Posts by Karl Hodge

Ranch eggs for breakfast

Ranch eggs for breakfast – shallow fry bell pepper, zucchini (courgette) and red onion in olive oil with garlic and chopped red chili, pinch of salt to make a salsa. Fry eggs until just set then finish them in the pan with the salsa. Serve with hash browns, a sprinkling of cilantro (coriander) and a […]

It took me a while to get around to watching Mad Men.

It took me a while to get around to watching Mad Men. ¬† Six years, in fact. Of course that meant that by the time I did watch the misadventures of Don Draper, Peggy Olson and the rest of the gang via Netflix there was plenty of it to watch! ¬† For someone who’s been […]

My Oscars wishlist:

My Oscars wishlist: Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (but I think it could well be Chiwetel Ejiofor) Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (but I’d settle for Judi Dench) Best Film: Gravity (but I think it will be 12 Years a Slave) Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (robbed at the BAFTAs) Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill (but I think it […]


It would not be an exaggeration to say that encountering the Atari ST began my career as a technology writer. Though I’d played with Sinclair Spectrums and Amstrad PCs in the 80s, I had never used a computer as a production tool. My undergraduate dissertation was written in longhand and I paid a lady with […]

Did Twitter Just Remake Storify?

Did Twitter Just Remake Storify? Writerly types will know that you’re not supposed to end a headline with a question mark because readers can always answer with a swift and resolute “no”. It’s called Betteridge’s law after m’colleague +Ian Betteridge¬†- who coined the rule. But in this case the question mark is legitimate because the […]

The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem My local newspaper website,, has switched from a subscription based commenting system where people were able to define their own user names to a Facebook based system. The result? Engagement has died overnight. From an average of between 15 or 20 comments on each story to zero. We can speculate about […]