For the Financial Times I wrote about one of my favourite paintings and how it relates to one of my favourite activities, housesitting other people’s beautiful homes. To read about the joys of house sitting, and of leaving again, click here.
For this piece for The Fence I asked my dad to cast his mind back 40-odd years to one of the many weird and chaotic occurrences of his special effects career that spanned the 1970s-2010s and was extremely (and almost exclusively) weird and chaotic. This is how he poisoned himself while making the prototypes for the original Spitting Image… CLICK HERE.
Illustration by Viz cartoonist Davie Jones.
For The Guardian, I wrote about how the rural housing crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic. This stretches all the way from Devon and Cornwall to the Hebrides. It’s so much worse than I thought it was, and I knew it was bad. Second homes have become a major problem—if you have a second home in an area where there’s a housing crisis you should be renting it (affordably) to the people who are currently being made homeless. Let’s hope something changes, fast. To read it, click here.
I went lurking around London’s galleries writing down all the pretentious and ridiculous things I overheard there. Available in print only for The Fence.
You can subscribe to this brilliant magazine of undercover investigations, fiction and satire here. Think Private Eye but with short stories.
“My levels of paranoia quickly reach coked-up Ray Liotta at the end of Goodfellas. I refuse to see or touch anyone. Those helicopters are following me.” I wrote about the unholy folly of planning a church wedding this year (worth it!) for The Fence. Read Here.
For Tribune I wrote about the power of protest witnessed globally with the Black Lives Matter movement and wielding that power on a local scale. And the hospital in my hometown as a prime example of how we can, and why we should can, fight for local services and communities as hospitals around the country are being closed or partially closed. Click Here.