Happy ending for “Happy Birthday”
 
By Ross Welford
28 Jun 2016
 

Happy ending for “Happy Birthday”


After years of avoiding it, film-makers and performers can now include “Happy Birthday To You” in their work without paying a huge music corporation for the privilege. God knows why, but I follow stories about music copyright sort of keenly.  It’s not like I have any personal interest, it’s just a curiosity. Today’s news that a US judge has ruled […]

Game of Thrones spoilers: I give up!
 
By Ross Welford
16 Jun 2016
 

Game of Thrones spoilers: I give up!


I was watching the news the other night and the newsreader said something like: “Coming up next, news of the opening game of the Euros as England faced Russia earlier today.  So if you don’t want to know the result, time to leave the room.” It’s familiar enough stuff; we hear it all the time.  Then […]

The Encounter: time-travelling magic
 
By Ross Welford
14 Jun 2016
 

The Encounter: time-travelling magic


I’ve written before about my, shall we say, complicated relationship with the theatre.  I take the approach once described by Sir Michael Parkinson: “I have never sat in a theatre without wishing I were in a cinema instead.” Except…sometimes.  This was one of the sometimes.  Tempted by a friend who promised that it would appeal […]

Time Travelling With A Hamster

My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine, and again four years later when he was twelve.

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What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.

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The 1,000-year-old Boy

There are stories about people who want to live forever. This is a story about someone who wants to stop.

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