The Last Day

The final edition of The New Day was published on Friday 6th May. It lasted an astonishingly-brief 50 issues or 9 weeks. That’s shorter than VGR2016 has held out, languors or no! Since I’d covered the launch previously and picked up the odd issue, I bought a copy of the last paper to see how…

Portends A Raging Bloom

As some of you may know my lovely GF Evil-Lyn recently won the chance to go to a semi-intimate Q&A thing with Orlando Bloom, part of the promotional push for the upcoming Pirates Of The Corbynean IX: Tax More, Cut-lass! Naturally, I got dragged along. Since I didn’t have a clue what to ask about…

The New Day And The Next Day

OK, so a new newspaper launched in the UK on Monday. This uncommon event (remember Today?) is particularly noteworthy in the current publishing climate, where The Independent has very recently announced intentions to go online-only and its concise sister paper i has been sold off to new owners/collaborators. So, what distinguishes The New Day from…

New Arrivals – Feb’16

Nice subset of items which arrived yesterday. In The Cities Of Coin And Spice (2007) I’m currently reading the first book of Catherynne M Valente‘s two-part Orphans Tales, which was a Christmas present and this is the second. I’ve been circling her writing for a good while, skimming reviews and Wikipedia pages, listening to the…

A Pair Of Nine Inch Nopes

Like all my best bad posts this one occurred to me whilst doing mundane things at work. Mind is moving! I was humming NIN‘s Heresy to myself, possibly because I nearly sat on Da22‘s copy of The Downward Spiral the other day (good job it wasn’t The Fragile, eh?). What would happen, wondered I, if…

EDGE: Places – Ico’s Castle

This is an old article from EDGE magazine which I had obviously liked enough to save┬áthe complete webpages to my hard drive – Ico is one of my favourite games after all. I don’t believe the article is still available online so I am reposting it here. Given its function as both a prison and…

SKRILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DANCE

So there I was the other week dragged to a club by family and friends, feeling entirely old and out-of-place, when I found myself holding converse in a quiet corner with none other than Dave Skrill himself, singer, scratcher and multi-instrumentalist from the band Skrillex! I thought I’d share some of our conversation with you…

What Is Best In Life #2

Art for older console and computer games is notoriously unrepresentative of the game proper. What is less remarked upon is the back copy, often an evocative, glorious artefact of 8-bit games’ small publisher and/or one-bedroom-coder origins, their period, and specific software trends at the time of their release. Here’s the cassette inlay for AstroClone (of…

Penguin Little Black Classics

One stocking filler I received this Christmas was a neat super-slim (approx 50pp) book excerpting entries from Samuel Pepys‘ Diary pertinent to The Great Fire Of London. Last year to celebrate 80 years of publishing, Penguin produced 80 different books like this priced at 80p a piece – their Little Black Classics. Many are excerpts…

High Rise trailer

“Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.” I’m really looking forward to the upcoming film version of J.G. Ballard‘s High Rise. The novel was written in 1975, two years after…