Burgers with Muhammad Ali: a boxing fan’s friendship with the champ

Russ Routledge is an amateur boxer from Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1984, he spent a week living with Muhammad Ali, the greatest fighter of all time. Russ was down on his luck and far from home, and Ali was attempting to deal with retirement and the onset of Parkinson’s. Read the story of their unlikely friendship in Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron on Medium.

The Witches’ Circle

I don’t believe in witchcraft, ghosts, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, or anything else that can’t be proven to exist via science and logic. I am, however, interested in all of the above, and pretty much anything else that can be considered paranormal or supernatural. This is mainly because I spent part of my childhood […]

Your next box set: John from Cincinnati

A piece for the Guardian G2’s ‘Your next box set’ column about the US TV show John from Cincinnati. “‘The end is near,’ says mysterious stranger John in the opening scenes of John from Cincinnati. His words are prophetic, as this under-appreciated show from David Milch (creator of Deadwood and Luck) only lasted 10 episodes. […]

Your next box set: Boomtown

An article for the Guardian’s G2 column ‘Your next box set’ on the US TV show Boomtown. “London has got the Thames, Paris has got the Seine, LA has got a concrete drainage ditch.” That’s our introduction to Boomtown, a city that rises out of the California dust in the opening sequence of this short-lived […]

Rocketman Hal Graham

Hal Graham, the first man to officially fly a rocketbelt, has died. The following is an edited extract from The Rocketbelt Caper: Harold ‘Hal’ Graham was a 27-year-old science graduate from Buffalo who had been working for the Bell Aircraft Company as a test engineer for just over a year when he was selected to […]

How to turn iPhone app ideas into cash

Got an idea for a killer iPhone app? With more than 1bn applications sold since its launch last July, Apple’s iPhone App Store has become one of the fastest-growing tech enterprises in recent history, and gained a reputation as something of a developer’s goldmine. Success stories such as that of Ethan Nicholas, whose iShoot app […]

The ebook format war

It was clear from this week’s London Book Fair that the UK publishing industry is finally ready to embrace ebooks. But before the ebook can really challenge its paper equivalent, the industry has to avert a format war a whole lot more complicated than VHS vs Betamax… Read the full story at The Guardian.

Online music and the Beatles Gap

Last week’s announcement that the Beatles’ back catalogue will be made available on remastered CD failed to satisfy all Fab Four fans. Fifteen remastered albums will be released on 9 September, as will The Beatles: Rock Band videogame. But there is still no news on when the band’s catalogue will be made available online. Frustratingly […]

The death of the download

With computing becoming increasingly cloud-based, it no longer seems necessary to download or store music. As network connectivity becomes pervasive, the possibility of having every piece of commercially available music at our fingertips, instantly playable via our next-generation portable music players, mobile phones and Wi-Fi home entertainment systems comes closer. So will downloading digital music […]