Rewind all the way back to 2010. I'm lost. I'm angry, a result of what I witnessed one dark night in 1998. That kind of violence changes a person, makes them cold and distant. Somehow, along the way, I've become a troll long before the term was invented. Ask me, however, and I'll tell you… Continue reading A tale of ten years
2019 was a year when the changes hinted by 2018 finally came to pass. Thank you 2018, you rotten bugger. Anyway, my Favourite Things have been arranged in a list format, and they’re all practically interchangeable so there's no countdown. 2019 has been a strange year, so it goes without saying that without these Favourite… Continue reading My Favourite Things Of 2019
Nothing I write can do justice to the influence of this one building on my life, but my blog would have nothing on it if I didn't try, so here I go: I'm trying. Cumbernauld Theatre has always been there for me. A reassuring presence in the background, easily spotted from the window of the… Continue reading A Secret History Of Cumbernauld Theatre
I have certain rituals that I carry out every year around this time. It's how I survive the winter. There are certain television shows I re-watch for comfort in the cold. For instance, December doesn't feel right unless I sit through Christmas With The Joker, my favourite episode of Batman: The Animated Series and The… Continue reading The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
The second best album of 2004 was also the least likely to succeed. It's essentially a lo-fi electronic pop record that sounds like it came from a geek's bedroom. It's simple, effective, but most of all...affecting. Songs of aching hearts and thwarted love sit snugly alongside each other. This is a Cut Copy that isn't… Continue reading Bright Like Neon Love by Cut Copy
The Dead Kennedys. They're the most 'punk' punk band of all time. They represent the highest standard in which all other punk bands should be judged. As a band, as a force, they were political, righteous, and always willing to fight for their beliefs. What a lot of people didn't get (and still don't) is… Continue reading Frankenchrist by Dead Kennedys
The Saturday night time slot on BBC1 has always been traditionally family-oriented. It was where Doctor Who sat snugly for decades. By the 90s, with Doctor Who temporarily rested (except in the New Adventure novels), there was space for something else. Something...glossier. Something American. Superman made sense for Saturday night television. But the Superman TV… Continue reading Lois & Clark, I still love you. Oh yes I do!