Here’s the thing: I’m a card-carrying Radiohead fan. I was actually, until shockingly recently, a band-carrying fan, when in a controlled bout of ‘maturity’ I decided to slice off the plastic entrance band to a Radiohead gig in Manchester that had been one of a number of mementos protecting my wrist against skin cancer since […]Read more "Thom Yorke’s surprise solo album is nothing new – but it’s still worth your time"
It’s taken me two days to be able to stand up without grimacing. Whether it’s the fault of the futon that I sleep on, or simply the payback for my exceedingly heavy footfall, my back is also in constant pain. Both the space under the left and right shoulder blades ache with every movement made […]Read more "Half Marathon"
17.05.14 ‘She WORE, she WORE, she WORE a yellow ribbon She WORE a yellow ribbon in the merry month of may And WHEN I ASKED Oh WHY she wore that ribbon She said its for the ARSENAL and we’re going to WEMBLEY WEMBLEY, WEMBLEY WE’RE THE FAMOUS ARSENAL AND WE’RE GOING TO WEMBLEY’ The day […]Read more "FA Cup Final"
I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve read a Philip Roth. It’s not exactly controversial to say this – I mean the guy has won two Pulitzer Prizes – but he writes beautifully. Every sentence feels like it was perfectly crafted. Every time I’d sit down to read, I felt like I […]Read more "American Pastoral – Philip Roth: Thoughts"
It was short. It was sweet. And it was great for my career. Can an unpaid internship ever be better? In the two weeks since I posted my wide-eyed wonder in the lobby of a building that I’d pretty much always aspired to enter – yet one which I’d flown by countless times and rarely paid attention to (it […]Read more "Observer: A Retrospective"
I’d never read a Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And, sadly, I confess that the only reason I’d had a sudden urge to do so is because I’d heard that he’d died. So it was with a mixture of regret and a compulsion to set right the wrongs of my literary past that I stole into my […]Read more "Clandestine in Chile: Thoughts"
First thing’s first – everyone said (well, online reviews said) that a Chromebook was absolutely useless offline. And yet here I am! Sat on the 18:44 from Kings Cross to Kings Lynn, typing away on an offline google docs document! Take that world. Put that in your technological pipe and vape it. Another day, another […]Read more "Observer, day 1: In Awe"