Feed my ego, watch my videos

I’ve been on the couch for The Daily Rundown a few times in the last couple of months. Conveniently, they put clips up on YouTube, so I’ve created a playlist of ones that I’m in. Watch me be opinionated. Follow

Posted by on 26 June 2016 | 1:36 pm

Leavers don’t like irony, or equality

There’s a petition to Parliament to re-run the referendum, but with higher requirements for a decision (60% in favour, 75% turnout). As I write this, just under 3.1 million people have signed it. It’s unlikely we’ll get another referendum (and who wants to go through that again?), but it’s an gauge of the dissatisfaction with […]

Posted by on 26 June 2016 | 6:01 am

Brexit Blues

Oh well, that’s us fucked, then. In the short term, it’s possible I’ll be a tiny bit better off, because the largest single day drop in the value of sterling now makes my few American book sales worth more. Of course, that’s going to be a tiny consolation when the inevitable slash and burn budget […]

Posted by on 24 June 2016 | 3:59 pm

Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King

The only problem with this book is that it was published in 2000, so I’m at a loss over what’s happened in the last fifteen years. This is a fascinating wander through the roots of reggae, from the yard parties and sound systems most often playing blues and blues inspired local sounds, to the international […]

Posted by on 20 June 2016 | 12:39 pm

Manchester Day Parade 2016

Because of where I chose to photograph the parade, I was contractually obliged to include the Beetham Tower in almost every shot. The viewer has cropped some of the photos. Click through to see the full versions. Follow

Posted by on 19 June 2016 | 12:41 pm

Why you should buy Sounds of Soldiers- the video

I did this interview for The Daily Rundown last month, and only just worked out where to find it. It’s a little segment on the inspiration for Sounds of Soldiers, and why it’s still relevant- maybe even more relevant- in the age of Trump. Follow

Posted by on 10 June 2016 | 9:15 am

Carbon capture done properly

Scientists in Iceland have managed to turn carbon dioxide emissions to rock, which would make true carbon capture a possibility. Scientists working at the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant near Reykjavik, Iceland, were able to pump the plant’s carbon dioxide-rich volcanic gases into deep underground basalt formations, mix them with water and chemically solidify the carbon […]

Posted by on 10 June 2016 | 5:45 am

DARPA are planning my Pickers bikes

In Pickers, one of the characters gets a two wheel drive electric motorbike, that she puts to good use all the way through the story. It seems the US military, through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is going one better, challenging manufacturers to come up with hybrid versions, with generators that can run on […]

Posted by on 31 May 2016 | 4:30 pm

A week of films

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond This was a fun film, playing with the power of optimism and futurist visions, past and present. Teen prodigy Casey wants to solve all the world’s problems, when no-one else seems to care. Given a mysterious pin badge that gives her visions of an incredible alternate world, she sets out to […]

Posted by on 30 May 2016 | 2:53 pm

A graffiti wander around Ancoats

There are a bunch of graffiti artists in Manchester this week, creating murals on the side of buildings in Ancoats and the Northern Quarter. I went for a wander and found as many as I could (and some other wall art). Follow

Posted by on 29 May 2016 | 7:19 am