London

When Predictive Selling Goes Bad

Ever bought one of my books and thought ‘Hmmm, I wonder what else Christopher recommends?’ Well, according to Amazon, this is what my readers would also enjoy. Thanks go to Ian Alexander Martin of Humdrumming Books, who pointed this out.  How to Get Things Really Flat: A Man’s Guide to Ironing, Dusting and Other Household […]

Places That Look Like Settings In Favourite Books

When you read ‘Gormenghast’ it’s almost impossible not to picture the city in your mind’s eye. It makes me want to visit Al Hajarah in Yemen, just to see if Titus Groan is living there…  

I Finally Figured It Out…

Ever since Alaskan moose-mom Sarah Palin appeared as John McCain’s running mate, something has been bugging me. That strangely timeless hairdo, the frozen look in her eyes, the face that tells you she doesn’t take kindly to anything that isn’t ‘normal’ – where had I seen it before? Then it hit me. Sarah Palin is […]

The World’s Poshest Cinema

If you’re going to sit through a Will Ferrell comedy, you’ll need a comfy chair you can doze in. So how about the Monte Carlo Open Air Cinema. What you get is a choice of seats (sun lounger or armchair) and a wine waiter to bring a chilled bucket of champagne to your table. The […]

The Happiest Place In England

Apparently it’s Powys in Wales. It topped the list of 273 districts in Great Britain. People here are the cheeriest in the country. Which suggests that the concept of happiness, to most people, is not being near anyone else. I suggest that the research data is flawed, as one of the key signs of being […]

Remember this guy?

  This found image graced the cover of my neo-Faustian novel ‘Spanky’ (his real name was Fritz Kok – I wish I was making it up) and accidentally turned what was meant to be a serious supernatural thriller into something that looked embarrassingly like gay porn. However, Guillermo Del Toro was taken with the image, […]

Old And New London

I seem to write a lot about old London, but I love modernity in cities just as much. Each time you log onto this site you’ll see a different image from the city, but here’s one I just took of an art installation near the Festival Hall.