Roll The Dice

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. otherwise, don’t even start.   if you’re going to try, go all the way. this could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.   go all the way. it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. it could mean freezing on […]

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Writing Is A Longboat

The world is plump with writing similes but I don’t suppose another will harm. Anyway, this one I find useful. Writing–writing with serious intent–is a longboat. Or a trireme if your fancy leans classical, or a dromon or a galleass. The main thing to picture here is a ship with both oar and sail. Inspiration […]

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Radio 4’s Odyssey Season

There’s gonna be a season of new poems on Radio 4 inspired by The Odyssey. Talking about it, one of the poets said it’s an incredibly vital poem right now, as it touches upon the experiences of the asylum seeker and immigrant and could be a positive artistic force. Personally, I honestly couldn’t think of […]

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Putin Got Bit

Putin and his advisors must be waking to the fact they are shackled to a mad dog. Their explanation- that a bomb set off the rebel’s chemicals in a warehouse- is desperate, and they know everyone knows it’s desperate. Chemical weapons simply don’t work like that. Physics doesn’t work like that. And even if it […]

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It’s just occurred to me that most selfless acts I’ve attempted (which aren’t many) have either failed or outright backfired on me. A lot of the time (I suspect) people are suspicious of my motives and, to be honest, I’d be suspicious if someone did something selfless for me too. So my experience is probably […]

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Hello Halo

Nice coincidence this. My next sf book I do I want (as I visualise the scenes) a look and colour palette of Halo Jones, a comic I saw as a kid but was too young to read. Today I walked by the newsagents and saw this! Lovely!  Reading it now it’s striking how different Halo […]

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