More Art Less Tools

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I do hope I don’t get thrown out of the Association of Lighting Designers for this one… The ALD has a motto.  It’s on its website, it’s on its magazine – ‘More Art Less Tools’. I would cautiously suggest that it’s a terrible motto. For a start, it’s grammatically pants.  Yes, I know, pedantry, but someone’s gotta bring it up and having raised it, we can all move on.  More art… fewer tools… next…. Beneath that, there is a noble intention.  There’s conversations about the simple beauty of a single, well-judged lamp cunningly rigged which, through its elegant contribution to …

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Your Body Is Worth Everything!!!

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Is anyone else really enjoying the commercialisation of individual value at the moment?  It’s beautiful.  It’s awesome.  It’s… … a wee bit insidious, in it’s way.  In it’s affable sorta way. Take, for example, the recent trends in ads by companies like Boots the Pharmacy, Dove (soaps and shampoos) and various fashion outlets including Selfridges and M&S, those bastions of women-who-wear-navy-blue-with-style.  After years of trying to sell anorexia to women; after years of explaining that sexual satisfaction only came with a certain kind of face cream and by wearing magic knickers that transformed your backside into a carved bit of …

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So 2016

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I’ve been thinking about grief. On the morning the UK voted to leave Brexit, I woke up, checked the news, and started swearing.  For three days, I lost time, felt distracted, unable to concentrate or work, emotional and drained. On the night of the US Presidential Election, I went to bed nervous, woke at 2 a.m., and couldn’t stop myself.  I had to know how it was going.  I turned on the news, and there was the beginning of the end, in full swing, as state after state turned red, and the US elected the single most corrupt, bigoted, misogynist, …

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WE ARE WARRIOR raaaarrrrggghhhh!!

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“After feigning my death, I went into the mountains and there, the things I had valued before fell away from me, and I found enlightenment.” So sayeth the mighty warrior as he gazed into the eyes of the woman who he’d feigned his death for in order to liberate her to be free to marry the man she actually wanted to marry despite the fact they never did get married because the Iron Way did not permit love, not while duty was… Anyway.  A few scenes later, having flown through the air and acrobatically fought in the name of justice …

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Post Show Drinks

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“Cat!  The show went well!  Come have a drink.” “Oh but I was going to go home I haven’t been home for five hundred years every part of my body hurts I can barely walk I’m so tired now and then I start giggling hysterically I’m not sure that….” “Just one, just one, come on…” “I suppose so… is it ok to sit here?  I can chat to the techies on the left, but maybe also get to know the actors on the right it could be interesting the two professions coming together at last a meeting of…” Five minutes …

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Comicon 2016

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World!  I’m gonna be at London Comicon 2016 on Sunday 30th, talking about books and signing books and generally mouching!  Come say hello!! Here ends this public service announcement.