A Day of Violence

A Day of Violence

***the following piece was, originally, posted on MyFilms in May 2010.  This was the first time I had ever conducted an interview face to face.  The film itself, "A Day of Violence", was screening as part of a horror festival and was, frankly, unpleasant.  I tried to be as positive as I could about what [...]

Brothers in Harms

Brothers in Harms

Family. Blood is thicker than water. When everyone else has gone it is meant to be your family who are stood still by your side, resolute, devout, faithful even in the face of disgrace, disappointment and disaster. Romantic? Maybe. Those of a postmodernist persuasion (hello Guardian writers) will tell you that the family is an [...]

The Salad Way – Album Review

The Salad Way – Album Review

Are you ready to be heartbroken? Or at least ready to have your heart broken and then pieced back together again? Of course not, how could you be? A new Salad album is on its way. Butterflies in your stomach? Of course you do. You're excited. Who wouldn't be. "I love Salad" you are thinking. [...]

Please Be Cool…As F**k

Please Be Cool…As F**k

In the summer of 1989 I walked into the McDonalds on Kirkcaldy High Street, filled out an application form to become a crew member and then headed home.  I was sixteen and the income from a paper round, delivering the local free newspaper The Fife Leader was no longer sufficient to provide for my ever [...]