DEVIN TOWNSEND: Empath – A “summary album” by the new Frank Zappa.

There is one rule about Devin Townsend’s catalogue which you should always take heed of: there is absolutely no cohesion at all between each album. In layman’s terms, no two consecutive releases are the same (for example, his “Z2” double-album involves one single-focused disc, then another devoted to the [thin] concept of an alien called …

THE MARX BROS in A Night at the Opera Perhaps the masterpiece of history’s finest vaudevillians…

GROUCHO: ...It’s the standard sanity clause. CHICO: You can’t fool me. There ain’t no san-ity Claus.   The impact the Marx Bros. films had on cinema cannot be understated; even the Roger Moore-era Bond films might not have been the same had M-G-M’s vaudevillian trio of Groucho, Chico and Harpo not incorporated an OTT chase …

Pancake day

Pancake day (noun) -            the most superior day of celebration. Of all 365 days, Pancake day is the culinary pinnacle of the year - the allure of sweetness is certainly not something to be passed on. My incessant augmenting enthusiasm nearly overflowed as the tempting scent of sugar wafted up the stairs when the first …

The Pizzeria

I opened the door, and a bell rang a cheerful tune above me. Artificial white light flooded my eyes and the crescendo of whirring ovens and men shouting to one another echoed in my ears. A man sat covered in a thick coat just to the left of the door, all sign of his humanity …