Issue 15
April 20, 2023

You’re Tearing Me Apart, Lisa

What do you do when Tommy Wiseau turns up outside your dorm room?

Taxi Cab Confessionals

On the trail of Brian Richard Martin, the Yorkshire businessman and paedophile who bought a school.

What, Indeed

Lessons to be learned from the bright minds in the commentariat.

An American Tail

Michelle Taylor is back with a story about a redoutable rodent.

The Julian Fellowes Benevolent Fund

Caspar Salmon examines the decline and fall of the UK film industry. (Sorry about all the italics.)

Just the Tonic

Let's celebrate 2,000 years of drinking to feel better.

Las Babas del Diablo

Róisín Lanigan tracks down the young actor plastering his face all over Soho.

Earthly Powers

Anthony Burgess – novelist, composer, linguist and polymath – was also a real bitch. In

Something Is Rotten on the Street of Denmark

Outernet is one of the most controversial new buildings in central London. We sent our pints correspondent for an evening under its glaring great screens.

A Postcard from Vesuvius

A brief look at the surprisingly complex history of the trinket trade.

Fashion Beasts!

Clive Martin lifts the lid on an industry that acts with zero accountability.

From Rushdie with Love

A guide to making millions from your postcolonial trauma.

The Definitive Guide to Scouseness

Southport’s own Josh Mcloughlin studies the tribes of Merseyside.

Death of a Sellout

Jade Angeles Fitton has tried to keep it real.

Charting the Charts

Nov 52 NME creates the UK’s first singles chart by phoning around a handful of record shops and estimating the number of different records sold. The first number one is Al Martino’s Here in My Heart. Ot

Point and Click

A short story from Switzerland.

A Snoozer’s Guide to London

Here’s a guide to the best places to nap in central London.

Lib Dems Around the World

We proffer some brand solutions for Britain’s beleaguered third party.

Comfort in Solitude

A sheath of curios from the country's favourite radio programme, Desert Island Discs.

Severn’s Samurai

In which we ask: who’s hard enough?

The Dutiful Swain

Sir Desmond Swayne is the Member for New Forest West and a very keen blogger. Magnus Syner has collated the MP’s greatest hits.

Final Acts

Here’s a lesser-spotted history of grand farewells from people who died doing what they loved: saying and/or doing strange things.

Helter Skelter in Honiton

There are some crazy cats down in Devon.