Weather Report*

“It *never* snows in Brighton!” -That’s what they used to say, The weather this morning reminding me It’s not always been that way…. My first year here Saw the beach disappear In a blizzard of unbroken white: They closed all the schools And sent us all home For sledging and a snowball fight! With nothing […]

‘S no Business Like Snow Business*

It seems that only the wealthiest drivers Will be noble National Snow Survivors, The mighty four-wheel-drive brigade Quite unlikely to come to the aid Of mere mortals with recycled cars, Fearful of driving very far By dint of the fact the Ice Man cometh Leaving a depth of foot-print-free fluff, Gently deepening radiant white, A […]


It’s well and truly winter. The weather’s getting restless. So¬† now’s the time to find that infernal thermal vest -Or more than one if you’re organised And know just where you stored them- Along with all those mothballed woollies, frayed about the hem, And multiples of socks and gloves in partnership debates, The brokering of […]

Winds, Bins and Automobiles*

It’s a tiny bit windy today, So the weather forecasters say… The arrows on the TV maps Vividy emphasise another cold snap As if we would otherwise be unprepared For all the energy concealed there, Much if it already unleashed While most of the nations was fast asleep, Begging the question of what to expect […]


Planet Earth is getting restless with her tenants. Their behaviour by degree increasingly repellent, From casual misuse to abject abuse And only now making headline news As humans, the arbiters of this decline, Awake to find they’re the next in line: Ecologists’ gently persistent voices Arbiters of now well-publcised choices To plough green spaces into […]

British Summer Time*

Holidays. it seems Are really not that restful… All the energy required to make them feel successful- Planning a kind of home-from-home No matter how much we aspire to roam. Packing for every possible event Whether in hotel, apartment or tent. Footwear and waterproofs enter the bargain Hoping for sunshine and expecting the rain… Stalwart […]


Yee haaaa! Tis the season For lighting the barbecue With no sense of reason, A primal response especial to men while women with fresh laundry sigh ‘Lord! Not again…! Surely there must be another way To cook your food on the sunnier days?? -Have you no sense of domestic routine (Scratch that- it’s not like […]