night, which is now losing ground to the Orange…
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