Media

I Think I Have An Addiction Issue

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Well, that was unpleasant. No website for a week, and it taught me a lot. First, that we as a household have an addiction issue. If it wasn’t for our plethora of little screens it would look like we’ve been burgled – we own nothing, none of the junk they advertise on TV, just the […]

The Play Wot We Wrote

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I don’t know what it is with me and trains. When I was a little kid I saw ‘Dr Terror’s House of Horrors’ (which should have been called ‘Dr Terror’s Train of Horrors’ – an indication of what a sloppy piece of what it was) and was fascinated by the ghost train at the end […]

Best Books On Comics

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I’ve always been a secret comic book lover, but I find many titles a struggle now because I feel like I’ve read the stories before. Too many are over-worthy or in trying to be ‘edgy’ actually lack a genuinely original edge, so anything that can guide me through the choice is good. The UK is […]

The Lady Downstairs

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A few years ago I wrote a Sherlock Holmes radio play for the BBC called ‘The Lady Downstairs’, starring Hannah Gordon. Typically, they didn’t invite me to the recording and then trimmed it massively when Hannah’s delivery proved excellent but rather stately, extending the time too much. I don’t mind the fact that they trimmed […]

Raymond Kirkpatrick Watches British Television

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Raymond Kirkpatrick is a colleague of Arthur Bryant’s. The bear-like heavy metal-loving Professor of English is currently working at the British Library and is our occasional guest speaker. His opinions are very much his own. Oh, Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Who, isn’t British television wonderful? they say. Bollocks. It’s bloody awful. Have you […]

Raymond Kirkpatrick Looks At British Newspapers

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Raymond Kirkpatrick is a colleague of Arthur Bryant’s. The bear-like heavy metal-loving Professor of English is currently working at the British Library and is our occasional guest speaker. His opinions are very much his own. Every morning on my way to my job at the British Library I have a whip around the national dailies […]

The Importance Of Social Media For Writers

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Once writers were assigned PRs who booked them on radio, took them around the country, sat them in bookshop windows and handled the printing of ads and in-store posters. It was expensive for publishers and not always successful. If writers were known in other areas of the media the public were more receptive, but most […]

The Shock Of The Familiar

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In Dominic Sandbrook’s ‘The Great British Dream Factory’ (now also a TV series) the author points out that far from bursting upon the music scene and shocking the world, the Beatles were as carefully planned as any boyband, with one member fired, an orchestrated assault on public wallets and a manager who knew how to […]

Steve Jobs – The Movie

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Last night there was time for a starry Q&A after the film ‘Steve Jobs’ attended by Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle among others, who answered a couple of prickly questions from the audience. I imagine they’ve been getting plenty, which is what happens when your film concerns a real-life […]

The British & Euphemism

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After that quick dip into slang the other day I got to thinking about an even more peculiar habit than that of using slang. We evolve language, we play with it – anyone who has seen the wholesome-yet-highly-peculiar ‘Pitch Perfect’ films will be familiar with the oddball spin you can put on teen talk – […]