The Arts

Under The Hammer

Oh how the mighty have fallen! Hammer horror films formed the basis of my demented childhood (as you will hopefully discover when you hurl yourselves into the shops – or online for our US readers – to purchase my fine memoir ‘Paperboy’). This is the headquarters in which Hammer was housed for so long, in […]


British public information films like ‘How To Make A Cup Of Tea’ (elsewhere on this site), with their strangely hypnotised casts and statements of the bleeding obvious, are a great source of entertainment, but this one, ‘Unwanted Guests’, must have scared the bejabbers out of audiences when projected on a big screen. Listen out also […]

Let’s End The Year With A (Very) Old Song!

As a musical antidote to a year of retro-pop and talent show tat let’s go back about ooh, 121 years and hear something really silly. (Although it’s harder than it looks – try hitting the Karaoke lyrics on cue) Happy New Year!

Happy Christmas!

Back in the 1980s (and again in the 90s) I did some marketing work on Richard Williams’ unfinished masterpiece ‘The Thief And The Cobbler’, probably the greatest animated film never to see the light of day in its intended form. The problem was that the film – based on Persian miniatures and the writings of […]

Time For A Song

Fantastic Plastic Machine has been around a long time. He’s a J-Pop artist with a retro sound that mixes uplifting lounge and soundtracks, and his videos always follow a simple idea, like this little charmer.

Time For Your Check-Up

I’m blogging a lot at the moment because a/ I’m stuck on a plot point for the next Bryant & May, and b/ my partner and I will shortly be heading to India, and we’ll be gone for almost three weeks, during which time I won’t be blogging often (I work on a MacBook Air […]

Life Is Short

It’s a classic, I know, and now six years old, but I watched it again and realised it’s one of the few TV commercials I really love (although I had to watch it again to remember what the product was).