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A farewell to Blockbuster

December 16, 2013   -   2 comments   -  

I wrote this for a newspaper last year, when my local Blockbuster – which I had worked at for few years – was closing down.

With today marking the closure of the last remaining UK stores, I thought I’d share it…

A Blockbuster store in the UK

One of the many stricken Blockbuster stores           Picture: Elliot Brown

The Rob mentioned in the story went on to manage another Blockbuster store. Yesterday he turned the lights off there for the last time.


This weekend, the book closed on what had been quite a large part of my life.

After 22 years, Blockbuster in Canterbury has closed its doors, ready to be smashed into pieces in preparation for a new hotel with too few parking spaces.

For many, I expect it was just another video shop, but the big blue store by the crossroads always meant more to me.

Getting your kids into the theatre

December 13, 2013   -   2 comments   -  

In this year’s Christmas special edition of The Spectator, there is an article by me about the best way to get your kids interested in the theatre.

Don’t worry, it’s not as dry and worthy as it sounds. Plus, it opens up with me getting hit in the face, so there’s that.

The issue of The Spectator it’s in looks like this:

The Spectator magazine front cover Christmas 2013

And like most things it’s available to read online too.

Redesign phase one

November 19, 2013   -   0 comments   -  

Or maybe phase five. I’ve lost count. But I think this is what my new theme is going to be. It’ll change slightly from the current set-up, but it’s already a big improvement. No white text on a black background for starters.  

A note on design

May 28, 2013   -   0 comments   -  

I know white text on a black background isn’t great. A redesign with a friendlier colour-scheme is coming. I’m using this as inspiration.

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