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The Bin Collecting Theory of Getting Freelance Work

September 4, 2011


It’s been a while since I last updated the blog – mainly because I’ve been swamped with work for other places. None of it has been prestige work; you won’t find my byline anywhere, but it has kept the writing fingers and neurons ticking over and kept a steady stream of income coming into the […]

Tom Macmaster sets back the Arab Spring decades

June 13, 2011


I’m busy contemplating adding a major new chapter to The Revolution Will Be Tweeted? (which is out now) thanks to this, as well as updating other events  and releasing an expanded second edition soon. That won’t be for a while, though, so if you’re interested in seeing how the now-named Arab Spring came about (and […]

How 1884 Berlin affected 2010 Africa

January 21, 2011


The following is the first of several excerpts from my new book, African Lions, published in February: The Berlin Conference held in 1884 was a grand meeting of old imperial hands. Chargés d’affaires from Europe’s leading colonial powers gathered in long drawing rooms to sit around impossibly large tables, a phalanx of wallflower advisors backing […]

A love letter to STACK Magazines

November 26, 2010


I have a thing about magazines. In fact, I’m looking for a small but useful magazine rack that I can put in my room to hold some of the prettiest and most interesting magazines that I have: the Bret Easton Ellis edition of Fantastic Man (that I bought at the Borders at a faceless off-motorway […]

Homer’s colour blindness

October 29, 2010


When I first read The Iliad and The Odyssey I was very confused. Not by the phalanx of characters which come flooding at you, sometimes referred to only by their leitmotifs rather than their actual names (you need to juggle about twenty family trees in your mind, as well as remember who is “swift-footed”, who […]