Utter twittery

Well I tried that Twitter thing. As someone who’s been long at the forefront of cutting-edge internet procrastination I thought it would be right up my avenue; I thought I’d be there twittering away all day, or tweeting, twinking, twatting, whatever you...

A breakthrough in modern music

It’s not often there’s a really significant breakthrough in music. There was that hot, sultry afternoon in Sun Studio in Memphis in 1954 when Elvis, Scotty and Bill invented rock’n’roll. There was the coming of punk. There was the disappearance...

Comic books

As a pleasant diversion from bashing out books, I’m currently writing some comedy scripts for the pilot of a television series. I was frankly astounded to be asked, considering that I’ve never said nor written anything funny in my life, but I’m...

Happy Birthday Patrick Leigh Fermor

One of the greatest ever travel writers celebrates his 94th birthday today. Patrick Leigh Fermor has published many books, but for me the two that stand out from an alreadybrilliant body of work are A Time Of Gifts and Between The Woods And Water. These document most...

Their Snow Business

As I understand it, the whole of the UK is buried beneath a whumping great duvet of snow as I write this. Here on the Irish coast we’ve had but a light dusting, but you’d think a new ice age had dawned by the way the television news is reporting it. A few...