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Blogging like it’s still 2002! I’ll be ahead of the curve when it becomes cool again.

He was quite beside himself

Yes, he was now inside a sewer but at least he had his train fare again. He had little experience of sewers but this one felt softer and warmer than expected. Nervously he squeezed the hand clutching the coin. Still there! He was so happy he was quite beside himself and, deciding to risk opening his eyes, was surprised to find that this was literally true.

And this is me…

I am a carbon-based bipedal life form. I write things (usually words), I take photos, and I make mixtapes with Ableton Live – all with varying degrees of lack of success. I’m quite camera-shy.

Blogging like it’s still 2002!

But at least I’ll be ahead of the curve when it becomes cool again, right?


Last night a journal saved my life

Mine and Adrian Mole’s birthdays are a few months apart and I have always felt a kinship to him, quite apart from being the only person who recognises Adrian as the greatest poet in the English language.

On the removal of body hair

In which your author tries to convince 400 kids that I shaved my legs to improve the aerodynamics for competing in the triple jump.



Return of the black eyeliner pencil (part 2)

An unknown alternative band from the UK called Placebo released their fourth single, “Nancy Boy”, on 20th January 1997. Sounding suspiciously like Gazebo’s only record “Lardy Boy” it reached no 4 in the UK hit parade. Destined for pop’s dumper up until that point and only future appearances on ITV to look forward to, Placebo have their ripped-off version of Gazebo’s “Lardy Boy” entirely to thank for all their success.

Return of the black eyeliner pencil (part 1)

1989 saw a wave of optimism sweep the planet. The Cold War was ending, Bowie’s “Heroes” helped bring down the Berlin Wall, apartheid was being dismantled and military dictatorships were ending in South America.
The Cure saw this worldwide mood of boundless positivity, thought “fuck that”, and released their gloomcore epic ‘Disintegration’.

“Sugar Paper Theories” and the Reykjavik Confessions

There was huge pressure on the Icelandic Police to solve the mystery of Geirfinnur Einarsson’s sudden vanishing. One day, an officer asked Erla Bolladottir if she knew anything about his disappearance. “Maybe”, she said. The following day, the lead investigator turned up at the tiny apartment she lived in, saying, we will help you remember what happened to this one too.

In the name of the Father and the Holy Ghost

In which your author attempts to prove that there’s literally nothing that you can’t apply a Freudian reading to, even a half-arsed science fiction film like “Contact”, if you’re prepared to look hard enough between the lines (and maybe smoke a little crystal meth to ease the way).

On Prometheus

Hesiod, Aesop, Ovid and a number of other classical writers all contribute to the colourful legend of Prometheus in some way. Even given their lack of science fiction knowledge I’m quite confident that all of them could have written something much better than this truly mediocre prequel.

One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway

This affecting book narrates “… a ghastly story of family dysfunction, professional and sexual failure, grotesque narcissism and the temptation of apocalyptic delusions…” but reveals little about the failure of the various systems that could have prevented or assisted with this tragedy.


These mixtapes were created using ‘Ableton Live’, a digital audio workstation that I use for both pre-recorded mixtapes (like these) and also for live DJing. Each of the mixtapes below is a continuously mixed mixtape, anywhere between 20 and 80 minutes long. You can see all my mixtapes on Mixcloud at

Lazyboy, “Underwear goes inside the pants”
Radiohead, “High and dry”
Marvin Gaye, “Sexual healing”
Cheryl Crow, “What I can do for you”
Crowded House, “Take the weather with you”
Snoop Dogg, “Smoke weed every day”
A Tribe Calle Quest, “Bonita Applebum”
Mark Ronson, “Just”
Prince, “Sign of the times”
DJ Yoda, “Wheels”
Moby, “Honey”
Sugababes, “I bet that you look good on the dancefloor”
Beastie Boys, “Body moving”
The Soup Dragons, “I’m free”
Diana Brown and Barrie K Sharpe, “The masterplan”
Amerie, “Take control”
Annie, “Chewing gum”
Prince, “Bob George”
Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z, “I’ll be”
David Bowie, “Let’s dance”
Pink, “Get the party started”
Playgroup, “Number one
Rose Royce, “Is it love you’re after”
LL Cool J, “Take control”
Freeez, “IOU”
Kylie Minogue, “Did it again”
Double 99, “Ripgroove”
Madonna, “Ray of light”
Praise Cats, “We got love”
Syntax, “Pray”
Dire Straits, “Money for nothing”
Noir, “It’s all about the house music”
Avenue D, “Do I look like a slut?”
Planet Funk, “Who said”
The Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby”
Soulsearcher, “Can’t get enough”
Alan Hawkshaw, “Chicken Man (‘Grange Hill’ Theme)”
Paul Young, “Love of the Common People”
Alphaville, “Big In Japan”
Five Star, “Rain or Shine”
Duran Duran, “Notorious”
Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance”
Malcolm McLaren, “Buffalo Gals”
INXS, “Need You Tonight”
Pointer Sisters, “Automatic”
Junior, “Mama Used To Say”
Curiosity Killed The Cat, “Down To Earth”
Rock Steady Crew, “Hey You!”
MARRS, “Pump Up The Volume”
Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls”
Depeche Mode, “Everything Counts”
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, “I Wonder If I Take You Home”
Scritti Politti, “Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)”
Herbie Hancock, “Rockit”
The Belle Stars, “Sign Of The Times”
Bananarama, “Only Your Love”
New Order, “True Faith”
Blue Mercedes, “I Want To Be Your Property”
Rick Astley, “My Arms Keep Missing You”
Yazoo, “Situation”
Adam Ant, “Ant Rap”
Adamski, “Space Jungle”
Krush, “House Arrest”
Def Leppard, “Animal”
Pet Shop Boys, “Opportunities”
Sabrina, “Boys Boys Boys”
The Jets, “Crush On You”
Freeez, “IOU”
Stephen ‘TinTin’ Duffy, “Kiss Me”
Hue and Cry, “Labour of Love”
Five Star, “System Addict”
Double Trouble and the Rebel MC, “Just Keep Rockin'”
The 49ers, “Don’t You Love Me”
Rick Astley, “Together Forever”
Bananarama, “I Want You Back”
Bros, “I Owe You Nothing”
Martika, “I Feel The Earth Move”
Five Star, “The Slightest Touch”
Duran Duran, “The Reflex”
Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
Wham!, “I’m Your Man”
Man II Man feat. Man Parrish, “Male Stripper”
New Order, “Blue Monday”
Primal Scream, “Jailbird”
Bassomatic, “Fascinating Rhythm”
EMF, “Unbelievable”
Beats International, “Dub Be Good To Me”
Mantronix, “Got To Have Your Love”
The Stone Roses, “Waterfall”
Chad Jackson, “Hear The Drummer Get Wicked”
The Mock Turtles, “Can You Dig It?”
K7, “Come Baby Come”
Coldcut, “Stop This Crazy Thing”
Menswear, “Daydreamer”
Jesus Jones, “Real Real Real”
De La Soul, “Eye Know”
Janet Jackson, “What Have You Done For Me Lately”
The Charlatans, “The Only One I Know”
Sugar Bear, “Don’t Scandalize Mine”
C+C Music Factory, “Things that Make You Go Hmmmm”
Dina Carroll, “Express”
A Guy Called Gerald, “Voodoo Ray”
Blur, “Girls And Boys”
K-Klass, “Rhythm Is A Mystery”
Deee-lite, “Groove Is In The Heart”
The Las, “There She Goes”
The Shamen, “Move Any Mountain”
The Stone Roses, “Fool’s Gold”
Oceanic, “Insanity”
Alison Limerick, “Where Love Lives”
The Human League, “Fascination”
Steve Silk Hurley, “Jack Your Body”
Double Trouble and The Rebel MC, “Street Tuff”
Loveland, “Let The Music Lift You Up”
D:Ream, “Shoot Me (With Your Love)”
Dr Alban, “Sing Hallelujah”
New Order, “Fine Time”
Brothers In Rhythm, “Such A Good Feeling”
Alex Party, “Don’t Give Me Your life”
Living Joy, “Dreamer”
Snap!, “Exterminate”
Bjork, “Big Time Sensuality”
Plastic Dreams, “Move Your Body”
Republica, “Ready To Go”
The Stone Roses, “I Am The Resurrection”
Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin, “P.A.S.S.I.O.N.”
Baby D, “Let Me Be Your Fantasy”
Liquid, “Sweet Harmony”
U2, “Pop Muzik”
The Cramps, “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns”
Cameo, “Word Up!”
Duran Duran, “Wild Boys”
Justin Timberlake, “SexyBack”
The Gossip, “Standing In The Way Of Control”
De La Soul, “The Magic Number”
Kylie Minogue, “Better The Devil You Know”
Basement Jaxx, “Do Your Things”
Tag Team, “Whoop! There It Is”
The Style Council, “Promised Land”
Tiga, “Hot In Herre”
Velvet Underground, “I’m Waiting For The Man”
Sander Kleinenberg, “The Fruit”
Beyonce, Missy Elliot, MC Lyte, “Fighting Temptations”
Soho, “Hippy Chick”
Jet, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
Nelly Furtado, “Promiscuous”
Chad Jackson, “Hear The Drummer Get Wicked”
Playgroup, “Number One”
Christina Milian, “Whatever You Want”
M, “Pop Muzik”
Massive Attack, “Light My Fire”
Sly And The Family Stone, “I Wanna Take You Higher”
Vanessa Williams, “The Right Stuff”
Peplab, “Ride The Pony”
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It Takes Two”
Gadjo, “So Many Times”
Pussycat Dolls, “Sway”
Rockers Revenge, “Walking On Sunshine”
Donna Summer, “I Feel Love”
Carl Cox, “I Want You (Forever)”
Scissor Sisters, “Filthy Gorgeous”
Duran Duran, “Girls On Film”
Girls Aloud, “Girls On Film”
Lionel Ritchie, “All Night Long”
Alibi vs Rockefeller, “Sexual Healing”
Micky Modelle, “I’ll Get Over You”
Goldfrapp, “Oh La La”
Kylie Minogue, “Slow”
The Prodigy, “Smack My Bitch Up”
Princess Superstar, “NYC Cunt”
System F, “Out Of The Blue”
Who Da Funk, “Shiny Diso Balls”
U2, “Pop Muzik”
Leftfield, “Song for Life”
Massive Attack, “Teardrop”
Placebo, “Pure Morning”
Public Enemy, “By The Time I Get To Arizona”
Massive Attack, “Risingson”
Olive, “Miracle”
Massive Attack, “Safe From Harm”
The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony”
Massive Attack, “Original”
Duran Duran, “The Chauffeur”
Massive Attack, “Protection”
Nine Inch Nails, “Animal”
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Face To Face”
Leftfield, “Dusted”
Misteeq, “Scandalous”
Placebo, “Without You I’m Nothing”
Leftfield, “Inspection Check One”
Grandmaster Flash, “The Message”
The Prodigy, “Poison”
Moby, “Natural Blues”
Madonna, “What It Feels Like For A Girl”
Pet Shop Boys, “A New Life”
Pet Shop Boys, “I Want A Dog”
Massive Attack, “Unfinished Sympathy”
Depeche Mode, “Precious”
Souled Out, “Shine On”
The Communards, “Angel”
Deux, “Sun Rising Up”
Girls Aloud, “It’s Magic”
Alanis Morrissette, “Uninvited”
Freemasons, “Uninvited”
Leftfield, “Song for Life”
John Murphy, “’28 Days Later’ Theme”
Talking Heads, “Once In A Lifetime”
Prince, “Sign Of The Times”
KC Flightt, “Planet E”
Cream, “Sunshine Of Your Love”
Notorious BIG, “Hypnotize”
Adam Freeland, “Smells Like Freeland”
LaBelle, “Lady Marmalade”
Right Said Fred, “Deepy Dippy”
Gat Decor, “Passion”
Who Da Funk, “Shiny Disco Balls”
Fun Boy Three, “Tunnel Of Love”
Dada ft. Sandy Rivera and Trix, “Lollipop”
Girls Aloud, “Close To Love”
Beastie Boys, “Body Movin'”
Se:Sa, “Like This Like That”
Till West and DJ Delicious, “Same Man”
Fatboy Slim, “Everybody Loves A Carnival”
DJ Kool, “Let Me Clear My Throat”
Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand, “Let Me Think About It”
The White Stripes, “The Hardest Button To Button”
The Funky Worm, “Hustle! (To The Music)”
The Gibson Brothers, “Cuba”
Basement Jaxx, “Plug It In”
Stonebridge, “Put ‘Em High”
Anita Ward, “Ring My Bell
Me’Shell NdegeOcello, “Who Is He And What Is He To You”
Pet Shop Boys, “In The Night”
House Master Boyz/Rude Boy of House, “House Nation”
Barry Manilow, “Copacabana”
Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance”
Belouis Some, “Imagination”
Freda Payne, “Band Of Gold”
Sugababes, “Red Dress”
Roisin Murphy, “Let Me Know”
Malcolm McLaren and The Bootzilla Orchestra, “Something’s Jumping In My Shirt”
Garbage, “When I Grow Up”
The Gibson Brothers, “Que Sera Mi Vida”
Uniting Nations, “Ai No Corrida”
Bobby Blanco and Miki Moto, “3AM”
Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”
Erasure, “Drama”
Girls Aloud, “It’s Magic”
Girls Aloud, “Call The Shots”
Rogue Traders, “Watching You”
The Go-Gos, “Our Lips Are Sealed”
Stretch & Vern, “I’m Alive”
Klubbheads, “Klubbhopping”
Noir, “It’s All About The House Music”
Freeform Five, “No More Conversations”
Black Eyed Peas, “My Humps”
Jackmaster Funk/Darryl Pandy, “Love Can’t Turn Around”
Adamski, “Killer”
5ive, “If Ya Gettin’ Down”
Beastie Boys, “Intergalactic”
Stacy Lattislaw, “Jump To The Beat”
New Order, “Fine Time”
Sugababes, “Round Round”
New Order, “True Faith”
The Chemical Brothers, “The Golden Path”
ESG, “Dance”
Bobby “Boris” Pickett/The Crypt Kickers, “Monster Mash”
The Cure, “Inbetween Days”
Electrovamp, “I Don’t Like The Vibe In The VIP”
Matthew Wilder, “Break My Stride”
The Beatles, “We Can Work It Out”
Orange Juice, “Rip It Up”
DJ Yoda, “Wheels”
Beck, “Where It’s At”
The Chi-Lites, “Are you My Woman”
Evelyn Champagne King, “Love Come Down”
Raze, “Break 4 Love”
FPI Project, “Going Back To My Roots”
Hound Dogs, “I Like Girls”
Goldfrapp, “Twist”
Steps, “Better The Devil You Know”
Armand van Helden, “Touch Your Toes”
The Real Roxanne, “Bang Zoom Let’s Go”
Axwell, “I Found You”
Syntax, “Pray”
Bob Sinclar, “I Feel For You”
Kathy Brown, “Turn Me Out”
Candi Staton, “You Got The Love”
Todd Terry, “House Sermon”
Placebo, “Pure Morning (Howie B. mix)”
MIA, “Paper Planes”
AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
The Cure, “Close To Me (Closest Mix)”
MC Lyte, “I Rock The Party”
Asteroid Galaxy Tour, “Major”
Dee Smith, “Why Can’t There Be Love?”
Paul Oakenfold, “Starry-Eyed Surprise”
MGMT, “Time to Pretend”
The Stereo MCs, “Connected”
Gladys Knight, “Who Is She And What Is She To You?”
LL Cool J, “Phenomenon”
All-Seeing I, “Walk Like A Panther”
Sly and The Family Stone, “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)”
Fatboy Slim, “You’re Not From Brighton”
Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”
Air, “Kelly Watch The Stars (Moog Cookbook mix)”
The Phenomenal Handclap Band, “15-20”
Florence + The Machine, “Rabbit Heart”
Alabama Shakes, “Hang Loose”
The Kingsmen, “Louie Louie”
Basement Jaxx, “The Magnificent Romeo”
Grandmaster Flash, “Scorpio”
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Zero”
Armand van Helden and Dizzee Rascal, “Bonkers”
The Ting Tings, “Great DJ”
The Chemical Brothers, “Hey Boy Hey Girl”
Armand van Helden, “Koochy”
Hot Chip, “Night and Day”
The Mystery Jets, “Greatest Hits”
Primal Scream, “Rocks”
The Kills, “Cheap and Cheerful”
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, “Thou Shalt Always Kill”
Reverend and The Makers, “Heavyweight Champion of The World”
Elvis Costello, “Pump It Up”
ESG, “Dance”
Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, “The Monster Mash”
The Cure, “Inbetween Days”
The Black Keys, “Dead and Gone”
The Stereophonics, “Dakota”
The Just Brothers, “Sliced Tomato”
Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”
Maximo Park, “Lips and Hips”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Placebo, “Taste in Men”
Beastie Boys, “Intergalactic”
Friends, “I’m His Girl”
Jessie Ware, “110%”
Labrinth, “Express Yourself”
Prince, “Alphabet Street”
Jackson 5, “ABC”
Dj Yoda, “Wheels”
Eugene McGuinness, “Harlequinade”
Grandmaster Flash, “The Message”
Ice Cube, “Bop Gun”
BlackStreet, “No Diggity”
Marlena Shaw, “California Soul”
Mtume, “Juicy Fruit”
Beyonce, “All The Single Ladies”
Skee-Lo, “I Wish”
Rihanna, “Umbrella”
Stevie Wonder, “Wish”
Malcolm McLaren, “Buffalo Gals”
Kasabian, “LSF”
Prince, “Kiss”
INXS, “Need You Tonight”
Mansun, “Stripper Vicar”
Barenaked Ladies, “One Week”
The Stones Roses, “Fool’s Gold”
The Urban All-Stars, “It Began In Africa”
The Shadows, “Apache”
Kasabian, “Fire”
Mark Ronson, “Record Collection”
Karmin, “Brokenhearted”
Prince, “Raspberry Beret”
Hot Chip, “Over and Over”
Brassy, “Play Some D”
Azealia Banks, “212”
Herve, “Better Than A BMX”
Sam and The Womp, “Bom Bom”
Foster The People, “Pumped Up Kicks”
Yer Man, “Weird Therapy”
Wanda Jackson, “Whirlpool”
Men Women & Children, “Dance In My Blood”
Calvin Harris, “Ready For The Weekend”
The Shoes, “Time To Dance”
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know”
Alabama 3, “Woke Up One Morning (Chosen One Mix)”
Beastie Boys, “Sabotage (Alex Metric Mix)”
The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Soulwax Remix)”
School of Seven Bells, “Secret Days”
Destiny’s Child vs. The Smiths, “How Soon Is Independence? (Soulwax Mix)”
Nelly vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Country Grammar”
Jessie Ware, “110%”
Lily Allen vs Robert Palmer, “Kinda Fair”
Stetsasonic, “Talkin’ All That Jazz”
Lou Rawls, “For What It’s Worth”
Midfield General, “Disco Sirens (acapella)”
Midfield General vs. Sydney Sampson, “Riversirens”
Simian Mobile Disco, “Cruel Intentions”
Elvis Presley, “Baby Let’s Play House”
The Phenomenal Handclap Band, “15 to 20 “
Audioweb, “Test The Theory (Freestylers mix)”
The Rolling Stones vs. The Commodores, “Machine Gun Shelter”
Shannon vs. The Rolling Stones, “Let The Music Play”
!!!, “Slyd”
Toro Y Moi, “Say That”
Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge, “White Noise”
Breach, “Jack”
The Count and Sinden ft. The Mystery Jets, “After Dark”
Holy Ghost!, “Dumb Disco Ideas”
We Have Band, “Divisive (Tom Starr Mix)”
Azealia Banks, “212”
Pulp, “After You (Soulwax Remix)”
MGMT, “Kids (Soulwax Remix)”
Rage Against The Machine, “Sleep Now In The Fire”
KRS-1- The Sound of the Police (Heapy’s Bootleg)”
The Chemical Brothers, “Electronic Battle Weapon 05”
Casino, “Only You (Paul Gotel’s Resurrection Soundscape)”
Haim, “Falling (Duke Dumont mix)”
Franz Ferdinand, “Evil Eye (Alan Braxe mix)”
The Gossip, “Standing in the Way of Control (Playgroup mix)”
Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge, “White Noise”
Free, “Alright Now”
The Rolling Stones vs. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Honky Tonk Women”
James Brown, “Get Up Offa That Thing (Regrooved by Featurecast)”
Rihanna, “Only Girl in the World (Acapella)”
Etta James, “Tell Mama”
Jean Knight, “Do Me (Skeewiff Re-wiff)”
Salt n Pepa ft. En Vogue, “Whatta Man”
Lizzo, “Batches and Cookies”
MGMT, “Time to Pretend”
Little Mix ft. Missy Elliot, “How ya doin’?”
Cults, “I Can Hardly Make You Mine”
Findlay, “Your Sister”
David Bowie, “Rebel Rebel”
Pulp, “Do You Remember The First Time?”
Beyonce vs. Jimi Hendrix, “Work It Out Foxy Lady”
Janelle Monae vs. Nancy Sinatra, “This Tightrope’s Made For Walkin’”
Gladys Knight and The Pips, “Just Walk In My Shoes”
Marva Whitney, “Unwind Yourself”
NuYorican Soul, “Runaway (Mongoloids In Space mix)”
Harry Belafonte, “Jump In The Line (We Like Turtles edit)”
Ike and Tina Turner, “Better Get To Steppin’”
Nostalgia 77 ft. Alice Russell, “7 Nation Army”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Give It Away Now”
Fun Lovin’ Criminals, “The Fun Lovin’ Criminal”
Naughty By Nature, “Hip Hop Hooray”
Parliament, “Give Up The Funk”
The Meters, “Fire On The Bayou (Jayl Funk Edit)”
The Beatles, “We Can Work It Out”
James Brown, “Living In America”
Florence + The Machine, “Rabbit Heart”
The Wombats, “Let’s Dance To Joy Division”
Presidents of the USA, “Lump”


A traveller’s guide to fugue

I never travel that far, she said, but far enough that there is still time to change things, if people listen. The future is close. Listen to my stories, she said to me. Listen to them and write them down, and after I’m gone you must publish them by whatever means you can.

A film noir Adrian Mole

Like a John Huston gumshoe he lived in crumpled suits and was always uncomfortable; a film noir Adrian Mole. Despite his almost totalitarian ordinariness, his friends quietly remarked between themselves that utterly bizarre things kept happening to him.

There are no clocks or calendars here

A hand yanked his head back before a practised blade flashed across his throat, so sharp that there was no real pain. “Sorry,” came the voice in a whisper, “but you’d have done the same.”

The wisdom of Solomon 2.0

The law says, ‘Actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea’. A defendant cannot be found guilty without guilty intentions, a guilty state of mind. This is the legal test that should preclude an innocent person from being imprisoned, but does it ever take the ‘justice’ out of the ‘justice system’?

The Bug Squad

With the UK on the verge of a vicious civil war Minkowski and Porter are hiding out in adjacent tower blocks, providing sniper cover for groups of civilian refugees as they try to make their way towards the harbour. Since the last attack, Porter hasn’t seen or heard anything of his old friend. As his desperation and paranoia grows and his supplies dwindle he must decide whether to break cover and attempt a rescue. But Porter is worried that attacks from armed gangs are not the only thing that he must be careful of.


Who killed Jack Royal? Part two.

Because the appeal ruling merely found him ‘not guilty’ as opposed to ‘innocent’, the Justice Secretary was able to say that Andrew Adams was not a victim of a ‘miscarriage of justice’ which entitles victims to state compensation.

Who killed Jack Royal? Part one.

Just after half past eleven on the night of March 19th 1990 Jack Royal got up to answer the doorbell at his home in Sunniside, Newcastle. As he looked through the porch window, a shotgun blast fired at close range hit him in the face.

The unlucky life and sad, solitary death of Carole Ann Hanson

Hanson admitted that his wife had nothing to do with the murder and that he alone had killed Christine Beck. He had implicated his wife solely out of selfishness and jealousy. If he were in prison, he explained, he thought his wife might ‘carry on with other men’. If she were in prison, she would have to stay faithful to him.

Mistake or murder?

On average, 37 children die in the US every year by being left in hot cars. Some are left purposely, in the same way as one might leave a dog, by well meaning but busy parents who underestimate the time they’ll be away and the incredible speed with which temperatures can rise to fatal levels. The police said that when 22-month old Cooper Harris died that why, it was for a far darker reason. But were they right?

The question mark against Linda Razzell’s disappearance

On 19th March, 2002, Linda Razzell was spotted by an old friend driving through town. The two women made eye contact and the friend recalls thinking that Linda looked cross, which was quite understandable. According to the police, she’d been murdered by her estranged husband the day before.

The bedsit murder

Looking for work, five friends travelled down from Newcastle to Reading: Clive Scott, Mark Randle, Stephen Muir, Martin Hogg, and David Pickering. They found a house that had been converted to bedsits and each took a room. This was the summer of 1989. By the end of the year, David Pickering would be dead and Ishtiaq Ahmed, the man accused of his murder, would be waiting to go on trial.

Memory, trawling, and misinformation

In July 1978, Thomas Bowman’s 44 year old wife Mary was found dead. 20 years later, during counselling, his daughter ‘uncovered’ memories of that night and said that her father killed her mother. When the body was exhumed and a DNA test carried out, it was discovered that the neck tissue on which the prosecution case rested did not even belong to Mary Bowman.

Black and white photography

Colour photography

Photography 101

Photography 101: Low key photography

Low key has always been my favourite technique, although it’s possible I just habitually underexpose photos because I don’t know what I’m doing. Huh.

This is my jam

Just a random selection of stuff that I’m listening to at the minute.



With a hat tip to Wendy Cope’s “Faint Praise”.


Epistrophe; being the repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences.


When you start a line with the same word or words that you ended the previous, that’s anadiplosis.


Have you ever read Mark Forsyth’s book “The Elements of Eloquence”? For a long time I’ve been interested in the origins of language and the ways that our forefathers used it, and this book details many rhetorical devices and other figures of speech that they used.


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