It was chalked on the bog wall and spread quickly round school - a whisper to a chant in the playground. “Pippin’s mum’s only got one tit!” Odd. • We’d played darts at Pippin’s last summer. The house on the corner, halfway up Steep Street. I kept score. We smoked his mum’s cigarettes, drank his … Continue reading Withered Apples.
October 6th 2018 A cake shop in Bristol. I walk in off the street to ask directions to the cinema. Jodie J pops up from behind the counter. "Funny, you being here," I say. "Not really. I work here." She pushes a plate of Lemon Drizzle across the counter. "You'll need this," she says. … Continue reading dream diaries…43
October 1st 2018 I am sitting on a wooden chair at a wooden table in Sanderstead library [though I've never been here I have seen it many times over the years from the bus and from the passenger seat of many cars]. The room is empty but for the librarian and myself. She weaves in … Continue reading dream diaries…42
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
Sharing the love a little with a list of my five favourite October bloggers. Samantha Lucero @sixredseeds / Pumpkin heads bloom in the dark night fields at the edge of the freeway in Sixredseeds' amazing southern gothic shorts: murder, mystery & magic through a bloodred lens. Seek! Gary Alikivi @garyalikivi / Prolific documentary … Continue reading My 5 favourite October bloggers…