Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

Daily Journals From Deep Within A Capricious Mind

Inspiral Carpets Boxing Day Sale – Open 8.30

I ventured out to see Inspiral Carpets and Shed Seven yesterday evening. For those who haven’t heard of them, I hadn’t been granted exclusive access to Boxing Day sales adverts for companies selling flooring and garden storage units. No, I’m relating to around three hours watching two 1990’s Indie bands at the O2 Academy, in Leeds. An inspired carpet (left), not to be confused with the Indie Rock band Inspiral […]

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That’s Another Fine Mess You Got Me Into!

Yesterday, I had a conversation with an old acquaintance about Christmas gifts. It wasn’t a long conversation, more me asking him “Where the chuff’s my Christmas present?!” Knowing I was joking he laughed and the conversation moved on. He confided in me he’d just undergone a minor hospital procedure to remove something on his head. I asked if it was a suspect growth that needed a biopsy. He responded “No, […]

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Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Well we are into Christmas week. Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost’s nipping at my nose and Yuletide songs are being sung by a choir. Well that’s not strictly true. They weren’t actually chestnuts roasting, it was a different kind of nuts after I stood too close to the open flames. Additionally, due to the unseasonably mild temperatures, Jack Frost isn’t about either! Also, there isn’t any […]

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Two Songs Don’t Make A Wright!

Yesterday evening I was at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, taking in a gig by a guy named Tony Wright. For those who don’t know him, he was the front man of the band Terrorvision. ……… Even if you do know him he was still the front man of the band Terrorvision. It was less a gig, more like listening to a mate telling funny stories in the pub, […]

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Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic!

Today is Panic Saturday! Apparently, it is the name that has been bestowed upon the last Saturday before Christmas Day. I’m not sure why we in the UK have started titling certain days of the year in this way. Up until a year or two back,  I’d never heard of ‘Black Friday’, ‘Panic Saturday’, ‘Cyber Monday’, ‘Soccer Saturday’ or ‘Stuck Behind A Dickhead On The M1 Tuesday’! ……. Well maybe […]

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The Legacy Of A Grocer’s Daughter

I was sad to read that Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire closes today. As a result, the 18th December 2015 will be known historically as the end of deep coal mining in Britain. My first job as a 16 year old was for the National Coal Board (latterly British Coal) at their North East area head office, in Gateshead. I had 8 years working there in the Post Room, Accounts Dept […]

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Xmas Family Traditions

Well it’s 17th December and the festive feel in Chez Strachan is slowly intensifying. How can you not feel festive when you’re greeted with the words ‘Front Bottom’ from behind window 17 on my Tourettes Advent calendar?! To add to the yuletide spirit, the unmistakable smell of spilt wine, satsumas, and the newly printed Christmas Radio Times magazine emanate from the lounge! The Radio Times probably won’t get read and […]

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