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"Language is a virus from outer space."

William S Burroughs

So where does a journalist-turned-author go to sound off? Well, here's a pretty good start. This is where I hurl my missives out into the polluted meme-pool of human existence, hopefully to make a few ripples, if not an outright splash...

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Blog: Matrix Rebooted? Try Something Dark and Gritty

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Citizen Zero: The Matrix & Me

 

Rumour has it there’s a reboot of The Matrix on the way. Well, Inspired Quill’s already got it covered, writes Mark Cantrell

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Society: Inequality Drives People To Suicide

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 10, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Charity report argues inequality is a matter of life and death

Debt, bad housing, low pay and insecure employment, it’s a toxic syndrome pushing people to the brink of suicide, argues a new report from the Samaritan...

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Society: Study Warns Of More JAM For Breadline Britain

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 25, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Millions of strivers are working hard below the breadline, claims study

Millions of people in the UK are not earning enough to provide their families with an adequate standard of living, according to new research for the anti-...

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Film: Trafalgar Square Premiere For The Salesman By Asghar Farhadi

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 19, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Iranian director’s UK movie premiere is a snub to Brexit and Trump alike

 

Movie premieres are not usually political affairs, but the screening of an Oscar-nominated feature film by Iranian director A...

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News: Author Colm Tóibín Appointed Chancellor Of Liverpool University

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 4, 2017 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

But does the job come with an orangutan librarian?

 

In this world of celebrity, there's clearly still some cachet left in being an author, writes Mark Cantr...

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Science: Hi-Tech Research Reveals Copper Age Metalworking Secrets

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 1, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

New technique uncovers 6,000-year-old mysteries of humanity’s transition to metal

 

Talk about casting light on history, writes Mark Cantrell: when scientists wanted to learn more about how a 6,000 ...

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Culture: Digital Technology Illuminates Dark Age Texts

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 15, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 Out of time comes the magic of manuscripts

 

Dead minds will speak again thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France as they digitise 800 illumin...

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Blog: Time Waits For No Morlock

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 27, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

  Read a book and make a dream come true


Where did all the time go? Mark Cantrell ponders the strange temporal reality in his novel Silas Morlock...


REMEMBER what Eins...

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News: Science Lays The Foundations For Silas Morlock's Macabre City

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 3, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 Could Genetically Modified Bacteria Grow The Cities Of Tomorrow?

 

Researchers are looking to use genetically modified bacteria to grow the foundations for new buildings. It's like something straight...

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Arts: Theatre Talent Is Coming HOME

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 All of Manchester is but a stage

 

A Manchester theatre is opening its doors to talent with a new development programme it says will allow theatrical types at all stages of their career the opportunity to practic...

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Blog: A Good Book Can Take You Anywhere

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 15, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 Careful how you go

 

A good book can get you into some situations you'd much rather avoid.

 

The other day I had a reminder of this simple truth.

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FILM: From Motor Car To Movie Crew

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 26, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 Hooray for... Dagenham?

 

Here's one for movie industry buffs out there, writes Mark Cantrell. Long known as a centre for motor manufacturing, now Dagenham Council and the Mayor of L...

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