Gig Alert: Millions of Voices – The Improvised Star Wars Show – Friday 24 June 2016 – Nottingham Playhouse

Gig Alert: Millions of Voices – The Improvised Star Wars Show – Friday 24 June 2016 – Nottingham Playhouse

The Force Is With You This Friday we unleash the unknown stories of those lost on Alderaan. For what seems like forever, we’ve been rehearsing, performing and warming up for the only city that really matters – Nottingham. We’re splashing Star Wars all over the Nottingham Playhouse this Friday and it’s really quite exciting. Not only … Continue reading

Gig Alert – Seas of Mirth at Nottingham Contemporary Saturday – 11 June 2016

Gig Alert – Seas of Mirth at Nottingham Contemporary Saturday – 11 June 2016

Seaworthy Songs And Oceanically Wasted Acclaimed shanty and pirate rock masters Seas of Mirth are launching their brand new album HARK! THE HEADLAND APPROACHETH with I’m Not From London Records at the Nottingham Contemporary this Saturday. With support from 94 GUNSHIPS and GOOEY STUEY’S TECHNO CEILIDH it’s gonna be a wicked evening. Kind lads that they are, they’ve asked Captain Pigheart to … Continue reading

Managing My Digital Library

Managing My Digital Library

Two Libraries, No System While we’ve got thousands of paper books which are beautiful and brilliant, but cause us endless space problems, I’ve also got quite a lot of digital books. Kindle is spectacularly crap at managing them. The manual creation of collections and adding books is tedious beyond all 21st Century technology except perhaps the … Continue reading

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP0015

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP0015

Spaceship, spaceship, spaceship! Knowing that there is a science fiction thread hidden away in the Flash Pulp universe has been tweaking my Lego gland for a while. Actually, there are several sci-fi threads now, but for ages Joe Monk was the only one. I refuse to look ahead through the programme, so it came as a lovely surprise … Continue reading

Where Have All The Pighearts Gone?

Where Have All The Pighearts Gone?

What’s Going On, Man? Well, I’ve been busy. And also lazy. I feel I’ve been very lazy. When I became part-time last August I envisaged an explosion of creative activity: daily posts; wonders goddammit. I’m stunned to discover that I failed to achieve my own expectations. Instead I’ve found myself unwinding and relaxing for the first … Continue reading

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP0014

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP0014

Delays, Delays and Lazing I’ve had a tiny bit of a Lego brain drought since finishing this build off, and I think it’s because I hadn’t properly finished it off by doing the blog post about it. I am a fool. As you might have gathered I completed the MOC about a month ago, but endless things, … Continue reading

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP007-12

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP007-12

Making Progress I’ve finally reached a new thread in the massive Flash Pulp universe! And he’s one of my favourites too – Thomas Blackhall: frontiersman, occult magician, all round mid-nineteenth century bad-ass. He comes in to the universe with a six-parter – no mean debut. There’s some pretty awesome magic and witchery later on in the … Continue reading

The Desert Crystals – Part 42: It’s A Long Way Up

The Desert Crystals – Part 42: It’s A Long Way Up

Desert Crystals Part 42 – It’s A Long Way Up Previous episode, for these characters. With a strangled bellow, Tosser finally laid a sweating hand on the solid deck of the Viper. Her other hand snatched the looped rope from Guldwych’s outstretched arms and tied them off on the Viper’s railing. She let her trembling … Continue reading

Lego Blog: Witch Doctor’s Hut

Lego Blog: Witch Doctor’s Hut

Nice House, I’d Like To Build It I have been admiring, envying and been generally desirous of many of the Lego AFOL community’s cool building skills. In particular I love the insanely crumbly buildings, their twisty and off-centre lines and organic scrappy feel. These guys Derfel Cadarn and Captain Flint do lovely things: I’ve had a few attempts myself … Continue reading

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP006

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP006

So Far Behind I’m finally up to episode 6, of a mere 446 podcast episodes (excluding special episodes and a bunch of other cool things), which is slightly daunting. I built this one before Christmas, but I’ve been so busy doing, um, nothing that it’s taken me this long to sort the pictures out. Plus … Continue reading

The Desert Crystals – Part 41: Sharp and Nasty

The Desert Crystals – Part 41: Sharp and Nasty

Desert Crystals Part 41 – Sharp and Nasty The Dove’s Eye had been painstakingly tethered to a fine spire of rock. It now bobbed in the ceaseless currents passing from the blazing heat of the desert to the brutal shards of the Razor Ridge. From below it looked terribly fragile, more so knowing that it … Continue reading

The Desert Crystals – Part 40: Night Thrills

Desert Crystals Part 40 – Night Thrills The sky reeled about, moons a blurred rainbow of cat-struck balls. The Sky Viper maintained its course, heading into the night while her crew dangled and spun beneath her. Guldwych Ryme had lost track of whether he was awake or in blackened sleep. His cheek smarted a little … Continue reading

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP005

Lego Blog: Illustrating Flash Pulp episode FP005

Time Waits For No Brick I have been delayed, so horribly delayed in this build. A few months ago I was reading FP005 and trying to figure out a way to do it justice. It’s a very short Flash Pulp episode, even for a Kar’Wick apocalypse story. I’d already done a street scene being destroyed … Continue reading

The Desert Crystals – Part 39: Desert Blades

The Desert Crystals – Part 39: Desert Blades

Part 39 – Desert Blades Last episode (for these characters) The knife sharp crags of the Razor Ridge filled the view from the deck of The Dove’s Eye. The sand was hacked back by the vicious protrusion of rock, though the smooth weathered surface attested to aggressions of the desert storms. They had an uneasy peace … Continue reading

The Desert Crystals – Part 38: Love Letters

The Desert Crystals – Part 38: Love Letters

Part 38 – Love Letters Last episode (for these characters) 3rd Toothember, Embrachon My darling Mehlion, I found your l second letter, at last, hidden from view. It’s fortunate that I had occasion to visit the university and pay some mind to my poor abandoned office, else I’d never have spotted it through the mirror. … Continue reading

Meta-NaNoWriMo 2015 Day 23

Meta-NaNoWriMo 2015 Day 23

It’s Over! Thank the muses and the boozes it is complete! I’m quite chuffed. I passed 50K on day 15, which was a win for anxious writing and inept time management. Then I slowed down a bit and have skipped two days of writing entirely. It’s done now though, after a final push with Andy … Continue reading

Watchers – Part 21 – The End (NaNoWriMo 2015)

Watchers – Part 21 – The End (NaNoWriMo 2015)

Special? I can’t hear someone told that they’re special without thinking of two things – the first is the common everyday school use of special to mean different, difficult, abnormal. Other. The other is the one from the best work of Pixar, The Incredibles which I horribly misquote all the time in my head: ‘if … Continue reading

Watchers – Part 20 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

Watchers – Part 20 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

We had run out of fire doors. They’d proven to be highly effective defensive and offensive weapons. I’m a little surprised they don’t see more use in Jackie Chan films. I’d broken one with a policeman, smashed a machine with another and used the last two as stretchers. We were, I suspect, feeling rather too … Continue reading

Watchers – Part 19 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

Watchers – Part 19 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

Constantly paying attention is very tiring. We were just twitchy, which isn’t quite the same thing. At least we weren’t US fighter pilots hopped up on amphetamines taking pot shots at Canadian tanks. Shadows and distant closing doors made us jump, but did nothing to improve our focus. It’s very hard to keep that up … Continue reading

Meta-NaNoWriMo 2015 Day 17

Meta-NaNoWriMo 2015 Day 17

Baulking At The Brink Of Success This may be my first day this month that I have not successfully written words for my story. On the plus side, I passed 50,000 by the end of the fifteenth of the month, so as far as the basic challenge goes – nailed it. I’m now at 52,696 words! Completion … Continue reading

Watchers – Part 14 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

Watchers – Part 14 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

The pub was empty when we left. I felt bad for abandoning the barmaid, but we’d reasoned that the potential consequences of direct intervention were unknown, but suspected to be severe. We could always come back. That put the immediate hideous image in my head of the Watcher dissolving her from the outside in, her … Continue reading

The Desert Crystals – Part 37: Ask Not, Get Not

The Desert Crystals – Part 37: Ask Not, Get Not

Part 37 – Ask Not, Get Not Last episode (for these characters) Rectangles of reflected light bounced around the cabin as a tremor ran through Traverstorm’s hand. The scalpel he held wavered and then stilled. “Give me another drink, just one to steady my hand.” he begged. “No. You’ve had two, and that’s two more … Continue reading

Watchers – Part 12 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

Watchers – Part 12 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

The lights dimmed over the Great Hall and brightened for the rostrum ahead of us. The usual murmur faded away as our school conditioning kicked in. I settled back with my half cup of tea and biscuit hoard. While I was hoping to get some useful information from the big meeting my expectations had been … Continue reading

Watchers – Part 11 (NaNoWriMo 2015)

I’m not sure how long we stood together, me wrapped in my Watcher’s close embrace. It felt like a long time before the messy physiological processes of tears and shaking finally ended. I felt wrung out but clean when we stepped apart. I felt both comfortable and uncomfortable with my Watcher – physical intimacy is … Continue reading