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Acts of the Assassins by Richard Beard

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This interesting novel uses a gritty crime genre style and a modern timeline to retell the legend of the apostles and their deaths.

Great movie double bills #6

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After four and a half years, it’s time for another film double bill! The theme of this one is space exploration.

Understated Classics #33: Embrya by Maxwell

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The next entry in the understated classic series is Embrya by Maxwell, perfect for summer evenings!

South America Trip Part 12

The next part of the South American Trip took me through three countries in under a week: from Tupiza in Bolivia, to Salta in Argentina, and then on to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.

The Unlimited Dream Company

Another entry in my series of posts about the novels of JG Ballard. This time it’s the 1979 novel “The Unlimited Dream Company”. It’s my favourite of his novels: a silly romp through suburban sexual repression that glitters with sinister wit.

Pictures from a sunny Sunday afternoon walk around the Bishop’s Garden in Chichester.

Album Digest June 2016

Album Digest June 2016 features albums by Roxette, Tegan & Sara, Flume, and Islands. Overall it’s a pretty poppy collection of albums this month.

Swaptastic Part 2

Here’s some code that simulates multiple collectors of Panini stickers. How many friends should you recruit in order to minimise the number of packets you have to buy?

In The Space Between This And That

Britain voted to leave the EU this week. It made for an angry and confused Friday morning. I posted snippy comments on Facebook at a rate of about one every fifteen minutes. I also knew that there was nothing I could do. Even when you feel like Charlton Heston at the end of "Planet of […]

Tate Modern Extension June 2016

Ingrid and I were in London this week and paid a flying visit to the new Tate Modern extension. We will explore more thoroughly next time!

Playlist #14: A Capital Idea

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Here’s a Spotify playlist of songs with capital cities in their title. I like to build playlists like this as I can start from songs I know well like Little Dragon’s “Paris” (along with about a million other songs that have Paris in the title or are about Paris) and “London Calling”, and then cast […]

Euro 2016 Panini Stickers

Some thoughts about collecting panini stickers for the upcoming Euro 2016 football tournament. Includes use of the hypergeometric distribution!

Werner Bischof: “Point of View” and “Helvetica”

The Elysée in Lausanne is currently staging two exhibitions of photography by Werner Bischof. “Point of View” explores his international work spanning the years 1945 to 1954, while “Helvetica” explores his earlier work while isolated from travel in Switzerland during the second world war.

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 2016

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Just before Easter Ingrid and I went to Lausanne in Switzerland for a few days. It was a much-needed break and my first trip out of the UK since I got back from South America.