Blogs and Journalism

When the flower children grew old…

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One of the pleasures of watching a CD go out into the world is seeing which songs, if any,  are noticed enough to strike a tiny, distant note in the prevailing noise of the world. Of the songs on Enough About...

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Dogs: the enemies of creativity

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Occasionally when I look at my dog Ruby, I remember a conversation I had in about 2005 with my friend, neighbour and fellow-author Roger Deakin. I told Roger that, after years of living with cats, I was thinking of getting...

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Falling apart again, never wanted to…

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It was when the Independent lost its best columnist Christina Patterson that I knew I no longer felt at home at the paper. By 'lost', I mean 'fired'. Christina had been there for ten years and at the time was...

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When Will Met Matthew

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The question was where to play Will Self. He would be a dominant presence in central defence, of course, but what we needed was a goal-scorer. As player-manager, I saw him in the role of the traditional centre-forward  -  a...

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Underhand, oversexed, foul-mouthed and crude

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Like many placid, slightly dull people, I have often been secretly jealous of those whose dramatic car-crash lives is the subject of endless concern and interest among their friends. It has taken until now for me to come out of...

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Enter Pervy John – songs From the van #3

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I wrote 'My Village' one autumn a few years back. It was, I think, provoked by the idea that the great city-dwelling majority of the population were given a distorted view of life in the country  - one that was...

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