Why I Never Did Stand-up Comedy

In my youth, I consumed vast amounts of stand-up comedy – I was a teenager when alternative comedy started and the comedy club boom hit the UK. The only side effect that came with watching hours of (mostly) men delivering routines, either on tape or live in clubs, was the…

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Old Writing: An Article About Men Liking RomComs

[This is an old piece of writing – from 2005 – which was an attempt to write an article for a women's magazine about why men should like romantic comedies. I never tried to actually send it, but I do like the attempt, which is why I thought I'd post…

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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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Retro Film Reviews: Primary Colours

[The final trip down memory lane, because this is the last film review I did for the student newspaper. This was published on 24 June 1998 – another gap of several months between this and the previous review. I wish I could remember why I was so infrequently used –…

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Retro Film Review: Good Will Hunting

[Another film review written for my student newspaper, this time from 6 March 1998. A quick note to explain the first sentence: Felix was and presumably still is the student paper of Imperial College, one of the top universities in the UK, and known originally for the more technical sciences…

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Retro Film Review: Face/Off

[Another of my film reviews for my student newspaper, this time from 7 November 1997. I remember that I begged the film editor to review this film when it came out, because I was a big fan of John Woo's Hong Kong films. It was apparently tough to get a…

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Retro Film Review: Fools Rush In

[Continuing my posting of film reviews I wrote for my student newspaper, this one from 31 October 1997. I was happy to be reviewing this – I like romantic comedies, and I think Salma Hayek is rather sexy (shh, don't tell my girlfriend) – and the review got prime position…

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Retro Film Review: Ma Vie En Rose

[This the second of my film reviews during my time of writing reviews for my student newspaper, this one from 24 October 1997. I was given a word limit for this review, because I think that the film reviews editor knew that he didn't want to give too much space…

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Retro Film Review: Hard Eight

[As I mentioned before, I did film reviews for my student newspaper a long time ago. I turned up to volunteer my services and the film editor luckily said I could have a go. I was happy just to be seeing films for free before they came out in the…

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