Olympic mascots, the next D-G and getting revenge on Jeremy Vine
For rain to be proper rain, it has to be moving and to keep moving — just like the tramp Alice Oswal
Regular readers of this column with long memories and for whom time hangs heavy may remember that one of the recurrent problems of my life is my inability to do accounts, send invoices, keep receipts and, er, pay taxes on time. I am not proud of this.
I am walking past the charity shop when I see something in the window.
An email is forwarded to me: it’s from Newsnight. How exciting! The government has just announced a minimum price for units of alcohol, and what with my having written an opinion piece for the Guardian decrying the policy before it was even announced, they want me on the show.
Sober, blameless, virtuous even - for I am doing the washing-up - and another glass breaks. Down to four now, which is still acceptable, just.
“My policing was nothing but activism – it had to be”
I am wandering around the Hovel, looking for a book.
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Well, there go the good times.
The tall man in front of me blinks shyly from beneath a white side-swept fringe - or at least, as shyly as anyone can do dressed in white leggings so tight I could tell if he had varicose veins.
An email arrives from the chief executive of a magazine that went bust last year owing me £750. I might have mentioned this before. Well, it has been weighing upon me.
An email from one of the editors at the New Statesman.
At a swanky literary party - they still exist but they are few and far between - I am introduced to two charming girls who appear to be in their mid-teens.
Willpower is probably starting to ebb from that New Year's resolution to cut down on alcohol. Why? Because you're fighting your natural inclinations: intoxication is a basic human drive.
I wake up on Sunday with a hangover so bad that I feel profoundly altered inside. There have been fundamental realignments of a sinister nature. I have a sudden, vivid image of my liver.
Another year, another final pair of digits on the file marked "terror about financial matters". Not that there's anything that I can do about it, except work, and that for little more than peanuts.
The likes of Fassbinder, Godard, Pasolini, Tarkovsky, Wajda and Visconti were once seen as essential
A purple flyer pops through our letter box: "It's time to play," it says, which, to a sensitive ear, sounds like a catchphrase for a Hollywood serial killer.
“Ageing women get axed from TV, so where’s your role model?”
I awake, not exactly refreshed but pleasantly woozy, after my first afternoon nap.
Well, you can't stay in London every single day of your life, you'd go mad, and so I accept an invitation to go to Perthshire with H -- . Not that
Why foodies are getting excited about foraging
Is clothes browsing inside refurbished shipping containers in east London as hip (and non-corporate)
Leafing through the St Andrews Citizen the other day, I read a piece about plans to dig up a patch of wild ground - the local preservation trust described it as "an eyesore" - and make it into a "community garden".
Sometimes I wonder whether my horizons are shrinking too much.
The NS Interview: Fergus Henderson, chef at St John
My column from the latest <em>New Statesman</em> magazine.