Browsing Category : London

It’s A London Thing


[Writing about television programmes really takes it out of me, so you’ll have to wait for the final post in the current run, because it will take a bit more time to get it all together. So, here’s something completely unrelated.] I was born and bred in London and, with the exceptions of living and working in three other cities,…

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Comedy: Chris Addison at The Bloomsbury Theatre


[I interrupt my catching up on television programmes to talk about something that isn’t a television programme, but at least it’s about someone who has been in television programmes.] Chris Addison has a slightly bigger profile than Lucy Porter, who I saw last month – he plays Ollie in The Thick Of It (and a similar character in the film…

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Comedy: Lucy Porter: Fool’s Gold


Lucy Porter is a comedian who has been on the comedy scene for quite a while now, but I hadn’t seen one of her full shows, even though she has been making appearances on television in the likes of Annually Retentive and Mock The Week. I enjoy comedians who put some thought into doing full shows with a theme, so…

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Comedy: Live Recording Of The Now Show


When talking about podcasts recently, I didn’t really talk about the radio shows that I listened to as podcasts, perhaps because they’re cheating a little, what with their professional recording apparatus and editing facilities. The Now Show, becoming something of an institution on Radio 4 after broadcasting for over 10 years, is a weekly satirical show hosted by Steve Punt…

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Comic Book Shops: Croydon


Growing up in London, I never considered Croydon part of London – it was a suburb that marked the boundary between the sprawling metropolis and the boring country. This was misguided ignorance on my part, as I had never been there, didn’t know anybody who lived there or even looked it up on a map. What can I say? I…

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Comic Book Shop Update: Orbital Comics


One of the series of posts I have written is about comic book shops – I’m very lucky, living in London, to have a lot of comic book shops in relatively close proximity, even though I mention other comic book shops that a particular resonance in my development as a comic book fan. In this post, I wanted to revisit…

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Author event: Jasper Fforde


I’ve had the pleasure of attending author appearances in smallish venues – I saw Terry Pratchett in a small hall somewhere in Canterbury back in the early 1990s, and Neil Gaiman (promoting the novelisation of Neverwhere) on the second floor of a Waterstone’s in London in the mid-1990s (back before either of them required a ticketing system to prevent a…

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Art: Kuniyoshi Exhibition


Because I’m, like, incredibly sophisticated and stuff, I go to art galleries to see actual works of art. I’m not saying this to impress you (although that is an unfortunate side-effect), it’s just a reason to post about my trip and put up some images. The Royal Academy of Art is hosting an exhibition of 19th-century coloured woodprints by Utagawa…

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Visiting the BBC Television Centre


As mentioned recently, it was my birthday, so I did something to celebrate. Not being a drinker, I don’t gather a group of friends in a pub to poison ourselves to the point of vomiting and spending the next day in bed; instead, I try to something a little different. This year, it was the tour of BBC Television Centre…

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