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Home Every Monday between 2PM and 5PM (GMT) I play a variety of rock-based music on my internet…


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Sketching the windmill

Home Hey it's Springtime! A lovely day brought out lots of visitors to the town. I felt…


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High wire radio act ...

Home In September 2018 after a phone chat / interview, I had an on-air broadcasting trial with…


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Dieppe to Paris - travelling to Spain with a dog, part 6

Arrival sur le Continent In the last post I made here - Ferry Cross the Channel - me, my wife and…


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Newhaven to Dieppe - travelling to Spain with a dog, part 5

Home Previously in my Pet Friendly post I explained how year after year the UK winter got me down.…


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Borrow Box

Home So your library closed… In 2016, 343 libraries closed according to this article on BBC News.…


Book review: “Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint's Trunk"

Home You might enjoy my appreciation of Christina Hardyment's book, "Arthur Ransome and Captain…


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Writers' podcast

Home This is, it turns out, a one-off recording I made with my iPhone of creatives in action at a…


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Self portrait

Home It was a hot day and I wanted to be outside relaxing in the fresh air, but I’ve always got to…


Preparations - travelling to Spain with a dog: part 3

Home Pet friendly? In my last post The fly in the ointment I let you in on the fact that in the…


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Winter blues - travelling to Spain with a dog, part 1

Home In my latter years I’ve become more unhappy with the effect of winter on my state of mind and…


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Sketching the bay

Home Well the drawing lessons have been running for a few weeks now…


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The Empuhuh

Home At a meet-up I had 20 minutes to write something based on the word 'empire',so I turned to my…


Sketches of Spain

Home For a birthday my wife bought me a couple of lessons with an excellent local artist. He paints…


Round robin anyone?

Home Read about round robin story writing here. To do it you need to be in a room with or…


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Gardenias again

Home I wrote this piece of flash fiction after I'd been given, what we writers call 'a prompt'. A…


Interruptions

Home Steve got a writing toolkit for Christmas, so we each took one of its' emery boards containing…


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Our day at Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Home We visited Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where I shot some video on my…


The wheels on the bus ...

Home On Facebook, Writers and Artists Yearbook posted  "Writing exercise time: write a short…


About 35°C in the shade

Home 'Opening the wardrobe door' was a recent writing prompt I was given. Quick as a flash fiction…


6 word story anyone?

Home Ernest Hemingway, I love you for everything you ever wrote.. but don't worry... it's love in a…


Murder. No mystery.

Home The runes were cast and these are what the gods came back with - a black cat, a lightning…


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About me

Home Reading and writing have always been easier for me than 'rithmetic, so that's why this isn't…


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For Your Pleasure

Home Watch my video while listening to my poem, “For Your Pleasure”, written following…


Photo prompt kills!

Home The rain was falling in rivulets down the windows by the time the car pulled up outside the…


Two poems ...

Home I wrote a couple of 'small but perfectly formed' poems...The first is my take on an 'echo'…


Tommy's tale

Home It was getting very late and everyone was dispirited after the last announcement given…


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Is there life?

Home More photographic prompts er... "prompted" me to combine 2 snaps into a quick sci-fi 70's…


bots

Home At a writers meeting, we wrote a piece based on the "interruptions" game. Lauren gave us a…


Blue

Home I’ve a lot to write, a lot of soul to tear up, a lot of wounds to heal. Some of them I…


Cento

HomeAt our writing group we started to write a Cento. Lauren brought a great many poetry books by…


Oscar, Ella and Ringo

Home Those are the names of our cats. I said are, and that’s true. They are the names of our cats,…


Calvin and Hobbes

Home Recently, after making a donation, my wife brought home a book of comic strips from a charity…


Win Tickets for Wordpool's Gala Launch Event

Home The only creativity act I've managed since my last post, "Streets of Fire", has been some…


Streets of fire

Home A picture of a boy and a miner freshly out of the mine inspired me to write this piece of…


The Elephant of Doom

Home Steve Wilson (no relation!) published another of his brilliant books "The Element of…


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The Morning After the Night Before

Home Lauren brought in 6 paintings to inspire. The one that "spoke" to me was “Rooms by the Sea”…


Dialogue

Home Here's a conversation between two people in completely different worlds...


Horror flash

Home I wrote this piece when my friend Lauren brought in another yet another great idea - write…


Writer's Block

Home Writer's block I call it. It’s my block of flats I’m talking about though. Where I live. Get…


Just like Conan Doyle?

Home Don't deny you always wanted to write like Conan Doyle? Me too. So I gave it a go.


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Adolphus and Me

Home It was a beautiful night as I drove North Ventura Avenue in my hired Neon. No air con and it…


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Haiku

Home Haiku is a Japanese form of short poetry. A traditional haiku consist of 17 syllables, in…


Bonnie and Clyde

Home I wrote this when I got a homework request for something biographical in a college class. It…


En Ronda

Home My poem "En Ronda" below, was inspired by a photograph of a giant covering, on a building…


Paseo de Pedregalejo, Malaga Este

Ash crisis? What ash crisis?

Home Ash crisis over? Sadly it looks likely, as confirmation of our homeward flight comes through…


Pedregalejo

On Holiday in the Shadow of the Volcano

Home I'm on holiday, and you can read all about it... I’ve struggled out of the creaking bed,…


Illuminating Hadrian's Wall

Home We spent some time on Hadrian's Wall taking part in its' illumination, commemorating the…


The Dean of Gibraltar

Home Here's an extract from the first story in what is slowly becoming a whimsical series about…


An Introduction to Gibraltar

Home I wrote a light-hearted look at somewhere I have a lot of affection for ... Gibraltar!…


In The Machine

Home This is a story I wrote inspired by a competition for a 2000 word story with a theme of…


Those Were the Days

Home A few years ago some friends and I made a nostalgic return to some old haunts.…


How Honey Got Happy

Home As soon as Honey Dale woke up, Steve Taylor’s face swam into view. It was a waking nightmare.…


Perfect Day

Home As part of an exercise in characterisation, the men in my class were asked to write a piece…


Francisco y Cayetano Rivera Ordonez

Home I read and enjoyed for a second time, Death and the Sun, A Matador's Season in the Heart of…


I'm back...

Home Some of my friends in Gibraltar noticed the site was down. I'm happy to report it's back…


Spoon

Home Wikipedia describes concrete, pattern, or shape poetry as ... "poetry in which the…


Joosy

Home This story was inspired by my sometime tutor's Bichon Frise dog. It's a dirty job but someone…


Hand in hand with the great Stephen King?

Home Recently in my creative writing class we carried out an exercise, adding to the beginning or…


The Rock

Home This was one of the first pieces of 'flash fiction' I ever wrote. I wrote it at the first…


Sonnet

Home If this sonnet is one of the worst you've ever read I apologise.  I think the premise is…