General arts blog, concentrating on aspects of creative writing, writers' resources, literature, film, art and interior design from midcentury modern period. Mixture of long academic articles mixed with shorter, fun content.

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  • Push the Limits
    on May 1, 2009 in Books The Writer's Life Fame writing
    For as long as they've been around, books have enlightened , instructed and given pleasure. Despite this, and freqently because of it, too, they have also offended and outraged in equal measure. The history of book censorship is long and colourful,...
  • Make Do and MendUpcycle, recycle,'s post would have made our wartime ancestors proud! I've always been a huge fan of renovation projects whether it's one piece of furniture or a whole house. And in the current economic and ecological climate what be...
  • Write NowIf you always wanted to write a novel but never quite found the time (aka motivation), you could do a lot worse than join the annual national novel writing competition at NaNoWriMo.NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month - founded ten years ago by Ch...
  • Five Things I'm Loving Right NowI've decided that along with Shop of the Week, this is going to be a regular blog spot. The reasons for this are twofold: firstly because the things I am loving right now are notoriously transient and won't justify a whole individual post, and second...
  • Shop Of The WeekHow I miss the old London Routemasters...fond memories of travelling to school in the Elephant and Castle each day with a walkman the size of a house brick and the smell of eau de Silk Cut wafting around on the top deck...Nothing beats the sense of e...
  • Raiders of the Lost Art
    on Apr 27, 2009 in screenplays film writing Inspirations
    Most people have films that inspire them, that they revisit for the rest of their lives and which occupy a special place in their heart. Not many, however, decide to remake them... But in 1982 this is exactly what three schoolboys did, and the res...
  • Pinch Me
    on Apr 26, 2009 in Interiors Design
    In the lexicon of modern furniture design, Pinch is ccertainly a brand to conjure with. Founded in early 2004 by husband and wife team Russell and Oona Pinch, the collection debuted at the 100% Design show with 10 original pieces that went on to win...
  • MidCentury Goes MobileOh I do love to be beside the seaside.....and even more so when it's seen from the vantage point of an Eames chair or two...Yes! The Midcentury Show is having its annual sojourn away from London on 10th May 2009 and has chosen as its location the bea...
  • Make Your Mark
    on Apr 24, 2009 in Design
    via Google Images Graffiti: Italian, plural of graffito [scribbling; graffito, a scratch]:usually relating to unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface. (From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) Whether you believe it to be an anti...
  • Shop Of The WeekEach week I’m going to be recommending some of the books, films, music and shops that inspire me. I think it’s a great way to introduce them to a wider audience and I hope you will take a punt on some of my recommendations and enjoy them as much...
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