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A New EP: At this time it feels right to get things completed.

I have been busy lately; not in the traditional way in my life of feeding a family, home-building. No, I am currently what our caring government ministers like to call “economically inactive”. How can that be though? My bank account continues to empty- so I am clearly very economically active indeed for some. Everything, absolutely …

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Cheltenham memories of an Irish Pilgrimage; a poem

The Sport of Kings childhood memories of my Grandad,Tommy Higgins, born Dublin 17th March 1918 A grainy picture through the foggy haze. A noxious mixture of Saturdays…. Spent half-watching through working class eyes A ten to one winner the rarest surprise. A child barely 10,- felt like 40 a day. A gasping atmosphere of yellow and …

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A Song for Maggie

About 18 months ago, I lost a good friend. Maggie McDonald, or “Swampwino” to use one of her eponymous stage names, was an archetypal Glaswegian, simultaneously warm and welcoming, whilst also being scary as hell. Its hard to separate the natural elements of the accent  from the “lived in” version. Maggie’s was most definitely lived …

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I Never Promised you a Rose Garden-but you should have bloomed for longer

Today is my sister Jayne’s birthday. She would have been 56, but she’d still have been have been gorgeous. She shares it with someone else I always adored, John Lennon. They share something else too; both of them were cruelly taken from us in their prime. Now all we have are memories. For John, they’re …

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