Last week, SFX celebrated its 250th issue with a bumper edition publishing their 250 greatest moments in scifi, fantasy and horror, as voted by readers. Of course, this is the internet, and if there’s something the internet cannot abide, it’s publishing subjective opinion as objective fact, especially when SFX’s subjective opinion is just wrong, dammit. While […]
What do you think of when someone says ‘Britishness’? Cups of tea, perhaps. The infinite varieties of rain. Cricket in the park on a sunny afternoon. Tikka masala. Saturday football. The Church of England. Embarassment. ‘Jerusalem’. London fried chicken. No example of what one might consider a quintessentially British thing will ever speak to everybody’s experience of […]
Recently, Stephen Moffat has been talking about the possibility of a female Doctor again.
When I was small, every week my grandmother would take me with her into town. We would go to the greengrocer’s and the butcher’s, the baker’s for an iced bun and maybe the Post Office. Then we’d go to the library. The library was a magical place. It may have only been a couple of […]
TRIGGER WARNING: extreme female-targeted violence, death, rape. In Isla Vista, California, this weekend, six people have been killed in another act of mass violence perpetrated by a young white male. The shooter, Elliot Rodger, who apparently took his own life after being cornered by police, left behind a 140-page online manifesto detailing his motives. He talked of taking […]
The Wednesday before last, I had a minor Twitter debate – not even a spat – over the use of race in argument with one of my favourite authors, Joanne Harris (previously reviewed). Here’s what went down. As Yashika Bageerathi, a nineteen year old A-Level student, was deported to Mauritius, Twitterer @NotAGateway (account run by […]
It’s September 23rd, which means just one thing – it’s Bisexual Visibility Day! Or Celebrate Bisexuality Day! Or Bi Pride Day! Just as in our sex lives, we’ve got a lot of options. It’s a day for bisexuals – and other non-monosexuals, too, if they’re happy to get in on it – to be proud […]
As a blogosphere virgin, entering the world of real, grown-up blogs in 2013 is a little like walking into a party that’s already in full swing, and you don’t know anyone. Maybe you’ve heard of some people here – the really fun, exciting ones. You could never speak to them in a million years, though. […]