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The weirdest video I've ever made (content warning Disturbing images)

 

It's a Weird and Wonderful World

(Content warning. Disturbing images).




I'm really not sure why I made this. It's from approx. 2015. 

I always loved the Charlatans though and have seen them live. This is a Chemical Brothers re-mix. Absolute classic. Taken from the compilation Melting Pot. The image was of a café window in Northwich, a fairly rough working class town where I lived for six months in 1998. (I was assaulted in Ireland just prior and spent a week in a Cork Hospital. A story for another time).

It's where the Charlatans were originally from. I often ate at that café. 








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Open to suggestions on what content you'd like to see, or what you prefer. Currently it's a mix of poetry, videos, satire, the occasional story, Famous After Death series and updates on new books. 

Hope this finds you in a reasonable place.

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Human Roulette - A video poem in a new style

 

A question for you at the end.


But firstly;

Is success or failure in life merely a case of roulette? 

Being a young dreamer... 




... and then... 









How did this resonate for you? 

What did you think of the video format? I might make more of these text versions if people like them. I think it makes the poem more accessible, rather than simply spoken then forgotten. Or does more vision add to it?

Let me know your thoughts. 



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Sore butt - A life lesson

 

Hi,

Hope you are well in the moment you read this. 



This is based on a real person. It occurred after I completed my short film, Born in a Storm.

(This poem written in 2012)





Put your head between your knees, brace for impact

 

I was making video transfers

For a living

Fairly standard stuff

On the fringes of Film and Television

Yet I wanted in

To the Real Thing.


I made a short film

That took many months

Work, money and heart

The latter, being the most important

Yet had few avenues

To pursue at the finish.

 

It was harder to make your way then

I was unconnected

And a little guileless.

 

He was a salesman

In our company

Who said he had contacts

I knew he was slippery

Yet gave it up

Like a broke whore.

 

I looked after him

And his clients

Above all others

Lost in hope

And smoke

Of the dream.

 

In short

I raised my ass

To be pounded

Again and again.

 

My belief and self esteem

Diminished each time

Yet my doubt grew

His excuses for the delays

Are probably referenced

In the Salesman’s Handbook

And finally

As the truth settled on my corpse

I knew

I had to let it go.

 

Nothing ever came of the film

But I had learnt some important lessons

Like a Hollywood cliché.

 

Yet there was no subsequent

Punishment for him

Or enlightenment for me.

 

I grew to respect caution

As I avoided

A further pounding

Down the line

In other forms

With a justified disdain

For salesmen.

 

I wished death upon that motherfucker

Though I’m long over it

And went onto make other short films

Better ones

And wrote stories and novels

And poetry

About assholes like him.

 

And yet

Occasionally

It still hurts to sit.

 





Speaking of assholes, I'm sure you've known a few too.

Have a story to share?



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What happened on the Island of Jonas? Short Audio-Video Story


Hi,

How are you doing this week?

Here's a short story to distract you. Video or audio format. Just 5 minutes.

Photos are mine from a trip to Cairns Queensland in 2012. The story was written at the same time, based on finding a dead bird. 




Island of Jonas


From the story collection Pseudo Stars





Listen HERE or...








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Accepting those different - Real diversity


Hi there,

How are you going this week?

Next week I'll have a short story in audio form for you but this week, I'd like to mention diversity, acceptance and tolerance. Many people talk about these things. And then, for example, will happily demonise all people of an opposing political persuasion. Or those with different belief systems. Atheists will condemn Christians and vice versa. People really aren't so tolerant after all.

This was written in January '21.





Speared

 

Speared well and true

By the sharp affront

To your ideological foundations.

 

How a single comment

Can threaten the belief system

You've built over time

In part, on your experiences

(More likely your upbringing)

And your chosen influences.

 

How many

In a lifetime

Beyond the impressionable years

Actually change sides?

 

Could you swing to a fresh allegiance

After years of treading

The comfortable path?

 

I suspect very few do

One usually reinforces

Not drifts.

 

How interesting would it be

To learn more about those people?

And why they make shifts

Others never even consider.

 

People like that,

Give the colour and texture

To the fabric.

 



13.1.21  7.30 pm

(Final days of Trump leadership)




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This is not an analysis of Trump or his supporters in his final days. More an inspiration to assess those on the 'other' side. The other side of us, no matter which way we swing. 

Diversity isn't superficial things like skin colour and gender. What about difference of opinion? Different age groups. (There's some genuine diversity right there). Different classes. Not fulfill some company pie chart. 

We are influenced by media reports. Additionally, it's the extremists who oft provide the lasting impressions. It takes a wider consideration to understand others, and where they may be coming from. True tolerance. I suspect few have it. 


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Next week,

An audio story (in video form as well).

If you're in Lockdown, like we are here, in our 11th week, hang in there. 
We're all going a bit crazy now.