Back in the day, when you didn’t want to watch fuzzy movies on video tapes you bought these, Laserdiscs. I’ve got 130 of them!

In the same way that CD killed off vinyl so it was with DVDs and Laserdiscs. But the similarities didn’t end there, the 12” format of vinyl and Laserdisc allowed for extravagant, beautiful artwork and sleeves that the smaller optical formats just didn’t have room for.

Looking through these discs as I packed them away for storage reminded me just how little effort goes into cover art and presentation these days. I guess if folk are just going to download pirate versions of everything there’s no point really…


Here’s a few photos from the tech rehearsal for Beauty and the Beast last week. A great week and a great show, but back to normal work now. Two weeks of the Glasgow Comedy Festival, there’s worse ways to make a living!


My wife was in an amateur production of Beauty and the Beast last week and I’d taken time off to work on the show. I was tasked with building the wood chopping machine Beauty’s father invents (it had to be pretty small because we didn’t have much room to store it) and the mechanism to make the last petal fall off the rose as the Beast dies. I’m happy to say that, miraculously, both worked flawlessly each show!

Just thought I’d post a video of the wonder that was the wood chopping contraption!