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Advent Triptych of Atheism: Derren Brown ‘Tricks of the Mind’
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Actual book review: an enjoyable, untidy compendium of a book – the author’s fake smugness, modesty and self deprecation pulls off the trick of hauling you enthusiastically through musings, memoir, memory tricks, mesmerism and magic.
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Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Busy
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My brilliant memory of all events occurring prior to my discovery of the world of alcohol aged 15 is doubted by some and mocked by others. One such memory was of watching an episode of Sooty & Co after school, a programme clearly aimed at a sligh[…]

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What Album Covers Are Really Trying To Tell Us: 2: Michael Jackson – Bad
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Hmm, not really a secret message this one. But sometimes evil hides in plain sight. Look at Rolling Stones gigs.

Okay, have you noticed it yet? (more…)[…]

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Charlie Brooker Is Offally Sorry
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Well done Charlie Brooker for turning a little internet website into proper actual career. Well done for being quite good at it. And well done for doing all of this while looking a bit like Steve Davis (SEE!) . But he has done it too in a good way, p[…]

Advent Triptych of Atheism: Richard Dawkins ‘The God Delusion’
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As a change from other reviews, I’m not going to touch much on the intellectual content of this book. This book is selling incredibly well. It has garnered a LOT of publicity in the US (I gather) and is a bit of “surprise” christmas[…]

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Fergie vs Gwen In The World Series Of Silly
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I never really liked Gwen Stefani. I though No Doubt were a bunch of ska chancers who lucked out on a hideous power ballad and stuck around through force of a singer who dressed up like Madonna. I was, of course, right on all counts with No Doubt. Bu[…]

Fan-Fic Ahoy!
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It was a dark time for the empire. The great, powerful and benevolent knights had taken heir eye off the ball and in one foul sweep their peaceful nation was subjugated by one of their own. Twenty years passed, until a farm boy found hope sent to him[…]

The Advert Calendar (Not Of Advent Anymore): MAGNET
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Okay the Advert Calendar of Advent, like many a FT feature, was only partially successful. BUT it did make one very clear point. Adverts are seasonal. And while Christmas may underline this with its faux snow, twinkly jingle bells and mad attempts at[…]

Advent Triptych of Atheism: Daniel Dennett ‘Breaking the Spell’
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This book is not for you – it said to me in the preface. Me in this case being a non-US reader – however I was already disqualified being a fully paid up member of the choir already, having read pretty much everything by Dennett that has […]

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last-minute wobs scifi-for-kidz popquiz!
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1. who first decided that IN THE VERY FAR FUTURE we would all refer to the earth as TERRA OF SOL?
2. who do you know has won the following literary awards:
a. the PHOENIX?
b. the BALROG??
c. the INVISIBLE LITTLE MAN???
d. a “plaque from the Net[…]

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