Archive for January, 2010


Sunday, January 24th, 2010

job lot of leeks

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Anne bought a job lot of leeks, boy,
From a little chap down some dark alley.
He said, “These will last you for weeks, boy,
Since I’ve heard your Tref’s from the valley.”
But Trefor’s too posh for such things, boy –
He’s moved on to mangetout and zucchini
In his dreams that’s the food that anne brings boy
Served up whilst she wears her bikini

Post Office Tower – the view from the top

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The view from the top of the Post Office Tower on a not very nice day in January.  There were some snow flurries though I’m not sure these are visible on the video – take a look.  The three videos represent a 360 degree tour.

It pelts down and the unwary get wet.

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

It pelts down and the unwary get wet.
forty days and forty nights seem like an eternity
all hail Saint Swithin and all who sail in her
flood alerts fill the wet air waves
another notch on the windscreen wiper control
oh no a leak, fetch a bucket

The watched kettle does boil

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

sad music

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Sad music fills my head knowing you are gone.
My heart, once light with the carefree pleasures
of our younger days when your nature,
spirited, excited and challenged,
was pleased to soak in the sunshine of your ways,
now weighs me down, the shadows growing long.
My friend I cry, my grief, your suffering and pain,
the tears, unleashed, flow freely down my face.
Proud girl bowed, broken, driven to an end,
washed back into our consciousness,
into a deep and final sleep. But you should know
the memories that remain are of good times,
where your beauty prevailed,
your irreverent laughter filled our lives
and we lived like there was no tomorrow.

RIP Angharad Jones, 12th May 1962 to 9th January 2010
One of my favourite people.

the violinist

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

There was nothing to distinguish the road from the others I had crossed on my journey there that day. I imagined the nearly identical front rooms in each of the identical terraced houses having little to tell them apart.

This one was different though. On the surface it looked the same and for consistency the everpresent seagull was perched on the rooftop of one of the terraces. But this road had soul.


the trip to casualty

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

the school
the daughter
the tap dancing practice
the double wing
the slip
the elbow
the sling

the boy who lost all hope

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

He lay prone, face down on the pew in the kitchen, left arm dangling limply onto the floor. On his face was a look of utter hopelessness, the vacant stare of the condemned man, the innocent about to be consigned to an undeserved fate.

There had been a time in the run up to that moment where he had sat there earnestly, waiting for the good news to arrive. The radio was on in several rooms leaving nothing to chance. There was no way, when that announcement came, that he would not hear it. So there he had remained.

He displayed none of his usual appetite while he waited. Such was his concentration, intensified by an anticipation that told you the stakes were high.

The others had heard of their good fortune quite early on in the process and had already begun to celebrate. This did not help. In fact it was part of the problem.

As the kitchen clock ticked, the remaining time shrank away and the realisation that it was not going to happen finally hit him. His shoulders dropped and pure anguish radiated from the shapeless form.

His school stayed open whilst his older brothers and sister got to stay at home to play snowballs because theirs had shut!

I woke up

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

It was a strange experience because one second I was asleep and the next I was not, as if someone had just pressed the “on” button on a remote control. I lay there motionless with my body in the position it had been in whilst asleep. Anne was dead to the world beside me. Nobody could have seen that I was awake. In fact I’m not even sure that I opened my eyes but I was totally aware of my surroundings and I knew I was definitely no longer asleep. I considered that my own snoring had probably woken me, I could almost hear the echo of the last reverberation, subliminal. After an unspecified amount of time I drifted off again.