Chris Rand Writes

The “Cambridge Independent” Newspaper

12 October 2016

If you haven’t seen it yet, the Cambridge Independent is a major new weekly newspaper for the area. I’ve really put this blog post up because a month after its launch, the newspaper still hasn’t managed to get Google to rank its website at all, and I suspect a lot of people will be searching for it online in vain. So here’s a link to the newspaper’s website!


How should an MP vote?

26 June 2016

At some stage in the months to come, MPs are going to be asked to vote on legislation to allow the UK to leave the EU. How should they vote? In the case of our two local MPs, I would hope the fight will continue.


My complete guaranteed predictions for 2016

1 January 2016

I’m sure that some of you may take these predictions for 2016 and somehow make money out of them, because they’re guaranteed*, but nevertheless, on this new year’s day, I’m going to tell you what 2016 has in store for everyone.


Movies of the Year 2015

19 December 2015

So, I didn’t manage to see 52 new cinema-release movies this year, despite the best of intentions. Here’s the best of the 46 which I did see.


My Top 20 Songs of the Year for 2015. Enjoy.

17 December 2015

One of the joys of streaming audio is that you can listen to new music all year long and just file away anything you particularly like into a “best of the year”playlist.


I Cannot Delete Dad

16 March 2015

When I first heard this, I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing. And a few years on, whenever my Mum rings me and the photo of my Mum …and Dad pops up, I think of this amazing poem.


Movies of the Year 2014

31 December 2014

I set myself the extremely ambitious target of watching 52 movies released in 2014 during the year, and just made it.


Greenwich O2 Arena Car Parking Tips 2014-2016

14 December 2014

This post is just to round up a few things I’ve found out about parking at the O2 and my own recent experience of event parking there, as most discussions you find through Google date back several years. I hope it’s useful.


Songs of the Year 2014

11 December 2014

Despite listening to just as much music as ever, I could only come up with around 70 new songs I really liked in 2014.


A Movie A Week in 2014 – halfway stage update

29 June 2014

My target this year has been to see one film a week on the big screen, and at the halfway stage I’ve nearly done it – just the last-minute intervention of the World Cup got in the way.


Old views of Cavendish Avenue

8 June 2014

I just noticed that the aerial views on Bing Maps are still showing the plot on which our house stands, before it was developed …so I thought I’d record them here for posterity.