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Cinema Museum Picks 1

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  It came as a shock to be flicking through a copy of BFI Monthly (now called Sight & Sound) to discover that the first British colour feature film was made just 16 years before I was born. For me, ‘British film’ was a tautology, the punchline to a national joke on a par with […]

Why This Book Caused A Very English Outcry

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First a bit of an explanation: Because I was born in 1953 I was a New Elizabethan, ie. born in the year of QEII’s coronation. My dates, therefore, match her reign, and I therefore have a fondness for Queen Elizabeth, despite only having ever seen her at the pictures. I mean she was at the […]

Bryant & May: The Hidden Homages

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Mystery authors can be tricksters; some of us like to hide puzzles, jokes and references inside our books – we can’t resist it. Musicians do it all the time, and I’ve been doing it for years in the Bryant & May books. The most obvious joke is the names of the detectives, which were taken […]

The Incredible Shrinking Brain

In this blog I regularly set out my stall for creativity, originality and ideas. Which brings us, it seems, to The Incredible Shrinking Brain. It’s evident all over the place. Here’s a short piece I wrote on the subject last year (70% of what I write gets killed. Some pieces end up on this blog […]