Out on the Town

On its numerous outings, it’s wreaked havocamong the rest of the field with its zigzagging.Inebriated on its own exuberance, if stuckon the inside, its recklessness in getting itself free can be staggering. Some, indeed, have even called for it to be barred,fearing it could be the harbinger of a 1928 rerun.It’s a sobering thought that …

Around the Country

As bell-ringing staff last orders pourcat-walking workers out on all fourssocialites wear their best social whirland binge-drinkers down their necks as a party piece past the clock and over the hillto a secret hideaway for a thrillwhere check-out girls dressed for the tillhand themselves in to the metropolitan police whose confiscated toys come tumblingover the …

Alliteration’n’National Anthemology

One of my most military memories I remember is a memorable memorial on Remembrance Day.There were flags unfurled flaunting fighter-jets frolicking overhead with flowery smoke in the fray.Previously primed primary school children with chalk chatted and chomped on their rationed chocolatewith high-flying lowlifes leading lowly folk longing to follow a philosophy, or any old cold …

England versus Italia

Dedicated to Paolo Rossi who died this week As Geoff Hurst plays a blinder against GermanyThe home fans rub their eyes in disbelief.Italians take their hats off to Paolo RossiAs scoring a hat-trick, he brings Brazil a bit of quarter-final grief. In a World Cup of national stereotypesOnly lager louts and greaseballs qualify;Gazza gets into …

extract from ‘Conix – a story for grown up children’

Tall TalesWhen Amy Winehouse died, Conix was distraught with grief. ‘I was with her a few days ago, and she seemed fine.’ This was typical of him. Making out he’d been anywhere of importance when news broke. When questioned about how he could have possibly been with her, he looked up from his tears in …