It’s lunchtime at the Bourne Business Park in Weybridge. I’m here for a training course in a brightly lit and vacuously decorated corporate office, here with a classroom of all men – IT types who are professional but distinctly laddy. Business-like yet some vain shreds of masculinity manage to creep past the curtain. At lunch, […]Read More Fear and Loathing in West Surrey
A cold phone booth sits on Lewisham high street in the late 90’s. Stepping inside that phone booth was like entering some enshrined defiled womb; The door would shut tight behind you and seal you inside, tuning out the sound of nearby traffic until it became a distant murmur. The overpowering smell of stale piss would […]Read More Eyes Wide Open – How the Internet made people kinkier
Its 2am here and Brixton from my bed is as silent as anything. Outside, distant cars create an echoey soundscape and the penetrating light of my phone swallows up my face like a flood light. Its a sleepless night tonight. Just me and the disillusioned glow of a dating app to keep me company. Faces […]Read More A 31-year-old man attempts online dating: A cautionary tale.
2019 will barely be four days old when we see it, but the card for NJPW’s Wrestlekingdom 13 is already looking like it’ll be an absolute monster of an event, boasting some of the worlds greatest talent hitting the stage for the historic Tokyo Dome show. It isn’t mainstream right now, but for many grappling […]Read More Wrestling is changing and the WWE knows it.
There’s a lot of crowds packed into a heaving tube train at 1am on weekends. People are smartly dressed and drunk. A man with a 5 o’clock shadow staggers on, swerving into people as though they were bowling skittles. He holds on to nearby handholds for dear life but the jerky movements of the tube […]Read More Gentrification and the Victoria Line: Authenticity is a marketing buzzword.
In the ’98 war film Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller who is hunkered against a wall of sand, taking cover against machine gun fire. Intense shelling sends huge clumps of sand into the air to cascade down around Miller as his troops cower in fear. He is hunched beside a radioman whom […]Read More The problem of War and Video Games
Ever heard the song Rise by Public Image Ltd? It’s one of the groups most recognizable songs, with its glittering guitar spiraling through the track and a rousing bass line that stomps to an almost orchestral climax with punk legend John Lydon chanting “Anger is an energy!” like a mantra. The song is about setting aside your […]Read More Pain like a branding iron: How art can save your life
Resting in the rolling valleys of Montana lays a small, picturesque farm. Armed men roam the farm picking at their skin, occasionally kicking cages that contain ravenous killer dogs. They chat amongst themselves, load and unload their rifles as a church hymn plays over a loudspeaker, followed by a dramatic sermon by one of the […]Read More Far Cry 5 and the moral quandry of player freedom
A thrilling turnout It must be rough being a wrestler signed to WWE these days – all you have to do is look over your shoulder to see how much fun Indie wrestlers are having before floods of green envy fill your veins. These days, if you want quality wrestling entertainment, WWE is really stuck […]Read More NJPW’s Strong Style Evolved: Should the McMahon empire be worried?
Heading into the city on January the 8th, you’ll still see the old Christmas lights from December 2017 suspended over The Strand, or maybe you’ll see some old, cheap lights in the windows of people’s flats, one or two every five minutes, who haven’t quite let go of the winter season yet. Those old flashes […]Read More Disconnect – How solitude can kill off Social Media