Being An Empire Magazine Workie

Last year was the 25th anniversary of Empire magazine, which is an impressive achievement for a print magazine these days. I picked up issue 301 (not the 300th; that would have been too obvious) to take a stroll down memory lane, because I haven’t subscribed to the magazine in many…

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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…

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Reminiscing On The Karate Kid (The Original)

They will soon be releasing the remake of The Karate Kid in this country, which meant that they showed the original version on television. I thought I should capture some thoughts on it after revisiting it because I have a huge soft spot for it – the film came out…

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Memory: An Englishman Watching A Live American Football Game

[An old memory, from my time living in America, as I tried to capture my experience of going to an American football match, having only watched it on television.] Sunday, 15 September 2002. Indianapolis, Indiana. I have a ticket to see the Miami Dolphins take on the Indianapolis Colts at…

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Meeting Margaret Thatcher

It is a hot Saturday evening, so I thought I'd share an old memory, doing something a little different. I might try doing this again, if I feel like it has any value. This is a true story. Not ‘A True Story’ as in Fargo, where the fiction of the…

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Memories: The Dog and The Vacuum Cleaner

(It is near to the anniversary of the death of our second family dog [NB: photo above is not our dog.] I wanted to remember her with this.) The dog doesn't like our vacuum cleaner. By 'don't like', I mean, she barks whenever it is in use and tries to…

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