So, an evening in Brighton. A pint of warm Deuchars at the Cricketers, which is where Graham Greene drank. Two men wander past and I overhear that Brighton has 800 pubs. I don’t know if this is true. The MeCCSA 2020 opening ceremony is at the Brighton Museum and Gallery, and we drink a fewContinue reading “Brighton”
As usual, the calendar year winds itself to an exhausted and inconclusive end. Here are some things I learned in the year 2019 Childcare is hard As you age, hangovers increase in severity, but it’s not a straight line correlation. It’s actually a curve whose gradient increases exponentially until the gradient is infinity (y=severity whereContinue reading “Lessons from 2019”
My year in sandwiches. Disappointing. Don’t think I had a single one that I really enjoyed. The general quality has really gone down and so has the variety. Depressing.
The Joy of the Debut. There’s that fearlessness, and it is to do with the invention on the fly, the trammelled ways have not yet been put in place. It can be gauche or breathtaking in equal measure and it is art’s taking your first unaided steps, the tottering around. Is it because it isContinue reading “‘In Love with Being in Love’”
A friend asked if I wanted to go along to a gig later this year. The band that are playing are called Inhaler, so off I went to look them up. It turns out the band are fronted by Bono’s youngest son, who in voice and looks bears an uncanny resemblance to the big man.Continue reading “Bono’s Kid”
Some kind of fealty to my inner projected self is necessary, if only to stop the whole world becoming unmoored. But the courage to face up to what’s there and say, ‘no, this is not quite right – not right at all’ and then move onwards is something I seek. If not an Adlerian ‘courageContinue reading “Realism”
Michel Foucault talks about selfwriting and correspondence as being the cornerstones of a self-examinational toolkit that itself is crucial to a life well lived. It’s not always easy to take the time to write, or even to have the impetus to have anything to say above the basic mundanities of every day existence but perhapsContinue reading “12.5.19”
The debate about songs that sound like other songs has been around since there was more than one song, and even when there were three songs, a bro would turn up to argue about anxiety of influence. Ever since one person got up and made a speech to the town square, there’s been an eagerContinue reading “Similar Songs”
This is coming along (my chapbook) but one or two revisions are troubling me. And maybe its too easy to be cynical, negative. But finally I have a few things and they’re on the way to the Kindle Store.
The principle, of course, is old – as are so many of these things. They all come from something ancient. The idea is to limit yourself in a way easily accessible to you as a person. The idea is to be quiet, to practice a kind of omerta, but of course it has none ofContinue reading “Quietude”