Culture

Theology and Fiction: Telling Stories of Order Amidst The Chaos

I just this week finished John Yorke’s book Into the Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them. It was recommended by a good friend who’s a director in theatre and is also now writing for television. She insisted that I read it before I began any more writing. I’m really glad I did, for

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Monsters vs Aliens | Immigration, Space Travel and Becoming Syrian

Through a discussion club I run at school I got to thinking about the coincidence of two recent major news threads: immigration and space travel. I know, never a dull day in teaching. In the back of my mind were good friends in a sea-side village about 200 miles from London who have been getting

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Hockney at Tate Britain

Excellent exhibition. Get there if you can. Find a Tate Member if possible 😉 –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Manchester by the Sea | American Men and Emotional Shut-Down

I went to see Manchester by the Sea yesterday evening. Central London cinema. Quite excited. Heard lots of great stuff about the film. Really thought I’d love it. Didn’t. To be clear, I thought the performances were excellent. I thought the cinematography was great. It’s just that the drama left me cold. I wanted to care.

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Steve Hewlett | Dealing with Cancer

Steve Hewlett, long-time host of the excellent Media Show on BBC Radio 4, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus a few months ago. In typical style, he decided to record regular interviews with new anchor Eddie Mair about his treatment, and how he and his family were dealing with the disease. They have been

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In Our Time | The Best Free Education on the Planet | Welcoming Caitlin Moran

Have said it too many times I know, but the BBC Radio 4 show In Our Time is, I’m convinced, the single best free education available on the planet. Expert discussions on art, philosophy, history, mathematics, science and religion…  Hence no surprise to read Caitlin Moran’s confession of her IoT addiction in The Times this

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When We Lose Touch, We Lose Feeling

Came upon this in a cafe up in Bayswater. When all is smooth and screen-like, do we lose our ability to feel too? From The Forecast, a publication from the same stable as The Monocle. Not online, so seek it out.  –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Post Truth 1

Two stills from Adam Curtis’ excellent polemical documentary, Hypernormalisation.  They’re from a section on the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR, and the parallel collapse of any sense that any grand claims could be trusted, among a people who had been asked to believe one pack of lies, and then revolt, only to –

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PonoPlayer, Chilli Kebabs, and the End of HiFi in an Instagram World

Over the past week or so there’s been quite a bit of coverage given to Neil Young’s announcement at SXSW of a Kickstarter to raise money for the ‘PonoPlayer’ – a super-hi-fidelity music player that hopes to rival the iPod, and blow people away with the quality of music reproduction. Aside from my opinion that

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Life, Writing and Being Useless

(soundtrack to this post: ‘Wasting My Young Years‘ by London Grammar) Posts here have been a little thin on the ground, mostly due to the fact that I’ve been work very hard on the manuscript for a novel – more news of which I hope one day to be able to share, but I’ll shut

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