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10 Reasons to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

10 Reasons to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

I am a sourpuss contrarian. Show me an argument, and I will show you the opposite argument. Hence, after re-reading my arguments for why Qatar should not host the 2022 World Cup, I am now compelled by my own contrary […]

10 Reasons not to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

10 Reasons not to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

There cannot be anyone living in Qatar who is unaware of its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The tiny Arab state is one of five countries competing for football’s greatest tournament. It shows. For months there have been […]

The Golden Cupid of Pickled Lily Circus

The Golden Cupid of Pickled Lily Circus

Karen Zipslicer woke, and sat bolt upright in her bed. She gasped. The room was black and cold. Then Karen quickly huddled back under the duvet, pulling it over her head. Strange dreams had taken over her nights; Karen could […]

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Favourite Film Instant In-Jokes

Hollywood moviemakers must be full of mirth. As well as having a job that many people envy, and laughing all the way to the bank, they get to indulge themselves with momentary in-jokes, so short and subtle that few viewers […]

Desks and the Diseased Mind of Preston Dirges

Desks and the Diseased Mind of Preston Dirges

Preston Dirges sloped into the shapeless beige office building, basked in the piercing rays of the morning sun. His mood absorbed that light, chewed it and spat it out a denuded grey. Preston considered himself a master of changing the […]

Colouring Pleasant Lands

Colouring Pleasant Lands

Green was my shortest colouring pencil. The acorn and the oak. Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood. Pasture and hedgerows. The Hundred Acre Wood. Card tables and snooker baize. My lady in greensleeves. Bowls to the Armada. Fish and chips and […]

Conversation with the Copywright

Conversation with the Copywright

[In an early 12th century Benedictine monastery, a monk called Paul is silently scribing the words of the Bible from one book to another. Another monk, Gregory, noisily bursts in to Paul’s chamber.] Greg: Watcha doin’, Paul? Paul: Greg? I […]

Losing a General Election (and hoping nobody notices)

Losing a General Election (and hoping nobody notices)

In the immediate aftermath of the 2010 UK General Election, there was a lot of talk about whether any party won and which party or parties lost. Labour’s stock line was that nobody won. The Conservatives focused on the fact […]

Music of the Marionettes

Music of the Marionettes

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. It seems hard to believe that Gerry Anderson, pioneer of Supermarionation and producer of classic kids’ television like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet might have unwittingly influenced popular music through puppet shows. Hard to believe… until […]

Parallel Return of the Jedi: Party Animals

Parallel Return of the Jedi: Party Animals

A fair while ago, in a place quite far away (unless you live there, in which case it is not far at all) there was a talented young film director, a carpenter, a junkie, and a guy who was so […]