Sunday, 31 October 2010


This November, the University of Salford’s Chapman Gallery will be hosting 'Frankophilia!' an exhibition of fan's artwork celebrating the great Frank Sidebottom. I am delighted to be a part of this exhibition!

'Earlier this year, fans responded to the sad news of the death of Frank’s creator, Chris Sievey, with a touchingly creative mourning. Images of all kinds of Frank-inspired objects made their way on-line; artwork made in response to the news, or years previously out of sheer Frank-love. 'Frankophilia!' will bring this work together and revel in its beautifully touching daftness - a multi-media ode to Frank.'

17 November - 18 December 2010 (Wed-Sat, 12-5)
Chapman Gallery, Chapman Building, University of Salford, M5 4NT

For further information please contact 'Frankophilia!' curator, Suzanne Smith by emailing
Image courtesy of Frankophilia!

'Science Spotlight’ 10/12 Harry Price

Harry Price (1881- 1948) Born in Holborn, London. At the age of 15 Price spent the night in an old manor house rumoured to be haunted the experience assured a life long obsession with the paranormal. In 1908 He married Constance Mary Knight, her trust fund enabled Price to devote his time and efforts to the study of Psychical phenomena. He joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1920, Also an amateur conjurer and member of the Magic Circle Price gained notoriety in 1922 when he conducted an investigation on behalf of the Society into the work of spirit photographer William Hope. Armed with his knowledge of stage magic he publicly exposed Hope as a fraud launching a career uncovering many other fraudulent claims of supernormal activity. In 1926, Price established the National Laboratory of Psychical Research in London, a scientific establishment for the testing of paranormal powers, with himself as the Honorary Director. Price conducted many investigations during the course of his career His most famous case was the investigation of Borley Rectory in 1937,once described as The Most Haunted House in England. His archive, ‘the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature’ a collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals related to conjuring tricks and psychic phenomena was deposited with the University of London after his death and is still in use today.

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010


I first discovered Red Dwarf during its forth series in 1991 and from that moment on I was hooked. I read the books, listened to the tapes and I’m not ashamed to tell you dear reader I also organised a Red Dwarf fan club at my school. An idea, inspired in part by my membership to the Official Red Dwarf fan club. Observant fans who spotted the details on the VHS tapes could join and receive a membership badge, card and quarterly newsletters filled with fan fiction, news about the show and details of the Red Dwarf convention, Dimension Jump. An event for like-minded fans to meet and greet and share their enthusiasm for this fabulous programme. So it is with pride I can announce that the 2011 Dimension Jump will feature a logo designed by yours truly!

Inspired by the episode ‘Demon’s and Angels' the fifth story of series V were the crew hope to solve supply problems by ‘Triplicating’ food. The result, one strawberry exhibiting all the best qualities of the original, the other all the worst. I was thrilled to discover that my logo was selected, I thank all involved. I look forward to seeing the logo in use next year!

I was doubly pleased to discover that it wasn’t just my logo that appeared in the newsletter, it also features an illustration created last Halloween inspired by BBC’s Ghostwatch. ‘Ghostwatching’ can be seen accompanying Rich Lawden’s insightful article 'Ghostwatching: My Wonderful Obsession'! In the article Rich shares his passion for Ghostwatch. Thanks Rich for allowing the image to be featured along side your fantastic work!

The logo was unveiled on the Official Red Dwarf site!


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