Staycation In London

Credit Crunch time, and let’s not go to France for Easter, let’s just, you know, hang out in London. But Easter is a mysterious time here. It’s not Christmas, when you know nothing is open and it’s not August Bank Holiday, when you know nothing is shut. Instead, I spent two days trying to find […]

Happiness Is Julie Andrews

Okay, enough depressing mad people. Here’s a bunch of commuters doing something far more useful and life-affirming. I love the big finish. Thanks for this, Ian!

When People’s Brains Fall Out

Speaking of videos put together by mad people, Peter Lee sends me this link, about what happens when incredibly stupid young men are allowed near camcorders. See if you can spot where the flaw in this presenter’s argument first appears – could it be when he compares a wire mesh to a piece of latex?

When Married People Get Scared

Okay, I live in London, one of the most integrated cities on the planet, where black, white, straight and gay people can generally live without getting their heads kicked in by bigots, and – shock, horror – it seems to work pretty well. But in the US, a far-right church group has paid to put […]

No Way To Sell A Car

I just spotted this poster in King’s Cross. The bill sticker seems to have got bored and left, leaving a hybrid spud-car behind. I wonder if he decided to leave it because the potato and the vehicle worked well together?

Make A Short Film Without Paying For It

In a gesture of Easter magnanimity I’ve decided that, for a limited time only, anyone who wants to can have make a short film from one of my stories FOR FREE. All you have to do is tell me which story you want to film, take it, adapt it, do whatever you like with it, […]

The Missing Book Revealed

Over the years readers have asked me about a volume of short stories I wrote called ‘More City Jitters’ that simply does not seem to exist. Well, I’ve always explained that it only came out in the US, and that although I no longer had it on my shelf, it surely did exist. I’ve finally […]

Gaming Goes Underground

The immortal game of ‘Mornington Crescent’ (an essential element in an upcoming adventure for Bryant & May) has always been played verbally (although I believe tachiographs are permitted when the game is actually played on any tube platform deeper than 70ft). But finally it is to be made available as a board game. As most […]

What Do Bryant & May Look Like?

Thanks and a tip of the trilby go to Keith Page, who is a graphic artist with a great portfolio. Keith seems to enjoy illustrating scenes from the Bryant & May mysteries. A couple of his latest pieces are from ‘Full Dark House’. The first is from a conversation Bryant has on the steps of […]

Tell It Like It Is

Some time back I posted a brutally truthful card here from my lovely friend Jennifer in Columbus, Ohio. Well, she’s done it again. This time I’ve included a couple of others. Check out the rest. It makes a refreshing change from those cards that have old knitting patterns and ironic jokes. Find them here