Features & General Interest Articles

Review of Moon Palace by Paul Auster

There is something in the way in which Paul Auster writes that stays with me for days afterwards. It lingers in thought, a nagging urge to better understand the prose; that no matter how deeply you feel about the story, there’s another layer unfound, asking to be...

The Great Grape Incident of Rhode Island

More than two decades have passed since a solitary year spent on the campus at the University of Rhode Island. I looked a lot younger than my twenty-one years although in my mind I was already a seasoned man of the world, even when all other evidence suggested...

Pros and Not-so-Pros

Pro-choice If you want frosties instead of cornflakes who am I to stop you. Anti-biotics Maybe not too pc but I have a real predjudice against biotics. For that matter I hate histamines as well. Anti-Clockwise It's clockwise or nothing as far as I'm concerned Prologue...

Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends

‘Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together.” So goes the opening line from Simon & Garfunkel's elegiac hymn America. It’s a simple song, young lovers on a road trip across and into the heart of an America that no longer exists, maybe never truly existed. The...

Party Like It’s 1999 (Again)

Hard to believe it's really 15 years since that, somewhat memorable, Wales v England match at Wembley. Anyway, I was a-hunting through some old boxes in the garage a few days ago and happened upon this little ditty below, penned a few days after the intoxicating...

How Stuff Might Work – by someone who hasn’t a clue.

Some time ago I came to the conclusion that I didn’t have much of a clue about how anything worked. Actually, that’s not strictly true. I think I know HOW things work, it’s that I don’t know WHY they work. Take mobile phones. I know how they work, I’ve had it...

A Nativity Story – Flash Fiction

Pierce sits at the back of the hall, wishing to go unnoticed. A man and a woman sit next to him. They’re of similar age but act younger. The couple smile, share a joke; the man holds an expensive looking digital camcorder and makes a big play about not knowing how it...

Dai’s Dead Now

Dai’s dead now He wasn’t very old He caught the dreaded lurgy He thought it was a cold People cried and mourned him A popular fellow was Dai Dai thought this was brilliant As he looked down from the sky Because Dai went up to heaven He was greeted at the gate St Peter...

Digital Killed the Video Star

Blockbuster Video store will disappear from the UK high street on Monday of next week (16th December) as the administrators announced the closure of the 91 remaining stores. It is, I suppose, an inevitable sign of the times. Sky, Virgin, Xbox, Playstation, Lovefilm,...

The Boy Without Shoes

Tied together they dangle from the phone line which stretches between the rows of terraced houses. Small shoes, black shoes – scuffed toes and well worn soles. They sway gently on the breeze, an odd hanging ornament over the quiet road, the parked cars. Along the...

What’s the Meaning of Liff?

And no, it's not 42. Did you ever feel that the world needed a word for that bead of sweat which runs down your bottom cleavage? Neither did I. Luckily for the rest of us, two men did feel that particular need. Indeed, they felt the need to appoint words to a whole...

Gareth J Hill.

Trying to figure out the world, as he seems to have lost the instructions All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a...

The Monico – A Cinema

I remember. Dark Fridays in November, when night would begin before day had a chance to properly end. When the air was cold and damp and light mist drifted along Pantbach Road, caressing the rooftops of the parked cars, swirling in arcs of light from the streetlamps....

The owner of this website is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk
Home Privacy Policy Terms Of Use Contact Us Affiliate Disclosure