Sleccy’s vinyl countdown.

I’ve got a piece in today’s Guardian Film and Music section, which charts the rise and fall of one of the UK’s finest independent record stores: Nottingham’s Selectadisc, which closes its doors for good at the end of this month.

Click here to read it online.

(And now you know why this year’s “Which Decade” has been running so slowly. This took time!)

“Time to put ’em away, love.”



(They may only be cartoon tits, but that doesn’t make their public display any less undignified. This is Troubled Diva, not Vauxhall.)



(There comes a time. Thanks to my official portrait artist for doodling a nice Ben Sherman over me manky old moobs. Besides, retaining a little mystery at this time of life is no bad thing. Let them speculate at the glories beneath!)

Oh, and apologies for the extended “Which Decade” service break. Conflicting priorities, dear hearts. We should be back on track by late evening.

TwitterTitters – it’s the new Shaggy Blog Stories!


Two years ago, I came up with the idea for Shaggy Blog Stories – a paperback collection of comic writing from British bloggers, in aid of Comic Relief.

One year ago, Sarah Peach published You’re Not The Only One – a blog-book collection of “intimate and personal stories”, in aid of War Child.

This year, and once again with Red Nose Day in mind, Linda Jones and Louise Bolotin have continued the tradition with the newly published TwitterTitters: “a tweetin’ hilarious collection of new comedy writing”. The difference this time round is that the project has been publicised and managed through Twitter, rather than through blogs.

Fear not, though – this isn’t some sort of loo-friendly collection of 140-character bon mots, but a proper book with proper writing from proper people (myself included, hem hem), who just happen to have Twitter streams. There’s a forward from comedy writer Nat Coombs (creator of Chelsey: OMG!), and a brand new piece by Dave Spikey, of Phoenix Nights/8 Out of 10 Cats fame.

I’m delighted that Linda, Louise and their team have picked up the baton on this one, and dead chuffed that my submission has made the final cut. All that remains is for me to urge you to buy a copy, from

There’s more about the project here, and also via @tweetree on Twitter.