Observatory

Top 5 Things You Don’t Need In Airports

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I don’t consider myself a regular traveler – my neighbours board planes every other day to fly around the planet for one-hour business meetings. Downstairs neighbour Becky actually said to me; ‘Let’s go for cocktails on Friday – or am I in China?’ But I’m definitely Generation Easyjet, the king of shorthaul trips, and think nothing […]

Let’s At Least Start 2016 Healthily

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Back in London, preparing to buckle down to some tough work, I’m struggling to eat properly again. My local Barcelona grain store is not run by gourmet hipsters but by an old family. It has hundreds of types of grain, nuts, eggs, raw chocolate and pulses in sacks, and is so crowded that it operates a […]

Oddments Of 2015

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What happened this year? London got a Triffid street, Apple brought out a watch nobody seems to want and a number of the capital’s less-known attractions closed down, like the Type Museum and the De Morgan Foundation Collection of antiquities – but are they actually gone? Attractions seem reluctant to announce their closure and the […]

The Place Where There’s Too Much Christmas

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Every country has one; in the UK apparently a horrible-looking Christmas shopping outlet called Bicester Village attracts Chinese tourists to its high-end shops, and I sure that every American state has at least one place that overdoses on yuletide shopping opportunities, but when I chose Strasbourg in north-eastern France for this year’s Christmas market weekend, […]

Putting The Walls Back Up

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At the end of the film ‘The Big Short’, the narrator explains what actually happens after a credit crisis; the banks make more money and the blame passes onto the poor and immigrants. With Donald Trump now exposing his true identity as a lunatic fascist and one in three French votes falling to the equally […]

The True Plot That Was Too Bizarre To Be Used

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A little while back I was in Tokyo, and – always punting around for new plots for the Bryant & May books – I stumbled across a bizarre story that was unfolding in Japanese newspapers. The more I read about it the more fascinated I became, and earmarked it for use in a B&M book. […]

The Travel Bug

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Recently a friend went to Machu-Picu and came back less impressed than he thought he would be. Not with the place itself, but with the hordes of tourists, selfies and Instagram-opportunities preprogrammed into every step of his trip. Lately I’ve been thinking about where I would really like to go, and Machu-Pichu is not as […]

12 Things That Prove The 1970s Are Back

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Ken Dodd is still performing in Darlington Tunnock’s teacakes and Jammy Dodgers as popular as ever Renzo Piano’s multicoloured building in St Giles looks like that flooring they had in Carnaby Street Loons, suede bum-freezers, orange makeup and blonde flick-ups are back Those awful lamps covered in opaque white discs – yep, they’re back too […]

Do Middle Class Tastes Kill The ‘Popular’ Arts?

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Here in Great Britain we are still cursed with divisions of class – perhaps more now than at any time since the Edwardian era. You only have to get on a plane to hear the new generation of privilege speaking with a powerful sense of entitlement. Like their parents they consider themselves to be positioned […]

‘The Burning Man’ Comes True

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It’s the fiery season – a time of insurrection and flame. In ‘The Burning Man’, Bryant & May’s twelfth outing, London is on fire. Rioters are protesting against a banking scandal that has allowed a financier to make a fortune from insider trading. The book was based on the recent banking riots and suggested that […]