Category Archives: writing

Decision time

The German elections differ from the UK versions in many ways, one of them being the profusion of small posters which sprout from almost every lamp-post. Clearly height is a vital statistic as proximity to bored or satirically minded passers-by … Continue reading

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Freedom and/or happiness

On Monday 3rd October it was German Re-unification Day. I’d forgotten and popped to the post office and drugstore (chemists are Apotheke here, pharmacies) only to find them shut. After trying to understand a Romanian man explain why, in his … Continue reading

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Made in Dagenham

We Want Sex was the first choice of title for the new film Made in Dagenham.  To find out why – read the following: Recent British films depicting working-class people in the throes of industrial action or staggering through the … Continue reading

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other people’s stories

Our interpretation of other people’s narratives or characters sometimes conflict with the story they are living. Yesterday on the local train, I noticed that a young man sitting in front of me was crying. He had his back to me … Continue reading

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taken out of self or into life?

Jonathan Miller was taken to task (again) in the Independent yesterday for criticising celebrity culture, in particular the casting of ‘stars’ in theatre plays, particularly in London. While there have been notable exceptions to this rule on the London stage … Continue reading

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the reality of your life

What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life. – Ted Hughes watch this space…

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Past the halfway re-build

While I’ve been working into the previous draft of the novel and transforming it into the next, the metaphor which comes to mind is rebuilding a large house by completely demolishing some rooms and thoroughly enhancing others, while adding passages (good word) so the rooms … Continue reading

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