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Original Soundtrack Recording. David Bowie: 8th January 1947-10th January 2016.

  “ Didn’t know what time it was and the lights were low. I leaned back on my radio. Some cat was layin’ down some rock ‘n’ roll… “ David Bowie: ‘Starman’ 1972. I’m fifteen years old. And I’m passing my penultimate summer … Continue reading

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Certainty.

When a certain kind of person Turns a certain kind of age And a certain kind of lover Turns a certain kind of page It’s a moment fraught with danger And a certain kind of choice An uncertain kind of … Continue reading

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The End Of The World.

A little levity from more innocent times. I do not own the copyright on this recording and post it only in the interests of cheering us all up a bit today. In celebration of the genius of its authors and … Continue reading

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Four (Brussels 22/11/15).

Tonight there are two people who want to kill me. Yes, and you too. And anyone else who doesn’t particularly want to live in their global caliphate. They have explosives and they have guns. And they have the support of, … Continue reading

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In Extremis.

Vilvoorde is a city in Flanders. It’s not a big place. In fact with 40,000 residents it’s barely a city at all. Most foreigners, passing on the train into Brussels from the airport, would if they noticed it at all … Continue reading

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Jock Tamson’s Bairns.

‘Jock Tamson’s Bairns is Lowland Scots dialect version of Jack Thomson’s children. The phrase more often occurs in an extended form: We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns. This is interpreted in a metaphorical sense as a statement of egalitarian sentiments equivalent … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Three Cities.

There’s a joke told about the British in Brussels. Actually there’s a few but this one’s my favourite: ‘How can you tell when the Eurostar from London has arrived… ? They turn the engines off and it still keeps whining.” … Continue reading

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Mayday Mayday Mayday.

‘What are you sinking about… ?’ When he first suggested Mayday as the internationally recognised signal for a life threatening emergency Frederick Stanley Mockford was thinking about the French. He was an air traffic controller at Croydon Aerodrome. It was … Continue reading

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Twenty-Eight Weeks Later.

I first posted this ‘homage’ to The Night Mail from Princes Street Gardens on September 20th 2014. Today I am happy to post it again. Surprised only by the speed at which it has come to pass. And the circumstances … Continue reading

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And Then They Came For Me.

Much has already been said and written about the events of the last week. I have nothing to add save to repost this piece of work made for ALDE in 2009. It was directed by Florian Malak and the DOP … Continue reading

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