“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends.” (Anton Ego: Ratatouille)

Hamilton JazzMaster Maestro Auto Chrono Watch Review

There are many reasons to wear a watch, I said to myself as I took my turn at the JFK airport security scanner.

“Take off […]

“CHOJUN – A NOVEL” Review: The real Mr. Miyagi

It is said that you can only truly know someone by fighting them, for in the stress of combat the mind of the other […]

Pebble Smart Watch Review – More than just potential?

No recent product launch has grasped the Zeitgeist as much as the Pebble watch. It represents a perfect storm of elements coming together all […]

Watches, Homages and Branding

Please note, before I begin, that the following are all my own thoughts and words. So, by their very nature, they will be subjective […]

“Zombies, Run!” Review : a running game with bite!

Warning: This review contains very minor plot spoilers I have come to love running. I have discovered that lolloping along outside in the morning’s weak sunshine […]

Christopher Ward C60 Trident “Bond” Review

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.  Those who read the symbol do […]

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Review

“Way to get out there!” my watch gleefully announces. I watch its face, awaiting any further messages from its GPS ROM that has tracked my […]

Announcing: buddhabooks.co.uk is now open

Dear all,

Announcing the opening of a new Basho website!
I have been writing reviews of books on this site for something like 5 years, also […]

Stephen Hawking – “The Grand Design” book review by Basho

I’m an avid reader of New Scientist magazine. In fact I get it every week. The headline will usually be about something “quantum” or allude […]

A Sudden Dawn: Book Review

The story of a simple Buddhist priest travelling from India to China in the 5th Century doesn’t sound like something that would make for an interesting novel, […]

Kick Ass Movie Review : Basho has a problem with this one

Kick Ass is a film that draws a line in the dirt and invites you to place yourself on one side or another. Or, rather, […]

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ : Book Review

The first line of Philip Pullman’s novel reads: This is the story of Jesus and his brother Christ, of how they were born, how they […]

Dell Alienware M11x Review: Portable Gaming Heaven?

When I was considering taking a year off, I started looking around for a computer that I could take with me on my travels around […]

Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade: Basho’s Experience

There is a popular, and perhaps even factual adage, which goes like this: “Never upgrade a Windows product; always do a fresh install” Today I […]

Transition Book Review

Basho reviews the latest from Iain M Banks, or is it Iain Banks?

Tactical Man Watch?

Basho weaves a watch strap out of paracord

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Parapsychology Special Forces and the War on Terror

“The Day the Earth Stood Still” review (1951 & 2008 versions)

Rule 1: Don't antagonize alien super-robots!

Slumdog Millionaire Movie Review

Cesca and I sat in the heat of the Mumbai movie theatre around the corner from the Victoria Station – that defining landmark at […]

ATC 2K video camera review

I review the BASHOCAM! waterproof video camera