Imagine This

When did we get so obsessed with celebrity that we started reading and accepting things that simply are not true? I'm not talking about annoying publicity stunts or some made up crap on twitter, but articles published by reputable magazines which are self-confessed fabrications. I'd hesitate to say I like celebrity gossip as much as … Continue reading Imagine This

Kill your Darlings

So this weekend I saw Dawn French talking to Sue Perkins about Perky's new book Spectacles. In case you missed that or simply think I'm a despicable liar, I did indeed say Dawn French and Sue Perkins. I met Sue Perkins. She signed my book. I talked at her face.   What made it even more … Continue reading Kill your Darlings

Asparagus Wee

Did you know there are some people on this fine earth who don't get asparagus wee? I don't mean they claim not to or they don't understand it, they actually don't get it at all. According to (yes, it is real) about half the population of Britain just don't experience the highs and lows … Continue reading Asparagus Wee

BBC Feedback

I suppose I should sleep, since tomorrow means work and waking and expectation, but the TV has stopped blaring for a moment and there is quiet. Quiet, but not peace, quiet, but not darkness. The colour is blue and the face is familiar. Quiet, but not comfort; the silence is unnerving, awkward. This is a … Continue reading BBC Feedback

Mountains of Macaroni Cheese

I wonder whether my sardonic way of writing is well-suited to a blog. Then again, I have loads of work to do so I'd rather do this instead. I've always loved the idea of writing an advice column. Not least due to the fact that I, of anyone, have so little life experience and absolutely … Continue reading Mountains of Macaroni Cheese

Reflections on a Pub Quiz

The first one is without doubt the most difficult, correct? I should point out that I mean the first blog post, not the first pub quiz, although that too is a daunting test. With a blank page and an empty mind, what do you talk about? I finished that particular sentence a full 10 minutes … Continue reading Reflections on a Pub Quiz