Funny Men & Lover Boys

I've yet to see it, but the just-released Stan & Ollie film about Laurel and Hardy's disastrous, almost-posthumous tour of postwar Britain seems to be about their love for one another - or our investment in the idea of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdcBNrjc3wo Back in the … Continue reading

Traffic Triffids

Traffic lights are now 150 years old. Is it time to unplug them? Are you sitting uncomfortably? In an endless queue for your local traffic lights? Lights that seem to multiply in numbers weekly? Good. Here’s a fairy tale that will brighten your dreary day. Once upon a time in Wales, a set of … Continue reading

Fight Them On The Beaches

Mark Simpson tests Essex's coastal defences against renovation  (The Times Magazine, 2001) Whitstable, Broadstairs, Brighton and most of Suffolk have gone already.  Swept away forever under a tsunami of renovation. These once proudly tatty towns have been lost forever to the unsmiling, … Continue reading