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LuLu’s Festival of Britain

So, I recently visited Lulu Hypermarket in Muscat, Oman (because I live there- it wasn’t some tragic tourist trap trip). I needed to buy a really vile shirt for a murder mystery dinner character costume and, as you will see, […]

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Junior Fight Club

BOB MOONEY’S JUNIOR FIGHT CLUB  FOR PUGILISTIC BOYS – – – First Rule of Bottling Up: Don’t cut your fingers on the broken glass in the sludge at the skip bottom. Second Rule of Bottling Up: Always rotate the stock. […]

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Bad Karma for Cardew Robinson

I’m currently doing some research into my maternal grandfather, Frank Cardoe. Frank was a popular comedian in the Birmingham area from the 1920s until his retirement in the mid 60s, performing pretty much nightly.

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Fuh King Kong

  Growing up in the sticks in the 1970s meant for much of the time we had to make our own entertainment. A favourite game played in the family was Hide and Seek, in which I would invariably hide under […]

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Black Microdots

Some blue penguins, yesterday   My second trip was a black microdot. it looked something like this: . I was a naive and impressionable Drama/English student at the time and the size of it led me to conclude it wouldn’t […]

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Statement of Intense

To paraphrase someone or other: keep a diary and one day it will keep you.And despite having had an enormously interesting life (if you weren’t the one actually living it) it was a piece of advice I failed to follow. […]

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Dhahran International Hotel

  Eastern Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Just like the song by the Eagles- I can check out any time I like, which is every morning- hopeful that a villa becomes available on the compound, as promised. But I can […]

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Kay Ess Ay

Due to various visa shenanigans I am now stuck back in the Kingdom, unable to cross the Causeway. This will go on for the next five weeks until the March recess and another visa run- and then it will be […]

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Bah. Rain.

So after much travelling- some of it to exotic destinations in faraway places (until you get there, then they’re nearby) and some of it just to the supermarket, I have wound up in Bahrain, a desert island kingdom in the […]

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The Way the World Ends

I am staring at the secret where the water meets the sky and the horizon still believes in all the clouds that whistle by. I feel the wind that runs its fingers through the grasses, through the sky, wind that […]

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Wizards and Lizards

wizards and lizards are getting me gizzard big business buzzards been taking the biscuit with secret services and esoteric substances serving military industrial purposes shadowy figures instilling nervousness pop another Prozac contain your complexes you are free to be blown […]

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Three Cheers for Dear Bear

I think the best gig I ever had was when I used to entertain a fair few people (the rest would just get irritated) as the mascot for Stratford Upon Avon’s local radio station The Bear102FM (I would love to […]

My Terrist Confession

I like terra firma And couldn’t be without it Except on a boat And even then I doubt it   So maybe I’m a terrist -I fit the description: I say up yours! to unjust laws And keep sharp knives […]