Don’t Shoot Me Cardiff

In the light of uproar over food critic Jay Rayner’s comments on Cardiff’s food scene, I pick the highlights of my recent visit to the Welsh capital. If there’s one thing to be learned from the recent saga of Jay Rayner vs. the City of Cardiff, it’s that some words are better left unsaid. Little…

Opinion: Liddle, Padella, Pastor and the no reservations conspiracy

I read an article in The Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago. I say article, in that it contained words printed on the pages of a newspaper magazine, but perhaps ‘piece’ would be more appropriate. ‘Article’ confines it within the boundaries of simple journalism. It’s restrictive. ‘Piece’ is far more generous. It allows the…

Blog: DRY BABY – January: Ground Zero Percent

An Actor Consumes struggles through the first month of his self-imposed sobriety… Ground Zero Percent          So here we are at the end of January, twenty-two days since my last drink. I lie. It was my birthday two weeks ago, and under the terms of our agreement I was allowed a glass…

Blog: DRY BABY – Why I’m going sober for my wife’s pregnancy.

An Actor Consumes decides to go sober in solidarity as his wife is expecting their second child with unexpected reactions. Babies, booze and Billy Joel My friend looks me straight in the eye, all expression drained from his face. There’s a beat. No scratch that, a pause. A Pinter pause, a protracted silence that’s brimming…

New website!

Those of you who check in on this blog from time to time may well have noticed that not much has happened here of late. After a burst of productivity over the summer, buoyed by an enthusiastic response to my piece on Pitt Cue, best laid plans to produce at least one article per week…

Review: Bonnie Gull Soho, 22 Bateman Street, W1D 3AN

I love Christmas. Really, I do. It’s another world entirely, the Upside Down, a parallel universe where common earthly notions of what constitutes acceptable and rational behaviour are inverted beyond recognition. Good sense goes out the window. People boil red wine before they drink it and eat turkey of their own volition, a collective lapse in…

Feature: Wilderness 2016 Part 4 – The End

Sunday ​And so we get to Sunday morning, the beginning of the end, always a melancholy moment of any festival with its back to school feeling and two day suspended hangover. This one begins with the confirmation of what I knew was coming all weekend but didn’t want to admit; all of the girls are…