Monthly Archives: April 2017

Unusual Cinema Books

After being involved in the UK film industry for so long I can’t quite break the habit of buying cinema books, but there are surprisingly few interesting ones appearing now, as film publicity is micro-controlled by studios – so we get Disney coffee table books that whitewash the real stories, plus the odd exposé in […]

Glorious London!

We rarely see our cities through the eyes of others. While I was away a good friend from Barcelona stayed here in London, and after heading home her praise for the city was fulsome. It helped that the spring weather was glorious, but she found the sheer choice of activities overwhelming, citing the theatre, the […]

Celebrating 20 E-Books: The Curse Of Snakes

Well, this novel was the one that got away. A supposedly YA book that had the misfortune to open between two (rotten) Medusa films. Everything conspired against me in the writing of it. First, I hit the problem of readers’ ages. ‘The Curse of Snakes’ was intended as a novel that anyone at any age […]

Sexual Frankness In The North

It always seemed a paradox to me, that the further North you travel the more sexually frank many societies become. Latin countries are largely Catholic and repressed, but once you get among the Protestants, Calvinists and Lutherans anything goes. In starting to explore the Northern nations nearest to the UK, I’ve found this true in […]

No Post Today. I’m In Oslo.

…to be more accurate, at the Oslo exhibition of Takasha Murakami’s outrageous, transgressive work (about which more tomorrow). In the meantime, does anyone know whether his Kaikai Kiki Studio anime is collected on DVD? It doesn’t appear to be on any of my internet bookmarks but I’d love to watch his strange space creatures again.