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Here’s the thing / The Yellow King

Okay, so here’s the thing. The King in Yellow is either the thematic backbone of HBO’s True Detective,or it’s an incidental device being utilised by the hipster, HBO-centred crowd to draw in the weird fiction mob and convince them that this series is worth sticking with. Time will tell which of these is true, but [...]


Or, some ideas, some declarations and another bloody experiment:
I started to post some ideas in progress a week or so ago, tagged them on a tumblr blog and on twitter – some images, some text; just me trying to get the feel of the thing. Trying out the shape of it, how it sounded and [...]

Closing Time

Preamble: Neil says it better than I ever could, and he was there.
PostScript: I first met Diana Wynne Jones not long after I moved to Bristol in 1992. She was all of the things you’ll have read elsewhere and tenfold (go and search, and if you or I could have those things said about us [...]


It’s been bothering me all week. I’ve never been particularly taken with Banksy’s work – it’s fine, and seems to work in the context of a graffitied environment, raising the level of work there above that of tagging (of which much has been written elsewhere, and in a more informed manner than I can manage. [...]

Levels of Service

Sorry. Haven’t blogged for what seems like ages.
Getting married tomorrow. To the lovely futureMrsTom. Who will, of course, become MrsTom at that point. Will blog when back from Canada.
Behave while I’m gone, won’t you?

Especially for futureMrsT

Now, this is ridiculous. As I twittered today: An institution’s regulatory prohibition of the colon in course title punctuation is indicative of systemic mismanagement.
A statement which is, as I’m sure you’ll all agree, self-evident. Especially when one discovers that Module Titles, quite apart from Programme Titles, are in fact perfectly welcome to include said puncutation [...]

Why are you reading this? Go outside and do something useful instead.

Today, the letters page. Young Simon Gurr writes:
“Hi Tom,
just a quick one, I had to point out this Daily Mail priceless gaffe to you.
From the website today, ‘Start collecting our new British Classics DVDs now’, http://tinyurl.com/8n9sln:
“With this fabulous collection of classic adaptations of all time greats, you are sure to find a drama THE WHOLE [...]

Things. And Stuff. And Desserts.

While I’m waiting for a Christmas Pudding to be delivered (no, really), a few tabs to be closed from this morning, and a couple of random observations.
For those of you not following Stephen Fry on Twitter (and why not?), here’s an example of what you’re missing. The great man had to purchase a Sony Vaio [...]

It’s clearer now thanks.

Right. Sorry, but my ‘disagree strongly with the sentiment expressed‘ remark in the last post really needs explanation.
It seemed that David Smith of the Observer managed to drum up a quote from one Steve Prentice at Gartner Research, suggesting that the mouse wasn’t going to be around in 40 years time (I know, a bold [...]

Deer leaping into a housecoat

It has now been umpteen days since I smoked my last cigarette. Honestly, I really can’t be bothered to work it out.
I have, in that time, been eating lots of fruit. And drinking a lot of water. These things are apparently designed to help flush the nicotine out of my system. I haven’t coughed up [...]