Monthly Archives: September 2009

And you think writers make this stuff up!

A teenager died and more than 20 people were injured after a van filled with beehives crashed into a lorry and overturned on a motorway near the resort of Marmaris, in southern Turkey. Rescue workers, police, medics and beekeepers tried for more than an hour to release two people trapped inside the vehicle, their faces […]

Cricket: Incomprehensible But Divine

I’ve always been a big Neil Hannon fan. The Divine Comedy’s shows aren’t much live – just Neil at a keyboard – but there has always been a touch of Victorian cabaret in his music, and his quirky songs are unique, even though they’re ‘a bit last decade’ and ‘dad music’ (according to websites). He’s […]

The Sixties Didn’t Just Swing

The Beatles and the Rolling Stones are remembered as the driving force of the sixties, but there were also a lot of folk singers around, and I just stumbled across the title tracks for two forgotten movies from that period, both about highwaymen from earlier times. A very young John Hurt played robber Davey Haggart […]

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 […]