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tim and steve

Back in December I wrote the first of the Tim and Steve dialogues, my attempt to shed light on – and have a few belly laughs at – the car crash that was Brexit. The dialogues quickly expanded their range…
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new tricks

Earlier this year, stuck in a lockdown which seemed to be going on for ever, I decided it’d be no bad thing to learn some new skills. All my videos to date had been pretty basic: captions topping and tailing…
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privilege and responsibility

Earlier this month, a weighty parcel of three hundred poems thunked onto the doormat. These were the entries into this year’s Welshpool poetry competition, which yours truly had been asked to judge. So for the past couple of weeks I’ve…
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time off

Over the past few weeks, I’ve barely written a thing. I’ve thought about it often enough, found a subject I think could be interesting, picked up the pen (or the laptop) and…. Nah. Nothing doing. There was a time when…
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doing his best

In which the reader is invited to consider the A-Z of charges laid at the door of Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, setting them against the oft-repeated claim that he is doing his best. Please tick all answers that apply.
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Re:Ignite festival

If you find yourself in Walsall town centre over the next six weeks, you’ll notice that previously empty shop windows are now filled with glorious art. It’s all part of the Re:Ignite arts festival (with financial support from the National…
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good things come to…

Well, it’s all a bit different here, isn’t it? And yes, you’re right, it had needed doing for a while, but wasn’t it worth the wait? So far this weekend I’m spending far more time than is healthy scrolling through…
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the best pub

A couple of days ago, my poem ‘this is the best pub in the world’ was released as the latest in a series of ‘Winter Warmers’ celebrating the wonders of our local boozers. It’s one of seven poems commissioned by…
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introducing tim

Late last year, after reading one too many online diatribes from conspiracy theorists who think M&S have put 5G in their underwear, and wondering how to best reply to such nonsense, I sat down and started writing. What I ended…
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trumpet blowing alert

This blog is, first and foremost, a reminder for me. It’s reminder for those future days when the old imposter syndrome sides up and whispers nonsense in my ear, it’s a reminder for the days to come when finding any…
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responding to sculpture

Earlier this autumn, I was asked by Mid Wales Art Centre to be one of six poets commissioned to write pieces in response to sculptures they had on show. To add to the challenge, as Wales was under lockdown at…
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