Enough time has passed since our selected betters decided to pretend they were marching for freedom of speech and went back to snooping on..
The clustering of towns and hamlets around the hill is quite striking. One is rarely visible from the next, tucked away in quiet valleys t..
There are pieces of this located all across the site, but based on an interview I participated in this last weekend (more on that later), ..
These early mornings in London look like someone has shot the whole place up with a diamond cannon. Leaving the house before the sun is up..
We saw The Hobbit last week and in terms of a super-brief review it is significantly better than you fear but inevitably not as good as yo..
This time last year I had arrived in much warmer climes after an unscheduled and super-weird stopover in Kiev and I still think I’m more t..
Here are two questions for you that I cannot satisfactorily answer.
- Is the world getting better or worse since this time last year?
It still makes me feel weird just posting something really short so I can share a video. But not nearly enough of you use twitter.
What an interesting time for James Bond to return to popular consciousness. What an even more interesting incarnation. Spectre. What a mar..
And you all thought I forgot about this, huh? Well, the joke’s slightly on you and mostly on me because, actually, what happened was that ..
Probably all my favourite bookshops on earth are very poorly managed. The best booksellers are aware that the best books; by definition; m..
It took me several days to work out why I felt annoyance at some of the offsite commentary on the ebola piece. Idiots say dumb shit on the..
The last thing I have time for at the moment is seasonal flu. Which is why, obviously, I have it now on my first weekend to myself -and th..
It might be the confusing accretion of jet lag from way too many time zones but I was beginning to feel like the grinch of Halloween. Aski..
Wellington International is apparently among the least popular airports for commercial pilots due to its preposterously short runway. Comi..
With apologies to Mr Worf.
Both botanicas I visited in Little Havana the other week had staff that either only spoke Spanish or at leas..
I am reading aloud a telegram written in Klingon to a room of more than one hundred people as the last rays of the sun turn the shiraz gra..
In a few hours it is back off to the airport for country number four in the last two weeks.
When magic works I can’t help but return to..
The English are complaining about the weather because it is raining in Miami but I am complaining about their complaints.
Above is the ..
Hey do you like Australian accents so much you are prepared to turn them up loud enough to compensate for some recording challenges so tha..
Do you know what a skeuomorph is?
It is a new object that retains functionally redundant design features. The general idea is to make n..
RO dropped a ‘blink and you missed it’ truth bomb the other day. He said that if a spirit working doesn’t result in what you asked for, go..
The bartender I am probably falling in love with hands me a copy of the first issue of an independent cinema newspaper. How long has it be..
Sometimes it seems like you would be more right than you are wrong if you considered everything a cargo cult.
Chris has a recent post o..
Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, a Catholic festival marking the day -decided two millennia after events that never happened-..
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the AMA.
You know, like what all the kids are talking about. The kids and Madonna.
Possibly with less wacko..
Wheat was one of the worst performing commodities over the first half of 2014.
This is hugely surprising as much of North America is in..
How much would it surprise you to learn that Gordon Ramsay is a herald of the end of empire?
This is according to a famous British sold..
What else could one expect when replicating the Fiji experience in France? Certainly nothing so relaxing as a much-needed holiday.
Sparked by a recent discussion with Jake about the Necronomicon-ish nature of the rise of St Cyprian this year among the English-spea..
I suppose we could also call this ‘bong rip Thursday’. But I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ..
“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.”
Let us look at precisely what is ‘expanding’, shal..
None of you need to be told the significance of St John’s Day or St John’s Eve. The Masonic/Templar connections, the curious status of Sai..
In lieu of pointing out some of the more obvious financial and political origins of terrorism’s ‘New Coke’,..
Anybody else remember the heady days of dial-up IRC? It was an absolute lifeline for teenage Gordon to realise there were other weirdos ou..