Liveable Cities

London has failed to make the Top 50 – that’s the Top 50 – most liveable cities in the world. At Number One place – as usual – was Vancouver, Canada, which ticked nearly all of the required boxes. The list, annually compiled by a human resources company, uses these categories to assess each city. […]

The London Nobody Knows

Well, a lot of people know it now because ‘The London Nobody Knows’, a documentary released as a B feature in 1967, has been frequently shown on TV, but it’s just been put out as part of a new DVD box set called ‘The London Collection’. It’s a bit of a motley assortment of films, […]


What are they about, then? Creepy things with faces like Victorian dolls and the morals of Balkan gangsters. What do they read? Well, soon they’ll be reading me because I’ve written a horror thriller for them. Provisionally titled ‘The Curse Of Snakes’, it will be published by Andersen Press.

A BFS Nomination!

Blimey! ‘The Victoria Vanishes’ has just been shortlisted for Best Novel by the British Fantasy Society. The BFS is a terrific organisation of readers and fans of fantasy, horror and pretty much all forms of writing that don’t simply conform to the everyday. BTW, they’re always looking to encourage new writers, and hold regular Open […]

Business Meetings

And while we’re on the subject of client/ supplier relationships, here’s what the ever-excellent David Mitchell had to say about the matter…

How the Client/ Supplier Relationship Works

No Wonder His Wife Left Him

This isn’t Star Trek: Voyager, it’s Tony Alleyne’s flat in Leicestershire. It doesn’t have a bed because he thinks they’re ‘overrated’. Tony’s a bit of an SF fan. His flat’s on the market if you’re interested. Go for it, Tony, follow your dream. Anyone who’s different is okay with me.

Jason Hawkes’ London

He’s been up in the helicopter with his MacBook again – Jason Hawkes, the photographer who takes amazing shots of London has unveiled lots of new angles on the old city, including these. Check out the rest on his site here.

Splashing Out In London

The fountains in Trafalgar Square are about to spurt again, instead of dribbling… They’ll reach 35 feet high – higher than anyone has seen it in at least 30 years. The three 50-year-old engines underground – which also houses a fridge-sized plastic tub filled with a year’s worth of coins scooped out of the basins […]

London Pubs No.8 The Old Bell Tavern

Built in the 1670’s for the workmen and masons who were rebuilding St. Brides Church (designed by Sir Christopher Wren), after it was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Old Bell has been a boozer for more than 300 years. It has a long association with Fleet Street’s printers. Caxton’s apprentice, […]