Christopher Beanland

Writer

Christopher writes satire here. And journalism there: http://journalisted.com/chris-beanland
The Post-Olympic

The Post-Olympic Blues

Donald Saddington - depressed journalist, 57 year-old widower, and recent migrant to East London - finds that everyone but him seems to be coasting on an Olympic feel good factor.
20/08/2012 17:31 BST
Olympic London: The Coolest Place on the

Olympic London: The Coolest Place on the Planet?

I emerge, blinking, at Dalston Kingsland Station following my long journey down from Scotland. I'm here to find out just how 'cool' London really is in this Olympic year. The first things I see are banners erected by Hackney Council on the lampposts up and down the main drag. They read: "London 2012: Letz all f***in' smile!" and "London 2012: innit".
10/07/2012 17:17 BST
Completely Half-Baked: Britain's First Artisan Journalismery

Completely Half-Baked: Britain's First Artisan Journalismery Opens

"We live in a Post-post-Leveson world," he muses, cupping his b*lls. "People expect their journalism to be fresh, healthy, handmade now. We sell ours at journalism markets - truly horrifying f**kfests which take place in Stoke Newington school playgrounds and attract the very worst kind of smug pram-pushing broadsheet reader."
10/05/2012 22:07 BST
Why Can't Journalists Stop Writing

Why Can't Journalists Stop Writing Books?

"I've lost count of the amount of risible manuscripts I get in the post from journalists who want to be proper writers," says top London literary agent Chazory Greenfingers, while she daintily gnaws at a custard cream.
13/02/2012 22:19 GMT
TV: Great British Bandwagon Jumping

TV: Great British Bandwagon Jumping Journeys

Cult BBC TV hit <em>Great British Railway Journeys</em> has proved so popular with teatime viewers that a host of other 'journey' shows are set to follow in its footsteps. All of which begs the question: why bother leaving the house at all?
09/01/2012 22:22 GMT
Music: The Sound of

Music: The Sound of 2012

The most on-the-money music journalists and critical commentators have selected the six new music acts that they reckon will be "blowing up big" in 2012...
21/12/2011 23:47 GMT
2011: The Media Year in

2011: The Media Year in Review

Seven big media hitters give their personal take on the highs and lows of 2011 in broadcasting, publishing, PR and the online world.
27/11/2011 22:13 GMT
The Worst Date Movies

The Worst Date Movies Ever

Don't expect many laughs at the cinema this autumn. Since the success of <em>Blue Valentine</em> - the cinematic equivalent of watching oblivious ducklings waddling onto a motorway at rush hour - Hollywood has gone mad for sadness.
08/11/2011 01:15 GMT
TOWIE Vs Made in Chelsea: It's Reality TV

TOWIE Vs Made in Chelsea: It's Reality TV war

This week I asked seven of Britain's foremost media go-getters to choose between television's current top reality shows. Unfortunately they were busy. But these hacks had some spare time to share their opinions instead.
09/10/2011 23:58 BST
Asylum Seekers Deserve Help not Hindrance From the

Asylum Seekers Deserve Help not Hindrance From the Media

Why do asylum seekers get such a rough ride in the media? There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding at the heart of the debate which is exploited by certain papers and politicians to trick the British public into thinking things which aren't true.
22/09/2011 23:48 BST
How it Feels to Have Your Phone

How it Feels to Have Your Phone Hacked

The great tabloid scandal of 2011 throws up one last point of order: what was actually in the messages that were hacked? And how does it feel when your privacy is invaded?
15/09/2011 22:56 BST
Why the Drums Write Great Break up

Why the Drums Write Great Break up Songs

Some music critics have been rather unkind about the new album by The Drums. But these hacks are missing the point about the New York indie troupe's second full-length offering, which was released this week.
10/09/2011 00:06 BST