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The Superhero Masked Ball

The Superhero Masked Ball

Deep beneath Wade Mansions, multi-billionaire William Wade, also known as The Nightwrangler, is preparing to host his very secret Christmas ball. Even by his standards, it boasts an extraordinary and exclusive guestlist… [Arthur, Wade’s wheelchair-bound and octogenarian manservant, is pouring […]

A Visit from St. Away

A Visit from St. Away

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/halfthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/halfthoughtsStAway.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (2.7MB) ‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all round the flat, Not a creature was present, not even the cat. Most were out shopping, loading bags full of crap; There was no time […]

Introducing SlackStarCoolForceGo!

Introducing SlackStarCoolForceGo!

On a little-known planet situated in an outer spiral arm of a modest galaxy, there are six people. Unlike their home, they are far from ordinary. They are not the only people on this planet, but by their own standards, […]

Bidding for the 2030 World Cup

Bidding for the 2030 World Cup

David Beckham. Prince William. ‘Call me Dave’ Cameron. We fielded our brightest and best, possibly the three smartest guys in England, and almost certainly the nicest. Becks: celeb footballer, top knickers model and one helluva nice guy. Wills: future King, […]

Karen Goes to Town

Karen Goes to Town

James started crying again. This was maybe the third or fourth time that he had calmed down, gone quiet, afforded ten seconds of peace, only to erupt into tears again. His action figure lay on the ground. For some unknown […]

To Your House

To Your House

An unfinished housewarming gift. The car was loaded and my bags contained a bottle of champagne, by then turned vintage or vinegar; long it was saved for a future occasion, unknown before, but come close, overdue. I conceived of a […]

The Movie Demagination Index

The Movie Demagination Index

Sex in the City 2. Predators. Iron Man 2. Jackass 3D. Saw VII 3D. The Twilight Saga: Whatever. A Recurring Nightmare on Elm Street. Toy Story vs. Shrek, round 2. Harry Potter and the Please Kill Me Now. Do you […]

The Digital Crossfire

The Digital Crossfire

There was a time when communications were mostly harmless. Sure, people might be badgered by nuisance calls, but that was the limit. Not so any more. Now, the global communications industry is the carrier of a lot more than words. […]

Placating Placards

Placating Placards

Like many distant observers of US politics, I was heartened by the Stewart-Colbert Rally for Sanity and/or Fear. These two presenters of topical comedy conspired to deliver a unique event: part-spoof of other rallies, part-statement in opposition to extremism, part-jamboree, […]

Progress Without End

Progress Without End

In the year 4010, U2 lead singer Bono is hosting a dinner party for his rich, beautiful and powerful friends. Their meal finished, the group adjourn to the forward viewing bay of Bono’s personal star cruiser, the GSV Still Haven’t […]