Ben Shires
Ben Shires is a TV presenter, comedian and waistcoat enthusiast, liable to write about these and many more topics in excruciating detail.

His current work includes The Dave Weekly podcast, CBBC's Officially Amazing and tarmaccing driveways at competitive prices.

Ben is an Aquarius though he doesn’t believe in all that nonsense. He lives alone with his two housemates and once stroked a wolf.

Entries by Ben Shires

30x30x30 - What Was I Inking?

(4) Comments | Posted 28 April 2015 | (15:19)


Three months ago, back when I was still just a callow youth of twenty nine, I struck upon the idea of subjecting myself to a series of thirty new experiences in the run up to my thirtieth birthday. Cunningly christening it '30x30x30', the...

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(1) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (16:27)


Today, the 8th of January 2015, is a momentous occasion: it's the 281st anniversary of the premiere performance of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; it's 97 years since Woodrow Wilson announced his crucial

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Bit of a Grey Area

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2014 | (18:42)


Recently, having just had my hair cut at the type of salon that charges more for a short back and sides than I used to spend on a weekly food shop, I bumped into an old flame. These are awkward situations at the...

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Sticking to What I Know Best

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (18:40)

If I were to say I was partial to a bit of Panini, you'd be forgiven for thinking I was referring to my fondness for toasted deli sandwiches. After all, what else could an (at least biologically defined) adult man, juggling an almost real job with labour intensive day-to-day tasks...

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New Technology, and Why it Pushes My Buttons

(1) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (16:23)

About three years ago, seemingly on a whim, my Dad became one of the first people I knew to get an iPad. Nothing remarkable in that you might think, aside from it being a slightly extravagant impulse purchase on his part, but I was incredulous. What could a man who...

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Martin Fowler and the Misappropriated Jacket

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (16:55)

A little known fact about me: I once spent an entire school year, Year Ten to be precise, sporting Martin Fowler from Eastenders' jacket (here's Martin's face when he first saw the offending item) The reason it's a little known fact is because I've done everything in my power...

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I Like Old Clothes and I Cannot Lie

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (15:42)

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I love a good house party. Ah, who am I kidding? I love a bad house party too. I'll even tolerate an indifferent one, as long as there are nibbles. You can't beat a good nibble. Or a bad...

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Prehistoric Art Can Melt Even the Flintstoniest of Hearts

(4) Comments | Posted 27 June 2012 | (00:00)

As someone who works freelance (read: lots of time on my hands), I can often be found mooching around London's many fine and, crucially, free art galleries, waiting for inspiration to strike. So far, the only things to have struck me are how infrequently I feel inspired and on one...

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Is This the End of an Era for the Tudors?

(1) Comments | Posted 7 June 2012 | (00:00)

As every vaguely attentive schoolboy knows, King Harold Godwinson was killed by an arrow to the eye at the battle of Hastings in 1066, it was Sir Walter Raleigh who first introduced tobacco to England in the late sixteenth century and the period of history stretching from 1485 to 1603...

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