Category Archives: Some other Stuff

The Iberian Job

Writing a memoir is always an interesting and exhausting process. In effect you are re-living it all and talking about it, the good the bad and the ugly. It’s a bit like being on the psychiatrist’s couch. Writing my latest … Continue reading

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More Memoirs

I’ve been quiet on this blog for the last month, because: A) my internet connection has been up the wall, and B) I’m writing the third volume of my memoirs, which is called The Iberian Job, after a mad business … Continue reading

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Herricka strikes again

As you can see by the photos below, Herricka has kittens again. This is her fourth lot, and she’s only three years old! This time she didn’t have the kittens in the barn. We’re not quite sure where they were … Continue reading

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The Snowden Debate

Chris Hedges was on fine form last month, when he opened a formal debate at the Oxford Union. The proposition was: This house would call Edward Snowden a Hero. Speaking for the yays were Hedges, Annie Machon, a former intelligence … Continue reading

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Lamb and strange coincidences

Paul the sheep farmer came round yesterday afternoon, bringing us a freshly slaughtered lamb. Before being dispatched, Paul’s lambs romp around in the field across the lane. The meat is excellent quality, even at this time of year, and Paul … Continue reading

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Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son was a hugely popular sitcom in the UK in the 1960s and 70s. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore. This is the Christmas special from 1974…

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Salvador’s Trout

Ok, this will probably be the last ‘crown of sonnets’ for a while, because my brain is totally fried. Over the last four weeks I’ve bashed out three of the damn things; that’s a total of 21 sonnets, or 294 … Continue reading

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Socialist Sonnets

Socialist Sonnets Thank you for Last Rites and darkness at noon. Munchkins are singing the death of a witch. The coffin is placed in a greenback balloon, drifting away across avarice and kitsch. A young girl from Essex who’s flaky … Continue reading

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Arrival & Departure

In a previous post I said that I don’t like to inflict my poetry on the reader of this blog. So, being contradictory, here’s another poem, and a rather long one at that. But first some background: I stopped writing … Continue reading

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The Ineffable Swede

The reader’s comments section on the Guardian web site is known as ‘below the line’ (BTL), and lots of weird and wonderful things go on there. This week, though, there was quite a surprise and it revolved around a poster … Continue reading

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