vis-à-vis… VIZ!

Viz Comic is a British magazine published ten times a year. Since 1979, its irreverent mix of foul-mouthed, childish cartoons and sharp satire has seen its creators hauled over the coals by the United Nations, questioned by Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch and exhibited in the Tate Gallery. Now well into its fourth decade and suffering…

An abzorbing pastime

What Is Zorbing? And Is It Really Fun If You’re Over 20? Although it’s one of the stranger extreme sports out there, zorbing is actually pretty simple: Climb inside a big inflated ball and roll down a hill. If it sounds strange, you’re right. If it sounds like fun, you’re definitely right. The plastic ball…

Whatever happened to English summers?

A typical English summer sky It’s early Sunday morning and I see the weather forecast has improved. Instead of 50mph+ wind it’s showing 20mph and the possibility of some sunshine. It’s the middle of August here in the Disunited Kingdom and I haven’t been to the beach for ten days. I decide to give it…

They don’t make ’em like that anymore: Classic British radio comedies

Fawlty Towers has been named as the greatest British sitcom of all time, as its creators attribute its success to an era where BBC commissioning “decisions were taken by people who had actually made programmes”. The sitcom, which starred John Cleese, topped a Radio Times list of the 20 best British sitcoms despite running for…

Are escape rooms an ideal escapism?

Remember when paintballing was all the rage back in the nineties? That moved quickly from being an outdoor pursuit to an indoor one and with the advent of tech, all manner of indoor adventures have become available and not just for rainy days. What Is An Escape Room? The concept of escape rooms began with…

“As nature intended” – naturism isn’t for wimps!

I asked some friends recently at a popular naturist / clothes optional beach whether they conceded that naturism has an element of exhibitionism. Having been raised by my parents in the naturist way, I get the freedom bit. But there surely has to be some exhibitionist or, in reverse, voyeuristic value to baring all in…

Flick 2 Kick: A potted history of Subbuteo

It was the perfect timewaster for then pre-teens and tweens. My Dad pasted the green baize cloth onto a large piece of chipboard, around which was the fencing, stands, scoreboard, floodlights. Accessories would arrive in the post via a lot of saving up pocket money. I actually cut my right hand open eagerly opening a…

The Reading Festival / Revisited

With Glastonbury still reasonably fresh in the memory, my thoughts turn to the Reading Festival which this year takes place 23, 24 and 25 August. How many of the acts will I know? 2019 Line-up Very few to be honest but there is an overwhelming bundle of names to explore; The two major memories for…