Monthly Archive: January 2009

This whole Oz and James thing 8

This whole Oz and James thing

Well, I guess it has to be addressed; is it feasible that somebody read ‘The Longest Crawl’ and then projected the idea onto the hilarious duo? Well; yes it is. Even the graphics showing...

Funeral for a friend 6

Funeral for a friend

Yesterday, I went down to Newbury for John Fairfax‘s funeral. John Moat gave the funny and almost unbearably poignant opening tribute. Moat and Fairfax were Arvon‘s co-founders, and were best pals for almost as...

Another shitty fucking day of life 4

Another shitty fucking day of life

Back in the day, when I managed the Quinto bookshop at 48 Charing Cross Road (which address, psycho-geographers might argue, encodes the famous old shop at No. 84), I used to catch the 38...

Night Chemistry (and Duck Decoys) 2

Night Chemistry (and Duck Decoys)

Coming out of Liverpool last night, and driving along the M53/M56, I was reminded of how technology and industry can bring real beauty to the night. The chemical plants on the north side of the Mersey, a...

John Fairfax 1

John Fairfax

I’ve just heard the sad news that John Fairfax, co-founder of the Arvon Foundation, died over the weekend. When I was Co-Centre Director (with Monique Roffey) of the Arvon centre at Totleigh Barton, I...

On the Top Deck Three 6

On the Top Deck Three

A long long day followed by a short Parallel Lines-y link-y post. Down to Brissol today to record voice links for the Radio Four doco ‘On The Top Deck’, which goes out at 11am...