Archive for October, 2010

Fisheye

Posted in Non-Fictions on October 31, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

We were in Buxton yesterday and we went to the Pavilion Gardens. There was an indoor section, with a pleasantly warm, humid room full of glossy, dark-leaved plants. There was a very clean-looking pond as well, full of bright fish. I leaned over the edge and watched them for a while. There was one white fish with very big, protuberant eyes. It swam close to the wall. It swam closer and closer to the wall. If it went right up to the wall, the first bit of it to touch the wall would be its eye, because its eyes were so very bulbous. I kept thinking, don’t get so close to the wall. Then it bumped into the wall, eye first. I thought it would recoil or something, but it didn’t. Just kept on scraping along.

isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk

Posted in Non-Fictions on October 28, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

Obviously the website www.isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk has been receiving a bit of media attention recently, and – quite predictably – has been criticized as sick, insensitive, and tasteless. The primary line of attack seems to be ‘Even though loads of people hate her and think she’s a terrible person, she’s still somebody’s mother and somebody’s nan. She’s still a real human being, and she’s old and frail.’

This line of attack is often accompanied by the attacker saying that they themselves admire Thatcher, and that she saved the country, and that she’s a national hero.

I’m not going to defend isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk on grounds of taste or sensitivity, because what constitutes bad taste or tastelessness is so subjective as to make any protest on such grounds quite meaningless. And I’m not going to talk about her politics. But what I will say is that for people to get so self-righteous about others being seemingly callous about the death of an individual is laughably hypocritical.

What I mean is – people resent their taxes funding the safe accommodation of asylum seekers. People are quite happy for their taxes to be spent on an illegal war in which (it is believed) more civilians than military have died. People bemoan the amount of foreign aid that we, as a nation, give to other countries in the wake of natural disasters. People (specifically, Richard Littlejohn and the Daily Mail) loudly opine that it’s no great loss if prostitutes are murdered by a serial killer, or that Tony Martin had every right to shoot that thieving youth in the back. And on and on and on. Basically, lots of people couldn’t care less about the deaths of others. Their second car is more important. Lots of people, to be blunt, don’t mind hastening the deaths of others if it means paying less tax. Even innocent others.

How can these people sincerely claim that isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk is somehow wrong by virtue of speculating on / waiting for the death of a person? In every case mentioned above, we’re talking about the deaths of human beings – mothers, fathers, nans, sons, daughters, wives, husbands. But that doesn’t really bother Littlejohn et al, or their multitudinous parrots.

In short – the ‘BUT SHE’S A HUMAN BEING AND SHE MIGHT ACTUALLY DIE!’ reaction to isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk is disingenuous and ludicrous, and it’s primarily coming from the very same idiot media organs that are responsible for so many people in this country holding the repulsive and deeply callous views listed above. Basically, they care about some people dying, and not others. It would be interesting to know where the dividing lines are.

Despondent

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

Wrote a long, despondent blog post about how despondent I feel about British politics (Lib Dems, tabloids, torture etc) and have saved it to drafts. Seems too despondent. It was too despondent. It was totally hopeless.

Halloween

Posted in Non-Fictions on October 25, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

On Friday 29th October, I – together with some other horror writers – am doing this:

It seems like a good way to celebrate Halloween and everything, I think. So come along.

Speaking of celebrating Halloween – you’re probably racking your brains regarding Halloween presents for your friends / family / loved ones. Halloween presents, right? Everybody loves Halloween presents*.

How about a book of ghost stories?

This is a book of ghost stories (it’s called ‘The Obverse Book of Ghosts’) and it’s an anthology featuring work by many different writers, including me. More information here, and you can pre-order it here or here. (That last link is to Amazon, where you can see a slightly different, brighter cover). It’s out on 31st October. Halloween. So logically you should buy it, I think. If that’s not logical I don’t know what is.

Yes this is a total plug post. Sorry.

 

*I made ‘Halloween presents’ up. I’ve never really heard of them. I don’t think they exist.