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This is Hero Beauregard Faulkner Fiennes-Tiffin, who is an actor/model and salt-of-the-earth working class lad...joking, I'm joking. Hero is from acting royalty, and seen here wearing everything we were told to stay away from. Yet he somehow owns the look, even if the look is Jobless Man Answering Door to Debt Collector. Also here on the page somewhere is Damien Hurley, Elizabeth Hurley's son…
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So after all these years MAD magazine is closing down (except for a few back-catalogue-trawling specials). Of course it was never very funny, just beautifully put together in its earliest days, with an amazing roster of artists from the greatest-ever caricaturist Mort Drucker to Frank Kelly Freas (above) and Don Martin. As the dominant English-speaking country in the world at the time, the USA had…
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How much spare time do you have? Can I have some of it? Time is clearly the key commodity of the new century. We're working shorter hours (in theory, although unpaid overtime is currently being addressed by European governments), we have more spending power (well, the US, much of Europe and 1% of the UK does) we have more leisure-saving devices. We also have more demands upon our time than ever…
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Not sure why this subject came up; a discussion about writers producing continuous original work perhaps, and a love of cataloguing... A flawed, difficult young woman deals with her London family and romance. 'Fleabag' was a game-changer (although it eventually suffered from over-hype) with writer-star Phoebe Waller-Cates breaking the fourth wall and - in a genuinely clever first - getting caught…
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People don't care where quotes come from. Does a book exist if nobody reads it? To the author, certainly. The profoundly innovative, ill-fated Ronald Firbank, who hid entire literary worlds in half-sentences, self-published in ever-shrinking quantities to no acclaim whatsoever. And that was in a time when the writer word was the sole media, so how about today, when authors compete against every…
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What did I want to create? A place of ideas. This shot is from my very first blog post, taken on the South Bank. Actually it's 5002 now - articles, that is. I passed the milestone this week, having written and illustrated an article for this blog nearly every day for eleven years. When I started a writer's blog in August 2008 the concept of blogging was a relatively new thing. This site was built…
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Let's go to my local, the Everyman Cinema. It's small and cosy and has just three screens, not 75. It has a snazzy bar. The staff are terrific. A waitress brings you food and wine in the cinema. You have little sofas and cushions. And it costs a fricken' arm and a leg, transforming a night at the cinema into a night at the theatre, price-wise. It also, unfortunately, has a dazzling Exit sign in…
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In the book world, things got a lot better for collections of the rare and arcane; suddenly you could get hold of the most obscure out-of-print editions for mere pence. But the pleasure of finding a favourite edition is mitigated by the feeling that we're in an endgame for paperbacks in particular, killed off by Kindle. A few of my fellow writers gather once every couple of months to bemoan the…
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There's something wrong when post-apocalypse drama is more appealing than a sit-com. Here's what to do when you're sick. Box-set binge. It was all my dehydrated brain could handle while my body was rejecting the planet, so I watched something called 'Russian Doll' on Netflix. My reason for choosing this programme was carefully considered, viz. it was being marketed heavily and it was downloadable…
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'There are some questions in life, the very speaking of which are their undoing' - David Rakoff First, a definition. An article is a piece of writing that is included with others in a newspaper, magazine or other publication. An essay is a short piece of writing on a particular subject. An article is written to inform the readers about some concept. An essay is generally written as a response to a…
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