Col Buchanan

About the author...

Col Buchanan is an Irish writer who was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1973. From an early age he turned to reading and writing fantastical works to escape his troubles. In school he was the quiet dreamer who always sought out the back of the classroom. Later, in his stretches of work as a copywriter, he would be the quiet dreamer who always sought out the back of the office.

Having strayed from the beaten track for most of his life, at various times Col has found himself in retreat in the mountains of Mourne, homeless in Belfast, lost in a Zen monastery, and scratching graffiti as a guest of the local constabulary … all of which he mentions, (since he's the one writing this), to sound more exciting than he really is.

In recent years he has mostly settled down, and loves nothing more than a late-night gathering around a fire with good friends.


Favoured sites

wikileaks

Wikileaks

Game-changing journalism of conscience. Currently suffering from an economic embargo of major credit card companies in what amounts to the privatisation of censorship.

SFE

Online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

SF+Fantasy Site

Jon Ronson

Fellow voyeur of the weird and the unusual.

RAW, Robert Anton Wilson

'Reality is what you can get away with.'

Greg Palast

Gumshoe investigations of corporate crimes and political corruption.

Ansible

The legendary - some say mythical - David Langford.

A UK site forwild camping

The only way to camp

The Gentle Apocalypse

A blog, possibly like no other...

Churnalism

Determine journalism from churnalism.

Adbusters

Agree, disagree, think.

Interesting Links

Music

Elliot Smith, 'Needle in the Hay'

Music

Jun Tzu.. 'The Bridge.' Ulster rap!

Vid – Star Wars

The Phantom Menace Review.

'The Phantom Menace was the most disappointing thing to come along since my son.'

Vid

'Wake Up Artists!' The ever-ranting Artist Taxi Driver…

Open-Source

'Write Monkey'. Very cool, stripped-to-the-bones, 'creative space' word processor.

Open-Source

'Open Office'. Free, solid word processor and more.

Vid

'Man Forgets Where He Is For A Moment.' Made me laugh. It shouldn’t have, but it did.

Article

Charlie Brooker. Catch up on Charlie's stuff-in-the-mouth-and-chortle articles.

Vid - Documentary

'Jon Ronson's Escape and Control'. Online astroturfing, the new front in narrative control.

Music

Jello Biafra with D.O.A.: Full Metal Jackoff. Epic punk

Vid

The legendary stray riot dogs of Athens.

Vid - Poetry

Poet Rafeef Ziadah, 'We teach life, sir.' Palestinian poetry. Remarkable.

Music

Elliot Smith, 'Alphabet Town'

Open Source - 'Stellarium'

Open-source planetarium for all lovers of the night sky. It’s also brilliant

Vid - 'Shades of Borat'

'Outdoor Rave In ...'

Vid

'Never Be Black and Calm When Pulled Over In Georgia.'

Google Search

'Plutarchy'

Vid - 'MIA, Born Free'

Near-future science-fiction short. Beware all redheads.

Music

Ludovico Einaudi, 'This is England, Fuori dal mundo'. Beautiful, soulful.

Music - Stiff Little Fingers, 'Alternative Ulster.'

“A lot of people make grandiose claims for the song as either a Catholic or Protestant rallying call. It was nothing to do with that at all. It was just about everyday life in Belfast. And this might sound strange, seeing as it was a city being torn apart by riots and bombings, but Belfast was actually a really fucking boring place to be. They locked the security-gates around the city at six o'clock so there was nowhere to go. And no bands would come and play because they couldn't get the insurance. That happened to the Clash - they turned up and were told they couldn't play. So we rioted. Because that was what you did in Belfast.”