Month: July 2014

  • On Straight Edge And Real Love

    One of the many shitty sayings I hear sxe kids saying is this: “If you’re not now, you never were.” Depending on how you count it, I’ve been straight edge for thirty-two (last time I was drunk) or eight years (last time I had caffeine). I actively avoid any psychoactive substances. I tried smoking once…

  • More Dreams About My Ex

    I dreamt about my ex-wife again last night. In the dream, we were working together on something, I think we were pulling a lawnmower along the ground outside. It was enormously heavy but we could just about move it, together. It stank of petrol and there were rusty bits on the handle, fuck knows why…

  • Racist Gear

    Top Gear’s Burma Special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial slur broke broadcasting rules, Ofcom has said. The show featured a segment showing the hosts looking at a bridge they had built on the River Kwai as a local man walked across it. Clarkson remarked: “That is a proud moment. But there’s a slope…

  • Indietracks 2014

    Indietracks 2014 was this weekend and, even though I’m straight edge, I’m still recovering from the mad swirl of it all. Firstly, it was DAMN HOT. GODDAMMNNN HOT. I honestly thought I’d pass out at some points in the shed! A contrast to last year’s downpours. Then there was the bewildering array of music:  too…

  • Israel Massacres 185 Children With US and UK Governments’ Approval

    The overwhelming majority of those killed are Palestinians – at least 798 have died since 8 July, including about 185 children and 93 women, Gaza’s health ministry says. The UN says around 73% of the Palestinian dead are civilians. (Source: Gaza crisis: Toll of operations in Gaza) Although the BBC frames it as ‘800 on both…

  • Police Let Murderers Roam Free, Spy On Families Of Victims Instead

    A mother campaigning for an inquiry into her son’s death in 1997 says she has been told she was spied on by undercover Scotland Yard officers. Student Ricky Reel was 20 when he vanished during a night out in London, shortly after he and his friends had been racially abused by two white men. His…

  • Columbo – Murder By The Book (1971)

    I’m currently watching the first ever appearance of Peter Falk as Columbo, 1971’s ‘Murder By The Book.’ Written by Steven Bochco and directed by Steven Spielberg, it’s a masterclass both of ’70s US television and of the delicate pacing and character-study that’s been lost in contemporary TV. Jack Cassidy, playing the murderer Ken Franklin, is perfect.…

  • On Cultural Appropriation

    I don’t fall into an intense rage when I see white girls wearing mehndi. Or, for that matter, when white people wear pyjamas, use the word ‘thug’ or the numeral for zero, Indian things that have been so absorbed into Western culture that their roots are forgotten. As long as they’re not doing it in…

  • The Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

    I’ve just got back from watching ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ in splendid IMAX 3D at Notts Cineworld and my brain is still buzzing, sorting through the plethora of ideas, references, jokes and downright weird bits in the film. AS USUAL – SPOILERS! DO NOT READ BELOW THIS LINE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM! Based…