Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms. He is Director of Editorial at 89up and has written and ghostwritten for The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Observer, The Irish Times, The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Sun, and The Irish Post.



To classify events as tragic is to absolve ourselves and everyone else of responsibility

Film & Music

The social realist space opera George Lucas wishes he'd made

Film & Music

A reader alerts Little Atoms to this scary vision of Corbyn's Britain*/not very funny 80s sitcom.

Aired in 1986, Comrade Dad was set in a future Britain (USSRGB) which had been taken over by the Russians and was now run by the Communist Party undfer its glorious leader, VS Hoskins.

The title character, played by the recently deceased George Cole, is very enthusiastic about the regime: the other characters less so.


Today is the eighth annversary of the death of Tony Wilson, the impossible to describe man (promoter? Journalist? Hypeman?) who brought the world Joy Division, the Hacienda, and Lord knows what else.

Here, just cos we like it, is Wilson's 1977 interview with punk poer John Cooper Clarke, including a performance of You'll Never See A Nipple In The Daily Express, and Wilson's immortal line "one of the many strange things about John Cooper Clarke is that the new wave poet uses the old wave technique of 'rhyme'."


Ne me quitte pas.

Je t’inventerai

Des mots insensés

Que tu comprendras.


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