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Articles, news and latest writings from alternative, original voices.

Braving the (new) New World

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

“If I’d learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”― Alex Garland, The Beach (more…)

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Charlie Brooker Knew

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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Charlie Brooker knew.

Don’t like this post.

They look at the screen, at the boxes on the screen. Each box contains a face and each face exhibits a smile or a pout. Each face is static. There is no movement, no emotion. Some boxes have pictures of flowers, or food, or a car. These are the people who want to be their friends, but think they are not beautiful enough. Not beautiful enough to be virtually real.

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Tombstone for a Boomer

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Decide to promote myself on spacebook, blowtube, twitface, plus a scramble of other platforms. Post vids of myself reciting poetry while dancing in mini-skirt, pantyhose and platform shoes on a plywood stage in the backyard. (more…)

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Graham Allison – New Poems

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Skeletal Manoeuvres

To be presented with the skeleton
when you were expecting
a living breathing beast

can be disconcerting

but it makes an impression

brings with it a stripped-down stylishness
of thrill and immediacy

which wanes

with repetition and your own aging

after you reach a certain point

the bones of a beast
are
the bones of a beast

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Dear Jo,

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

I have a cracking new idea for you. No, you don’t need to write Harry Potter: The Wasted Years.

First off, here’s a name: Robert Galbraith. This is now your name. And here’s a small independent publisher that’s totally unrelated to Little, Brown for you: Sphere. They will publish your detective novel. I hear Sherlock is back in fashion.

I know what you’re thinking, but let me reassure you that the millions of Harry fans, and those random other millions who happen to have heard your name or seen your picture, will love the intrigue. Why did Jo hide as Rob? What could the book be about? Etc etc they’ll buy it, Jo, they’ll talk about you, and the shitty little authors out there will bite their collective purple tongue.

How are the rabbits?

Yours,

Bertie Knox
Agent Extraordinaire

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Building

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

The building is old. It smells a little musty from every aspect, every corner. Dust settles on vertical windows and mould creeps into not-quite-right-angled corners. It creaks and sighs. The building is split into flats. Doors face forwards and sideways and backwards. Letters are put in holes. Fragile connective strands hang, taut in the air. Two, three, four, five, six flats. One is underneath. One is forgotten. Inhabited by silence, except the odd mouse you hear if you go to check the gas meter in the basement and put your ear to the letterbox. Maybe two mice. No point in one mouse squeaking alone; everyone needs someone to communicate with.

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Decency in the 21st Century

Monday, July 8th, 2013

decency

I may sound like a grumpy paranoid loon, but there’s no decency left in the world. None. To illustrate my point, I will list one hundred and seventeen thousand examples.

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Most Brits still think Steffi Graf is Wimbledon Champion

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A survey has revealed 9 out of 10 British tennis fans don’t have a fucking clue who the world’s best tennis players are.

Most Brits still think Steffi Graf is Wimbledon Champion

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The Physiognomy Of The Literature Reader

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Easy listening for Nothing Doing

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Some people like to read in peace and quiet; but for those like me who enjoy a little background sound to set the mood, here is a little playlist to go alongside Nothing Doing, written by Willie Smith.

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