14th September, 2019
We stood before Ian Curtis' earliest handwritten lyrics for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Hurried words and edits; deeply personal poetry the resonance of which its author would never know.
18th April, 2019
An intimate, triumphant show from a band rethinking its process and reimagining its voice. New ground is easier to find when you loosen up and let others in.
8th February, 2019
My Mam always joked that in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning—that brilliant kitchen sink drama set in 1960s working-class Nottingham—his Arthur Seaton was “just like yer Dad!”
28th January, 2014
I joined my colleagues in Portland, Oregon, for our latest retreat. On the first day — eager to get away from the hum of thirteen laptops — we piled into two vans and headed East to Multnomah Falls, then West for Cannon Beach.
16th April, 2012
I love rummaging through old boxes of junk, and uncovering gems. Yesterday, during a particularly determined de-clutter, I found a letter from Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s’ TV show.
10th March, 2009
I'd decided not to write about the Watchmen movie, partly because I’m the kind of fan many of you will dislike: I only read the comics a few months ago.
29th July, 2008
This is at least twenty long and rambling posts all rolled into one short list, so be grateful for small mercies.
5th October, 2007
Anton Corbijn’s biopic about Joy Division’s Ian Curtis was filmed mostly in Nottingham because my city is grim and looks like the seventies.
19th February, 2007
With such a great track record, I was worried that the new flick from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright might not meet my expectations. Surely they couldn’t do it again?
24th January, 2006
Thanks Jon. We all hate memes, but we all respond. OK, let's waste some valuable time on this one.
16th May, 2005
On Thursday the 19th of May, at 2.30pm, I will be closing a chapter of my life that began aged four.
21st April, 2005
I went to my Mam’s house the other day, and ended up in the attic in search of some old tat she needed. In a corner, packaged carefully under dust sheets, I rediscovered my old toys.
25th July, 2004
I've been to see the new Spiderman sequel, listened to some new albums and watched a few DVDs. Here are some words about all of those things.
10th May, 2004
Six years on from wrapping my brushes in an old rag, and deciding that as a medium, it just didn’t have anything to say on my behalf, I have been thinking about painting again.