Sheds are a suburban phenomenon. Actually I’ve seen them in the inner-city, as a kind of communal garden shed, and of course in the country of a much larger scale, but the suburban shed is a different beast. It requires some basic skills to erect and a space in which to erect it. Sheds are […]

King’s Gothic Manifold

I am in awe of Stephen King’s most recent novel “Lisey’s Story”. Most of the press about it has focused on the obvious digs that he makes towards academics. Yeah, so what… I have grown up reading King, not studying him. “It” (the book) was the first ‘adult’ novel I read. It made me want […]

The Art of Small Talk

[I have been writing this for a while. It is a little uneven and maybe even a little bizarre.] What if you didn’t know how to make small talk? Small talk is not something you have, it is something created between a population of attendent speakers. Let’s call these attenedent speakers ‘players’ because they are […]


There is currently a line of men’s footwear (that I saw in a surf shop) called ‘Custom’. Right… Mel has a new post up on Footpath Zeitgeist on customisation where she discusses a paper from the recent Fashion stream of the CSAA conference. In part she writes: Indeed, what I really liked about Silvester’s research […]