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Talking again

You ramble. You know what you want to say but you ramble, avoid it. Talking is difficult. Talking about talking is difficult. It is hard work. And so you distract. A bit about work, about now, about the past. And … Continue reading

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Talking

She sits in front of the window. She always sits in front of the window. The curtains are open, and while the entrance to the gravel driveway leading to the building sits on a main road the view from the … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: No actual leak measures up to the ideal leak for which I yearn

It’s the middle of the night (again) and I’m back into bed from a relaxing leak. I’m not prepared to say which leak of the night because the problems between bearded Booker prize winning novelists and their prostates are not … Continue reading

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Desert Island Discs – IV

“…and your fourth record?” I could check when the radio repeats took place, but it feels like cheating. I’d heard Hancock before but I’m not sure how or when. There had been cassettes at the library I’m sure, the old … Continue reading

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Thought for the day

Earlier today while I was still crying after telling the stranger I had first met twenty five minutes before about the bodies as I sat in the room and felt myself simultaneously elsewhere hearing and smelling and seeing the covered … Continue reading

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Desert Island Discs – III

“…and your third record?” Some people think I don’t like music. That’s not quite true. I listen to it, occasionally. But it is not central to my life in the way it is for others. I can go for weeks, … Continue reading

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Desert Island Discs – II

“…and your second record?” I wasn’t planning to choose this, but thinking about the first choice sent me towards this. At school I worked on Saturdays and one or two nights a week in a small shop. Weekends were spent … Continue reading

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Desert Island Discs – I

The Desert Island Discs list: plenty of us have one, ready to go, just in case the call arrives, “We’ve run out of celebrities, and famous scientists, and diplomats, and broadcasters, and authors, and artists, and musicians, and most of … Continue reading

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The questionnaire

Male 35 – 44 Yes Yes 3 No No No Yes, in January No Although recommended by the GP no No No No 10 No No-one Yes, 20 Yes No No Yes The aftermath of the disaster Sometimes Sometimes Once, … Continue reading

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Beginning

It’s an old house, big, looming behind a large hedge, at the end of a gravel drive. Each footstep crunches. A shadow appears behind the door, opening it as I reach for the doorbell. We exchange introductions. She knows my … Continue reading

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Of IPGL, conspiracies and conspirators: the mysterious case of the letter to the Electoral Commission

Over the past couple of days on the twitter following the publication of a letter to the electoral commission by former MP and current candidate, Roger Mullin, the tag #torydirtymoney has been appearing in tweets. Despite being debunked by BUzzfeed’s … Continue reading

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Reflections on today’s earth shattering news from Downing Street.

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The Modern Sisyphus

Turns out that the contemporary punishment of the gods is to force a large chunk of the population to vote over and over again in referendums they don’t want reducing complex questions to binary choices – neither of which adequately … Continue reading

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a meditative reflection on the state of contemporary domestic politics

sod it.

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Why I am responsible for that bloke everyone is talking about

A long time ago I had no idea what the world wide internets was and so me and some mates had a look around for football manager jobs we could apply for using pseudonymous email addresses while we were chatting about things … Continue reading

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Welcome our new guest film reviewer

I am delighted to welcome a new guest film reviewer to this blog. Her perceptive words of wisdom on cinema will be accompanied by our new television reviewer when he can get the time off from the Guardian and telling … Continue reading

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Paul Nuttall MEP – statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Paul Nuttall MEP, offof the Ukips, has clarified comments made on his website that he had lost a close friend at Hillsborough when he was at school. Mr Nuttall explained that his school had been on a … Continue reading

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Before talking

The waiting room has no natural light, the moments after arrival occupied by filling in forms – noting the rules on personal data, completing a checklist. As I read each word there is a shadow behind it. And when I … Continue reading

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Hogmanay

I have only ever been out on Hogmanay twice. Once, I stayed at a friend’s house in my hometown. She had invited friends from her University to visit, a collection of English literature students. I was a rural curiosity. The … Continue reading

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Love and luck

I’m not the easiest person to be around. I know that. I wish I was easier, and I try to improve (with varying degrees of success), but I am anti-social, awkward, too often trapped in the slough of despond. But … Continue reading

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