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Time Out Guide to Havana (and Cuba)
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks - William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac
At My Mother's Knee ... and Other Low Joints: The Autobiography - Paul O'Grady
Star Maker - Olaf Stapledon
My Booky Wook - Russell Brand
When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
Then We Come To The End - Joshua Ferris
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
The End of Mr. Y - Scarlett Thomas
I Never Knew That About London - Christopher Winn
The Arsenal Miscellany - Adam Gold
Young Hearts Run Free: The Real Story of the 1970s - Dave Haslam
Magical Thinking - Augusten Burroughs
Veronika Decides To Die - Paulo Coelho
Time Out Guide - Amsterdam
Lillian's Story - Kate Grenville
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Schott's Original Miscellany - Ben Schott
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling
A Gay History Of Britain - Matt Cook
Time Out Guide to Madrid
Time Out Guide to New York
Kingdom Come - J. G. Ballard
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Mutants - Aramand Marie Leroi
A Young Man's Passage - Julian Clary
Growing Pains - Billie Piper
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Highbury: The Story of Arsenal N.5 - Jon Spurling
Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - Rupert Everett
Affinity - Sarah Waters
Lighthousekeeping - Jeanette Winterson
Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Of Human Bondage - W Somerset Maugham
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Lucky Man - Michael J Fox
Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
The Pedant's Revolt - Andrea Barham
The Republic Of Trees - Sam Taylor
Written On tbe Body - Jeanette Winterson
Untold Stories - Alan Bennett
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
Read All About It - Max Clifford
The Folding Star - Alan Hollinghurst
Thursbitch - Alan Garner
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris
Staying Alive - Matt Beaumont
The Bookseller Of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince - J K Rowling
A Short History Of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
Count Karlstein - Philip Pullman
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst
The Double Life Of Daniel Glick - Maurice Caldera
The Smoking Diaries - Simon Gray
Straight- Boy George
Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
Deception Point - Dan Brown
The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Sydney - Time Out Guide
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
The Scarecrow and His Servant - Philip Pullman
Tha Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Planet Simpson - Chris Turner
The Line Of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst
Barcelona - Time Out Guide
The Closed Circle - Jonathan Coe
The Clerkenwell Tales - Peter Ackroyd
Copenhagen - TimeOut Guide
The Butterfly Tattoo - Philip Pullman
The Broken Bridge - Philip Pullman
In Search of the Pleasure Palace - Marc Almond
Brick Lane - Monica Ali
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
Last Exit To Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jr
You Shall Know Our Velocity - Dave Eggers
Touching The Void - Joe Simpson
Life Of Pi - Yann Martel
Istanbul - Time Out Guide
Millennium People - J G Ballard
The Duchess Who Wouldn't Sit Down - Jesse Browner
Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
Our Man In Havana - Graham Greene
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
Doran - Will Self
Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
the book, the film, the t-shirt - matt beaumont
High Society - Ben Elton
Man And Wife - Tony Parsons
I Was A Rat - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix - J R Rowling
Great Apes - Will Self
Barrel Fever - David Sedaris
Round Ireland With A Fridge - Tony Hawkes
Close Range - Annie Proux
The Third Way - Anthony Giddens
dot.con - John Cassidy
The Salmon of Doubt - Douglas Adams
One Hit Wonderland - Tony Hawkes
The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
The Cloud Sketcher - Richard Rayner
Keane: the Autobiography - Roy Keane
A Wasteland of Strangers - Bill Pronzini
The English - Jeremy Paxman
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - Toby Young
Dead Famous - Ben Elton
The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman (again)
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman (again)
Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman (again)
The Bear and The Dragon - Tom Clancy
101 Reykjavik - Hallgrimur Helgason
Forward The Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Carter Beats The Devil - Glen David Gold
The Tin Princess - Philip Pullman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Tiger In The Well - Philip Pullman
The Rotters Club - Jonathan Coe
Generation X - Douglas Copeland
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
All Families Are Psychotic - Douglas Coupland
The Shadow In The North - Phillip Pullman
No Logon - Naomi Klein
The Dirt - Motley Crue
Miss Wyoming - Douglas Coupland
The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman
Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman
The Ruby in the Smoke - Phillip Pullman
The Sandman - Miles Gibson
Blood and Gold: The Vampire Marius - Anne Rice
The Actrocity Exhibition - J G Ballard
Shameless - Paul Burston
Sing Out! - Boze Hadleigh
Brilliant Orange - David Winner
New Boy - William Sutcliffe
London - Peter Ackroyd
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
One For My Baby - Tony Parsons
How To Be Good - Nick Hornby
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
Lust - Geoff Ryman
Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach
Dead Souls - Ian Rankin
The House Of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
What a carve up! - Jonathan Coe
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
The Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Heartwood - James Lee Burke
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Man and Boy - Tony Parsons
The Map Of Love - Ahdaf Soueif
e - Matt Beaumont
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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Last Sunday Stu and I met up with Sarah, Ben and the triplets on the South Bank to go to the family themed film funday at the bfi - specifically to benugo bar and kitchen. Most people were wrapped up warm and joining in the fun for the launch event of film and workshops inspired by a snowy theme. We were there for the wine. Great kid friendly event. The next funday is on Sun 24 Feb when they are showing Peter Pan with pirate-themed workshops for kids and a special menu at benugo. We'll be there!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle...
Paul and I went to the game last night at the Emirates. It was the Premiership this time round rather than the FA Cup. Haven't we been here already this week? Same opponents and same score line. A three-one slaughter. Great night out. Cheers boys.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Night Out With the Girls...
Last week Stu and I met up with Bee and Fay for a drink or three after work. Great to see the girls on good form. We really should do it more often. More pix here.

Monday, January 28, 2008
Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle...
Drew and I were at the game on Saturday. It was a shaky start but we improved in the latter stages of the second half. Wenger must have put a rocket up (PBYC?) them at half-time because they came out battling for it. The Gunners dominated in the second half with two goals by Adebayor and an own-goal by Nicky Butt off a free-kick from Fabregas. Now we're just waiting to see who we play in the fifth round. The draw is at 1:25pm today.

Friday, January 25, 2008
Yazoo Live Update...
Yay! Just got pre-sale tickets for the Hammersmith Apollo gig. Can't wait.

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Yazoo Live...
Are you a Yazoo fan? I am! Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke are reforming for a mini-tour in June.

"Yazoo (Vince Clarke & Alison Moyet) have announced that they will reunite for the first time in over 25 years for "Reconnected", a UK tour in June, starting in Glasgow on the 4th and culminating in a headline show at London's Hammersmith Apollo on the 18th. Tickets are available from 1st February direct from the venue or online at,, The tour is preceded by "In Your Room", a 4 disc box set which includes remasters and 5.1 mixes of both Yazoo's classic albums "Upstairs At Eric's" and "You And Me Both", b-sides and remixes and a DVD featuring a new short film containing exclusive new interviews with Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet and the promo videos for Don't Go, The Other Side Of Love, Nobody's Diary, Situation (1990) and Only You (1999)."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tottenham 5-1 Arsenal (Spurs win 6-2 on aggregate)...
Paul and I went to Shite White Hart Lane last night to watch our B team get ripped to shreds by Spurs. I think they just really wanted it more than we did. Hey ho. It was only the Carling Cup so it's not like it actually mattered (grimace).

Mind you, it was my first time at that shit-hole and it was a bit like battling through a war zone getting there. Tottenham is rough. As we arrived we were greeted with chants of 'I'd rather be gay than a Gooner' ringing in our ears. Well I'm both. So there!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
When did ITV suddenly get good again? On series record on my V+ I'm currently watching Friday night's Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach (no, not that Echo Beach but it does use the song as the theme music) as well as Saturday night's All New You've Been Framed (for the Harry Hill commentary as well as the sight gags), Harry Hill's TV Burp and Primeval.

Gone are the days when ITV was a no-go area. I remember when our mum and dad would only let us watch BBC's Blue Peter and not ITV's Magpie ("darling, they're collecting money not bottle tops!")

Monday, January 21, 2008
Herongate Wood...
Kev's funeral on Friday was very moving. It was a green burial at Herongate Wood - a 25 acre green burial site at Herongate, just outside Brentwood in Essex. Over a hundred people attended and many family, friends and colleagues got an opportunity to stand up and say kind words and share fond memories of Kev. There are also plans for a large memorial / celebration of Kev life soon.

Friday, January 18, 2008
It's a very sad day today as it's Kevin's funeral.

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Brain Teaser - Number sequence - Answer...
OK, this one was a bit more lateral than usual. The answer is: 13112221
You read each preceding line out and write what you say. So the last line would read the preceding line as : One 3, One 1, Two 2's, Two 1's...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Brain Teaser - Number sequence...
What is the next sequence of numbers?


Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham...
Mark and I went to see Arsenal play Birmingham on Saturday at the Emirates. We squandered a one-nil lead as yet again we underestimated the opposition. Grrr.

Monday, January 14, 2008
Battleship Potemkin...
Last Friday Stuart and I went to see the Pet Shop Boys with the BBC Concert Orchestra perform live to a screening of Battleship Potemkin at the Barbican.

I knew the Pet Shop Boys music quite well as I'd owned the recording for a while but had never actually seen the film. And wow what a film. I can see why it gets rated as one of the greatest films of all time. And of course many other films have been inspired by the powerful scene at the Odessa steps - a baby in a pram rolling down steps amidst gun fire (The Godfather, The Untoucables, Revenge of the Sith, Brazil etc.) If you've not seen Battleship Potemkin before you can watch it online or download it for free from the rather wonderful Internet Archive.

Friday, January 11, 2008
The Birthday Problem...
Does anyone have the same birthday as you? Of course they do. I share mine with Olivia Newton-John, Bryan Ferry and Will Self. But how about within your group of friends?

When I was in the first year of secondary school our maths teacher asked us a question: in a group of randomly chosen people, how big will the group need to be before there is more than a 50/50 chance that some pair of them will have the same birthday?

We all guessed. Wildy. Some said 365. Some said 183. I was second closest though with a guess of 50.

The actual number is surprisingly low. Just 23. That is to say if you have just 23 people in group there is a 50/50 chance that two of them with share the same birthday.

Now this birthday problem asks whether any of the 23 people have a matching birthday with any of the others not one in particular. To find out the size of the group in which there is a 50/50 chance of someone having the same birthday as you the maths is a bit different and the answer is much bigger. 253.

So it depends of the question you ask. I don't know any people in my group of friends who have the same birthday as me but I do know people within my group of friends who share the same birthday. Which stacks up with the odds.

Thursday, January 10, 2008
Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham...
I have to say that Spurs were the better side last night in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg but it was a thrilling game to watch nevertheless. Paul and I were ever optimistic despite going one-nil down towards the end of the first half. And despite the wind and the rain we were rewarded with an admittedly lucky equaliser from Theo ten minutes or so before home time. Second leg here we come.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Brain Teaser: Answer...
7.5 degrees.
The minute hand turns the dial four times an hour so forty eight times every twelve hours (360 degrees). So if at 3 o'clock the hands are at ninety degrees then a quarter of an hour later the hour hand will have moved on by 360 / 48 = 7.5 degrees.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Brain Teaser...
The time is 3:15. How many degrees are there between the hour-hand and the minute-hand on the clock?
[Thanks Bryn]

Monday, January 07, 2008
I'm Glad You Weren't In Charge Of The Headstone...
It's A Typo! Bit rude and best with sound.
[Thanks Blake]

Friday, January 04, 2008
As you may know Sparks are going to perform all twenty-one of their albums in their entirety over twenty-one nights in May and June later this year. We were a little torn between our favourite album to go and see but have eventually plumped for Plagiarism (their sort of greatest hits/remix album) on Saturday 7th June. I wonder if Erasure, Faith No More and/or Jimmy Sommerville will show up as they all collaborated on that album. Hope so.

Thursday, January 03, 2008
St. Trinian's...
Last night Stu and I went to see the St. Trinian's movie at the Vue in Islington. Oh dear. Think Spiceworld: The Movie (made by same people). The setup was sort of OK (being based upon the books and The Belles Of St Trinian's) but it just should have been funnier. Rupert Everett was sort of OK but Russell Brand just looked nervous. And I wasn't sure just who the film was aimed at; adults or kids. Mostly it seemed to written be for 12-15 year old girls judging by most of the cultural references in it but then just about every plot twist revolved around giving the relevant character drugs (uppers, downers, poppers, magic mushrooms, skunk or ecstasy). So not for kids then. I somehow doubt that they'll be making a sequel anytime soon. Shame.

Best bit: fast edited montages set to songs by Shampoo, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Girls Aloud.

Best 'in' joke: when Rupert Everett's character (in drag) muses to Colin Firth's character, "we met in another time... another country..."

Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Arsenal 2-0 West Ham...
Drew and I went to the game yesterday. The Gunners took an early lead and in the end had a comfortable win. So that's ten points from four games over Christmas. Nice.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008
New Year's Eve 2007...
Last night we went round to Andrew and Michael new flat for drinks before going to the RVT to celebrate NYE. There were lots of people there and it was great to see everyone. At one point there was a fire in a flat opposite and Nau and I legged it across the road to try and get some of the people out of the flats above. Soon the fire brigade turned up so we left them to it. Later on the RVT wasn't quite as hot as the fire but getting close. We headed home at about 2am. A few snaps below. The rest of the snaps I took are here.

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