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]

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 […]

Your murder-free workplace

An unusually long run of days without a murder in New York City ended on Saturday tantalizingly shy of two weeks. According to the press, […]

Welcome to the ‘Forgotten Borough’

Staten Island. The name always rings a bell, but you can’t quite remember why…or even if you’ve ever been there. Granted, it was on everyone’s […]

What if there was no tomorrow..?

It’s February 2nd, which means only one thing, it’s Groundhog Day. Usually one TV station will show the movie on repeat all day, but have you […]

“It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey…”

That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers…it’s Groundhog Day. At the curiously-named Gobbler’s Knob, in the tiny town of Punxsutawney, Western Pennsylvania, just a few moments ago, the little […]

The spectacle that is Super Bowl Sunday

What’s odd is that when I was a kid, growing up in the serene countryside of Southern England, I adored American Football. Every single Sunday […]

Celebrating New Year in New York

The build up to New Year is traditionally saturated with summaries: top googled words, who died, who should’ve died, memorable sporting victories, worst selling, best […]

How to get to Sesame Street

Virtually every adult over the age of 30 will have memories of growing up with Sesame Street. Anyone younger than that has more than likely […]

Why is New York called Gotham?

Say the name ‘Gotham City’ to anyone and they almost certainly think of the fictional US city that features in DC comic books and is […]