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Pet rescue

Published in life.

The cat is sleeping sitting-up, or at least looks as if it is. But as I get closer, it opens both eyes and peers up at me. It is horrifically thin, its fur is a mess, there is dried blood caked in patches all over it. It stinks. It looks as if it has chosen […]

Mouse for lunch

Published in life.

We’re in the garden, and our neighbour’s cat arrives to say hello. B calls me: “Dad! Jeeves has caught a rat!” It’s not a rat, it’s a mouse. Already dead, but knowing Jeeves, it didn’t die slowly. He enjoys playing with his prey. He’ll catch a rodent and allow it to escape once or twice, […]

Nursery rhyme insurance claims

Published in fiction, satire.

Magic Fairy Land Insurance Ltd,Pudding LaneRound-the-hill-and-back-againThere ThereYe Olde Englande FAO: Little Boy Who Lives Down the Lane Sir, We received your recent claim regarding two full missing bags of wool, and attached sheet outlining the circumstances of the loss thereof.  Following our own independent investigations and a lengthy interview with your contractor, Baa Baa Black Sheep, […]

Recording London

Published in work.

Recording what Russell Davies calls ambient speech was by far the most interesting and challenging aspect of creating The present sounds of London for The Morning News. I had to try and get right up close to the people I was recording.  In cities it’s not hard to get close to people, because there’s often a big crowd to mingle […]

At the sunflower cafe

Published in fiction.

Helen sat outside the Sunflower cafe, on one of those pavement chairs made of chrome steel. On the chrome steel table in front of her was a strong coffee and a small chocolate stick, half-eaten. It was too chilly to be sitting outside, if she was honest with herself, but the temptation to be a […]

Pantscon 2009

Published in life.

Hashtag pants in the area. More photos

Pantscon 2009

On the Parliamentary expenses scandal

Published in fiction, satire.

Press coverage of MP Tony McNulty’s expense claims for a house his parents lived in sent political debate into new directions. Perhaps, it was suggested, Members of Parliament should live in rented accommodation. Perhaps, even, they could live in shared accommodation – a large block of flats, a bit like academic Halls of Residence. What would […]

The roof

Published in fiction.

When they retired, James and Dee moved house. It wasn’t any sort of statement, it wasn’t a late-life crisis. They didn’t want to be any closer, or any further away, from the family. But they wanted a change, they wanted some space, and those things were hard to find in the city. So they moved […]

Bookcamp / Papercamp

Published in life, notes.

Two camps happened at the same time at a venue in King’s Cross. During the day they seemed to merge into one; I enjoyed bits of both. Lots of people from the internet were there. More photos

Bookcamp / Papercamp