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Hear, hear

September 2, 2017 2 comments

Also available to download.

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June 12, 2017 2 comments


This needs updating; delete ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’, insert ‘Tory’ and ‘Labour’. This year the principle should be the  same.

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FA and Gambling Commission probe Sutton goalkeeper Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating

February 21, 2017 1 comment

‘You fat bastard,’ etc. I hope SunBets were hammered on that one.

As for the big lad, he’d do well at a few Scottish clubs I can think of.

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Should he be trusted?

November 10, 2015 2 comments

A couple of quick questions about yesterday’s WADA commission report into Russian athletics.

Dick Pound, the Canadian chair of the commission is a past president of WADA. In that post he built a reputation over several years as a fanatical pursuer of alleged  ‘drug cheats’. He enjoyed also a very high media profile.

  1. With such a background, was he the best person to put in a position that demanded an objective and unbiased approach?
  2. Did his commission begin its work with an assumption of guilt?
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Ugly as sin, but a hell of a runner

September 12, 2015 2 comments

What have I been doing for the last week? Well, I’ve been in Spain, tolerating a shamefully slow broadband service (Get your act together, Movistar!), thinking about Skinner 27, and driving the ugliest car on the road

to Barcelona and back. I’ve also been getting back to work on Skinher 27, but of that more later.

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Happy birthday, Princesa

Mia is five today. Go, Miss Pie, go.

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One of my favourite views

April 13, 2015 2 comments

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Snow on the Pyrenees

January 6, 2015 2 comments


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December 3, 2014 3 comments

Jacket design for next year’s Skinner, hot off the press. Due for publication May 2015.

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Music while I work

November 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Man against  Machine – Garth Brooks. The man’s first album of new material in 13 years. Kinky Friedman used to call GB ‘The Anti-Hank’, and if you’re a country purist you’ll understand what  he meant, and question his right to the cowboy hat.  The new collection is welcome, the voice is massive, and it has fiddles and steel guitars a-plenty, but it’s more rock than anything else. After all this time I was waiting for the big track to jump out and grab me, but it isn’t there. ‘In the LIfe of Chris Gaines’ remains my favourite Brooks album, by a distance.

By the way, for those who wonder what he looks like without the airbrushing and the cowboy hat —

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Big Dinner menu, Monday October 27.

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

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Infamous 5

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

It’s all very Hallowe’en at Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Monday October 27

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March 7, 2015; a date for the diary

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

I had a fine time last night at a dinner hosted by Ian Rankin and Mark Greenaway, in the latter’s multi-rosetted restaurant at 69 North Castle Street, Edinburgh. The intimate event was the precursor to a much larger project, ‘The Big Dinner’, the brainchild of the wonderful Olivia Giles, CEO of the charity ‘500 Miles’, which supplies artificial limbs and other prosthetics to amputees in Zambia and Malawi.

‘The Big Dinner’ will take place on March 7, when thousands of people will sit down to eat at venues all around the country, with the goal of raising at least £500,000, to get people back on their feet. To be part of this unique and exciting evening, follow this link:

Last night was part of the preparation for the project. Its purpose will become clear as the promotion of ‘The Big Dinner’ is rolled out over the next few months. All I’ll say for now is that there were five writers round the table, the other guests being that formidably talented trio, Lin Anderson, Hardeep Singh Kohli, and Sara Sheridan, all of us being filmed and interviewed as we enjoyed the work of the real star of the evening, Chef Mark.

For example, this is his Chicken and Potato Pressé,

complemented by beetroot meringue, pickled heritage plums, goats cheese parfait and bread tuille.

If you’d like to try it, this is where you’ll find it and the rest of his unique and imaginative Scottish menu:

There was much interesting conversation: (the best  of it wasn’t recorded). My only regret is that I was driving, for I know a good wine by its nose.

Note the date again: March 7, 2015.

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Pause for breath

Jordi Maso and Dom Abernethy, (l-r), part of the powerhouse that drives Arrel de Vi, the annual St Marti wine fair.

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The art of wine

Arrels de Vi, the annual St Marti wine fair is now under way,  until it closes tomorrow evening, Sunday June 8.

Go if you can, and when you do don’t miss out on a range of unique painted ceramic wine coolers, the work of the celebrated Spanish artist, Manolo Sierra; I’m lucky enough to be able to call him a friend.

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QJ on holiday

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February 9, 2014 1 comment



Spotted recently in Newcastle Station. So what does it mean? If you turn up on time but the doors are closed we ain’t going to help you board?


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How to eat an ice cream wafer

January 17, 2014 4 comments

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January 11, 2014 1 comment

Last seen in Vancouver; QJ and Hal Wake, director of the International Writers’ Festival.

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January 11, 2014 6 comments

This is one of my favourite buildings. What and where?

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