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Paul McCartney joins in!

I just found out Paul McCartney (and some other splendid people) are following me on Twitter. My bucket list is now complete. Thank you @PaulMcCartney. And for all the music....

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Seen in a Bookshop window …

I can't tell you how gratifying it is when pals see my new Duncan Forrester mystery (#AgeofExodus) on display in a public place. In this case, thanks to the sharp eyes of Kiwi/Cornish culture-guru Peter Huck, who just happened to be passing ultra-trendy Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard, and spotted it right next to Tom Hanks and 99 Stories about God! Thank you, Peter....

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Talking to Rashida Jones

On Sunday night I'm taking a break from promoting #AgeofExodus to interview Rashida Jones for BAFTA LA about the splendid film she made celebrating her amazing father, Quincy....

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Paul McCartney: Egypt Station

 I've just been listening with great pleasure to the new Paul McCartney album, Egypt Station, which among other delights has a great concertina-style cover. Amazing how rarely the CD format is really effectively used for terrific artwork - but this totally qualifies. ...

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A Hard Day’s Beatle Sculpture

Here is my fourth miniature found-objects Beatles assemblage, celebrating the wonderful movie and album A Hard Day's Night in 1964, which is when at 13 in deepest New Zealand, Beatlemania finally swept me away. #Beatles #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks ...

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Beatles Sculpture Number 3

This is my third miniature Beatles sculpture, which I've put together to celebrate their third album, With the Beatles. Love their little bobbling heads! #Beatles #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks ...

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Beatles Sculpture Number Two: Please Please Me.

Here's the second in my series of miniature Beatles assemblage sculptures using found Beatles figurines. This one commemorates their first album, Please Please Me from 1963. #Beatles #AgeOfOlypmus @TitanBooks ...

Avocados vs the Robots

According to the Times, the inventor of a robot salad maker designed to replace restaurant staff has admitted defeat because robots can’t handle avocados. Who knew humans would be saved from the rise of the robots by a Mexican fruit?! #Robots #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks...

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Faking Michelangelo

There's a delicious story in today's London Times giving pretty conclusive evidence that the "1520" portrait of Michelangelo as painted by Sebastiano now being shown as part of a big exhibition in Britain's National Gallery was actually created in about 1959! Egg (tempera) on faces all round, I suspect ...

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Miniature Beatles in the Cavern

Here is the first of a series of cigar-box style sculptures I have begun to make, incorporating Beatles figurines I have collected over the years, many of them wonderfully bad! I got these models of the early Beatles, which are made of some kind of metal, in a shop, long since disappeared, in an alley behind Regent Street. No idea who made them, but they fit the Cavern perfectly. #Beatles #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks ...

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The Beatles Revolutionary Year

I’ve just read Beatles ’66, The Revolutionary Year, a terrific book by Steve Turner about what changed the Beatles between December 1965 and December 1966 as they made the leap from Rubber Soul (1965) via Revolver (1966) to the extraordinary achievements of Sergeant Pepper in 1967. On Rubber Soul, Turner points out, 13 of the 14 songs were about love: but on Revolver, 9 of the 14 were about other things entirely, starting, of course, with Taxman. And then came Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields … Most of the book is...

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18th Century Movie Mogul

This amazing drawing by an eighteenth century French artist called Edme Bouchardon reveals a woman who was clearly going around Paris in the reign of Louis the Fifteenth showing movies. She’s winding a barrel organ and carrying a portable projector on her back - and presumably a portable screen in the box. Here’s one of the actual projectors from that era she might be using, and another with the slides inserted. #AgeofOlympus @TitanBooks And we are talking about movies: if you slid the glass plate back and forward it did look...

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The Dangers of Metaluna

During my visit to San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy bookstore this weekend to promote The Age of Treachery I unwisely bought a model of Metaluna, the monster from the great 1950's sci fi movie This Island Earth.  When I brought him home, however, while my back was turned he not only attacked a San Francisco cable car, but did grievous bodily harm to some of the most beloved characters from fantasy and science fiction.  What would have happened to these two poor oblivious kids from Autopia if I had not intervened, I dread to...

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Wrestling with Ursula le Guin

I was recently asked to write an article about my adaptation of two of Ursula le Guin's wonderful Earthsea fantasy novels for television: and this is my painful confession. http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2016/04/guest-post-gavin-scott-wrestling-ursula-le-guin/ ...

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The Lone Ranger tours McCloud

I was recently restoring one of my sculptures which hangs in the magnificent Wild West era McCloud Hotel,  near Mount Shasta in Northern California. While I was at work one of the characters in the sculpture escaped and was only recaptured after many adventures, as I think these pictures prove ...

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More Wonderful Old Pan Paperbacks

Here are four more of the memorable if artistically challenged Pan paperback covers from the 40's and 50's, such as might have been read on trains by Duncan Forrester, the hero of The Age of Treachery.     #pan paperbacks #age of treachery...

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Aunts (1946) Part III

I have received many eager requests for the answer to the question mentioned in the previous post, which was Here is the answer: Which allows us to move on to question Number Five. But I think we are not ready for question Number Six. We must pace ourselves. Mustn't we, people? ...