Monthly Archives: February 2012

My Imaginary Stand-Up, Part Two – Discomfort Breaks

So, speaking of work, you know – it’s just nice to be around so many people again. You see, recently I left my job in an office and I started, y’know, ‘working from home’. And it’s strange – the things … Continue reading

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Goths With Soft Furnishings

For reasons of my own Victorian likings, I find myself ‘following’, or receiving the re-tweets of, a number of types with very active leanings towards a more –  how to put it – lacey lifestyle. I rather like the sort; … Continue reading

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Magic Rabbits and a Bottle of Beer

In January 1990, I received a neatly-typed, logo-headed reply from the press and publicity office at Brookside Productions Ltd. Brookside, youth, was a Channel 4 TV soap opera, running from 1982 to 2003, set – politically, comically, dramatically and romantically … Continue reading

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Conference Classics

Corporate events journal, UpStage, has this week published its long-awaited paper, ‘Working Beats – the role of popular music in core message amplification and accelerated mood-management for 21st century agendas.’ A supplementary report titled ‘Conference Classics’, proposes a ‘top five’ … Continue reading

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Chilli Sauce Everything

Beer and hot chilli sauces share similar semiotic trajectories, which see them both, as they get stronger, more challenging, or more flavourfully esoteric, converge in a peak of silliness. Generally speaking. And it was a thumping opener. Google any hot … Continue reading

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Dickens – An Audacious Concentration

A few weeks ago I had a brief, even by tweeting standards, exchange with a writer who’d tabled the view that were Charles Dickens alive and creating today, his output would not be the soaps and sitcoms some, I guess, … Continue reading

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A Child’s Comic Sabbath, Part 2

Welcome Back! Through the 1970s and into the 80s, every Sunday morning, for an hour after church, me, my dad and my sisters would visit Grandma and my auntie and uncle who lived with her. A few years ago I … Continue reading

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