Diamonds Are Forever

The Human Face Of Housing

The Haggerston Estate in Hackney is being pulled down, and as each of the tenants leave their faces are appearing in the windows of the building instead of the usual blank boards. The project is changing perceptions about a place that would usually be a scene of dereliction. The derogatory comments of passersby had been […]

Where Giles Kershaw Works

I was passing the mortuary where Giles Kershaw works in the Bryant & May books, and snapped it. you can see why Arthur Bryant complains about going there.

Why the Apple deal with Orange is happening

It’s because I bought an iPhone this week. Sod’s law dictates that whenever you make a technology purchase, the specs will change the day after you bought it. Either that or they’re only prepared to make deals with other fruit-based companies.

The Victor Frankenstein Spoiler

I’ve just finished Peter Ackroyd’s ‘The Casebook Of Victor Frankenstein’, a lightning-fast romp that drops the fictional Victor in with the real-life Shelley, Byron and the gang in Switzerland – such an obvious idea I’m amazed it hasn’t been explored before, but a big word of warning if you’re buying it…don’t read the back of […]

Easily Amused

When I was writing ‘Paperboy’, I referenced of some of the games I remembered playing as a child. I was clearing out the notes today and thinking about how ropey most of these amusements were, from the Pelham puppets which all looked like the same puppet in different clothes, to the ink-stained frustration that was […]

Bloomsbury In The Country

Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior of the house was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Charleston runs a May festival, and also the […]

Racists Can’t Tie Laces

Lily Allen’s rhymes leave a bit to be desired but the sentiments are rather wonderful and the song is insanely catchy, so here’s the whole of Manchester responding to those who still enjoy baiting anyone who’s different. Oh, and nice to see the NHS hanging in there too. Groovy!

Small Wonder This Weekend

The Small Wonder Short StoryFesival is now on, and I’ll be there tomorrow trying not to get thrown out of a dirigible in the 2:00PM Great Balloon Debate. It’s at Charleston, Virginia Woolf’s beautiful abode in Sussex – for details visit here.

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

When I was a child we heard plenty of talk about jet packs, spray-on clothes, travel to distant planets and thousands of television channels all showing stuff as interesting as our our two then-excellent networks. But the future has been a bit of a let-down. I mean, it’s nice that the Indian space mission has […]