Introduction: Who Owns the Writer Owns the Words

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Time speeds along the straights, slows at the corners and smashes through the gates. Unknown destinations broaden the mind. Brakes scream where they must. Under the Counterculture is a celebration of left-field thinking - mad ideas and strange truths from the underground - from music, literature, art and philosophy... science, sexual politics, drugs and technology... … Continue reading Introduction: Who Owns the Writer Owns the Words

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Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in utero

This article is respectfully dedicated to my friend Paul Clements (1964-2017), another good Doctor sorely missed. Owl Farm, Colorado, February 20, 2005 – 5:42 p.m. Hunter S. Thompson, hell-raiser and author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, takes a phone call from his wife Anita at the Aspen Club and apologises for almost accidentally … Continue reading Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in utero

It’s Your Funeral: Write Your Own Obituary

Monday morning, 7.30 am: shower, shave, make coffee, check emails… write your obituary. What? I’m sitting at my desk, two floors up, smoking a cigarette and staring out the window at a plump pigeon perched where it’s always perched, wondering why my father sold his guns rather than let me inherit them. Three shotguns: two … Continue reading It’s Your Funeral: Write Your Own Obituary

Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research

Volunteering for clinical research trials can be a rewarding experience, not least financially – or so the research companies would have us believe. To offer oneself as a guinea pig for the future benefit of others is undoubtedly a selfless act, but under what safeguards are these studies conducted? With the clinical drugs trial disaster … Continue reading Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research

Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs

It was summer 1991, I think, when sharing a joint on a brick fire escape after a night of acid-tapped cartoon lunacy, my friend Steve exhaled smoke into the Manchester morning and casually asked if I’d heard of a writer called William Burroughs. I hadn’t, but that moment has stayed with me as the dawn … Continue reading Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs