Fear and Loathing in Dopamine Land

written for, published by, whynow. Dopamine Land is an immersive experience in West London, promising visitors a world of “totally irresistible happiness”. It couldn’t be… could it? It was somewhere around South Kensington, sitting on the edge of a ball pit, when the dopamine began to take hold. I remember emptying my pockets and loweringContinue reading “Fear and Loathing in Dopamine Land”

The True Story Behind London’s Worst Restaurant

People go in search of a monstrosity. I did too. Rather, I found an outdated café, an internet smear campaign, and a well-meaning, thoughtful man with a fascinating story to tell.  It’s lunchtime on a Wednesday and the Palace Restaurant Café is empty, other than Alan. He’s owned the place for 34 years and stillContinue reading “The True Story Behind London’s Worst Restaurant”


Written for and published by whynow, September 2021 “Gather ’round, boys, girls and children; I have a fable to read to you all. Our story begins on a warm summer’s day; in a small tattered town; in a small tattered house, where a small tattered cat resided, mainly in his bed. A sad cat, renderedContinue reading “LORD OF BINS, PRINCE OF CATS, MEET LAUSSE”


One question has dictated the build-up to this year’s Scottish Parliament elections, now less than two months away, above all others. It has affected – at times implicitly, and at times most overtly – debate over issues ranging from Covid-19 response, to NHS funding, to what exactly Scotland’s future relationship with European Union will entail.Continue reading “IndyRef2050”

10 Weeks Too Many & MF DOOM

For all the unforeseen turmoil to have defined the last 12 months, one meltdown was rather predictable. There are 78 days between November 3rd and January 20th – the dates of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and the 2021 U.S. Presidential inauguration, respectively. America’s 20th Amendment dictates that at least 72, and no more thanContinue reading “10 Weeks Too Many & MF DOOM”

Money vs. Morals

Western sports’ two most powerful figures to have publicly criticised the Chinese Communist Party were met with hostility – and not just from China, but their own employers. Now, a contest looms. Mesut Özil has, in all likelihood, played his last game for Arsenal Football Club. At first glance, the rapid fall from grace ofContinue reading “Money vs. Morals”

Leaving The Atocha Station

Perhaps I should be concerned by how agreeable I found Adam Gordon, the protagonist in Ben Lerner’s debut novel, Leaving The Atocha Station.  I’m not sure what in particular drew me to him. It may have been his proclivity for cannabis with his morning coffee; or maybe it was his wallowing self-doubt and relentless self-pity; possiblyContinue reading “Leaving The Atocha Station”

Lest We Forget: America Has A Gun Problem

Somewhere in the shithousery of 2020, I forgot about America’s gun problem. Since the start of 2017, the U.S has suffered mass shootings in Las Vegas, Parkland, Santa Fe, El Paso and Dayton – to name only a select few. One would have thought, therefore, that gun legislation would be a key campaign point forContinue reading “Lest We Forget: America Has A Gun Problem”

Two VPs; Two Americans; Two Americas.

Joe Biden has finally chosen his running mate. Though surprising to no one, the announcement of Kamala Harris remains ground-breaking nonetheless. In reality, it shouldn’t. Harris personifies so many of the values intrinsically linked to America’s identity, and those now lauded by folks in its most patriotic corners: fearless, forceful, fair. On the opposing ticket,Continue reading “Two VPs; Two Americans; Two Americas.”

The Five Best Books I Read During Lockdown

5. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion Precise, poignant, and brutally honest, Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking offers a remarkable insight into the mysterious world of grief. With each phrase, detail and excruciating feeling from the tragic twelve months included, the professionally labelled ‘cool customer’ highlights how swiftly one’s world can turn uponContinue reading “The Five Best Books I Read During Lockdown”

In Order To Demand the Truth, We Must be Willing to Accept It

Over one hundred days have passed since Boris Johnson announced lockdown restrictions across Great Britain. As our Prime Minister – a man who evidently envisions himself akin to wartime leaders such as Churchill and FDR – sat proudly in front of the Union Jack, clenching his fists in the face of looming danger, I couldContinue reading “In Order To Demand the Truth, We Must be Willing to Accept It”