Robyn Hitchcock @ Caffe Lena

To see Mr Hitchcock live is to fall in love again with his music and charm. And no I don’t say that just because he complimented me on my houndstooth wrap. At the legendary café where so many have sung, it was a delight to spend some time with the singer renowned for his wit…

TOA/V — Tea: The Dark Side of the Cup

“Billions of cups are sunk a day for centuries and nobody says a word – until now.” A mockumentary exploring the silent epidemic of tea dependence. A plight, engulfing our society for a millennia – undocumented. Click here to watch on Vimeo I supported their kickstarter and received a lovely tea coaster like the image…

Out of My Head: Noir Bizarre

Where do ideas come from? Creative folk get asked that a lot and the answer is always everywhere, but sometimes I find it interesting to write down the chain of sparks that started a fire, so to speak. I know “Ham on Heels” started with a conversation I had with Stephanie Johnson (Flint & Steel,…

SA4QE 2015

Happy birthday to Russell Hoban, wherever he may be in the luminiferous ether. So we remember him every year: and odd writer with unusually attached fans. Such loyalty is not easily won. I recommend his books to you. You’ll find a few to treasure. If you want to understand what the Slickman A4 Quote Event…

Happy Birthday, Peter Cook

Happy birthday to the funniest man who ever drew breath — not to mention also a very dapper man at his best. The world is a poorer place without him in it. And a visionary, who believed in “Training BEES for uses against foreign powers, and so on” and “Elimination of spindly insects and encouragement…

Overwhelmed by Stress on a Friday Afternoon

The best medicine: a little whimsy from the divine Edward Lear. There was a Young Lady whose bonnet Came untied when the birds sat upon it; But she said, “I don’t care! All the birds in the air Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!” There was an Old Man of Whitehaven, Who danced a…