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Christopher Fowler
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I've written on this subject often because it lies at the junction of several of my interests, but decided this could be the last word on the subject. Every time I see that Disney are spinning off another peripheral character into a film franchise my heart sinks. Walt Disney himself was far more imaginative. He searched Europe (sadly not the Middle and Far East) for new stories to tell, and was…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
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The origin of the word 'souvenir' is late 18th century, French, from souvenir 'remember', from Latin subvenire 'occur to the mind', but it has come to mean a keyring made in China. If you have the misfortune to walk around Leicester Square, once a perfectly pleasant and fairly unremarkable set of roads featuring cinemas and theatres, you'll now find yourself barked at by Korean women trying to…
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Christopher Fowler
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Bram Stoker's novel has somewhat paradoxically become one of the most influential novels of the last century, considering it was written as a melodrama and went head-to-head with Richard Marsh's 'The Beetle'. 'The Beetle' was a bizarre hybrid novel of supernatural romantic mystery published in 1897, the same year as 'Dracula', and initially it eclipsed the undead count's sales. Hysterical in tone…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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It always rains at London's Notting Hill Carnival, and it did again this week. Why we think August would be anything but wet and horrible is a mystery. Enough of pretending we're not freezing in shorts and T-shirts - after yet another miserable, cold, wet, non-existent 'summer' here I am now revising my options. This was the coldest, wettest summer in decades, and the urban density of the city…
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