My good friend Peter Clark was taking portrait photos at an event at my favourite watering hole (The Woodman, Battersea) on Friday evening. I’m obviously not a great beauty, but I think this shot of me is stunning, both technically, and in capturing something of my personality.
More of his work can be found at peterclarkimages.co.uk.
Apparently the rare hot spell, along with the World Cup, has conspired to put a drain on supplies of CO2, meaning that some pubs are unable to serve all of their beers.
Now, we have a global overabundance of CO2, hence the global warming phenomenon. Couldn’t we find a way of storing that surplus and pumping it into pubs so that they never run out again?
We’d step back from global disaster and have cheaper beer as the gas would no longer be an expense for pub owners.
Everyone’s a winner surely?
Well, we’re all a bit weird aren’t we, but some seem to have explored new levels of eccentricity. Jack Milgram has put together another great infographic, this time detailing the idiosyncrasies of famous authors.
It’s one of those long scrolly ones, so click on the pic below to see it in all its glory:
Personally, I prefer to write with a fountain pen when getting down ideas, my notebooks are all Moleskines, and if I need to be really creative, I like a couple of drinks (no more!) to lubricate the cogs in my head.
This is as quirky as I get!
Some friends are looking for funding for their literary podcast company, Fable Gazers.
Not being on any social networks, I’m limited to emailing a few people and putting the details here for both of my regular readers!
Fable Gazers was developed to produce crafted narrative podcasts with our own special twist. We plan to build stories from fact and vice versa – all with a journalistic edge and sense of fun that will inspire obsession in people who adore podcasts. If that’s you, and you love podcasts like This American Life, Serial, S-Town, then help us by donating or passing this page link on to your friends. We need your help to edit, produce and release our two podcast series.
With fab interviews with some incredible guests like Stephen Fry, romance author Harriet Evans, film producer Andy Paterson, as well as original music from a large community of musicians, we’re building our boutique podcast company and we want you to be a part of our journey.
Sounds interesting no?
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It turns out that people on their MacBooks in coffee shops are doing exactly what you think they are doing: What are people really working on in coffee shops?
OK, so it was in Dalston (for those outside London, it’s basically hipster central!) but there were no real surprises. Everyone is doing something ‘creative’, from trying to find a novel to go with the title of their novel, to writing haikus (is this real I ask, but then decide that it’s too real not to be).
Part of me thinks ‘Good on them for doing something artistic with their time!’ But this is admittedly a very, very small part of me. The rest screams ‘Twat!’ in the highest register possible in my tortured internal voice. I can do notebook-in-a-pub myself, but laptop-in-a-coffee-shop is just going too far. I can’t do it, even at my most pregnant with ideas; it just has to go into the notebook or the notes app on my phone (another reason not to get rid of it).
Maybe my cynicism is misplaced and East End coffee shops really are quiet generators of innovation and creativity. More than likely though, most of this crowd are doing what most people do: they desperately want to get that book written, but there are too many distractions to do anything substantive about it. But getting the laptop out and sitting in front of it is at least part of the battle: the real trick is to keep writing…