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Pulling a Pint

Pulling a Pint

I’ve been on a mission for many a year, initiating bartenders in how to pull a pint of Guinness correctly. It makes such a difference to the taste. When I order, I watch the pull anxiously, shouting “STOP” when it’s pulled badly. I explain the rules, why it’s important to slow the process. I ask…

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Where will you be on St. Patrick’s Day? I’ll be in green amongst English friends watching Ireland play England in the last match of the Six Nations. I’ll happily cheer for England in any other game, and why wouldn’t I. I’ve lived and worked here for 25 years, my wife is English and a local…

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

This is the month to write a poem. Not any poem, a love poem for Valentine’s Day. No matter how good or bad it is, you know one person who’ll love it. My recommendation is to pick an event that was precious or funny for you both. Write around ten lines and don’t bother about…

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Brian

Brian

My friend, Brian, is in the terminal cancer zone but he is handling it well. Recently his family chipped together and bought him a wheelchair made from the latest lightweight material. You could lift it with a finger. He is so agile now he is talking of upper-body strength. Last week he texted the family…

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Poetry in the Arctic Circle

Poetry in the Arctic Circle

I spent the last weeks above the Arctic Circle in Greenland. The attraction was the Polar Marathon followed next day by a Half-Marathon with only 135 runners. It was challenging: running on the Ice Cap and through the Arctic Desert at -10 plus the wind chill, totally alone for most of the race with the…

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Carpeting a Driveway

Carpeting a Driveway

Four days of the Poetry Swindon Festival would test any resource. It was a huge success but it’s the stream of dramas that go on in the background and solving them that I enjoy. We based ourselves at the Richard Jefferies Museum this year which was a first-class venue except for the drive-way . It…

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Poetry Festival 2017

We are nearing the start of the Poetry Swindon Festival. Hilda Sheehan makes the Festival happen every year. The rest of us are acolytes, bag carriers – fans of course as Hilda is a great poet, a captivating poet. I was in Dublin Airport a while back when Ryanair shepherded us into the stairwell while…

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