BASIL! When was Basil Fawlty created? The first episode of Fawlty Towers was broadcast 47 years ago this week. We can also pinpoint the day on which Basil was conceived, via Michael Palin’s The Python Years: Diaries 1968-1979.
My pick of the podcasts that have meant the most to me in the second half of 2020, featuring: Tim Ferriss; Naval Ravikant; Brian Koppelman; Jared Yates Sexton; Scroobius Pip; El-P; Chris Hardwick; John Cleese; Talib Kweli; Jasmin Leigh; and Busta Rhymes!
Where does creativity spring from? Brian Koppelman’s fascinating podcast with Geddy Lee of Rush offers some possible answers to this impossible question.*
Creativity is in all of us, in one form or another. But how do you get that creativity out? This post spotlights some wise words on creativity from Neil Morrison and John Cleese.
There is no right way and no wrong way for us to respond to this situation. Everyone is lost in this maze. But there is a path through.
Sir Michael Palin’s words about the dearly departed Terry Jones are the simplest and most beautiful tribute to true friendship.
Some words on Griefcast live, in which Cariad Lloyd, Katherine Ryan and Emma Freud met at BFI London for an upbeat and cathartic podcast chat on death, mortality and the grieving process.
September’s #SaturdaySix – a sextet of things that have inspired or amused me over the past month. Includes: skeletons; the word “aestivation” (via the great Robert Macfarlane); lamps and introverts; Helen Reynold’s crash course in stand-up comedy; Daleks; and the lovely Coach George Raveling.
Why do you write? How do you write? This post looks at the why and the how of writing. My friends Heather Bussing, Mic Wright and Neil Morrison – each of whom writes both regularly and well – have kindly contributed a few words on their own experiences as writers. I also share some choice […]
Gentle reader, a word of warning: This post concerns rabbits. It covers John Cleese’s views on rabbits (a conspiracy that goes deep?) and the magic of Twitter, concluding with some uplifting news for rabbitkind. Money, it has long been alleged, is the root of all evil. But could it be that the root of all […]