14 months later…

14 months later…

I went into town on Sunday. Before we start, this isn’t one of those “I was out doing something perfectly allowable under the Covid regulations and I saw other people doing something perfectly allowable under the Covid regulations and WHAT…

Happy birthday to the Guardian!

Happy birthday to the Guardian!

The Guardian is 200 years old today and there’s lots of stuff online to celebrate it. As I see it… STEP ONE: Start a radical campaigning newspaper in Manchester. STEP TWO: In two hundred years time, have some rando writing…

Who nose

Who nose

It’s been a funny week because on the one hand I finally got the 13th Doctor scarf I had been coveting for some time, but on the other hand a completely different Doctor had to do a minor surgical procedure…

The Apparition Phase

The Apparition Phase

Last night I finished this novel – The Apparition Phase. When Tim and Abi decide to fake a photo of a ghost to frighten an unpopular school friend, they set in motion a deadly and terrifying chain of events that…

The train to Chesham from Liverpool Street

A day on the Metropolitan Line

Don’t tell me I don’t know how to have fun while on holiday – today I’ve spent the day mooching around the far end of the Metropolitan Line, taking pics of the station architecture and infrastructure, listening to great music…

Dan Martin and Seb Patrick

Like a lot of people I’m finding it hard to process grief for this strange new category of people that have been introduced into our lives – people like Dan Martin and Seb Patrick, both of whom have suddenly passed…

Alone in a crowd

Every time I wake up in the morning and I’m all booked up to go to an away game, I ask myself “Why?” What has possessed me to spend the money? To spend hours going to see pretty crappy League…

Your mileage may VAR-y: Why I unashamedly love VAR

I unashamedly love VAR. It might have cost England a late goal in the Nation’s League semi-final, but that didn’t change my mind. I think getting crucial match-changing decisions right is important, and VAR steps up the accuracy of decision…

Matt Johnson of The The, photo by John Claridge

“I just got a bit fed up with singing and dancing for other people’s profit” – interview with The The’s Matt Johnson

Earlier this year, with Theresa May putting troops on the street during a general election campaign in the UK, I got in touch with The The’s management to see if Matt Johnson might share his thoughts on the political situation…

Thirty years of watching The Fall

Thirty years of watching The Fall

It’s an amazing anniversary today. No, not two months since I last updated my blog. It’s thirty years since I first saw The Fall play live. It’s a gig that has lived long in the memory. I must have seen…