Autobiography

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Quixote by the Chip Shop Light

It wasn’t until 18, long-limbed, thin-skinned, armoured in song and story, that I realised the monsters had eyes just like mine. I’d gone further...
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The /fɑːl/

I’d heard of a swimmer, from you I think, who’d attempted to cross the Vaal. As a boy it had scared me; the river had a menace no number of...
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Statue (IP)

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I’d wanted a picture of you, you and the grandkids. So I’d gone to get the car. Your knees weren’t what they were. Driving back I thought of statues...

Bach's Pralidium Number 1 Played by the Jacques Loussier Trio

Since about November 2017 I have been going through varying degrees of stress and anxiety induced by work for the very first time in my life. It is...
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International Purple Day - Epilepsy Awareness

Tomorrow is Purple Day! My lovely daughter has learned to live with her epilepsy, but we have also learned that there is a lot to be done in terms of research and awareness. This is written with her permission. Purple Day logo used with permission of Purple Day UK.
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Teenage kicks
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Visiting the Dingle after early March snow

… we sink to our ankles, splash, wade, frequent suck-glugs as haul-pluck at mud-clasped boot …
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That Irishman

I heard a band: marching Irish pipers. The lilting, haunting lament reached the core of my senses, touched a sadness in my heart, made me think...

Secret Party Crashers

Recollect my friend, meeting up on a Saturday night outside Bristol Hippodrome. It was 1972 I'd just turned eighteen, me in my brown suede, knee high...