Don’t Be Shocked

Being as eagle-eyed as a blue tit, you may have noticed Peacockshock has a fabulous new look, conjured up by the mad genius Franklin D Roper at Frankweb which is based in the north. Thank you oh Franklin. I am…

Penguin Terminology

I was really impressed by the new ‘penguin beach’ at London Zoo and learnt a few new things about penguins – Rockhoppers are stand-offish divas A group of penguins is a ‘parcel’ When penguins are happy, they jump out of…

Draped In Exquisite Natural Daylight

A leaflet advertising Down Hall Country House caught my attention today, largely thanks to its rococo wording. Not only does it possess ‘tranquillity and serenity’, ‘high ceilings and wireless internet’, but it boasts that it’s ‘draped in exquisite natural daylight’.…

In Bed With Gore Vidal

Congratulations to my pal the lovely Tim Teeman on his new book In Bed With Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master It’s had rave reviews and it’s an Amazon No 1 best seller. Tim…

Sea Squirts

I discovered a new creature today – the sea squirt. And I’m already obsessing about it. It could easily become the mainstay of my conversation for months. Sea squirts rock. For a start, they squirt. They have siphons for sucking…

The Tavener Test

Sir John Tavener and his cat

Sad news that one of my favourite composers Sir John Tavener died this week. Among other things, he loved cats and wrote pieces in memory of his pet mogs. I once walked into a BBC Studio (B14 in BH, if…