Sometimes I’m surprised by my own record collection. I just came across this 12″ ‘Shotgun’ by Bleach. I don’t remember buying it and have no recollection of the music itself. It’s rather good, in my favoured genre of fuzzy guitar and female vocal but with a real edge. It dates from 1991 but they don’t … More ‘Shotgun’ by Bleach
This took me by surprise in two ways: firstly because of its size and secondly because it was just so enjoyable. That sounds disparaging but it isn’t meant to be. I read Eleanor Catton’s first novel, ‘The Rehearsal,’ a few years ago and loved it. It’s hazy, opaque, fragmented, and elliptical with deliberately artificial dialogue … More ‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton
I have never been on a helter-skelter. When I was very young, they seemed to exist only in Enid Blyton books and comics, something of the past which looked so amazing to me. I don’t remember ever seeing one in real life. I still like to see them and I still haven’t been on one. … More Helter Skelter in Cardiff Bay
Don’t ask me what this is about. I walked past it on my way to the European Parliament in Strasbourg the other week.
After I interviewed M.R. Hall at the recent Meet the Authors event in Caerleon, I bought his newest novel ‘The Chosen Dead.’ I’d read a couple of the earlier books in the series which have as their central character, a coroner, Jenny Cooper. They’re enjoyable, non-pretentious thrillers, given an interesting twist by the fact that … More M.R. Hall, ‘The Chosen Dead’
They don’t make them like this anymore. This was the photo from my first year in my hall of residence, Hiatt Baker, at Bristol University. It now looks like it’s from the 1940s but just to prove it actually dates from the late 1980s, here’s a close-up. Even I had hair in those days.