Over the last few years I have become a fan of “cold war spy fiction” – in particular those written by Len Deighton. It all started on a trip to France four years ago when the holiday let had the first book in the Bernard Samson Game, Set & Match trilogy. Since then I’ve consumed the two follow-up trilogies as well as numerous one off stories.
My first encounter with Len Deighton was via the anti-Bond thriller “The Ipcress File” starring Michael Caine. Filmed in 1965 with a John Barry score and great “Swinging 60’s” London locations it, along with it’s sequel “Funeral in Berlin“, remains one of my favourite films.
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The Back to Front Show #027: Around the Web — It's a Thursday so that can only mean another episode of The Back to Front Show is out for your listening pleasure. Along with some fine web chat and productivity hacks this week we discuss whether Fonzie living about the garage of the Cunningham's house was in any way creepy. I also manage to inadvertently open up a competition to win one of the 2014 Shopify Partner team t-shirts designed by Mike Kus.
6 1/2 Magic Hours — A lovely promotional film from 1958 advertising the Pan Am Jet Clipper Service from New York to London and Paris. I am fascinated by the era known as the "Jet Age" and there's some lovely footage of on-board life in the late 1950's in the film. It's certainly different to today.
The Business of Web Design: Experiences – Volume 1 — Earlier this year Joel Hughes asked me to contribute to an upcoming book he was releasing to coincide with his The Business of Web Design event. It's a great read and you can buy it now for £9.99. Other contributors include Pete Seymour, Liz Elcoate, Phil Murphy, Christian Senior, Danny Bluestone, Kristina Auckland, Simon Jones, Jack Barber, Jamie Huskisson, Katie Cory, Matt Newton, Kelly Molson, Steve Kirtley, Darren Beale, Kirsty Bourgoine, Alex Brooke, Shane Hudson, Richard Askew, Dan Davies, Caroline Smith, Andy Robinson, Craig Francis and Matt Hill.