Category Archives: General

Halloween or Hello Iain

Halloween or Hello Iain or My gods art better than thy gods because Dylan got a Nobel Prize and I’ve got beautiful blue eyes (A stream of unconsciousness blues in open D tuning)   The saints are a-marchin’-on in and … Continue reading

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When the last cow dies…

It seems the world of animal activism – much like many other areas of liberalism – is getting more and more closed-minded. It seems these days, it’s all or nothing. Now you have to go (pardon my pun) the whole … Continue reading

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Whispers and Echoes

On 8th November 2015 I had a heart attack – I nearly, almost, but not quite died. I have been thinking about it and very little else. THIS isn’t IT, but it’s all I have right now and I have … Continue reading

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Weekly Podcast

This  week I am reading “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

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Weekly Podcast – It’s me again!

Something short and bitter-sweet this week. Click to listen to “The Dismissal of the Best Friend” along with the other recordings from this season.

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Messin’ with The Bard – Episode 2

Here we go again! Click to hear Hamlet 3:1 – To Be or Not To Be

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Delayed Podcasts – get them while they’re hot!!

Due to travelling and work commitments, recording has been ahrd to do. So, here are the last two weeks’ podcasts coming along like busses! Click to listen to “Unprompted” by me and “Death the Linguist” by Taylor Graham

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Friday is POETS day – podcast time!

This week I’m reading a song as a poem. It is by one of my musical heroes: Alex Harvey Click to hear “Anthem”  If you’d like to hear Alex do it then click here

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Friday is POETS day – Weekly Podcast: My turn!

This week I’m reading my poem “The Writing is on The Wall”  which contains mild profanity.

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Friday is POETS Day! Weekly Podcast – Guest Poet’s Poem

This week I’m reading a poem by one of my favourite people and I’m going to be in a lot of trouble!! Hope you like it, Meg!! 🙂 Click to hear “But, Weight!” by Marie Elena Good. Detect languageAfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBengaliBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simp)Chinese … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – weekly podcast

This week I’m reading a Lupine Love Story “Moon of Love” and there are some out takes too on the Bloopers page!! 🙂 Detect languageAfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBengaliBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simp)Chinese (Trad)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIcelandicIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseKannadaKoreanLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalteseNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSerbianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwahiliSwedishTamilTeluguThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWelshYiddish AfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBengaliBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simp)Chinese (Trad)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIcelandicIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseKannadaKoreanLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalteseNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSerbianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwahiliSwedishTamilTeluguThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWelshYiddish Text-to-speech function is limited to 100 characters Options … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – Weekly Podcast

This week I’m reading one of my favourite well-known poems: “I Saw A Jolly Hunter” by Charles Causley. If you fancy  a giggle, there are some out takes from this session on the Bloopers page! 🙂 Detect languageAfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBengaliBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simp)Chinese (Trad)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – it’s podcast time

This week’s podcast was inspired by Walt Wojtanik suggesting that I could actually do this – so I did! Click to listen to Laundry List Detect languageAfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBengaliBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simp)Chinese (Trad)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIcelandicIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseKannadaKoreanLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalteseNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSerbianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwahiliSwedishTamilTeluguThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWelshYiddish AfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBengaliBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simp)Chinese (Trad)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIcelandicIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseKannadaKoreanLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalteseNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSerbianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwahiliSwedishTamilTeluguThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWelshYiddish Text-to-speech function is limited to 100 … Continue reading

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Laundry List

This is the text of the podcast of the same name – inspired by Walt Wojtanik Laundry List Hotel Fabulous (It isn’t!) Laundry received before 9am will be returned the same day Items for dry cleaning will be returned before … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – Guest Poet’s Poem – Walt Wojtanik

A great honour for me this week to be reading “Way to Find Neverland” by Walt Wojtanik A great poem by a magnificent poet!!! Here’s to you Brother Walt 🙂

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Weekly Podcast 1/5/15 – A bit late!!

This week’s podcast poem is one of mine – a bit of madness made entirely from anagrams of my name! No! Really, it is! Click to listen to “Opium Den Galas“

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April 2015 PAD – Day 30: The Luckiest Man on Earth

On April 30th 1939, the day Hitler died, Lou Gehrig played his last game for the New York Yankees. It was the end of a fourteen year, 2,130 consecutive game run. The Yankees retired his Number 4 shirt – the … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 29: A Watchamacallit…It’s on the tip of my tongue…

On April 29th, 1852 the first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus was published, 50 years after its initial compilation. How many people know his first name, I wonder? A Watchamacallit…It’s on the tip of my tongue… NO! Not that, I mean … Continue reading

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April 2015 – PAD – Day 28: Hell No! We Won’t Go!

On April 28th in 1789 – A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift. On the … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 27: Paradise Sold

On 27 April 1667, poet John Milton sold the publication rights to Paradise Lost for £5 with a further £5 to be paid if and when each print run of between 1,300 and 1,500 copies sold out. The first run, … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD Links

I’ve added some useful links to the history that has prompted me on some of the poems for the April 2015 PAD. Mostly where the story is not well known or the inspiration not obvious.

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April 2015 PAD – Day 26: The Unceasing Human Capacity for Hate

On April 26 1913, Mary Phagan, a thirteen year old girl was found raped and murdered in the basement of a pencil factory where she worked in Atlanta, Georgia. The Unceasing Human Capacity for Hate ……………………or……………………………… The Knights of Mary … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 25: Spiral Kaleidoscope

On April 25th 1953 – Dr. James D. Watson and Dr. Francis H.C. Crick announced the double helix structure of DNA. Spiral Kaleidoscope Sitting in RAF Bar in The Eagle, sipping a well-earned pint, reflecting on the past, the American … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 24: Beneath The Hawthorn Tree

On April 24th 1947 author and poet Willa Cather died. Beneath The Hawthorn Tree Striving to tell the untold tales Of those who strove so hard Those who faced the adversity of nature The trials of frontier and wilderness And … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – Famous Poem Podcast

This week I’m reading “The Hawthorn Tree” by Siegfried Sassoon

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