Some ideas never get past the idea stage, and many with good reason – because they’re not very good. Others, good or bad, die of natural attrition. Others still can go a fair way down the track only to then get stood on, or aborted - 'spiked', in the old argot - or worse still, ripped off. This page is a repository for stuff of mine that's suffered that sort of fate. It just seemed a waste to leave some good slabs of research/text lying around gathering dust, so I thought to 'un-spike' it, post it up here where it might yet serve some useful purpose. A couple of these entries - a CD anthology called Banana Lounge, the film version of Golden Miles - are two of my most painful near-misses, which tell the cautionary tales of their demise, while the other three are full manuscripts that can still fulfil their function as research resources. All I ask is that if you do use those resources, please accord the appropriate acknowledgement.