Ian Martin is a comedy writer. He is author of the satirical, scatological and sexually explicit account of a Parliamentary Year, The Coalition Chronicles (2011). He has written for television on The Thick of It, with the character of Malcolm Tucker played by Peter Capaldi, the spin-off film In the Loop, and then on VEEP. He earlier co-authored The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files (2010).
Ian edits the satirical website www.martian.fm and writes a weekly column for the increasingly online Architects' Journal. He was born in London but has lived in Lancaster, where he is a comedy grandfather.
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Ian Martin now writes for the Architects' Journal, after 16 years writing for Building Design. It ceased to be worth turning to the back page of BD. Then, after 44 years of printed publication, BD went entirely online in February 2014. Building Design was launched in 1970 as a gossipy, news-driven rival to the AJ and its monthly sister publication, The Architectural Review. Its business model was based largely on recruitment advertising. 'Based on a free circulation and rising jobs market, BD was near-revolutionary in its approach to the world of architectural publishing as represented at the time by Architectural Press, which owned both the AJ and The Architectural Review,' said Paul Finch, in the fatuous Dezeen Magazine.
The Architects' Journal has been regularly published since 1895, and The Architectural Review followed in 1896. Both manage to stay in print.
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