Category Archives: Modernism

December 1940: The Elements of War

Frankie was ten years old when his father told him about the Curse of the Pharaohs. Francis Wilfred Cooper was born in Norwich in 1914, and his earliest childhood memory was watching the men come back from France after the … Continue reading

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Jimmy Diamond and the Girl from Venus

(EXCERPT) Jimmy Diamond leaped onto his Vespa GX2000 scooter, kicked the antigrav engine into life, and rose into the skies above Hammersmith. He straightened his skinny tie, wiped the last remnants of egg and bacon from his chin, and pushed … Continue reading

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Fallen Angles

“Halt! Who goes there?” Captain Martin Blake pointed his revolver at the figures moving at the end of the trench. “Don’t shoot!” came a voice. “Don’t shoot! We’re from the War Office!” Blake kept his gun trained on the shadowy … Continue reading

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The Vanishing World of the Hotel Okura

Think of Tokyo in the Sixties and you’ll probably think of the 1964 Olympics, the Olympic Stadium near Yoyogi Park, the newly developed Shinkansen (bullet trains), the film version of You Only Live Twice, and … the Hotel Okura. First … Continue reading

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The Bloody Tourist

It was absurd. Like wax running down a mask covering the face of the sky. Sean Radlett had been looking forward to this experience; Barcelona was one of the essential places for an architect to take a holiday, and his … Continue reading

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Jimmy Diamond and the Girl from Venus

Artwork by Deeno Kingston (whose site can be found here). EXCERPT FROM TALES FROM BEYOND TOMORROW, Volume One. Jimmy Diamond leaped onto his Vespa GX2000 scooter, kicked the antigrav engine into life, and rose into the skies above Hammersmith. He … Continue reading

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John Paul Catton: An Overview

At the mid-point of 2015, and with the first draft of “Voice of the Jewel” finished and clocking in at just under 100,000 words, I thought it was time for a look at where we’re at. The Sword, Mirror, Jewel … Continue reading

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Paul Weller and the Tokyo Mod Legacy

(ABOVE: Manji Masanori solo) To explain what happened last night, let us begin by defining our terms. In the early Sixties, the ‘Mod’ movement (the word being the shortened form of both Modernism and Modern Art) became a force to … Continue reading

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