Feeling So Far Away

Yootha Joyce on the cover of a Smiths single How clever it all seemed back then in the eighties But how odd it was to live in neither the north or the south And feel like you belonged nowhere No one quite sounds like an old guy who should know better Than Don Henley singing […]

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Let the Clay Lead the Way

I’ve been studying ceramics for the last two years at evening classes at my local art school. It’s a really fun, social activity and I have made some nice friends doing it (as well as a lot of wonky pots). However, my interest in ceramics goes back a long, long way. I grew up in […]

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Flettons

In the autumn Saturday afternoon sun We went to look at the demolition of the shops And I saw the houses sitting on the road behind Made of kiss-marked flettons With UPVC and aluminium additions There was something there all of a sudden About your far away house I want to try and get to […]

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The Back Bedroom

A skylight at the end of a corridor A mattress on the floor A cold room where the afternoon sun Can not seem pure The skirting board bridges Bare boards and white walls We sit and talk The twilight grows As evening comes and goes Intimate, but clothed More memorable and easier to separate Than […]

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Dead Love in Dunedin

In a museum on the other side of the world A patterned 70’s frock hangs preserved I pull out my camera to take a photo But who is it for? You Gone long ago Because I loved you, I loved your ideas A slice of passion I should no longer harvest Photos I no longer […]

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Diana Day

The 4th of August 2018 was #DianaDay, a hashtag driven day of photography coming out of social media. I got into the idea of #DianaDay through my friend Denise, who I only know electronically. She lives in the USA and I live here in England, but we’ve formed a unique friendship online based on our […]

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The Last, Lost

  The postcard tumbling out of the book Lay on the floor and gave me a look “You’re late” it said It had been hidden for my surprise For quite some time I picked it up Dressed in a finery of affection Reflecting the mood of the day Finished with a kiss Evidence of love […]

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Go boy, go

All the while the melancholy tick-tock of summer Saying “Go boy, go” Get done what’s got to be done Kiss who’s got to be kissed Looking out over sunsets, Elsfield hills, Eynsham Road, Cumnor Hill, Tattershall Road, Rawson’s Lane, Chapel Hill, Hedgehog Bridge Looking out over empty fields Hot and tired from cycling, but raging […]

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Weekend Away

I am small and I want to feel small Dwarfed in my heart by the awe of love I want to be dwarfed in plain sight By the awe of tall buildings White limestone monuments Grey concrete abstractions Fiery red-brick towers With the chaos of a hungry heart in love Surrounded by tall buildings There […]

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Triumph Stag Beetle

I grew up between two rivers In the west it was all twangy guitars and old secondhand books In the east, neat lawns and modern furniture Somewhere in the middle Was a seventies furnished in the fifties A MkIII Cortina A pathway from the door to the chair Worn into the nylon carpet with a […]

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Just Keep On Passing Time

Just keep on passing time Just keep on passing, time Time, you keep on passing Living in the present Unimaginably far from my youth Where is my flying car? My meal-in-a-pill? My honeymoon on Mars? (My wedding night, for that matter?) In the unlikely event I live to be 94 I can consider myself to […]

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Bretagne 5, 1593 kHz

I’ve always been a radio nerd since I was a kid, tuning around on my Binatone radio cassette player, and it’s a considerable pleasure of my new car that it’s complicated entertainment system still has Medium and Long Wave radio (AM in other parts of the world). Whilst many of the continental stations on these […]

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Longing for Belonging

Walking in our forties, with more than 40 years of things to share If you and I want to share anything at all with each other And can stand to hear about what we did before we knew each other No one quite sounds like longing to me Like Debbie Harry singing Union City Blue […]

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Mugged in Barcelona

I mentioned in a post about the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim┬ácamera that one of them got stolen from me when I went to Barcelona. I reflected on that experience in the latest episode of Photo Chat Vlog. The photos mean less in this one, though they’re all taken in Barcelona. It’s the story of […]

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22nd July 2018

Suddenly it came to me I have lived my life like a country after a war Barbed wire and border guards all around Protecting me from an ending that no one understood Stopping anyone from making a claim on my territory Whilst I moved on and rebuilt No more war, but heavily fortified A cold […]

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