Month: May 2012

  • The Woman in Black and other malfunctioning boilers.

    A few days ago I saw The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe. It was huge fun, especially for someone who used to sneak out of bed as a child to watch Hammer Horror films when BBC2 did a run of them late on Friday night in the early ’70s. It is very recognisable as […]

  • Science Fiction Monthly Vol. 1, No. 2

    I’ve chosen the second issue of the 70s British SF magazine Science Fiction Monthly because that’s the one that started it all off for me in 1974. I was on holiday in Filey with my parents, on the North Yorkshire coast. There’s a great song by Morrisey called ‘Every day is like Sunday’, which pretty […]

  • The Protein Man

    UPDATE: A pdf of Eight Passion Proteins With Care┬ácan now be downloaded from the blog by clicking on the link below: Eight Passion Proteins With Care In 1987 I went on a CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) rally in London. We started off in Hyde Park listening to speeches by politicians like Tony Benn, and […]

  • The Prisons of Piranesi

    Anyone watching TV would think that the late 18th and early 19th centuries were full of demure young ladies taking tea and unfavourably comparing the balls of Bath with the balls of Highbury. Both the BBC and Jane Austen have a lot to answer for, forever embedding the notion that England was locked in fifty […]

  • The Saga of Noggin the Nog

    In the lands of the North, where the Black Rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale… The TV adaptation of Game of Thrones is impressive in its complexity, sweep and intelligence, […]

  • Eagle Book of Spacecraft Models

    By the time I was old enough to read the famous British comic Eagle it had folded, so I missed Dan Dare, Police Constable 49 and the inner workings of various planes, trains and automobiles. Eagle was founded in 1950 by a vicar who wanted to get the morals of Anglican muscular Christianity over to […]