September 1st, 2017 Posted in Poetry

  Have you heard of skwigmaroo? They come from Cheshire, mainly from Crewe, Dress only in red, or three shades of blue, Secure their beaks with a silver screw, Fix their wigs with peppermint glue, Put all six feet feet into one one big shoe, Paddle The Cloud in a pink canoe, Laugh like drum, […]

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Happy New Year!! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!

December 31st, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  Happy New Year!!   Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!   Here’s wishing and working for peace, justice and goodwill to all who inhabit the earth: beast, bird, insect and human; the discovered and yet to be discovered; the born and yet to be born. Let 2017 be the start of us all getting on better together […]

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Help a Hog be Happy

November 16th, 2016 Posted in Poetry

  Spring is a-cumen; the needle’s in the groove Earth is a-warmin’; hogs are on the move All along my fence hole highway Hogs and hoglets play. Makes my day Help a hog be happy   Safe in my hedgehog garden a hedgepig can unwind On fallen fruit and mealworms, dining with his urchin kind […]

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September 15th, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

I was shown a photograph a couple of days ago that had captured two so-called “Border Morris” sides with their tatters and feathers and blackened faces, grouped together grinning at the camera against the backdrop of an ancient half-timbered building. The group looked about to burst into a chorus of ‘Dat Ol’ Man Ribber’ on […]

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

January 29th, 2015 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  Yesterday marked the seventieth year since Auschwitz was liberated. Amazingly, there are people who deny such places were ever anything more than ‘harmless’ labour camps. But, there are still those among us who remember the truth, the reality, the horror of it all. It is vital that their experiences – bought at such a […]

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January 6th, 2015 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  Yay, back bloggin!! Happy New Year to you all.   ‘sbin so long since my last post that too much has happened to catch up on. No doubt bits n pieces will come out as I go along, but, hey, new year, new start.   There’s been a load of interest in some Heymaker […]

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Yer ‘aving a larf, ain’tcha???!!

March 14th, 2013 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  HOT TOPIC AMONG LOCAL MUSICIANS: SHOULD YA EVER PLAY FER NOWT?   Absolutely NOT!! Are you kidding?!!   Especially as what most mean by ‘playing for nowt’ is actually paying to play!!   You have to buy and maintain your instruments, you have to get yourself to gigs and you probably buy drinks and […]

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National Poetry Day

October 11th, 2012 Posted in Poetry

It’s the first year in yonks that I haven’t had a gig on National Poetry Day. I was pleased, actually, as I’m not much for the concept. NPD has an undertone of officialdom which triggers my innate, and sometimes irrational, resistance to authority of any kind – even the most well-intended.   My objection to […]

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