Monthly Archives: May 2012

Dracula’s Castle

Last night I met someone who opened my eyes to the possibility that it was never my fault. Someone who allowed me to dare to believe that I was not in the wrong, that there was, after all, a different … Continue reading

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Paperback Writer

Tree fellers are round this morning to sort out the business with the dead trees and the over-lively hedge. Their gaffer is a character, a good man as I know, I wouldn’t think destined for Watchdog. He’s exactly twenty years … Continue reading

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True Confessions

Me: Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been twelve weeks since my last confession (holidays, measles, some reason). Priest: Twelve weeks? This had better be good. It was never good. As a performance. As worthy of anybody’s … Continue reading

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Shine On, Michael Moon

Things I don’t say often: ‘Keep the change’; ‘Surprise me’; and ‘Blimey, Eastenders has got its shit together.’ Actually, the first two I’ve never said, but the latter I suddenly find myself remarking with some regularity, and with specific regard … Continue reading

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Saturday Boy

At sixteen I quit the paper round. A tip-off from one of my sisters, a Saturday Girl at the butcher’s in the Arndale, told me there was a job going at their factory in Garforth.1 Whilst it wasn’t a huge … Continue reading

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The Paperboy

Early morning walk. A paperboy on a bike was, unintentionally, of course, kind of keeping pace with me. I wanted to ask him what the going rate was nowadays, but didn’t think that would make for an appropriate exchange, which … Continue reading

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The Gym

Your kitchen. Halve it, and you’ve got the space of our local gym. Not to say that’s a problem, and more often than not when I go in the daytime there’s rarely more than two of us in, and it … Continue reading

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Morning, Duck!

I went out for a morning walk today also, right after B. left for work. Short one today, round to the river by Duck Island and along the river path to the big weir and then turned about and came … Continue reading

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