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By: On Thursday, 19 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Well, with the Book Festival starting yesterday, I guess all the Edinburgh Festivals are in full swing (the Film Festival having been cunningly moved to an earlier slot in the year to coincide with the other European Film Festivals), so imagine my suprise while sitting in a cafe in the Grassmarket, I see that right at the top of the top ten Theatre and Performance events in "The ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 15 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Back, with part two. We're so professional, as Frank said on stage, but, hey, I've been on holiday, so eat chain, as he also said. Yes, the concert started with "Big Swifty", quite possibly the Zappa song I would include on my playlist if I was ever on "Desert Island Disks". A pretty straight version of the album track, not the jazz-fusion fest of the version on "You Can't Do That Live on Stage Anymore Vol. 1" with Chester Thompson and George Duke slugging it out. Then followed songs li... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 14 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We'll shortly be heading off shortly to see Alice in Chains at the O2 in Glasgow, cause for joy, but, first,  I have to make some comments about a concert Linda and I caught this time last week at the Glasgow Concert Hall. The clue is in the title of the post. Yes, Dweezil and his band playing tribute to his father's music. I'm a huge Frank Zappa fan and miss his take on everything, an... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 02 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
FF Press have just published "The Mix Tape", Volume 3, in the States, consisting of two sides and probably over 100 stories. My story "Crossing the Border" is the second story on Side A, a tale of a couple taking a very unusual car ride, and to say more would spoil a (very) short story.  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 22 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
(Yes, we made it back from Spooky Glencoe unless this is a message from beyond.........I'll spare you the gory details and the photos of my ravaged legs, suffice to say the midges won!) Speaking of winning, the World Cup is over, the best team won, or at least I thought they did, but for me the interest ended on Saturday night with Germany's last game as I had drawn them somehow in the TTA Press World Cup Sweepstake. More details of the gripping final battle for supremacy whi... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 12 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
My son, Alex, used to have birthday sleep overs,  and then for a few years he had birthday camping sleep overs in our garden which usually meant getting about four hours sleep as the little darlings went to bed at 2am and got up at 6am to play "hunt". Enough was enough so for the last two years we have been going to Glencoe and just before the scabrous mountain that is Buachaille Etive Mor we head left down the single-track Glen Etive road for about half an hour until pulling over in... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 09 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Thanks to the generosity of my workmates I was given a mega-gift voucher for FOPP for my 50th birthday, but have I spent it wisely? Well, one of my purchases was "A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble" Vol2 by the Amorphous Androgynous, subtitled "Pagan Love Vibrations (Exploding in Your Mind). I don't really go in for impulse buys, in fact, I think I've only bought two albums on impulse, funnily ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 07 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ahem, just got round to posting the latest two episodes of my science fiction political satire "Mr.Murdoch Comes to Town" set in a futuristic Scottish parliament which appeared in "New Writing Scotland" in 2008. Check out "From the Vaults" for them, and I promise to be more diligent in future. Now off to sort out "The Now".  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 28 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, our lab, Molly, hit the big five years old today. We call her the Molster, the puddy-girl, Daddy's little princess, the Cuteness, and other slushy, mushy endearing terms when she's good; but when she's bad she's Stinky, Heid the Baw, Rattus Yellowus, and the like. She celebrated her birthday in usual form - eating, sleeping, swimming in the River Clyde, and nicking cheesecake off plates. And here she is: At Christmas:  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 27 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
   Cover art by Howard Watts. I should have plugged this ages ago, but finally.  Dark Horizons 56 from the British Fantasy Society is out, containing Jim Steel's short story "The Bordello of Doom"... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 07 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The latest issue of Interzone is out - number 228, in fact,  with a review of George Mann's "Ghosts of Manhatten" included by yours truly, and there are some other reviews by GSFWC members. It looks like this: ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 07 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back! Been away because of mucho business - Linda was ash-bound in Oz for a while, and there have been a couple of technical difficulties, so it's sad to have to return and comment on the death at 67 of Ronnie James Dio owner of one of the great voices in rock. I was lucky enough to catch him live on his "Holy Diver" tour - and I mean back in the day at the Glasgow Apollo and have that album on tape (a cassette of all things!). I was also lucky enough to catch him just a few years ago wit... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 17 May 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Read Raw (www.readrawltd.co.uk) are delighted to be involved with Renfrewshire Council and its many partners in the events being organised to mark the 200 hundred years that have passed since the death of Paisley's major poet, Robert Tannahill. Last Wednesday we gathered in Paisley Arts Centre to hear about the events planned - open mike sessions, a poetry wall, a poetry collection, music events, and a whole load of other performing events.  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 25 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
For a few years, I was a Fringe reviewer for Radio Forth at the Edinburgh Festival - which gave you free membership of the Fringe Club and the odd stalking by an even odder director who didn't like my review. What was great about reviewing was to see a quote taken from your review appearing in the ads for the same performer when they returned next year. Apart from also being a great way to get to know all the out of the way venues in Edinburgh - stretching from Morningside to Musselburgh. T... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 25 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
great experience, dude! thanks for this great Articles wow... it's very wonderful report. RFID Reader... Read more...
By: On Wednesday, 21 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Simon Clark and Vinnie Chong at the Telos Tea Party (and a cuppa did make a change from all those free glasses of wine) which launched Simon's "Humpty's Bones", and Vinnie's artbook "Altered Visions". I was lucky enough to get a copy of each of them, you might not be so lucky so get yourself over to www.telos.co.uk right now. Vinnie is arguably the best UK illu... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 12 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last weekend, from the 25th to the 28th of March, I was in Brighton for the World Horror Convention - the first time the convention has been in the UK, and outside North America and Canada. It was great fun, meeting up with old friends, being the first reader of the convention (and thanks if you came along to hear me), attending panels, and workshops(even being on a panel on the Sunday with Chris Fowler and Tanith Lee about teenage fiction) and going to signings and a lot of launches, and mak... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 03 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
What a difference a year makes. The death of March 2010, means the slipping away into the void of "The Now" for April 2009 as soon as I post the new one for April 2010, so goodbye to "Coma Devine" by Porcupine Tree, and "Marcher" by Chris Beckett, and the movie version of Alan Moore's classic graphic novel, "Watchmen".  You've probably seen (or even read) the latter, but look out for the first two, especially the Beckett novel if you've never come across him before, or catch the late... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 31 March 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Just got "Ghosts of Manhattan" by George Mann in from Interzone to review. Smells good, and looks good too, thanks to the artwork of Benjamin Carre. Guess what's top of the reading pile now that I've finished my vampire reading homework for the World Horror Convention. ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 22 March 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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