Post Truth

Post Truth

“I can handle big news and little news. And if there’s no news, I’ll go out and bite a dog.” This is how Charles Tatum, played by Kirk Douglas in Billy Wilder’s noir classic Ace In The Hole (1951), pitched for a job at the Albuquerque Sun. Manufacturing the news...

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‘I Vant To Be Alone’

‘I Vant To Be Alone’

“I VantTo Be Alone” “Alone now, there is nothing but my breath. I scream and that turbulentfury that rages from my mouth, Is silence. In the darkness.” Marius Brill (Aged 14) So, whilst wiry, post-pubescent, me was wondering if Faber & Faber was going to recognise my genius; fat, middle-aged,...

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Ctrl-Z

Ctrl-Z

I’ve done some pretty nasty things in my time. I’ve definitely put the ain’t in Saint and, what’s more, too spineless to admit my own flaws, I constantly lie to myself about it. So in my version of the world, after drunkenly stealing some roadworks diversion signs, and thinking it...

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Upstream Part 9

Upstream Part 9

A six month season seems like a reasonable span, stretching from around Easter to the end of September, but it just whistled past, and as the days get shorter and autumn turns to winter, one is immediately thinking about  next Spring. Having well-defined seasons is one of the joys of...

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Doctors’ Dilemmas

Doctors’ Dilemmas

Recently my wife was waiting for a breast screening at a mobile clinic when she overheard another woman in an adjacent booth giving the year of her birth as 1932. At 85 the woman had already had a good helping of life.At what point, my wife asked herself, should we...

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Noted

Noted

Holidays are over. Back to the grind, school, work, uni, the girl locked in the basement. With summer, lazy days, late rising and endless sunshine, all still fresh in the memory, the misery of the graft is all the more obvious, the contrast more jarring; the post-vacation life is a...

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On/Off

On/Off

Battleship, Earl, Slate, Ash, Dolphin, Overcast, Elephant, Silvery, Smoker’s Lung, it’s easy to forget there used to be innumerable shades of grey. When the Apple Macintosh was launched in 1984 its screen boasted 256 shades of grey. By the time E. L. James’s soft-porn bonkbuster was published, there were only...

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From The Riverbank: Part 7

From The Riverbank: Part 7

Although there are now few UK rivers, certainly less than 15%, for which the flow regime can be considered natural, the rivers and streams have basically followed the same course since the last Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago. The need to drain land, to protect it from flooding, to...

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Everyone’s a critic

Everyone’s a critic

No. Literally. Everyone is a critic. Not just personally judgemental, but you, me, we’re all verified published critics, our words heeded by countless others, our opinions disseminated around the world. “Feedback” used to describe the ear piercing noise made when a microphone got too close to a speaker. Now we’re...

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From the Riverbank. Part 6

From the Riverbank. Part 6

By Don Grant   Everything was perfect for a day’s fishing. It was warm without being too hot; there was some wispy ‘cirrostratus’ to take the edge off the summer sun; the water was, if not gin-clear, certainly ginger beer clear; there were some mayfly coming off the water virtually...

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