A Year of Existence

It was on the 8th of January 2015 that I began this blog, following the advice of my friend Jason, with no very clear idea but plenty of trepidation as to what might come out of it. Now seems as good a time as any to take stock of what I have learned and gained...... Continue Reading →

Mutant Musings

(Judi Bowker as Mina Harker in "Count Dracula," BBC version, 1977) A good friend of mine recently declared her intention to draw back from the depressingly polarised, prejudiced world of social media activism and instead express herself through her own dedicated writing. This seems an excellent idea to me, having myself spent far too much... Continue Reading →

Sort Him Out

(Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, "The Imitation Game", Black Bear Pictures, 2014) Being a librarian, Cal often brings DVDs home, and no prizes for guessing what last night's offering was... I can definitely recommend this film, though it plays fast and loose with actual history something awful. One could almost call it the "Braveheart" of... Continue Reading →

Love for the Freak

Today commenced on what is fairly described as a low-key note, as in sifting through my spam on Facebook I came across the following stream of messages received over the last few months from a stranger... 15 June 11:39 omg your a fucking freak Anthony burns..your poor poor wife *****...well she looks like a bloke... Continue Reading →

A Very Feminine Flood…

Today we returned from visiting our family in France again, and just to give some idea of the degree of effort my in-laws are putting into coming to terms with their unexpected acquisition of a trans-daughter-in-law, I will give a quick inventory of the presents I have had from them over the last two visits...... Continue Reading →

Gorsedd Girls

Finally having made some progress with this stubborn and long-overdue novel, and having taken the time out for another quick shoot for the "Imago" film project, I figure I can spare the time to post some of the stills. This sequence was shot in Gorsedd Gardens, Cardiff Civic Centre. The bronze statue "Girl" / "Merch"... Continue Reading →

Gods and Monsters

Like any good goth, I was saddened yesterday to hear of the death of Christopher Lee (1922-2015): actor, opera singer, and unexpected heavy metal icon into his nineties. With over two hundred films on his CV, including recent blockbusters such as the Lord of the Rings franchise as well as cult classics like "The Wicker... Continue Reading →

Death of a Failed Man

Please excuse the awful literary pun, but I really need to make light of this one. I have not posted any updates for awhile on the "Imago" 8mm film project that I am shooting with Jason Marsh, but it is still going ahead. At present, it is looking like it will evolve into more of... Continue Reading →

“Imago” – Part 2

Quicker than I thought possible, given that they had to be developed from vintage film, the pictures from Sunday's shoot have been developed and scanned. They have instantly proven to be the most interesting, artistic, and personally satisfying pictures I have ever had taken of me. Some were shot against a glass art installation on... Continue Reading →

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