Top 10 Judge Dredd Stories

Top 10 Judge Dredd StoriesOne of the best and biggest British exports to the world has been the weekly sci-fi comic 2000AD. To celebrate its 40th birthday later this month, I look at the best stories featuring its star, Judge Dredd. Set mostly after the Atomic Wars of 2070, the population of the USA is contained within … [continue reading]

Our favorite scream of the silver screen

Our favorite scream of the silver screenMaking its first appearance in the Star Wars saga in 1977, the so-called 'Wilhelm scream' has become a familiar sound effect in modern movies. Frequently used in situations where someone falls from a great height, or is shot or possibly even blown up, its unique shriek usually reflects the unpleasant … [continue reading]

How to haggle in Hong Kong

How to haggle in Hong KongOften referred to as ‘an exercise in controlled chaos', Hong Kong is a diverse and densely populated city that seems to defy convention. The city centre is packed with people, day and night, while cars and trams tentatively navigate through the heaving crowds. An infinite number of neon signs flash … [continue reading]

Starlog magazine saved my life

Starlog magazine saved my lifeMy childhood was spent growing up in a quaint, country town on the south coast of England. By far the most important – and the most exciting – event in my 13-year-old life was being paid every month for my weekly paper-round. Not because I enjoyed receiving the veritable fortune of £35 … [continue reading]

Absurdity at the Oman border

Absurdity at the Oman border This was my first time crossing the border from the United Arab Emirates into neighbouring Oman. The border control itself is like a small shanty town of sorts. There are three run-down, dilapidated huts made from rusty corrugated iron sheets. You enter the first one and it's hot, dusty and … [continue reading]

That list, from the other perspective

Following what sounded like a very pleasant holiday to the UK, an American gentleman by the name of Scott Waters put a list together of […]

US to UK journalism job title translations

As if it wasn’t hard enough trying to break into New York’s extremely nepotistic, insular media industry, the task is further compounded by the fact […]

London Underground vs New York Subway

A few years ago, a writer for The Guardian by the name of Bim Adewunmi was utterly ripped to shreds on the internet after she […]

Why the start to Airwolf still gives me goosebumps

The 80s was a golden decade for original TV programming. We would drop everything and rush home on Saturday evening just to watch another adventure […]

A fond farewell to FAO Schwartz

Not everyone has heard of FAO Schwartz, but everyone has seen the movie Big. In that movie, there’s a scene where Tom Hanks plays Heart […]

My Twin Towers tirade

When two hijacked passenger airliners crashed into the World Trade Center in downtown New York on September 11th, 2001, it was obvious nothing would be […]

A million ways to die in New York

New York, like many cities, is often referred to as a jungle. And in jungles there are many life-threatening dangers, like poisonous plants, poisonous insects, […]

Danger: cast iron discs of death

Living in New York could be considered dangerous. Odds are you’ll hear about a mugging, stabbing or shooting somewhere in the city every day, but […]

The source of the Caesar Salad

The exact origin of the Caesar Salad is still a hotly debated topic. However, the generally accepted story is that it was made popular, in […]