Passions Blogging down one’s thoughts can sometimes end in bogging them down. Political events, ideological disagreements, rants, apologies, defensive screeds and coverage of techno launches, political scandals and general media excitements have often been the meat, drink, potatoes, peanuts and popcorn of my blogging space, which is fine and well and high and dandy and […]
I suppose the proudest thing I own is this badge, one of a very limited collection, given to me by the warm and wonderful Phill Jupitus. Anyone who can wear it can think of themselves of flying a flag of freedom, of having been awarded a medal struck for decency, fairness, honesty and what is […]
Oh my lordy lordy LORD. I have known these two weeks were coming, but it’s still a shock that they’re here already. As you might know from my #shamelesswhoring on Twitter, I have a book out this week. Tonight I am at the Royal Festival Hall, the evening being relayed live to 60 cinemas across […]
Part One Back from my travels. Jet-lag more or less out of my system. What a strange journey it has been. Let me tell you how it came about. Book Fair and Opera House It all began some months ago when my friend David Tang invited me to the Hong Kong Book Fair. He made […]
Biffing busily about Beijing on a bike: Explaining the journey from pictograms to ideograms to the modern and simplified Chinese characters That's enough brushes, ed. Where the brushes are made ... Goodness ... Brushes in a calligraphy shop ... Beijing Centre for the Performing Arts - again taken from a car. Joy. 2 hours with…
Welcome The hooplah that surrounds the release of a new Apple product is enough to make many otherwise calm and balanced adults froth and jigger. That some froth with excited happiness and others with outraged contempt is almost irrelevant, it is the intensity of the response that is so fascinating. For the angry frothers all […]
Your Royal Highness, Your Grace, My Lord Bishop, Your Excellencies, Honoured President, Academicians, Lords, Ladies, Gentlemen, artists, art lovers, friends, trustees, donors, distinguished guests and assorted media scum.