Gerald Scarfe: Audio Cartoons

Gerald Scarfe, well known UK political cartoonist, whose artwork appeared for decades in the satirical magazine “Private Eye”, 40+ years at the Sunday Times, 20 years in the New Yorker, made a pop impression in Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” album, on British stamps of Comedians, on backdrops for major Ballet and drama productions – hasContinue reading “Gerald Scarfe: Audio Cartoons”

Poem out loud: Walking for water

A brief poem, read concisely – down to earth, but makes you think of other people and places. Find more poems from Lydia in her poetry pamphlet “The History of Walking”, published Happenstance Press, this year (2019) for £5. Creative Takeaway If you write poetry and wonder what it would be like to be publishedContinue reading “Poem out loud: Walking for water”

First 10 comedy pages

If you want to write comedy for the UK market – you’ll want to hear this podcast: Sitcom Geeks.  In a recent episode, (No. 126) there is great specific advice on making the first 10 pages of your script outstandingly good. Sitcom Geeks is a fortnightly podcast by James Cary (Miranda) and Dave Cohen (HorribleContinue reading “First 10 comedy pages”

3 minutes -Writing Tips: Cory Doctorow

In just 3 minutes, Cory gives a handful of useful tips for writing:   these include: write 250 words a day (approx 1 page) and that will be the length of a novel, over a year train yourself to write anywhere and everywhere, resist developing a particular place and circumstances before you write write evenContinue reading “3 minutes -Writing Tips: Cory Doctorow”

Wally Funk, Music & Moon Landing

I’ve just been listening to a terrific BBC6 (UK radio station) special one hour programme on space to celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing.  It’s done in a magazine-type format, with short reports on a variety of topics by well-known British music and broadcasting voices. We begin with Brian Eno (composer/musician) and BrianContinue reading “Wally Funk, Music & Moon Landing”

Bored Guitarists challenge

Is your house infested with one or more bored young guitarists this Summer?  Give them this as a challenge and before they know it, it’ll be back to school time (or back to work time, depending on their age). STYLE NOTES: it appears to be critical to have a firm if not sullen jawline throughout.

Classic Film: The Man with the Golden Arm

“The Man with the Golden Arm”, starring Frank Sinatra is just one of the very watchable classic black and white films available at the moment on streaming networks.  (Currently on Amazon Prime). Watch it.  There’s a genuinely tense story – underscored by Elmer Bernstein’s music – which frankly would have a placid monk chewing hisContinue reading “Classic Film: The Man with the Golden Arm”

Unknown Women

Let us now praise unfamous women – on Tuesday, poet/performer Gerda Stevenson painted lively portraits of strong women as she read from her book of poems about Scottish Women, in the richly adorned historic central room of the Scottish Portrait Gallery.  In a brilliant mix of place, voice and performance, she read from her book, tellingContinue reading “Unknown Women”