Not The Royal Wedding


People want to feel attached to a ‘historic’ moment in their lifetime. I wanted nothing to do with it, and this is my reminder of that day. Friday morning was wonderfully quiet in the suburbs of London. Instead of being one of the idiots who had camped out the night before to wave a silly flag as two people they…

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I Need A Clone To Do My Blogging For Me


I was going to blog something. And then the post man delivered our copy of Lego Star Wars 3 The Clone Wars. There should be a modern saying about good intentions and video games for children. Ah well. Time to get back to throwing lightsabres and blowing stuff up. (PS: I love the muzak when characters are in the lift…

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Book: Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg


Simon Pegg is one third of the creative team (along with Jessica Hynes nee Stevenson and Edgar Wright) of Spaced, my favourite sitcom. He’s the same age as me, we attended the same university at the same time (I was a scientist, however, and so our paths would never have crossed), and he’s a self-confessed geek – a big fan…

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In Response To Mark Kermode’s Thoughts On Film Piracy


Mark Kermode recently captured his thoughts on film piracy in his Uncut blog, which boiled down to his view that piracy will stopped by simultaneous distribution (releasing a film in cinemas, streaming online and on DVD on the same date). I think that Kermode is coming from a naïve and cinema-obsessed point of view that won’t tackle piracy. Movie piracy…

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