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21
Dec

2016 has been a shit year. From the ongoing tragedy in Syria, to Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the deaths of so many our favourites artists, like Prince, Bowie, and Leonard Cohen to name just a few, it’s felt like a relentlessly awful year. Even our favourite YouTube…

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4
Dec

Many of the things I’ve quit recently have been big, gnarly, emotionally draining experiences. (like Late Night Satire, Being a Film Critic, Discussing Identity Online). So I’ll admit when it came to pick something for this week, I was looking for some low hanging fruit, something a little easier to…

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3
Dec

Last week I enjoyed a short, relaxing stay in Inawashiro, a beautiful and dramatic area in the mountains north of Tokyo. The week leading up to the trip had been odd. We were woken one morning by a long M7.2 earthquake under the waters off Fukushima, in the area devastated…

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22
Nov

I’ve been active online for more than 20 years. From the early days of email lists, relay chat, and basic web sites, through forums then onto blogs, followed by social media and online video, I’ve always been an advocate for having a active, authentic and public, online presence. I believed…

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16
Nov

It’s been hard to like Twitter in recent years. What was once the social media platform of choice for so many creatives, writers and thinkers has become increasingly less fun to use. Instead of feeling like a cafe full of calm, enjoyable conversations it has too often resembled a fractious,…

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This Week I Quit Satire
15
Nov

My youth was marked by a “golden age” of TV and satire. A lot of the best satire came from the UK. Some shows highlighted the absurdities of everyday working life, a line we can draw from the great Fawlty Towers and The Young Ones, to more recent offerings like…

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10
Nov

Shock is too weak a word to describe the way I felt yesterday watching the news from the US elections.  It wasn’t so much like an earthquake as like the feeling that comes after, the unnerving sense everything that was once solid has become strangely liquid and unstable. I opened…

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6
Nov

The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival was on this past week. For the past three years I’ve covered the festival, seeing 3-4 films a day, attending press conferences and writing reviews. But not this year. How I Became A Film Critic The Society For Film was a film review podcast…

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22
Oct

Yesterday was a modest day. After the last couple of weeks, which were full of interruptions, plans gone awry and missteps, it was good to wake knowing I had an ordinary day of work and try my best just to get through it. I spent a big chunk of time…

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15
Oct

This week I joined the Magnum photography workshop with Antoine D’Agata in Tokyo. Magnum is one of the most prestigious photo book publishers and photography agencies in the world and D’Agata is one of the most exciting photographers working today. The workshop promised a challenging five day educational experience in…

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