A Volvo wagon. Its safe, it has room (and probably an integral dog-guard) for carting Winks about, as well as the grandkids and the half ton of stuff that they insist they might need someday. Plus, the more of these they buy, the more Volvo will keep supplying us with mental turbo-wagons. » 7/21/14 12:21pm Yesterday 12:21pm

I had a mark I Leon Cupra, a better looking, cheaper and more powerful GTI? Yes please. Finally replaced it with a mk2 Focus ST (the one America did not get), but this new Cupra looks like a good bet when I'm next looking for a car. Sorry, America, I keep buying the hot hatches that you are denied. » 7/18/14 6:14pm Friday 6:14pm

I was not brought up in a religious environment (although it was not an anti-religious environment), but I was brought up with my Dad's love of daft stories, make-believe and monster movies. This taught me to take anything with a pinch of salt (and never to trust anything that came out my Dad's mouth that could not… » 7/18/14 2:43pm Friday 2:43pm

I wasn't really intending to post this yet, but if I do then I'll be more motivated to finish writing it (and start writing my next idea, why can't I finish one thing before I want to start the next?). A Path Less Straight is a slice of whimsy, with fewer monsters than you might expect from me. The Americanised… » 7/18/14 6:28am Friday 6:28am

I'm not a great fan of people tell me something is awesome before it is released, there's a fine line between igniting my interest in something and spurting over it so much that I am completely put off going anywhere near the sticky mess. The more trailers, sneak peeks, behind the scenes footage, reveals and general… » 7/16/14 6:45pm Wednesday 6:45pm

I'm asking this for a 'friend' who only has a passing interest in the subject. Science fiction is full of orbital death lasers, but science fact seems remarkably short on them, what sort of energy are we talking about to punch a beam through the atmosphere from a low-level orbit and still be dangerous? » 7/11/14 12:14pm 7/11/14 12:14pm