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Publisher. Writer and editor for hire. Paul has worked on Fleet Street. Paul has written and edited a myriad publications, including ghost writing for professors in engineering to footballers and everyone in between. Paul has created online magazines for companies, including Betfair, BT, Tesco, Reuters and Vodafone.

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Eric Ravilious: ‘what it is to be English’ and making masterpieces of the ordinary

Eric Ravilious prints for sale

Eric William Ravilious (22 July 1903 – 2 September 1942) was a British painter, designer, book illustrator and wood-engraver.

He grew up in East Sussex, and is … (read more)

Posted: 12th, December 2022 | In: News | Comment

Washington police chief who put SS insignia on his office door gets $1.5m to resign

To save money, the city of Kent in Washington gave State Assistant Police Chief Derek Kammerzell $1.5m to leave his job. A bargain – because the city says litigation to … (read more)

Posted: 12th, December 2022 | In: News | Comment

The Best Christmas Cards Sale – And Discounts on unique Christmas Gifts

Christmas cards and Christmas gifts are now at a 20% discount in the Flashbak Shop. Just enter the vouched code ‘ALLGOODTHINGS’ to claim your discount. It’s not just a Christmas … (read more)

Posted: 12th, September 2022 | In: News | Comment

The coolest Wrapping Paper on the web

Over at the Flashbak Shop, they’ve got what might be the coolest wrapping paper ever. With designs by the likes of Ernst Haeckel, Louis Wain, Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky, … (read more)

Posted: 8th, June 2022 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

Which football players are good at golf?

Football and golf are two sports that seem to go hand in hand. It has been proven for decades that footballers can escape the everyday pressures of football by playing … (read more)

Posted: 19th, April 2022 | In: Sports | Comment

Spellbinding prints of New York City In Neon

The brilliant Flashbak shop for archival prints has a new range of photographs by Gerry Cranham. The British photographer (born 1928), took these pictures and many more in the late … (read more)

Posted: 20th, March 2022 | In: Photojournalism, The Consumer | Comment

The mayor of Kyiv shows how to do a TV interview

In other news, Kyiv Mayor and former boxing champion, Vitale Klitschko, says his people must fight like the Israelis.

“We have to learn from Israel how to defend our country, … (read more)

Posted: 19th, March 2022 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

Russian cosmonauts arrive at International Space Station dressed in yellow and blue of Ukraine

The three new arrivals on ISS were dressed in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag as they emerged from their Soyuz capsule after docking with the space station. … (read more)

Posted: 19th, March 2022 | In: News | Comment

William Nicholson’s London Types

William Nicholson designed his ‘London Types’ in 1898. Printmaker William Nicholson worked in partnership with his brother-in-law James Pryde, under the pseudonym the Beggarstaff Brothers.

Spitalfields Life

Although not strictly “Cries … (read more)

Posted: 5th, January 2022 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar’s handmade replacement book cover spines

Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar created replacement book cover spines. You can see them in a new book, Ootje Oxenaar Spines.

Although renowned for his designs for Dutch banknotes and postage stamps, Oxenaar … (read more)

Posted: 5th, January 2022 | In: Books, The Consumer | Comment

Winnie the Pooh is now in the public domain

This Public Domain Day on January 1, 2022 meant works from 1926 lost their copyright and became yours to play around with and enjoy. Around 400,000 recordings published before 1923 … (read more)

Posted: 5th, January 2022 | In: Books, News, The Consumer | Comment

Lost pinhole camera takes world’s longest exposure photograph

The beer can pinhole camera spent eight years capturing a solargraph at the University of Hertfordshire’s Bayfordbury Observatory. The final image records the sun’s movement in 2,953 light trails.

Regina Valkenborgh set … (read more)

Posted: 14th, December 2021 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment

The best vegan-friendly, fair wear organic cotton T-Shirts

These organic cotton -T-shirts from Flashbak are environmentally safe, fair wear and vegan friendly. The organic T-Shirt carries the The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) label, the leading textile … (read more)

Posted: 9th, December 2021 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

William S. Burroughs reads a Thanksgiving Prayer

William S. Burroughs, author of Junky, Naked Lunch, the Revised Boy-Scout Manual, the writer who terrorised Soho, is seen in this 1990s video by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) … (read more)

Posted: 9th, December 2021 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Spider-Man: No Way Home Unmasks its Green Goblin

Sony has released its new poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home which focuses on Tom Holland as Spider-Man, but also, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stranger and Zendaya as MJ. The … (read more)

Posted: 30th, November 2021 | In: Film | Comment

The apostrophe is dead – again

The apostrophe is to become extinct, says the Telegraph, as language becomes less formal.

The Apostrophiser should find more work. The language fan been correcting the misuse of apostrophes in Bristol. … (read more)

Posted: 15th, November 2021 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment

‘Boris Johnson look-a-like’ jailed for theft in Yorkshire

Boris Johnson ‘look-a-like’ Jason Watson has been jailed. Unless Jason is running the country and the Prime Minister is now giving her Majesty no end of pleasure for the next … (read more)

Posted: 4th, November 2021 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment

Zac Goldsmith – look out, another elite posho wants to save the planet

Zac Goldsmith is the UK environment minister. He’s chuffed to bits about the “unprecedented” conservation deal by more than 100 world leaders to halt and reverse deforestation and … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, November 2021 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians, Royal Family | Comment

Where Satan Shops: Cathy Don’t Go To The Supermarket Today, a 1980s Christian pop video

In the 1980s, Heaven’s Magic were begging Cathy not to go to the supermarket. The Devil was waiting there for her with his ‘666’ scanner. The song was produced by … (read more)

Posted: 29th, October 2021 | In: Strange But True | Comment

The Hill regrets the error in probably the best correction ever

Website The Hill notes that anti-Semitic crime in Germany is at the highest level ever recorded. Not that it was a crime when the Germans were keeping count of the … (read more)

Posted: 29th, October 2021 | In: News | Comment

In times of increased power costs, British trains turn to diesel

Diesel is bad. Electric is good – well, so long as you don’t want to do anything it is:

Freightliner has confirmed that it will be withdrawing its entire fleet of … (read more)

Posted: 14th, October 2021 | In: News | Comment

Buy the Best Christmas Cards

Looking for Christmas cards, maybe ones without the robin dusted in snow or a turkey doused in cranberry sauce? Well, you’re in luck. Flasbak has a fabulous range of … (read more)

Posted: 14th, October 2021 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Lars Vilks, Mohammed cartoons and Batley is missing a teacher

Swedish artist Lars Vilks has died in a car crash. Vilks achieved an unenviable sort of fame – having sketched the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body in … (read more)

Posted: 6th, October 2021 | In: News | Comment

E.A. Seguy’s Butterflies

Papillons by E.A. Séguy (Emile Allain Séguy), 1877-1951, was published in Paris in 1925. The work features 81 sublime images of butterflies (papillons) in 16 tableaux.

All 16 plates are now … (read more)

Posted: 6th, October 2021 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Killer Sunglasses in a 1837 Portrait

That’s Nathaniel Olds in the killer sunglasses. They weren’t added by photoshop, but were as Olds wore them in 1837 he sat for his portrait by Jeptha Homer Wade (American, … (read more)

Posted: 29th, September 2021 | In: Fashion, The Consumer | Comment