Archive for January, 2012

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Happy Dragons and Jet Lag Brain Clag

Happy Year of the Dragon! While I was in Japan I saw this smiley dude all over the place – not the gurning loon on the right or the lady taking the pic, I’m talking about the dragon. Isn’t he great? 😀 Physically I’m back in London; whether I’ve arrived yet mentally remains an open […]

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Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Just Like Tom Waits, I’m…

…Big in Japan: (A bathroom doorway, Kyoto, seriously) This weekend I’m going home to London. It’s going to be lovely. But I hope I don’t get too used to not having to dip my head for doorways while I’m there, because I’m already looking forward to coming back. ;D

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Japan Masterplan

This month marks the launch of my novella for Barrington Stoke, My Name Is O. I’m coming home to London for party to celebrate. More news on that soon. Meanwhile, my new book is coming along nicely. In fact things here in Tokyo are going better than my partner Laura and I had dared to […]

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Monday, January 16th, 2012


Look at this beautiful piece of art by Faye W., 13, from the UK: It shows Esme, Jack (and the Chinj!) and Charlie – characters from my debut novel, The Black Tattoo. I’ve just added it to the slideshow at the Black Tat Reader Art Page. I consider it a huge honour when people use […]

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

Keep ‘Em Peeled

Just posted to TBM: The Hounds of Feet.

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Friday, January 6th, 2012


One of the most surprising things I’ve enjoyed in Tokyo is Flamenco. The scene here is small but dedicated: I first came across it in a bar in Golden Gai, Shinjuku then last week I saw the performance in these pics, which was every bit as passionate and spectacular as anything I’ve seen or heard […]

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

A Swinging Pair

New balls – I mean posts – at Trapped by Monsters: The Tanuki who Spooked Me and On Being Inappropriate.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

A New Year Message For Us All

Here (below) are some carrots. The Japanese word for them is ‘NINJIN’. Here (below) is one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen in my life – the awesomely raucous Ken South Rock – playing, last night, a song the title of which is the Japanese word for people: ‘NINGEN’. Here (below) is the […]

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