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Two years ago today the ‘voice of horse racing’ Sir Peter O’Sullevan passed away at the age of 97. Born in County Down, O’Sullevan was from a generation of legendary sports broadcasters whose distinctive tones guided millions of viewers through the BBC’s weekly sports show Grandstand. It was a time when sport provided me with a wealth of special childhood memories. Those were the pre-Sky Sports days when the Beeb predominantly owned the rights to the “crown jewels” of televised sport in […]

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Painting the Town Incandescent Stewpot

This morning when I woke it was a relief to find the disturbing visions of my slumber had just been a dream. On waking I laid on my back looking upwards, experiencing the juxtapose of a warm and soaked brow despite the sensation of a ghostly chill. As I lay there, not only was I relieved my night-time nightmare had been merely a series of hallucinations, but I concluded that I’m gonna have to stop sleeping in the garden……. Especially when it’s raining! Ordinarily, […]

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Service Levels Over Spirit Levels

Collateral damage, or casualty plot clandestine? Plot to cull with plot to kill? Austerity frontage; cleansing of unwashed behind shield? Poet of no political leaning, unsure of ruling class motives Will they ever tire of gorging on Wonka’s lifetime supply of goodies?   Mr and Mrs Lateral-Damages son Colin unfortunate consequence His profile high, subsequently results in proletariat demeanour low Mrs Call’s son Fu, procrastinates; spirit broken in box ticking role […]

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Time For A Break?

As I’m finding penning a daily blog of 500 words minimum is starting to make my head hurt, I was going to take a break from writing today. A consideration added to by news from my solicitors the Lenovo Ideapad, on which I ply my lexilogical trade, is threatening litigation. Apparently, this the result of it’s cumulative weekly hours worked breaching European Union employment legislation. When I said ply my lexilogical trade, that isn’t strictly […]

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Part of the Reality Show

Evincing patience is virtuous, so proverb claims An idiom once steadfastly embraced by the proletariat Instant gratification, though, now king in kingdom of the self-entitled In vogue devices deemed a human right by the misguided Even politics gives impression this is all a reality TV show When phone lines open, vote using my on-screen number.   Do I deserve your ballot support? Probably not It matters not though; a quarter hour later the […]

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Relationship Advice From Georgie B

Over dinner yesterday evening, Mrs S and I chatted with a background accompaniment of old vinyl albums from yesteryear. Our esteemed companions as we ate being The George Benson Collection, The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and David Bowie’s Lets Dance album. We both concurred, listening to these performances from seminal musical artists enhanced our overall dining experience. Comfort music mixed with the comfort cuisine of chicken tagliatelle and salad added greatly to the relaxed synergy of evening. The only part of the evening when I […]

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What Identity Crisis?

Over two hundred year roots in county of reverence Place of birth and 1960’s appearance by grace of god Baby boom nipper, Hyde Terrace emergence Taken northward while still fledgling.   Birds not on drift southward, as in migration Baby boomer appreciative of area resettled Despite heart always being beckoned by genesis Tormented, though abandonment of forefathers situ not option.   Refusal to acquiesce on identity isn’t without repercussions Mind […]

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