Monthly Archives: September 2010

Categorising the columnists (2015 edit)

I’ve become a big fan of the ingenious wiki at, where fans of various forms of popular culture – TV, films and so on – unite to catalogue the archetypal stories, characters, plots and incidents that tend to crop … Continue reading

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Being ill-read

The fact that I am ill-read tends to really hit home when whatever newspaper I am buying at the time decides to fill its Arts section with one of those features on "The 100 Books You Must Read Before You … Continue reading

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The Pope is dope

I can only assume that the media is short of other news, since the visit to this country of Pope Benedict XVI, or Benny the Ball as those of us who don’t know him from Adam have come to call … Continue reading

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Glittering Prizes (2015 edit)

Ho to the Guardian agane, for the inspiration for this week’s entry (yes, I really should change my newspaper, especially since the editor seems to have decided that because the consensus is that this decade will be the new ’70s/’80s, he … Continue reading

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Doug Stanhope

It’s always nice to run into an old friend, and lo and behold, my morning Metro today included a review of a show at the Leicester Square Theatre by American comedian Doug Stanhope. I think it’s only honest to admit up front that … Continue reading

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