Less violence, more violins in King’s Cross

London’s new centre for music and the visual arts opened this weekend with an amazing 100 concerts in 5 days. At just £4.50 for an introductory ticket it brought concert-going within reach of everyone. It also holds restaurants and bars, and is the future home of the Guardian and Observer newspapers. This shot looks photoshopped […]

London Secrets

Here are a couple of unusual London sights this week. When bad seventies buildings are torn down, they briefly expose older houses behind which are never normally seen from the street. One such new view has suddenly appeared in St Martin’s Lane. Older still is this view taken from an alleyway in St Chad’s behind […]

Why I Love The Interweb…

Because once, when something was lost it stayed lost forever. But now, some enterprising person can always be relied upon to track it down and post it. Remember the unsuccessful movie version of the Little Shop Of Horrors? The second one with Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene? It failed, I suspect, because it was a bit […]

Try Shooting The Ad Agency Chimps…

The awful thing is that the agency staff are probably secretly congratulating themselves for placing this piss-poor movie poster on Stockwell Station, where Jean Charles de Menezes was gunned down by police. The copyline reads; ‘Three’s nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot.’ Welcome to London. Shot by

Those British Fantasy Society Wins In Full

Top row, left to right: Steve Jones, Jo Fletcher, Pete Crowther, Ramsey Campell, Christopher Teague, Joel Lane. Bottom row, left to right: Me, Conrad Williams, Vincent Chong.

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 […]