In the Swim

Hampstead mixed pond

As it happens I am on Hampstead Heath, just to the north west of the mixed swimming pond, and it is July, and it is hot. After much procrastination I somehow found it within me to come here and throw my body in the murky water, and now I sun myself dry on the grass, […]

Failure on the Fairfield Horseshoe


The narrow road called Nook Lane that leads from Ambleside to the Lower Sweden Bridge and the start of the walk known as the Fairfield Horseshoe is an incongruently unprepossessing one given what follows. It was from here that I set out on a mercurial day in late May 2014 to tackle this well-known route, […]

Interview with Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne

I spoke to Gabriel Byrne about his new BBC One drama Quirke, based on the novels by John Banville (written under his psuedonym Benjamin Black) and adapted for television by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson. As well as discussing the way in which the past weighs on the present, he spoke eloquently about the nature […]

Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

Cover of The Bear by Chris T-T & The Hoodrats

Our new album The Bear is released today on the brilliant Xtra Mile Recordings label as digital download and CD. I just wanted to post a few links to where it was available, so here goes: From the record label website From iTunes From Rough Trade From Amazon From Chris’s website Oh, and there’s also […]

Video: The Bear – Chris T-T and the Hoodrats

Cover of The Bear by Chris T-T & The Hoodrats

Here’s the video for the title track from our new record The Bear, which is released on Xtra Mile Recordings on 7 October 2013. It is available to pre-order here. I can honestly say being involved in the making of this record has been one of the most satisfying creative experiences of my life and […]

His new flat

Picture of Norfolk

In his new flat he has committed the crime he most abhors but that he finds most easy to commit. He is an idolater. He wagers on objects, knowing that he is to lose. His idea of interior design is second hand and veers toward the kind of contemporary classicism that has become the meat […]

Favourite films – update


A few years ago no, I posted a list that represented as close an approximation as I could get to my #favouritefilms at the time. This generated a bit of debate between friends, and we decided to share our top 25s, so I thought I would share mine here (the original 10 are all included): […]