What I Learned Watching Criminal – Netflix

Criminal: UK Protocol is everything. If you have 30 seconds until the interview is over, you have 30 seconds, and that’s it. You do not cross that line. A lot depends on your solicitor. They are there to enforce protocol. Protocol is everything. Romance is a shy, tender thing. Any romance that goes beyond a cautious look between two officers is a matter of Great Controversy, for it has breeched protocol. Know how you’re doing well? When your interviewee shuts down into an emotional wall, encased in the sheer weight of logic and evidence from which there is no escape.…

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Support the Climate Strike

Very late in the day, please support the climate strike! Climate change is the single greatest threat to our existence. It is already manifesting in deadly heatwaves, spreading diseases, decreased fertility, water shortages and ever-more deadly extreme weather. It is ruining crops and lives; driving up the cost of the food on your shelves and endangering coastlines, communities and lives. We’ve known about it since the 1970s, but always put off acting. Now every year that goes by it becomes harder and more expensive to undo the damage, and more lives will be destroyed. We have to get our arses…

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Sweet Tooth In London

It is a Famous Fact, that I love cake. As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, having cake is the main means through which I socialise with people. It is like going to the pub, only way more chocolatey. I also have the palette of a five-year-old. How much icing is the correct amount? All the icing. Just… all of it. With this in mind, as a public service, here is some of my personal general cakey highlights in London…. Disclaimer – I do not actively seek out taste experiences like a true conoisseur. For all of my cakey love, I’ve…

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Running London

I am learning to run longer distances. Oh god it sucks. But sometimes it doesn’t! And sometimes it especially doesn’t because London has some great running routes if you know where to look…. (Most of these will be north London, as that’s where I primarily run.) The river. The Thames Path can carry you practically from Oxford to the sea, but for a more London-tastic run it’ll do you sterling service in the city too. On the north bank I’ve covered Strawberry Hill-Richmond, beneath huge hanging trees and along wide gravel tracks. Back from the road are large estates of…

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September 13th Birmingham!

Birmingham! I’m coming to say hello on September 13th courtesy of the lovely Birmingham Science Fiction Group! It’d be lovely if you’re around; come knatter about geekery and books. For more information visit: http://www.birminghamsfgroup.org.uk/ Hope to see you there!

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Teching at the Edinburgh Festival

This year I am not at the Edinburgh Festival, bucking a rule that has held for many years of my life. I have worked on a bundle of shows up there over several years, and figured as the Festival is currently in full swing I may as well sit back, chill out, and reminisce on what it’s like to be a techie in Edinburgh in August…. Firstly, there’s two kinda techies working the Edinburgh Festival. There’s people like me, who arrive, work, and leave within a couple of days. We are very lucky. Then there’s the vast majority of technicians,…

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