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Whatever Happened To Camp?

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The 1960s were by all accounts a schizophrenic time – on the one hand London was blooming with creative originality and artistic talent, while the rest of the country was stuck in a postwar past that had hardly shifted since the days of Clement Atlee. While Northern comics continued to tell racist jokes, a very […]

The Panic Of ’83

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The Daily Mail started it, of course – an article in 1983 called for the banning of videos which brought undesirable images into the home for the first time. Home entertainment was a new concept, and the Mail feared it would break up the nuclear family structure it was so desperate to cling onto. On […]

The Rise Of The Precinct Drama

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Precinct dramas – those set in a single limited space – have grown popular in the last few years, We’ve had thrillers set in one room (‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’, ‘Exam’, ‘Cube’, ‘Fermat’s Room’) a great many set entirely in houses or apartments (of which ‘Amour’ is probably the best) horror films set in […]

Never Underestimate The Power Of A Teenage Girl

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A couple of days back, Alfie Deyes had a book signing. 8,000 happy readers turned up. The event was so big that it had to be held at London’s biggest conference centre. Alfie just had his 21st birthday. He is not a singer. His book is pointless (it’s called ‘A Pointless Book’). He has a […]

Want To Hear Something Dark?

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Then come on ‘Down’ to Podcastle.org, the US audio website where you’ll hear one of my creepier stories for free, rated R, hosted by Dave Thompson. It’s always interesting to hear what other people do with my stories, so here’s Paul Jenkins reading a tale of a journey down into the London Underground… Honor Oak […]

Letter From Europe: Brits Abroad

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Today’s London Times features an outraged article about Barcelona fighting back against drunken British tourists who are ruining a neighbourhood with their anti-social behaviour. They singled out a trio of naked holidaymakers who ran through a supermarket. According to the report by the Times’ stringer (in Madrid) 200¬†residents took to the streets in protest this […]

Come The Digital Revolution

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There was once a TV show, younger readers, called ‘Tomorrow’s World’, which showed what might be waiting for us around the corner. Except that for all its breathless excitement, it usually managed to emphasise the wrong things. The quiet, boring stuff to do with pipes and lenses was what really revolutionised the world, not lenticular […]

Best & Worst New Apps

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The best new app I’ve discovered in ages is still in its infancy, but everyone I’ve shown it to wants it. WordLens is free. You hold your phone over anything from a menu to a road sign and it’s instantly translated into your language on-screen, like something out of Star Trek. At the moment there […]

20 E-Books Before The End Of The Year

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Well, that’s the plan anyway. I’ve had a lot of requests to put my other works online as digital copies. It’s a big project but it now looks like there will be 20 books in all, and I hope to be able to set them at very reasonable prices. I hate collecting stories from authors […]

One To Relish?

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It now seems that the fixed-line telephone – an object which appeared late in my life (we didn’t have one until I was 17) may turn out to have been a relative flash in the pan after all. My mother bought a Trimphone, one of those phones which was so lightweight that it flew off […]