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Welcome to my site. It’s my place to try out some writing and music.

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My Battle with Eczema

Since my birth I have been in a long battle with Eczema. My mum once told me that she didn’t get a full night sleep until I was 4 years old because of my constant crying in despair. When I think … Keep Reading…

Mark Powers Part Three

Read part two here. Friday arrives and Mark and LT set off for Scotland. It’s a long drive and LT informs Mark that they will be staying in a cottage and are to meet the others in the morning. When … Keep Reading…

Swimming Upstream

Last month I wrote about depression so I thought I would elaborate on an idea I mentioned about swimming upstream…. You’re in a fast flowing river. You can see where you want to get to so you try to swim … Keep Reading…

Mark Powers Part Two

Read part one here The next day, Mark is back at work. He had a busy morning of meetings and paperwork but after lunch he received a letter by special delivery. It’s not uncommon so he opens it up and … Keep Reading…

The Vanguardian Part Three

Read part two here Day 72 I met Sarah’s new boyfriend tonight. He seemed nice but now they are all loved up, I’m seeing less of Sarah. Back to being a billy no mates for me! Actually, things at work … Keep Reading…

Honky Music

Next in the series of archival releases of Jimmy Dunning’s music is the new album titled ‘Honky Music’. Following on from the 2013 release of Nothing Ever Changes, this collection of material continues to draw from Jimmy’s home demos. This … Keep Reading…

The Vanguardian Part Two

Read part one here Day 28 It’s been almost a month now. I’m starting to make some friends at last. Beside my work colleagues I had not ventured out much and kept myself to myself and stayed in my quarters. … Keep Reading…

Depression

From a high, I fall for no reason. My optimism fails, I stall in frustration. Glued down in the dumps, no solvent to free me. Why does this happen, why does this happen to me? That’s a verse from a … Keep Reading…

Train Journey

After purchasing my ticket I glance up at the information board. This being an airport station there’s a lot of platforms and I have no idea where I need to be! I spy ‘Chichester platform 5’, that’s’ close enough to where … Keep Reading…

Drift Away

In late 2015, I heard Tom Rush’s version of the song Drift Away, it sounded familiar but I wasn’t really sure I had heard this song before. It’s a bit of a classic that has somehow bypassed me. So I … Keep Reading…

The Vanguardian Part One

Day 1 (Earth Year 2126) My name is Angie Ricks, i’m 28 years old and I’m staring back towards a tiny blue dot that is our beloved Planet Earth. Most of the crew are now gathered to catch the final … Keep Reading…

The craft of song

Art forms are such powerful vessels for personal expression and I’ve always found the song to be the most intriguing. I’m not talking about the vast majority of songs we all enjoy as great entertainment. I’m talking about songs with … Keep Reading…

Mark Powers Part One

Mark Powers, a man in his late thirties working for Newcastle city planning department. He’s 6ft tall, slim build and comes from a modest background. His father was originally from Tipperary and his mother from Manchester. Mark grew up in Manchester but … Keep Reading…

Life begins at 40, or so they say!

Well, I’ve made it to 40! On the positive side I am grateful. So far my life has lasted 40 years but in the back of my mind are those who have been less fortunate than I to be gifted as much time. … Keep Reading…

The Church Organ and Choir

A few years ago I was visiting my family in Portsmouth over a bank holiday weekend. Our flight back wasn’t until the Monday night so we left Portsmouth around lunch time and stopped off in Chichester for a few hours … Keep Reading…