Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Foundry Founders

When is a pub not a pub? When it’s an arts venue. The Foundry in Shoreditch has played host to poets, musicians and artists for a decade – political comic Mark Thomas, band Hot Chip and artist Gavin Turk have all appeared here, and although the place is pretty run down, Hackney Council had agreed […]

Now That’s Good Writing!

The Anomalies, AKA DJ Mayhem and MC Mouthmaster Mur, are at it again! Following in from their earlier SF rap mash-ups they’ve taken the tunes to Ripley and crew in this awesome 10 minute summary of Aliens. You guys bust me up. Can Avatar be very far behind?

Same Book, Different Worlds

The US and the UK now have fully matching covers for the Bryant & May series, but they couldn’t be more different in style. Arriving on my desk this week are roughs for ‘Bryant & May Off The Rails’. The US version is the latest in a line of jolly, upbeat sketched covers whereas the […]

Italy: Off The Menu For This Year?

Italy’s agricultural minister in Berlusconi’s morally bankrupt government has been roundly condemned for proudly hailing the ‘McItaly’ burger, a junk-food patty with artichoke spread on it, as ‘an imprint of Italian flavours to our youngsters’. Meanwhile, the Pope has condemned British gay equality laws, saying that they ‘violate religious freedom’. It will cost the British […]

Fox ‘News’ Most Trusted

More than fifty percent of US viewers trust the Fox comment channel more than any other, according to the Guardian, who say ‘The poll findings are vindication of the commercial strategy of Fox News, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch and is the brainchild of his controversial henchman Roger Ailes. Fox News threw out the […]

Researching: When Pictures Help

Any book with a historical setting, be it the Middle Ages or the late 1990s, requires painstaking research. The general rule is that the further back you go, the more you can invent. Luckily, from the middle of the 19th century onwards we have photographic records to help us, but even these reflect the appealing […]