After nearly 2 years of Umming and Ahhing…

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in The Everyday | 2 Comments

…I have the rudiments of a Portfolio site. Very, very much a work-in-progress. Maybe add another Very there. So mind where you step, and watch for wet paint – and go here.

Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse”: Why Bother?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2009 in The Everyday | 12 Comments

Mr Brooker, I sympathise. But you’re wrong. (Kinda). The first 5 episodes are a worrying experience. Your expectations are high – because this is Joss Whedon of “Firefly”, which showed that Mr. Whedon could make TV history in just 14 episodes (New Scientist’s “World’s Best Space Scifi Ever”; inspiration for the name of Google’s next-gen […]

Train Travel In The New World Order

Posted by on Jul 26, 2009 in The Everyday | 12 Comments

For some time now, I’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to secretly bring about a brave new global order. (I haven’t talked about it before now for hopefully obvious reasons). There will be many sweeping changes, and I look forward to discussing them with you – or, to be more specific, telling you about […]

Ever Get A Tattoo, Mike?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2009 in The Everyday | 11 Comments

You know, I think I would get a tattoo one day. (And thank you for asking). It would be a small one, placed somewhere off the beaten track, yet somewhere dignified. Not like these, for example. In a thrall of gut-wrenched horror, I added this to the Stumbleupon review page: Seeing these makes me want […]

The Colours of 59 Degrees North

Posted by on Jul 22, 2009 in Orkney | 9 Comments

Orkney Mainland and Westray – all photos M. Sowden 2009. [related-posts]

Journey Home, Interrupted

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009 in Orkney | 8 Comments

Oh boy. I’m sat in an Internet cafe in Kirkwall. The Orkney bus (connecting me with Inverness and all my trains back home) left an hour ago. I’m a numpty. Coming back from Greece in ’07, a delayed train screwed me over and forced me to buy new tickets (which I recouped some of the […]

Blog, Interrupted

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in The Everyday | 2 Comments

It’ll be quiet in here for a bit. Here’s the reason. Departing at 12:50am on Friday morning, the train will carry me north, depositing me ignominiously in Newcastle where I have to hang around for hours before riding in the belly of another iron beastie to Edinburgh, leaping off once more, waiting for a few […]

Ayuda! – Fiesta at the Trafford Centre (Part 1)

Posted by on Jul 7, 2009 in The Everyday | 10 Comments

When I’m writing about other countries, I’m deeply aware of my journalistic responsibilities. It’s deeply important to portray other nations and other peoples using nothing but honest reportage and cold hard fact, free of cultural bias, jingoistic xenophobia and other popular British pastimes. In short: I have to be open-minded. I’ll tell you things as […]