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Dracula

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It’s interesting reading this and reflecting upon the influence it
still has from Buffy to Twilight to True Blood. The darkness of the
Un-Dead (Stoker’s original title) must have been a real shocker at the
time – there are some wonderful and twisted ideas on there.

That said, it’s not in the same league as Frankenstein or The Strange
Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (which I kinda put in the same camp).
Those are also original and impactful, but are much tighter, pacier
novels.

At 500 pages, Dracula is crushingly overlong – it desperately needs
some, er, blood letting – and the sexism really grates, even for
Victorian times.

Bold Tendencies 2011

This summertime outdoor art exhibition and, er, Campari bar is in its fifth year. I first visited in 2009 and shamefully have only just got round to going this year.

It was excellent. The two giant rats installation in particular was unexpectedly touching – to the aching, looped soundtrack of Stay with me by Lorraine Ellison they alternated between being deflated and inflated, but never at the same time
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I also tried Campari for the first time. That wasn’t so good.

Horace goes Skiing

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This old ZX Spectrum game would translate perfectly for the iPhone.
Much like DoodleJump, it’d simply be a matter of tilting to steer.

I bet there’s a ripe audience of dad-gamers out there longing for a
bit of nostalgia.