Tag: recession

  • It’s a collage

    It’s a collage

    It’s a collage, that’s what it is, it’s a coll-fucking-age

  • about Busted and Crime and Coffee etc.mp3

    about Busted and Crime and Coffee etc.mp3

    just another rambling podcast partly about the book launch of Busted the other day

  • Crime and Coffee Festival 2019 – Cardiff Central Library

    Monday June 3rd 2019 – as part of the opening event at the Crime and Coffee Festival I will be launching an unexpected brand new book,. There will also be a rare appearance by the 2 Old Heads 🙂 More on that soon the event starts at 12.30 pm and the book launch is at […]

  • Busted – New Novel almost here

    EDIT: It’s here and will be launched Mon June 3rd – Details here I’m very happy to say that my next novel will be published by the end of May. The manuscript is in the final stages of proofreading. Here’s the completed front cover Busted Bumf It’s the early 1990’s in the large town of […]

  • There’s always Hope

    There’s always Hope

    This is something I wrote nearly 24 years ago after attending an event at the Hay-On-Wye Festival Of Literature. Saturday May 21, 1994, 12:20pm ‘The First Novel’ A motley gathering of aspiring authors collect together under the grubby canvas of a  large marquee. Two hundred or so enthusiastic literary souls eagerly await the arrival of […]

  • * An Ordinary Bloke Writes About . . . Uber

    * An Ordinary Bloke Writes About . . . Uber

    Uber, the new-fangled taxi people, are in the news after being banned from London. Apparently more than half a million people have signed a petition to have the ban lifted. I don’t believe that. Many of these people are supposedly concerned about the loss of driving jobs the ban will cause, but, everyone knows that […]

  • A bit of impromptu live writing

    A bit of impromptu live writing

    Some unedited ‘live’ writing Written on 15:01 Sunday November 1st 2015 I was reading about yet another writer half my age who has won some prestigious award and is appearing at several upcoming literary festivals and events as a featured, if not the star, guest. So I started thinking why. Why has that writer achieved […]

  • To Me – New Book coming soon

    To Me – New Book coming soon

    To Me is the title of my next book. It’s been written specifically for myself and it is dedicated To Me, but I don’t mind if others read it. I think everyone should have their own ‘To Me’ book. Luckily I have the experience and skills to publish my own. Using Print on Demand it […]

  • Extracts from: “The Diary of an Ordinary Man”

    Extracts from: “The Diary of an Ordinary Man”

    Edit * I think this was written around about 1999 Saturday Despite the sobs, I am not sad. I know what it’s like to feel the weight of the black dog, as Churchill called it, but that’s not what I feel right now. It’s more a sort of extreme frustration, like seeing the taillights of […]

  • This time next year

    This time next year

    Another extract from some work-in-progress on my new book ‘This is It’ NOTE: After writing this I forgot about it for eleven years, if I hadn’t I would definitely have made that first million. This Time Next Year (How I make my first million) *** Hi! It’s seven minutes past ten in the evening; it’s […]

  • Cheats and Liars – the first Chapter

    Cheats and Liars – the first Chapter

    Here’s the first chapter of my novel Cheats and Liars: O N E “Are you ready?” I’m in the kitchen snaffling a crumpet dripping with raspberry jam. Of course I’m not ready. I’m never ready. I am a work in progress. “Come on. You don’t want to be late for your own exhibition.” I gulp. […]

  • Live Writing – This is it

    Live Writing – This is it

    This is a piece of what I call ‘Live Writing’ It was typed directly into a Word document on Wednesday November 4th 2015 at 9:45 am. The document is laid out exactly as it will appear in the final book. The book is called ‘This is it’ and it’s a kind of fantasy/autobiography type thing. […]

  • Quantum Relativity

    One of the projects I’m working on has the physical attributes of a book. It looks like a book and it reads like a book (or will do when it’s finished). In its present state it contains about 80,000 words all typed up in the same Word document. The content is snippets from diaries, journals, […]

  • how it all works – part 1

    It’s all a bit random and it could have all come together in endless different ways, but this is the reality we have to deal with. According to the latest quantum thinking there are multiple versions of the universe and they all exist in parallel. I find this difficult to understand, or to get my […]

  • Lost Artwork

    The new header image of this website (above – although if you’re reading this (as is likely) more than a few weeks after the beginning of May 2015, it may not be above, because it will have been replaced by something else – therefore it’s also below:) Anyway – the new header image (new as […]

  • Bumps in the Night

    TAPS – Television Arts Performance Showcase were an organisation whose aim was to discover and develop scriptwriters for television. They did pretty good for a long time then, I believe, the recession put paid to them in 2009. I was involved in a number of their schemes and wrote a short drama with them in […]

  • Supermarket prices

    A contribution of mine for the people’s panel on The Guardian’s comment is free section: * * * A strong smell in the car park heralded an in-store promotion. I hate being manipulated as much as I hate the smell of fish, so was immediately irked. It was the first time we had been to […]

  • Failure

    Things fail – bicycles, cars, washing machines, governments, recipes and businesses. A failure is something that has failed, fair enough. For me though, that word has always been impossible to apply to a person. Someone who failed to make an appointment because of a traffic jam may have failed to arrive on time but is […]

  • I was (virtually) there

    The mainstream media’s coverage of the student protests over tuition fee increases is completely silly. Their collaboration with the police and with the government, unconscious or not, is damaging their reputation as credible sources of news and information. I’ve got to admit that my participation in the demonstrations has been limited to tweeting a few […]