The Marathon of Man – a short story with a punchline

There’s only so much a redevelopment can do when the council elect not to blow the whole festering tenement block at the centre of the estate to smithereens. It had become a bit of an elephant in the proverbial room, and not just because it was grey and Goliathan. Little low-rise houses had been built up to line the streets around it, four-storey flat blocks on the corners; all in all, a friendlier architectural face to the community. Even the press had covered its goings on with a little more charity than in the past; according to the Mail, it was not merely a crack-smogged knife-shack, but home to some “brave and upstanding citizens” who knew just when to call the constabulary regarding the aforementioned crack and knives. (more…)


BEGINNINGS – a short story also known as ‘Piginnings’



Jack Frayne-Reid

Cameron Davis was a bright, enterprising young chap who had been through the private schooling system and come out the other end at Oxford University. His father, a hedge-fund manager and senior partner of stockbrokers Palmanure Brown & Co, expected great things of Cameron, and had taken pleasure in introducing him to influential men, who had him gawping in awe at their hard-won wisdoms. (more…)

Ballet up front: the Mail, the Telegraph and other household pests

A confession; I don’t spend a great deal of time on the Daily Mail website. Consequently, I was surprised to find in my latest browse that there’s no specific Politics section on this repository of all that the righteous, beating heart of Middle England deems to be correct politically; although not politically correct, obviously, because that’d be absolutely fucking mental, like women-only train carriages or making bankers pay for a banking crisis. (more…)

Film review: BAMBOOZLED (Spike Lee, 2000)

David Lynch must have been watching Spike Lee’s Bamboozled closely before he chose to shoot Inland Empire (2006) in a style that can only be described as “surrealist digi-vomit”, as Lee’s use of “Mini DV digital video using the Sony VX 1000 camera” (Wikipedia) results in a uniquely ugly spectacle to which the aforementioned film is a rare bedfellow in senses-attacking digital murk. Digital cinematography has virtually replaced that of celluloid in the years since Bamboozled‘s making, but it’s difficult to imagine from this film’s example that within a mere four years Michael Mann would be using this new technology to create the crisp, high-definition clarity of 2004’s Collateral; in other words, unlike Mann’s brilliant mainstream thriller, Bamboozled never looks particularly cinematic. (more…)