'So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information.' ― George Orwell

Category: Film

Vivian Maier, photographer

I finally got around to watching the documentary film Finding Vivian Maier (2013) and found that she was just as idiosyncratic as everything I’d read about her had led me to believe. But the eye never lies… what talent.


Peter O’Toole [1932-2013]

Peter O’Toole, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of ‘Under Milkwood’ by Dylan Thomas

‘I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony.’ – Peter O’Toole

A wonderful profile of the Irish actor returning home by Gay Talese for Esquire magazine in 1963:

“You’re talking to an Irish bookie’s son, you can’t con me!”

‘I started out as a journalist on the Yorkshire Post. Then it occurred to me I didn’t want to be writing the story – I wanted to be the story.’

From GQ magazine:


An archaeologist finds herself writing fiction — what stories will she unearth?

Lady Fancifull

adventures in a mainly literary obsession

Heritage Calling

A Historic England Blog

's mise Ciara, seo mo bhlag!

scríobh | eat | sleep

Forms of Love: Readings in Poetry

Maria Johnston, Poetry Critic

Emma Jane Healey

Exploring the world of heritage, art and culture

London pub crawls

A blog on pub crawling, and beer generally, in London

On The Beak

Boxing News & Opinion

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog


Musings from the North Country


Lauren Murphy on music

The Fluff Is Raging

Flufferings on Arts, Culture and the Perpetual Allure of Uma Thurman by an Irish ex-pat currently at large in Canada


Words are my bag ...

The Dead Queen of Bohemia

The online site of poet and novelist Jenni Fagan


John Self's Shelves