Monthly Archives: August 2005

Creative Genius

I’ve just presented a series for Radio 4 called Creative Genius. Click here if you want to listen to the programmes.

It Takes All Types

I’m presenting a programme about fonts on BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 7th September, at 1130 pm. Listen online Here’s a guide to your font personality which I wrote for The Times… If your favourite font is… Arial: you are a…

PD James

I just interviewed PD James. She’s soooooo nice. And charming. And clever. And articulate. It should be compulsory for all people to write crime novels involving gruesome murders in scary locations.

Health Update

I’ve now been out of hospital for a month and I feel fine, apart from the constant dizziness. But I’m now on a new tablet for that. It’s called Stemetil and it prevents balance problems – also psychosis and schizophrenia…

Hoonds Of Love, Pet

I’m rather partial to the Futureheads cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, which appears on the splendid new Festival CD. And it’s encouraging to hear yet another band singing in an obvious Geordie accent (well…Sunderland in this case, but…

Insomnia

It’s 4.45am and I’ve been awake for two hours. All I can hear outside is the catflap next door. It’s being used every few minutes. I’m not sure what’s going on or how many cats are in their kitchen. As…

Cambridge

I was in Cambridge today for the first time in three years and it was good to be back. We pootled round bookshops, discovered the brilliant Rainbow Cafe opposite Kings (fantastic organic chocolate and chestnut cake) and ended the day…

Some Like It Cool

Me, when I liked hot weather It’s too darn hot. I hate it. It’s wrong – especially in England, which has a moral duty to be be cold. I used to love it, and I’ve lived and worked in hot…

Online Gallery

I’ve discovered an excellent online art gallery containing everything from Holbein to Hockney. Well worth a visit.