I arrived today in Istanbul, for the European Writers Parliament. I'm scheduled to give one of the opening addresses tomorrow, which I'll post here after I've given it. There's already controversy, as VS
In October 2010 I spent a day at the World Expo in Shanghai. From the gigantic (and ominous) Chinese pavilion to the glum chicken shed erected by the USA, every nation had something to say about itself.
A few days ago the Youth BNP’s charmless Billy Brit appeared in my Facebook feed. There was something both bizarre and inept about the clip: a pale cream sub-Sesame Street puppet speaks in a castrato voice before a backdrop that looks like it’s been set-dressed by the guy who does beheading