On days so cold When the forecast unfolds And it’s finally beyond doubt That winter is here with a job to do. Wrap up warm before you go out… Be prepared to get stuck in the snow (Depending where you’re hoping to go) Pack your Nan’s hand-knitted balaclava Just in case of the standard palaver; […]


What on earth is happening in children’s lives To motivate minors to carry knives? Weapons of indeterminate destruction Insidious in their powers of seduction: Adults, parents, professionals, public, Struggling to rationalise the rubric. -Feeding violent fantasies of power? -The thrill of seeing the underdog cower? For what…? For a reputation that sets them apart. As […]


Life. Love. Learning. Laughter. Things to remember In the happy-ever-after. First steps, first calls, First stumble, first falls, First Going-Out nights, First fights and made-rights. Each governed with love and determination To learn for the better from a tough situation. A legacy crafted by patient degree, By parents setting their offspring free To find their […]

Sedentary Sympathy*

Children In Need Once again succeeds To raise epic amounts of money: The TV campaign With the verve of champagne And famous folk being funny… Dear Reader, forgive my cynicism Splitting the spotlight as it exits the prism Into a rainbow of unasked questions Arising in spite of creative suggestions For fun and challenge and […]

Face It*

Too many hight profile women on TV Are turning their wealth to surgery,* The worst of it being that they cannot see Just how odd their plasticity Appears from sofas countrywide, As though they’ve far too much to hide: Not least the confidence viewers revered That’s plainly somehow disappeared. This newly crafted carapace That shines […]

Evolutionary Existentialism*

It seems in equal measures Both inevitable and tragic That Man, the Guardian of the Planet, Has woven a selfish kind of magic. The trundling sense of ‘evolution’ A driven endeavour to seek solutions Leading, over centuries, To the scourging of forests and wasting of trees, Pollution of waters, erosion of land, Only now realising […]

Sporting Sensitivities*

Is there any sense of personal growth To be gained through the ancient art of Sloth? A sin, in the order of godly actions Even in spite of a satisfaction Grown from the doing of nothing at all, Explicitly including the watching of football…* Inglorious, slothful passivity A quietly pleasurable activity: Time inclined to wishful […]