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Diabetic Shenanigans

08 June 2017


I do my best writing in the bath. This morning I wrote a letter in my head to the CEO of Eli Lilly, whom I blame for the fact that my left eye is packing up (thanks to a drug I took for a decade, which has given me diabetes. Diabetes causes blindness, amongst other things) and a witty ...

Dead Salmon and Wandering Wombs

21 February 2017


A couple of years ago some scientists ran a semi-spoof experiment to test the new imaging technique everyone was so excited about. fMRI scans appeared to enable scientists to see which areas of the brain responded to visual stimuli. Show someone in a scanner a pic of a tasty woman or man (depending) and lo - a bit of ...

Brainwashed

17 January 2017

Words. Some words have been beaten to death by over-use, mis-use and sheer lack of meaning. If I had a fiver for each time the word ‘toxic’ is used as an adjective for anything from the political climate to parenting styles I’d accrue enough capital to move to a small uninhabited island where the air ...

Closing Time

12 November 2016

Leonard Cohen died a few days ago. I found out when a text from my sister pinged through yesterday at 9am: 'RIP Leonard Cohen' which was pretty much the last straw in a week that saw Trump win the American election. The Trump thing seems indicative of the death of democracy as a civilising influence and the contaminated ...

Writing a book no one wants to publish

29 October 2016


A black American writer has won the Man Booker prize this year: Paul Beatty. His book ‘The Sellout’, a ‘rumbustious, lyrically poetic novel’ was turned down by 18 publishers before a small independent took a punt on it – and he’s ended up winning the Booker – still the most prestigious prize in the book world. ...