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I found more than I was looking for

My collaborator and I have been musing over this blog’s future for a while. It’s been worth musing, because in the process she’s helped me understand this blog’s strength and … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Inauguration Day

There is an urban myth that George Washington was offered the monarchy of America, and turned it down, to become the first president. Watching now the bizarre event called “inauguration” … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ethics in the post Brexit world

The first Guardian article I read about the Trump dossier was a piece questioning the ethics of publishing unverified material. This isn’t of course, a problem that troubles political writers … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kiss me quick

If you stay on twitter long enough you learn about the different types of follows there are, not followers, but follows. Many of you might be familiar with the hate … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn’s Slow Marching Band

Younger readers, (and, arguably, those with good musical taste) may not be acquainted with the musical output of Jethro Tull. On an album in the early 80s they featured a … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Red Riding Quartet

For the last of my seven books in eight days I’m going to cheat. Four books, not one, make up the Red Riding Quartet by David Peace, and are the … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Guns of Brixton

This list of books I wish I’d written has been a mashup of observations about genre fiction, political writing and philosophy. This recommendation is for a book that’s no better … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · Leave a comment


Cwmardy is a classic novel of Welsh life. It’s also a hard read, possibly harder than it needs to be. It’s written in three languages;  English, Wenglish and the self-conscious … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Starsmashers of the galaxy rangers

Some of my contributions to this series of books I wish I had written may seem a little snarky. It may seem as if I’m asserting that always, I could … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

The fear of freedom

As an omnivorous reader, whose tastes have always been wider than they have been wise, I have read a large number of forgettable books. The tally of unforgettable books is … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

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