I've never worried about life's big questions. People at my age sit about pondering "why are we here?" The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote

The Moaning of Life

Karl Pilkington

In the West, brave men got killed. Cowards stayed alive. Death was everywhere on the frontier

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane

The confines of our mind attic have shifted. They have expanded. We should strive to be cognizant of that change, and to take advantage of the shift instead of letting it take advantage of us


Maria Konnikova

She's online. 'I booked a hotel,' I say. 'Near Marble Arch.' 'That sounds great, hon. I can't wait to see you.' 'Yeah. Me too.' 'I'm vaguely nervous.' 'Don't be.' Do be. I'm a child


Ben Brooks

Baking can be a great way to express yourself, and if you treat it this way, your baking will always be unique

Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth

Lily Jones

The slow hours of the afternoon yawned and presented themselves with a certain belligerence. Those who go mad go mad first in the afternoons

There Are Little Kingdoms

Kevin Barry

Words have been important to me for as long as I can remember. Their sound, their construction, their origins

The Last Holiday

Gil Scott-Heron

We could be sure of only two things. Katelyn Ogden blew up. Everyone else was fine. Except we weren’t. Not by a long shot


Aaron Starmer

You can hypnotise an entire audience and make them feel a certain way. I think about what they’re feeling, because I’m making sure they feel a certain way. And I know when I’ve got them

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Alan Light

Every moment that passes is a Lost Time Accident. Close your eyes, Children, when you want to stop time...

The Lost Time Accidents

John Wray

All I want to do is drink wine and type

On Writing

Charles Bukowski

He is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip


Kevin Barry

I’ve swapped disco lights for celestial lights but I’m still surrounded by dancers. I am orbited by sixty-seven moons

The Outrun

Amy Liptrot

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