Rocky Horror Picture Show

On 15th August 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show had its UK Premiere The phrase ‘cult movie’ is over used, but if ever it was deserved it is 1975’s ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ based on the 1973 theatrical performance of the same name. Starring Tim Curry as the enigmatic Frank N Furter, as well as Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick and co-writer Richard O’Brien, … Continue reading Rocky Horror Picture Show

On This Day

A double whammy on this day…. In 1846 the Smithsonian Institution established, named after its founding donor, British scientist James Smithson.  They claim to be the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Not sure if that’s true or a US based claim but judging from their website it looks pretty damn impressive. They currently boost…. 19 Museums + 1 Zoo 30.1M Visits by Public 154.8M Museum Objects and Specimens 2.1M Library Volumes 151M+ Website Visitors 13.8M+ Social Media Followers … Continue reading On This Day


  My Inspiration for today’s doodle is the movie Coraline which premiered on 8 May 2009. Coraline was released in 2009, a stop motion film based on Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel, directed by Henry Selick, who had previously directed The Nightmare Before Christmas– often wrongly attributed to Tim Burton, Selick has his own unique style, as shown in the aforementioned and also Roald Dahl’s ‘James … Continue reading Coraline

American Psycho cover

Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a film starring Christian Bale, and even a Broadway Musical with … Continue reading Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Academy Award of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Poster

Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design

So, today is the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Writing this on Sunday morning, we don’t yet know who’s going to win what, what upsets there might be, and how controversial things are going to get, either in the results, or through protests and support against what has become the year that so many secrets, half-secrets or known but not publicly disclosed stories began to emerge. … Continue reading Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design

James Ellroy

James Ellroy

Born today in 1948, James Ellroy is known as ‘the devil dog of American fiction’- a larger than life description he plays up to for all its’ worth in his speaking performances. Known for his staccato style (frankly exhausting to listen to on Audio books), Ellroy is best known for his LA Quartet series (including L.A. Confidential, later made into an Oscar winning film, but … Continue reading James Ellroy