Dorman Long Tower Demolished: Here’s Why It Had to Go

I was shocked into consciousness at 2am on Sunday morning by a “boom and crunch” sound. Assuming an industrial incident and expecting to be kept up by sirens, I turned over to grab as much sleep as I could… …and woke at 6am as planned (son had a championship to attend). The boom…

A Life in the Day of a Tech Writer

You probably know the format. It’s a description of a typical day, famously occupying the back page of the Sunday Times Colour Supplement ( I believe they call it a “magazine” these days) with a focus on the notable in culture and society. The Tom Baker one is a scream. It’s also a…

RIP #Newsjack, But I Was Over You Years Ago

As someone who aspires to write comedy, I’ve spent a whole lot of time over the past 12 years attempting to get material on Newsjack. But hearing of its demise yesterday has left me… somewhat relieved, actually. Personally I don't feel it was the same after Romesh Ranganathan left, but that's quite a…

Why Is Twitter Always Better on a Friday?

There is something strange going on in the world of social media. Twitter – that badly calibrated barometer of far left insanity – is always miles more fun on a Friday. Every other day of the week (save the football-heavy Saturdays, which comes with its own mix of moods and madness and armchair…

Anatomy of a Hardware Review

I’ve been checking through the video reviews I’ve produced for MakeUseOf over the past few years. Since 2015 I’ve filmed and voiced at least 60.

The Demon Headmasters

I attended comprehensive school from 1987-1992. Prior to that I had the opportunity to visit as I was Joseph in my primary school’s Christmas production (a LOT of lines), but only saw the school hall. The actual scale of the school was a mystery until my first day in September 1987, and frankly…

Finding a Hole in the Wall

Setting myself the task of writing a blog post every day for a month – which I committed myself to over the weekend, so let’s see how it goes – is a bit foolish when you don’t actually have more than a few days’ worth of material to consider. This is me, essentially,…

The Ghosts of British Sitcom

I have recently been unwell. A by-product of this – the waking hours, at least – was finally getting the chance to watch Ghosts, the much-loved BBC sitcom/comedy drama (depending on how your bread is buttered on such distinctions). Having already enjoyed the first episode previously, I launched in to episode 2, but……

Goldfinger Wasn’t Goldfinger

James Bond villain Auric Goldfinger is played by Gert Frobe – but voiced by Michael Collins. Why was the well-known German actor’s voice replaced in post-production?

20 Years On: 9/11 Was the Internet’s Greatest Day

In 2001, the WTC was attacked. From the ashes and death, we discovered instant news thanks to the internet. But did this also bear the fruits of online madness we see in social media 20 years later?