Having a neighbourhood bookshop will always add a few points in the “feel-good” column in the balance sheet of life. City Books is located just a short stroll from my front door. As well as stocking a remarkable amount of signed books, they also put on regular events at The Old Market—also a short stroll from my front door.

A couple of weeks ago Jessica and I saw Rick Stein there, cooking some recipes from his latest book. Tonight we saw reading from The Death of Bunny Munro—his first novel since And the Ass Saw the Angel twenty years ago. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event, mostly thanks to the rapport between Cave and the host for the evening, Will Self.

It’s certainly nice having all this so close to home. Usually I’d have to travel up to the big smoke, as I did for Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore at the British Library—and as I’m sorely tempted to do again for Seamus Heaney on Beowulf.

The next Brighton-based chat I’m planning to attend will be more filmic than literary. The Duke of York’s cinema—yes, the same place that will be hosting Full Frontal—will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Alien on October 25th with a screening of the film followed by an interview with (of Bladerunner fame) and (of designing-Darth-Vader’s-costume-yes-really fame).

If you are a fellow Brightonian geek, grab your ticket now. If you’re a non-Brightonian geek, you might want to consider a trip to Brighton for this.

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Previously on this day

11 years ago I wrote Reading immaterial

Something for your digital bookshelf.

11 years ago I wrote Automata

Carla Diana talks about robots at Flash on the Beach in Brighton.

12 years ago I wrote Kung Shui

Ajax and accessibility; a presentation transcribed.

13 years ago I wrote Sydney to Melbourne

It’s time for me to expand my Australian horizons.

13 years ago I wrote Wrapping up Web Directions South

Two thumbs up from me.

14 years ago I wrote He comes from a land down under

The podcasts and the photos have started coming in from Web Essentials in Syndey. Oh, how I wish I could be there!

16 years ago I wrote WiFi Regained

Remember how I was saying that the wireless reception in my iBook went all screwy a while back? Well, I sent the iBook off to Apple so that they could have a look at it.

17 years ago I wrote Anniversary

I have been blogging now for exactly one year.

17 years ago I wrote dooce

Rejoice! For Heather Hamilton is back.

17 years ago I wrote JCPenney

Jessica refuses to believe that JCPenney are actually selling the "Forward Command Post" model in their catalogue:

18 years ago I wrote Welcome to my world

This is my first entry in my first online journal.