April 13, 2017

This weekend, Kier told me he’d followed my recommendation and started reading one of my favourite Iain M Banks books, Excession. I always love it when people take my advice on books and films. I like sharing the things that make me happy and it gives me a chance to talk about it with them when they’re finished.

But this is a little different. I’m more excited about this than usual because it gives me a chance to nerd-out over something I’ve been obsessed with since I was a kid. You see, most of the characters in Excession aren’t people, or even aliens, but hyper-intelligent machines called “Minds”. Or, in simple terms,...

March 28, 2017

Let’s all move to Berlin, because...

Actually, I'll start from the beginning.

I’m a Londoner

I was born here, in Holloway, and I grew up at the end of the Northern Line in Barnet (as in “This train terminates at High…”). Since I left home, I’ve stayed in Camden, Kings Cross and Cannon Street, but mostly in Shoreditch. When I was studying in Bristol, I’d be back here once every few weeks for the weekend, or to play midweek gigs (always on a Wednesday for some reason). So except for seven months in Asia, I can safely say I’ve lived here almost all my life.

love London. I’m struck weekly, if not daily, with new things that s...

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