Hello there. My name's Spank The Monkey, and I'm an australopithecine of a certain age based in ThatLondon, England. When I'm not tied up with my Moderately Responsible Job In The Computer Industry, I can generally be found experiencing the various aspects of artistic endeavour that can be found across this great city and beyond. And then, shortly afterwards, I can be found spewing my opinions about them all over the internet, with frequent use of nob gags as filler.
Between 1998 and 2006, those opinions appeared regularly on a site called The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey. That site isn't being updated any more, but is still around if you want to trawl through its archives. Since July 14th 2006, this blog has become my primary means of hurling arts and entertainment reviews at the outside world. Some sort of explanation of the thinking behind the move may be found here.
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If you're not enjoying this site, then you may be outraged to discover that there are a couple more of mine you could visit. One of them is The Unpleasant Moblog, which (as the name implies) is a blog primarily based around pictures I've taken on my mobile phone. Details of the last five posts I've made to the moblog appear in the right hand sidebar of the front page. In fact, the most recent picture I posted on there looks like this:
Note that the Moblog tends to be used for one-off photos: for large photo sets along the lines of What I Did On My Holidays, you'd be better off visiting my Picasa albums.
I also have a channel on YouTube, which is almost entirely devoted to videos I reference here on the site. See all my uploaded videos below:
The other site you may want to have a look at is Spank's Audio Lair, which is my online radio station: a randomised loop of a hundred or so tracks that are taking my fancy at the moment. Here's what's playing on there right now:
Whenever I review an item that you could buy from Amazon, at the bottom of the page you'll find a link allowing you to do just that, which will make me a small amount of commission in the process. You can also use the search boxes below to buy anything from Amazon in the US, UK or Japan, and I'll get a few bob off the back of that too.
Finally, I should point out that some of the content on this site is also available in book form, thanks to the good people at lulu.com. Click on the book titles in the storefront below for more information.
But for now, have a look round here and see what you think. Feel free to comment on the individual posts, or drop me a line here if that's more convenient. All mail sent to this address will be automatically assumed to be for publication on the site, unless you explicitly say otherwise. But don't be scared, I won't bite. Being a monkey, and all.