The Mother of Beauty – by Nigel Andrew

Some cheering news! Nigel Andrew - aka our very own Nige of Nigeness - has written a beautiful, fascinating and highly original book... The Mother of Beauty about English parish churches - more specifically, the undervalued national treasure that is the vast and scattered collection of 17th Century church monuments. English churches ... Read More...

RIP Frank Key

  The inestimable Mr Frank Key - also known as Paul Byrne - died last week.  There really was nobody like him, was there? Frank was the first regular columnist we recruited, and Key’s Cupboard ran every Friday, more or less without fail, from August 2010 to February 2016. Those years were, without any ... Read More...

RIP Malty

Some sad news. John Jobling - aka the wonderful Malty - died in September. Malty was a prolific commenter on The Dabbler and its satellite blogs and there was no one quite like him. Actually, there was nobody remotely like him. Who can forget his idiosyncratic lexicon, peppered with unexpected Teutonisms ... Read More...

Join the Dabbler community on Facebook!

The Dabbler is thriving over on Facebook - come and join us... The main site here is currently undergoing some restoration work, but fear not, The Dabbler continues to thrive over on Facebook - with original material, typically arcane and Dabblerish links and oddities, and lots of chattering from our world-famous community ... Read More...

The Tao of Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan was only eight years older than David Bowie, but his soul was ancient... To my surprise, I felt slightly sadder about Terry Wogan’s death than about David Bowie’s. The thing about Wogan was that he was devoid of illusion about humans. He’d seen right through us, to the core, decades ... Read More...

Sean Penn’s Subtle Brume

Sean Penn's Rolling Stone 'interview' with drugs baron El Chapo contains some surprising details, finds Brit... Many Dabbler readers will be aware that there was a bit of a hoo-hah the other week about actor Sean Penn’s clandestine interview with fugitive Mexican drug baron and multiple murderer Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Fewer will ... Read More...

Slow Gambling

The digital revolution, Ray Winstone and the Ladbrokes Life have ruined gambling. It’s time to fight back… Until fairly recently, debates about The Golden Age of Pop Music have been about whether it ended in the 60s or 70s or 80s or 90s. But as I argued here, it is absurd ... Read More...