Tasty, nutritious democracy

"People who say their heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant." Tony Blair “The moronic MPs who nominated Jeremy Corbyn to ‘have a debate’ need their heads felt. They should be ashamed of themselves. They’re morons.” John McTernan When I sat myself down a week or so ago to start making notes for this blog... Continue Reading →

Bloke by the oak

A brief post as I'm suffering the consequences of my own alcoholic folly. Yesterday, I went to my first folk festival. Part of me ticked off another item on my bottomless bucket list. Part of me wondered when I got old enough to be excited by the prospect of going to a folk festival. Frankly,... Continue Reading →

Doctor Love

“It was sad music. But it waved its sadness like a battle flag. It said the universe had done all it could, but you were still alive.” Terry Pratchett I was lucky enough to grow up in a household dominated by Motown: Smokey and Stevie, Marvin and Martha, Levi and Leonard. By the time I... Continue Reading →


Average annual cost of study in the US including tuition fees and living expenses: US$36,564 [i] Just up the road from where I live there’s an Americana festival on this weekend. There’ll be cars, cover bands and – most intriguingly – a live history encampment with shoot-out re-enactments. I may just get to fulfil my childhood... Continue Reading →

I’m not dead yet

I believe in first love in the same way that I believe in gravity. I know it’s there.  I’ve seen it, twice. While I admit that it’s not possible to experience something for the first time twice I’m sticking to my guns. The times were not far - a year perhaps - but both were... Continue Reading →

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