8th November 2011

STEM selling

Filed under: Uncategorized - 08 Nov 2011

Many important people call for things in the press. I’d like now to call for our young people to take part in science, engineering, technology, maths and design for the good of the national economy and to help solve our …

15th February 2011

HMP Slade

Filed under: Uncategorized - 15 Feb 2011

The transit stops on a Northern moor
A frown in a peaked-cap slams the door

‘Scrote’,  ‘Screw’, ‘Snout’ and ‘Stretch’
He’ll show you the ropes, will our Fletch

Horseblanket uniforms, soupy grey
Crossing off sentences, day upon day.

In the …

26th January 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized - 26 Jan 2011

(With apologies to Len Deighton, this is my attempt at a humorous, poetic tribute to Harry Palmer, cold war hero of The Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin)

Insubordinate Sergeant Palmer ,…

27th September 2010

True colours

Filed under: Uncategorized - 27 Sep 2010

Some colours seem to have a strong emotional effect on me. So strong that I can’t imagine wearing red or driving a green car.

Bond. By 1965, the James Bond marketing …

18th April 2010

Belfast Psychotherapy

Filed under: Uncategorized - 18 Apr 2010

Some counselling, tea and sympathy from a reformed Belfast hardman.

(Actually, this is Belfast, so don’t expect sympathy   -and the tea’s extra).

The Last Word

Filed under: Uncategorized - 18 Apr 2010

On being reawakened, I was aware of travelling in a shocktrain as it flashed past the numberless nutripharms of what might well have been the new Muungano province. Never sure how long I’d been in suspenshun, I quickly checked the …


Filed under: Uncategorized - 18 Apr 2010

I tapped twice on my forearm and the control patch appeared. Once I selected ‘mymood’ the soot took on a sombre dark blue shade with scrolling pinstripes. I’d started the day feeling buoyant but now my heart was literally on …

Entropy and me

Filed under: Uncategorized - 18 Apr 2010

Since childhood, I’ve always been overly concerned not to allow anything entrusted to me to be damaged.

When I first saw a micrograph of the surface of a polished mirror, it was a revelation. What the hell were all those ridges …


Filed under: Uncategorized - 18 Apr 2010

An elevator in a big city bank, professional home to Mr Zertnbacker: Venture Capitalist. He looks like an elephant seal in a sweaty, striped shirt and paisley tie under a Jermyn St three- piece suit(e).

Mr Z’s uninvited visitor is Erwin: …

Walk a mile in my shoes

Filed under: Uncategorized - 18 Apr 2010

I wasn’t born with oddly shaped feet. They just grew that way. It’s not actually the shape that’s so weird. It’s the aspect ratio of roughly 1.0 (which corresponds to HHH you’ve-got-to-be-joking ultrawide fitting). This would be hard enough to …

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