A Beginner’s Guide to Studio Ghibli

Japan's answer to Disney/Pixar? There's much more to Studio Ghibli than anthropomorphised toys; as Sarah Slade discovers.

Shipper Fools

If you think the "50 Shades of Grey" phenomenon is odd, wait until you meet some of the fans.

Satire: it’s no laughing matter

A brief history of satire, with your narrator Jules.

The Great British Museum of Culture

Appearing in a field near you very soon, the car boot sale is quintessentially British. Jules is a lover.

The joy of Public Information Films

If you're of a certain age, you'll remember Public Information Films. Often like a cut-price Hammer Horror which instructed young whippersnappers not to fly kites near pylons or the dangers of falling asleep with a ciggie in your hand. Claire remembers them with great affection.

Georgette Heyer and the bliss of the comfort read

Time is precious and time to indulge in your favourite fiction even more so. Which is one reason why, when she finds time to escape into a book, Adele finds herself returning to an oft-forgotten heroine of literature, Georgette Heyer.

Suffolk, Soup and Bill Drummond

An everyday story of a pop music icon and situationist visiting the home of your then boyfriend's parents in deepest Suffolk to make soup for the assembled masses.

Weird Christmas traditions around the world

It's not all Wizzard and egg nog you know. Around the world, each country has its own and "unusual" way of celebrating the Christmas period.

Whatever happened to tele?

The face of viewing has changed out of all recognition in the past decade; with shows rarely the events they once were. Is the age of the "TV show" now over?

How “Doctor Who” affected every TV show you’ve ever seen

From EastEnders to Miss Marple, it could be argued that Doctor Who has influenced almost every mainstream TV show of the past 50 years. Could be argued? Well, Chris is going to...

Cult Revisited

Be-Bop Deluxe

Most musical anoraks have at least one; a band that they believed should have been bigger than they were. They could have been real contenders if only - if only - the general public had bought more of their records. Be-Bop Deluxe were one of those bands. As far as we're concerned anyway.


Christmas Book List

Looking for a gift for your favourite bookworm? We offer a few choice selections for your delectation and delight.

Are cover versions always inferior?

Since the first LP was released, cover versions have been a staple of popular music. From the note for note re-recording through to the complete re-working, we look at some of the best cover versions of all time.

(Almost) Everything I need to know I learned from RuPaul

Plato. Kant. Nietzsche. Paul. Taking her place amongst the world's greatest philosophers, drag queen Ru Paul has taught me more about life than I ever-imagined possible. Allow me to demonstrate...

Forgotten albums

Peter Frampton & The Bee Gees ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Sometimes there are very good reasons why you've never heard - or forgotten about - an album.

The old rockers memorial home

Bob Dylan. The Stones. The Who. Paul McCartney. Roger Waters. Neil Young. No it's not the contents of a geography teacher's record collection but the line-up for Desert Trip, a three day music extravaganza in America. And we were there.


Pixies “Head Carrier”

Whilst it's infinitely better than their previous release, "Head Carrier" simply delivers Pixies-lite. But is that necessarily a bad thing?


The boys are back in town

Jezza, Hamster and Captain Slow are back. More of the same or a brave new vision? What do you think?


Mystical gurus and martial arts: the Doctor will see you now

The Marvel Cinematic Universe moves out of the realm of the superhero - and into the mystical - with the first film to feature everybody's favourite sorceror Dr Stephen Strange.