Martin Kettle, once of Stoneyclough (the pronunciation, if I remember correctly, being ‘-cluff’ rather than ‘-clow’), a town a long way north of here, but now resident of Penn Beacon, was stood on a table in the Eight Kings. He was busy sellotaping the corner of a large poster of Bob Dylan high up onto … Continue reading The Bristol Arm.
We are waiting for the driver to finish his smoke. He paces the concrete. The bus is half-full. There is quiet chat and nobody grumbles. This is how it is in a small seaside town. The bus service is limited. It is a luxury. We wait with our bags of shopping. We wait with … Continue reading Seagull Sips Cappuccino
"The woman next door rents out to lodgers." It’s interesting how things crop up on the radar. My neighbour downstairs (he plays piano) mentioned this as I was cutting his hair. It was starting to get in his eyes. He must have been talking about comings and goings, or Collingwood Road, or lamenting Penn Beacon … Continue reading A Box of Crows.
I found the following manuscript excerpts when I moved home recently. It was beneath the carpet in the box room & appears to be part of some quite extensive notes for a proposed dissertation/thesis (?) by someone called Henry Eves. Many of the pages were quite unreadable due to damp & many further parts were … Continue reading The Surprising Successes of The Ferraras
'An easy to moderate climb', the guidebook promises. But, halfway up Catbells' spine, she turns to me and says, "I can't carry on anymore." We had followed in footprints of dead Roman legions. I'd even seen her walking on her hands on Tynemouth beaches. But, she can't carry on anymore. We covered … Continue reading An Easy To Moderate Climb.
It was decided that the Penn Beacon Residents' Association Meeting would be held in the back bar of the Eight Kings after the original venue was deemed, at the last minute, to be a possible risk to public health. The mould, Gareth Turnbull, caretaker, considered, had crept, unchecked, slowly across the kitchen wall … Continue reading Bring A Bake And Birdwatch.