Sam

When I was a student, I used to spend my holidays working at the local hospital. Among other things I would ferry patients between the wards and the operating theatres, one of a happy band of lads who’d spend our days dressed in greens and wheeling trolleys...

I Have No Life

At the moment I have no life. OK, the ‘at the moment’ is debatable, but my days currently are spent almost exclusively in the British Library wearing my (two) typing fingers down to stumps writing up the new book ahead of the deadline at the end of next...

My Klutz-Nemesis

Does anyone else find that in life there is one particular person in front of whom you never fail to make a complete arse of yourself? I’ve realised that this is the case with my agent’s lovely assistant, Laura. Whenever I see her I’ll invariably...

Death of a Postbox

So, there I was, walking blearily up the road this morning for a paper, when I found a dead postbox half blocking my path. I’ve no idea how it happened – from a cursory glance there didn’t seem to be any obvious collision damage, and windy though its...

ships and indexes

Have a squint at this video installation about the shipping forecast. I think it’s dead good; that it captures nicely the spirit and poetry of the forecast. I was also chuffed to find that Attention All Shipping is featured in David Hendy’s excellent book...