Application refused! (bureaucratic flash fiction)

...these foreigners, God help us. They land at Narita, doesn't matter if they don't have two braincells to rub together, the very next day lo and behold they've got a job teaching English. Some crook running a godawful tinpot eikaiwa above a Tsutaya two blocks behind Kawasaki station takes them on after checking they can … Continue reading Application refused! (bureaucratic flash fiction)


Book Review: Crog by Amanda Mitchison

Crog is a fizzing axehead of an adventure story reminiscent of that other great cro-magnon Stig of the Dump. The action kicks off in grey and grimy modern day London with tearaway Wilf nicking a bronze age bowl from a museum. Wilf gets out with his prize just ahead of two sharply suited pursuers, but … Continue reading Book Review: Crog by Amanda Mitchison

On Bentham’s Head

Opponent of slavery. Advocate of gay and animal rights. Social reformer. Conceptualiser of the Panopticon - a method of incarceration coupled with complete surveillance. What a curious, contradictory figure Jeremy Bentham was. Is. Because even though he died in 1832, this enlightenment social philosopher wanted his body to remain present in the world. Literally. So he requested … Continue reading On Bentham’s Head

A couple of experimental / daft poems in homage to Ivor Cutler

Tokyo nightlines (concrete poem formed from the deconstruction of a Google translated story in The Asahi Shinbun 19/7/2018) The Financial Services Agency was on a famous entertainer,  I explained to Seiko Noda, who had been pointed out by "a friend.” Mr. Noda who was deeply involved in business illegality, having affairs with the officials of … Continue reading A couple of experimental / daft poems in homage to Ivor Cutler

Book Review: Babylon Berlin

Gereon Rath, the hero of Volker Kutscher’s hit detective series set in pre-war Berlin, arrives in the capital from provincial Cologne with a weight of guilt and expectation on his shoulders. He’s assigned to the Vice squad, and before too long is exposed to the lengendarily sleazy underbelly of the city. When a car containing … Continue reading Book Review: Babylon Berlin