France requires all new commercial buildings have green roofs | Digital Trends

This sounds like a good plan. My windows look out on the box of a Tesco superstore, which would be much more pleasant with some greenery on its roof. Rooftops in France are about to get a whole lot greener, thanks to a new law requiring rooftops on new buildings constructed in commercial zones to […]

Posted by on 28 March 2015 | 6:42 am

San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy ring accused of pit-fighting inmates – Boing Boing

If you ever thought Jean-Claude Van Damme movies were far fetched, you were wrong. Reality is much, much worse. San Francisco sheriff’s deputy Scott Neu is accused of leading a ring of corrupt jail guards who coerced prisoners into gladiatorial combat with threats of rape and violence. via San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy ring accused of […]

Posted by on 27 March 2015 | 12:27 pm

More from the moron party

Some of UKIP’s brightest stars are so stupid that they’re beyond parody. Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, thinks he has the answer to climate change. Temperates drop during a short solar eclipse. It's the Sun that drives the climate! — Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) March 20, 2015 I guess Roger locks himself in […]

Posted by on 20 March 2015 | 6:01 am


Not bad, considering I just walked up to the next landing and took a photo through a very grimy window. As some folk had suggested, cloud cover did a good job of shielding the glare.

Posted by on 20 March 2015 | 5:01 am

She loves me, she loves me not

This is the most complete flower head of a number on railings along the Crescent by the University. Generations of students taking metal petals as mementos, perhaps.

Posted by on 19 March 2015 | 5:38 pm

Solstice is now available from Smashwords

Solstice is no longer exclusive to Amazon and can now be found at Smashwords, who will also be distributing it to other ebook stores. To mark the release, the previous Rain and Bullets stories- So Much To Answer For and Tiger- are free at Smashwords. (They may become free at Amazon, once they notice the […]

Posted by on 19 March 2015 | 10:04 am

Manchester St Patrick’s parade 2015

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s parade. Be warned, contains lots of tractors, because I used to be a country boy.

Posted by on 16 March 2015 | 3:09 pm

Real Media

Spotted on the way into Manchester yesterday. is up and running, Ill have to keep checking back to see what they have to say.

Posted by on 16 March 2015 | 4:19 am

Think Small

Amongst my many tried and tested work avoidance techniques is trawling eBay for things I can’t afford or don’t need. This morning I hit a cool seam of small cars in the classic car section. It started with this a “Mini EL” electric trike, which has a sort of ’80s vision of the future’ vibe […]

Posted by on 15 March 2015 | 12:43 pm

Booze, Blood and Noise: The Violent Roots of Manchester Punk

“It was a peculiarity of late license laws in Manchester at the time that food had to be available until the premises closed,” says Taylor. “When the police raided, one of the first things they would check was that there was food available, because if you didn’t have it they would shut down the club […]

Posted by on 15 March 2015 | 5:34 am