Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas card from BabyBarista!

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen's Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including Lawyers Uncovered. He also does the cartoons for BabyBarista and has had two more excellent books published recently: 101 Ways to Leave the Law and 101 Uses for a Useless Banker. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

Buy the first book of the BabyBarista Files which is published by Bloomsbury and called Law and Disorder.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book recommendation: 'The Good Psychologist' by Noam Shpancer

I've just read The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer and thoroughly enjoyed it. It follows the life of a man who is a therapist by day and a psychology lecturer in the evening. A man who teaches his students to treat their patients with humility and to listen to their own inner voices and the life unseen. It's a wonderful read which is a funny, intelligent and fascinating insight into the life of a psychologist. But it is much more than that and is written is such a way that it's like a gentle sea breeze carrying the voices of your own heart back with it. As an aside, I also liked the fact that the therapist at one point used the idea of harnessing the power of huge waves through surfing as a metaphor for over-coming one's fears more generally. I highly recommend the book and it is available at

Sunday, December 12, 2010

BabyBarista now available on audiobook!

I recently went to London and recorded a reading of the whole of Law and Disorder which is Book 1 of The BabyBarista Files. It took three whole days of reading and is now available on both cassette and audiobook from You can hear an extract here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Early bird GoldCoast Oceanfest tickets

Heads up for for a limited number of GoldCoast Oceanfest tickets which give a saving of £10 per ticket are now available here until 4 January 2011.

Monday, December 6, 2010

iPad tips

If you've been enjoying using the iPad but finding that you keep having to transfer documents from different devices, a few of programs I have found to be particularly helpful are:

SugarSync For online backup and accessing documents from the cloud
Simplenote To synchonise your note-taking between iPad, iPhone, PC and Mac
ResophNotes To access SimpleNote from your PC
NotationalVelocity To access SimpleNote from your Mac
Gmail Webmail and storage
Google Calendar Diary across devices
DocsToGo Reading Word and other documents on iPad

With a big hat tip to my business partner and IT expert Garry Wright.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Coming soon: 'Law and Peace'...

I have now finished the second novel in The BabyBarista Files and it will be published by Bloomsbury in May. it is available for pre-order on  amazon at £11.99.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Future of the media

Heads up for an excellent article by Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian on the future of the media.