Barely Crimbo by Graham Wynd

Here it is barely Grimace; Time to deck the malls. Wish you a hairy crossbus; Fall down all the golden balls. Hark the Harold angles bring Glory to the edge-lord bling. Dashing through the pub, With a one-horse foamy ale, Oh, what fun it is to slide Through tat that’s cheap on sale. Olé. Grimble…

My M.R.I. by Ian Lewis Copestick

Tonight, I went for a M.R.I. scan An hour of trying to lay completely still Inside a tube that makes really loud Space noises. Wom – wom – wom – Wom – wom – wom – wom – wom – wom Bzzzzfffzzzt ! Bzzzzfffzzzt ! Wom – wom – wom – wom – wom ….

Recommended Read: Tommy Shakes by Rob Pierce

Former heroin addict Tommy Shakes is a perennial screw up. He’s an habitual criminal with a long-suffering wife, a young son, and dog called Rommel. He’s also a heavy-duty booze hound looking for a heist that will pay enough for him to get back into his wife’s good books.  He gets his chance when he…

The Two Ronnies: Done To Death

Piggy Malone (Ronnie Barker) and Charley Farley (Ronnie Corbett) are private detectives who investigate a mystery about a murdered family, featuring Sue Lloyd as Blanche Brimstone. As soon as Piggy finds out about the murder in the newspaper, a decision’s made that means a trip to the country, and there’s a second murder during an…

Recommended Read: Frank Sidebottom-Out Of His Head by Mick Middles

The mind of Chris Sievey was clearly a treasure trove – indeed, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave – of bright and shiny ideas, many of which, thankfully, came to fruition. Most notably in the effervescent forms of The Freshies and Frank Sidebottom. The Freshies were a brilliantly eccentric power pop/ new wave band who cheekily surfed…

#Noirvember: Office Killer

‘Office Killer is a comedy-horror film directed by Cindy Sherman. It was released in 1997 and stars Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald and David Thornton. ‘

Elton Motello vs Plastic Bertrand

Elton Motello was the pseudonym of singer- songwriter Alan Ward who released the single ‘Jet Boy, Jet Girl’ on the Belgian record label Pinball in 1977. The exact same backing track was simultaneously used by the Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand – which was a pseudonym of musician, songwriter, producer, editor and television presenter Roger François…

Gerry and The Holograms

Manchester post-punk band Gerry and The Holograms – CP Lee and John Scott – released their debut single Meet The Dissidents on Absurd Records in 1979. The ‘theme song’ – ‘Gerry and The Holograms‘ – clearly served as a blueprint for New Order‘s mega-hit Blue Monday, though neither band seems to have admitted to this!…

A Drink with Shane MacGowan

  ‘A Drink with Shane MacGowan was a new form of chat show hosted by the notorious Pogues frontman, and commissioned in the 1990s by Channel 4 arts supremo Waldemar Januszczak. However, they never broadcast this anarchic debut featuring live music, lively discussion between actors, writers, and musicians, pizza, and a fair few drinks… Featuring…