Two posts in one week? Blog posts are like buses: they’re big and red and have wheels and seats and some of them bend in the middle. Or something. Roz Morris, host of the Undercover Soundtrack blog, very kindly asked me to write a piece for her site on how music influences, informs andContinue reading “Sex, Drugs, Rock n Noir”
Cargo Publishing are having a great year, bringing out Collete Victor’s What to do With Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein, Andrew Raymond Drennan’s The Limits of the World and now Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo. Here‘s my review of the latter in the Japan Times.
I’ve had a week off work and, writing half a short story aside, have been letting my mind unwind from the exertions of finishing the last novel. Mainly I’ve spent my time lying in the park reading. Near our apartment there’s an ancient burial mound (Jomon period, roughly 1000BCE – 300BCE) that makes for aContinue reading “New Books by Wonderful Writers”
A new soap opera has just started in Japan called Massan and is (loosely) based on the life of Rita Cowan from Kirkintilloch, Scotland. In 1920 she married a Japanese student Masataka Taketsuru and the couple moved to Japan. Together they founded Nikka Whisky, one of the Japanese distilleries that still regularly wins international awardsContinue reading “Rita Taketsuru née Cowan”