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

A Twitter trip to Trumpton

So, Donald Judas* Trump has cleared the number of delegates needed to become the Republican nominee for US President. Which keeps Sounds of Soldiers relevant, and means it stays at 99p/99c at least until November. To get a feeling for Trump supporters, I’ve been conducting an experiment for the last couple of weeks. I’m following […]

Posted by on 28 May 2016 | 6:58 am

This week’s films

Skin Trade I suppose this is fallout from the Expendables films, giving Dolph Lundgren his career back and teaming him with a newer action star. He’s a lumbering, solid presence, and his mass seems to slow tiny, kinetic Tony Jaa down whenever they share the screen. Dolph (I forget his character’s name) is a tough […]

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 4:47 pm


This week’s viewing- Chappie An anthropomorphised Police droid has a consciousness program uploaded onto it, is adopted by a gang of punk rock criminals and causes all hell to break loose. Another typically stunning tale from Neill Blomkamp, tackling big questions on a human level, And with special effects that are stunning because of the […]

Posted by on 16 May 2016 | 3:56 pm

Inside London Road Fire Station

London Road Fire Station opened its doors yesterday, as the developers showed off some of their plans for its future. I headed down to get a glimpse inside, after all these years, and take some photos. I’ll put exterior shots into the same folder, if I ever find any that I’ve taken. I was positive […]

Posted by on 14 May 2016 | 9:19 am

Tracing the family DNA

My mother was tracing the family history a few years ago. I’ll have to ask what she found. Obviously, her research couldn’t have gone as deep as tracking genetic heritage, but I’d love to see what my DNA said about my ancient forebears. The study analysed the DNA of over 2,000 people from rural areas […]

Posted by on 9 May 2016 | 9:17 am

What I am watching now

It’s time to try to keep a record of all the films I watch. So, on as near as possible to a weekly basis, it begins now. How I Live Now Tightly wound American teen Daisy is sent to spend some time in Britain with her aunt and eccentric cousins. It could be any tale […]

Posted by on 9 May 2016 | 5:31 am

By the Rivers of Babylon

By The Rivers Of Babylon The striking cover of this book- a crippled Concorde in a desert location, surrounded by men with assault rifles*- has been tempting me in charity shops for years. I finally gave in when I found a copy on the 20p table. Written in the late seventies and set in the […]

Posted by on 5 May 2016 | 3:17 pm


Deluge Not just a disaster tale, this story was a plea for the Thames Barrier to be built. There’s also a subplot about the fatal flaw in the design of a particular type of high rise, for good measure. A storm surge meets a high tide and rain laden Thames, and London is about to […]

Posted by on 5 May 2016 | 11:06 am

The Berlin Job

I did a bit of a Spring clean recently, and came across this. On six postcards, I had done layouts for a comic idea. It dates back several years, and was going to be called The Berlin Job. Set in an alternative fifties, where Berlin was the first city to have an atomic bomb dropped […]

Posted by on 21 April 2016 | 8:13 am