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The Art of the Good Cover (re-post)

You should never judge a book by it’s cover. But that’s exactly what we all do. The book stores are full of fantastic books with terrible covers that are never read. And also full of amazing covers selling terrible books that only disappoint. Which is why you have to create the best cover you can…

Opinion: The Magic of the Movies

I’ve been watching movies as long as I can remember. Silent clowns Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton; classic Westerns (all of them!), visionary science fiction from Forbidden Planet to The Day the Earth Stood Still. I thrilled at Errol Flyn as Robin Hood and the Sea Hawk; Jimmy Stewart maturing from honest everyman to gritty…

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights. Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s…

Opinion: Top Ten Commuter Crimes [guest post]

Oh yes, I’ve got a little list. The Brighton – Wimbledon morning commute has thrown up ten classic hates that I think we can all relate to. In no particular order: Lunatic luggage wielders – enormous indiscriminately violent backpack bludgeoners and pilots of gigantic suitcases the size of a wardrobe … Get off! Spend two…

New Words: EDC [Guest Post]

From About Words: a blog from Cambridge Dictionaries online EDC abbreviation : a dog trained to sniff out explosives Example: “This is where MSA security trains what are known in the security trade as explosive detection canines, or EDCs.” [Smithsonian (US science and society magazine) Aug. 2013] All material copyright © 2012 Cambridge University Press,…

News: 1972 Look Ahead with ‘The Sketch’

Our thanks to Brenda Beaumont for this press cutting from UK tabloid paper The Daily Sketch. This article, which, in the absence of a print date, we believe to originate between 1964 and 1969, is a perfect time-capsule of predictions from 60’s Britain, a far-off foreign land from today.

Review: BBC Reith Lectures 2013 – Grayson Perry

The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. Across four programmes he discusses what makes him an artist, the limits of contemporary art, how to gauge the quality of new artworks and the future of the avant-garde. The long-running and incredibly worthy annual lecture series on the…

Review: Danny Boyle – Man of Wonder (BBC Culture Show Special)

“In a Culture Show special, Oscar winning director Danny Boyle talks to Mark Kermode about his new film Trance, London 2012’s afterglow and the highs and lows of an extraordinary film-making career.” Danny Boyle began his career in subversive agit-prop theatre at the Royal Court and went on to be equally subversive in TV. Breaking…