Which leaves me some room for a couple of brief bits of news.
A bit of maintenance: for some reason that remains a mystery, the ability to schedule a post isn't working on the new look blogger interface. Scratch that... I can schedule a post to appear at a certain time but that certain time rolls around and the post doesn't actually appear is what I mean. Hence the patchy appearance of posts. It's not a problem caused by British Summer Time; it is a problem that seems to have its roots in the new interface and I'm not having any joy sending feedback about the problem.
There are warning notices telling people that Blogger is determined to migrate everyone to the new style interface despite the fact that the old system is a far nicer writing experience. I've been sending feedback for weeks and, frankly, I've not noticed any improvements.
At 96 pages, a three-issue subscription of £22 is well worth the money. Overseas rates are £31 (Europe) and £34 (RoW). Further information from Jeff Hawke Club, 6 The Close, Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7RD, United Kingdom or e-mail william AT williamrudling.co.uk.
Twenty years later, editor Alan Clark makes a welcome returned with The Sloperian, 40-pages of the kind of thing that British comics' fanzines have lacked since the demise of Golden Fun. Apart from the occasional academic article, very few fanzines dedicate themselves to British comics and comic creators from before the Second World War and many modern fans will be unaware of how British comics developed. That's where a well-illustrated fanzine like The Sloperian — it's title more than hinting at the era it will be covering — fills a gap. With articles on early artists W. G. Baxter, Tom Browne, Charlie Pease, Harry O'Neill and Jack Prout, plus writer Gilbert Dalton, it won't be to everyone's tastes but it is to my tastes, so I have no qualms about recommending it. Currently, it's available via the Buy Me Now option on eBay.co.uk for £5 including postage.
Random scans: A selection of other books that I've bought in recent weeks. First up is a slim (about 76 pages), landscape hardcover to add to my collection of Len Deighton. Airshipwreck, co-credited to designer Arnold Schwartzman although the text is by Deighton, is one of his meticulously researched non-fiction studies of the downfall of the airship as a means of transport. It covers a lot of background material as well as covering disasters both famous and obscure that led to the demise of airship travel.
TV Go Home, to newspapers (he's a fellow Guardian contributor), to television (Nathan Barley, Screenwipe, Dead Set, You Have Been Watching, How TV Ruined Your Life, Black Mirror, etc.) and radio (So Wrong It's Right). And books, as you'll see below.
Kindle Fund News. I haven't forgotten... it's on my mind constantly but slowly getting better... I have now been smoke free for almost a month and I'm just about there. I need to add a power adaptor to the cost but I'm seriously close now!
Kindle Fund: £173.22