Things The Next Generation Of Kids Won’t Remember

There’s a fun list of things kids won’t remember on the Wired site here that include Spam when it was just a meat product, typewriters, not knowing who’s phoning you, neat handwriting and sending film away to be processed. I feel like I’ve already comprehensively added to the list with everything that’s in my memoir […]

Art imitates Art

Last year the Hollywood movie ‘Disturbia’ popped up, swiping my book of the same title. This year it’s ‘Psychoville’. I’m a huge fan of the League Of Gentlemen, and seem to recall coming home and finding Reece Shearsmith in my lounge for some reason. Was some subconscious memory triggered when they came to name their […]

Books 2: What’s The Funniest Book You’ve Read?

Comic novels get a bad rap; they’re passed over for awards and hard to sell to the public. They’re also very hard to write. When a writer pulls off such a book, though, the results can be joyous. Discounting PG Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh simply because they steal the top spots again and again, who […]

Books 1: What’s The Worst Book You’ve Ever Read?

Looking down the list of books I couldn’t finish, I’m aware that sometimes it’s my fault, not the writer’s. For example, ‘The Rehearsal’ by Eleanor Catton has been hailed as a brilliant insight into the teenaged mind but I fell so often at about the page 20 mark that I began to think I was […]

How To Get Audience Attention

Perhaps in order to make an ADD audience stop Tweeting for five seconds it might be a good idea to adopt this as the new THX pre-movie ident…imagine it on a 70ft screen!

London Scams

I skim a lot of blogs at the weekend and a consistently fun one is Skip’s Acorn Treasury. Here’s a neat little scam from his site. ‘I am out for drinks with one of the Steves. A guy sits down at our table. “You want to buy?” he asks. Steve looks at him, surprised. “I […]

I Can See Someone Behind You With An Axe

Wikipedia has become involved in a row with psychologists after a Canadian doctor posted Rorschach test answers. The test is designed to give psychologists a window into the unconscious mind, but some now fear patients will try to outwit them by memorising the answers. The test, developed in 1921 by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach, comprises […]

How To Sell More Blu-Ray Discs

I really don’t want to turn my generally perky blog into grumpy stuff, but this irritated me. There’s a credit crunch on. Hollywood needs to shift product. Making films available at the same time on all formats would be an obvious help, but the danger is that as a consumer you might do what I […]

Making Britain Less Miserable

While the rest of the world (not counting the extremely cold bits, and Wales) is enjoying a wonderful summer, Britain is as usual moaning its way through flu, freezing wet weather and a variety of crises that must have Daily Mail hacks wringing their wet little hands with delight. Now a bunch of scientists want […]

How Fox Manufactures Racism

You know when bible-belt hillbillies get drunk together and decide they’ll do their own dentistry with loaded revolvers? Here’s the Fox ‘News’ team talking fantastic rubbish about Obama. I don’t know who the blonde sock-puppet is in the middle but I think she might have been in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas’. Every time […]