The Mystery of Love

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death Back from Latitude Festival. My highlights were: Lykke Li, again Ben Moor performing Coelacanth in the woods Bishi accompanying the screening of the 1923 silent film Salome (starring Nazimova – see video, above) Jeffrey Lewis in the poetry tent The poetry tent in general is coralledContinue reading “The Mystery of Love”

Ephemera of the month

Recent cultural consumption has included – Generation Kill – 7-part mini-series from the makers of The Wire which follows a company of US marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Brutal and very funny. See clip below. In the Loop – biting political satire with creative swearing and the best cameo ever by Steve Coogan.Continue reading “Ephemera of the month”

The McGanns of Dundee

Family history is something of a popular interest nowadays with TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are and an entire industry of research tools and resources online devoted to it. Genealogy’s come a long way since the days of nosing through encyclopedia of common surnames. I spent most of last Sunday emptyingContinue reading “The McGanns of Dundee”

Two quick updates

At work, I’ve recently refitted the Penned in the Margins website (see screenshot, above). Do leave a comment over there if you like it (or not!). Also, London Word Festival 2009 has been announced. The lineup includes Iain Sinclair (sold out already), Phill Jupitus, Bishi, Mary Hampton, Inua Ellams and much, much more. That’s it forContinue reading “Two quick updates”

Cooking the books

I spent several hours this evening reorganising the books in my flat. There’s just too many of them and not enough space, but I’ve managed to segregate them into the following places: Bookcase number one (Billy, Ikea) Top shelf: London history, antiquarian, assorted philosophy Fourth shelf up: reference books and fat hardbacks Third shelf up: CD player,Continue reading “Cooking the books”

Cultural Review of 2008

Based on my limited intake, here are my top cultural victuals of 2008. Immediate thoughts: (a) I don’t read enough fiction; (b) I have no idea what’s hip in music anymore (although to be fair the wondrous Lykke Li is quite hip, I think). Oh, and with this post, a change of theme for this is yogic. BContinue reading “Cultural Review of 2008”

Just catching up…

Infinite Lives – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club through the entirety of which the Working Men and, especially, their wives talked loudly. But nevertheless was an excellent event from the Homework boys. Passionate and witty sermons in poetry and prose by Joe, Tim, Ross and Chris, exploring the netherworld of computer gaming; the virtual worlds of pixellated hedgehogsContinue reading “Just catching up…”

The Office

After working from a tiny desk squeezed into the corner of my living room for the past two and a half years, I have finally moved into my first proper office. It’s on Aldgate High Street, only a few minutes walk from where I live. It’s great and, remarkably, in a seventeenth century, timber-framed building.Continue reading “The Office”