I first started the Woolamaloo Gazette in blog form back in April 2003, although it evolved out of an online spoof newspaper I used to email to friends in College from the early 90s onwards, where I satirised news stories which were bugging me. A friend persuaded me years later to do it in blog form and pretty soon I found that I could also use it for photos, talking about books, history, poetry, politics, Edinburgh and anything else I wanted. A few years back my then employers, Waterstone’s, objected to my less than positive comments on the blog about the way the company was going and how staff were treated and I was fired despite years of service and having promoted the company in the media many times. My union appealed and many friends, including fellow book reviewers, authors I had worked with and many people I’d never met took up the story and it went international, seriously tarnishing the company’s image for it’s heavy handed approach (people don’t care for a bookselling company using censorship) and the appeal was successful, although by then I had been offered a new job, where I get to promote good reading, which is great.
I take a great deal of photographs, some of which I put on here, but there are many more on the Woolamaloo Flickr (now over 4, 600 pics on all sorts of subjects, many of Edinburgh but on everything else, from street photography to pics of Paris, cats and anything else that takes my eye). You can contact me at laughingpenguin (at) woolamaloo (dot) org (dot) uk or follow me on Twitter.