There Goes Innocence…

It is just before four in the morning. I have tried to sleep. I really have. She felt a bit "wheezy" on Sunday. Then she started coughing. It didn't seem persistent. By yesterday afternoon the coughing was more frequent. Her sister is a nurse. Or she was until some point in the last week or [...]

Chaos Reigns

It is a little after five in the morning on Easter Sunday. I haven't slept since Good Friday, not really. Across the world ordinary people find themselves united by order. Ordinary people in an extraordinary world, forced to live life in the same way because of something that they cannot control, that their governments cannot [...]

Yanks Go Home

Yanks Go Home

And so the story begins... 1992 had seen the "grunge invasion" with lots of boys and girls from the U S of A finding themselves with record contracts, chart successes and spots on bedroom walls despite their having no recognisable tunes or melodies and being in possession of the sort of wardrobe that would make [...]

Lockdown

  I am in the kitchen. Tapping at the screen of my 'phone to write this. Tears are pooling in my eyes. I feel...uncertain, unsure, unstable, unable and unwilling. Uncertain about what I am meant to be doing. Unsure about the things I am doing. Unstable on my feet and in my heart. Unable to [...]

The Young Team – Graeme Armstrong

The Young Team – Graeme Armstrong

1966. The Place is located on Victoria Street in Edinburgh.  It is the hangout for young Mods from the capital.  Tailor made mohair suits on HP, neat haircuts, sharp shoes and attitude.  The kids inside are working class boys and girls from Broomhouse, Clermiston, Drylaw and the other estates in the city.  My dad is [...]

Panic

  Things are bad. Have they ever been worse in my lifetime? Nearly half a century has passed since I entered this mortal coil.  A screaming bundle of organs, bones, skin, flesh and blood...knowing nothing, a blank canvas, no hopes but no fears.  Innocence in physical form.  Ready for the life that was to come. [...]

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

The best writers seem to be speaking directly to you. It's like they've been living in your wardrobe. They've seen you naked, rifled through your pockets, heard all of your best lines, been there through cold blooded old times and they know all of your secrets.  At least that's how it seems.  This should seem [...]

Being Gail Porter

Being Gail Porter

"I just wish I was a better person." Gail Porter was a central part of my minds landscape from the moment she burst onto television in the nineties.  She was everything I wished I was at that point; popular, attractive, successful and famous.  For a while the nasty, vindictive, mean spirited little person who lives [...]