Friday, December 06, 2019

Election 2019 - Evict Johnson from No. 10


This is my position exactly. I can't wait to see that horrible Boris Johnson & his mob slink out of Downing Street before Christmas. If Johnson wins, will life in Britain even be worth living? It's not clear.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Stop me and buy one

Yes, I put this collection of short stories together. If you like it tell your friends. If you don't like it, tell your enemies. When I started in the book business, I couldn't even spell editor, now I are one.


Fifteen stories like the dreams of fifteen nights 

The Book Depository offers this with free delivery worldwide. How they manage that is anybody's guess but it's a blooming good offer. So, I'm afraid this is the hard sell, friends: BUY MY BOOK. Buy, buy! Bye bye. (Motto: No gag is too old to recycle.)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Friday, October 04, 2019

UFO over London?

What, doesn't look very convincing? Well they never do, do they?

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Yam, sweet potato, cassava, bitter melon


From Lobo, 13 High Street Harlesden, a great low-price greengrocer & fishmonger
Clockwise from top left: piece of a large yam, two sweet potato, two cassava*, one large bitter melon. The skin of the cassava is slippery like a soapy sort of candle wax is coming through it from the inside. Bitter melon lives up to its name; one way to use it is in stir fry with beaten egg, garlic, onion and tomato - if you dare.

* Warning: Cassava is poisonous if not prepared properly. It contains a form of cyanide, which can lead to various disorders, paralysis and death. On no account should it be eaten raw. Ref. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassava#Potential_toxicity

Saturday, August 10, 2019

It's easier to tangle than to untangle

The Willesden Herald: Untitled



Seconds and moments don't follow, they permute.

One on the microwave countdown cannot be understood

as two together tangle with the next and prior

...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ink is the blood of ghosts


if      I       should  dream   ghosts

they    would   be      real    there

should  be      as      dreams  are

dream   real    people  become  ghosts

me      too     dead    alive   here




if      they    should  dream   me

I       would   be      real    too

should  be      as      people  dead

dream   real    dreams  become  alive

ghosts  there   are     ghosts  here


Friday, July 12, 2019

Garden/jungle/job for life

Jasmine

July 11
Don't be fooled, there's only going to be one winner in this struggle:- the jungle.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Re-reading my book after 15 years

After my book "The London Silence" was published, I grew to hate the text. About 120 were sold but I decided it had to die. I wanted to change the ending to a one-page "Coda" and resolve the dramatic irony more satisfactorily. I told PG to remove it from sale. So it's out-of-print even p.o.d.

The London Silence, cover flat

I buried my stash of copies in a recycling bin. However, secondhand copies could still be bought on Amazon. Just recently, I thought, "I'll buy them all and bin them too" but it's not possible as some are priced at outrageous levels. However, a strange thing happened next.

For the first time in nearly 15 years, I started re-reading the text and it wasn't as bad as I expected. Maybe my standards have slipped but I don't think it's that. It's because here were things that without this text were completely lost to my mind. It's a museum of me.

I now have a collection of used books, some of which I signed and numbered in 2004. They found their way to charity shops and thence to World of Books and that's fine. One of them is actually pristine, from a bookshop I imagine, as a few did go to real bookshops in the US & UK.

I'm still not happy with the ending, general restrained flow or anyway a lack of plenitude, underwriting, typo "alter" for "altar". But then I've noticed numerous typos in famous bestselling books since then and love it when I spot them so, again, - relief.

I used to complain to my friend at the publisher (Pretend Genius) that the book should never have been published, but now I think I should say an overdue thank you to them and that, after all, it wasn't so bad. I'm even thinking about a new edition, or rehabilitating parts of it, only I'd like to finish other things I've started since then first.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Whitton Avenue

By the corner house there used to be
Shrubbery and a recumbent tree
Where small birds liked to play.
Now there's a block-paved yard,
A useless space for man or bird
But the landlord likes it that way.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Strawberries


We have a strawberry patch out the back in a raised bed and it produces this sort of harvest every two or three days at this time of year.

Update 14/6/2019: Furthermore

View of the raised bed

Where they hide