Back

Double meaning of today’s blog post. Yes, I’m back to work but I’ve also developed a bad back. I thought it was the kind of bad back you get for sitting around too long, so after I’d finished writing an article this morning (not sure if it will appear), I thought I’d rearrange my room. […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Every night I think I’ll get to bed early, perhaps even finish the Don Winslow which, I admit, is now turning into a struggle. Lately, I’ve been managing neither. US news always breaks late and I end up staying up to watch it, avoiding the book which, frankly, in its last 25% details constant atrocities […]

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Frieda

Thank Frieda it’s Friday. It has been a very long week; a whole seven days since my mum’s neck began to cause problems. Today, I thought I’d write but having read a couple of things to drive me slightly loopy with frustration, I think I’ll have a day with my nose buried in a book. […]

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Rubik

One of these days I will have a normal day, when I get around to writing long (hopefully) eloquant pieces. That just won’t be today because I have jobs to do. Not the awful jobs of the last few days but a quite decent job. Specsavers are coming to give my Mum an eye test, […]

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111

I’m sure anybody reading to my blog regularly (unlikely, I know) wants more of the political stuff, rather than the personal. Yet, occasionally, the personal overwhelms whatever is happening in the outer world and I haven’t had time to absorb the news. Which means on a day like today, I write about the stuff that […]

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Venting

Just as the writing begins (19,135 words), I remember why I moved into cartoons. It’s because I have days like yesterday and today… My mother has a bad neck. We’ve known about it for years. She has arthritis in it, which occasionally flares. It’s been fine for months but this week she’s had symptoms which […]

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Bombshell

Surprisingly deep sleep last night yet it is now days since I had my last hayfever tablet. I guess it was an exhaustion sleep. I’d had a pretty long day and topped it off by watching Bombshell into the early hours. Looking at the IMDB this morning, I can’t help but feel it’s a grossly […]

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Moonshot

Day three, I think, of my new drive to write more and I’ve hit at least 1000 words a day, though today had an added 1000 because I wrote about Trump/Woodward for Reaction. Wordcount so far (including some deletions in order create a clean re-start: 17,571). In other news… The Moonshot. It is, of course, […]

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Dune

I read Dune many years ago as a teenager and, then, I think I read it again. It’s a nailed-on sci-fi classic and was instantly one of my favourite books. The whole mythology of the fremen, the blue eyes, the spice, the worms… It was so good I remember immediately setting out to read the […]

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Focus

It’s always been an ambition to write a proper novel. I say “proper” because the novels I have written have never been, in my estimation, properly done. Even the first, which I technically sold to a publisher, wasn’t ideal. There are others, in various states of revision, in files on my computer or printed out […]

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Toxic News

I didn’t blog yesterday and don’t entirely feel like doing it today. I guess putting the old What & The Why website into legacy mode by transferring it over to Google’s free Blogger service feels a little like the end of an era. Plus tomorrow is the last day I can hear from Private Eye […]

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