Monthly Archive: November 2009

Off the Page 5

Off the Page

As I’m a guest on the Radio Four show ‘Off the Page’ today, it suddenly occured to me that I might, just might, get some increased traffic here, and that first time visitors might...

Not Lost in Translation 4

Not Lost in Translation

‘The Longest Crawl’ is being translated into Italian at the moment by a guy called Claudio, for publication in the spring. Every few days, Claudio sends me an e-mail, to ask about problems he...

Thylvia 3

Thylvia

A correspondant, a noted crime writer, contacted me today re. my Sylvia Plath clerihew, which I recited to him a few years ago, in a taxi up to Lumb Bank after a few beers...

Top Deck, again. 6

Top Deck, again.

I’ve just been to Norwich to visit Minnie at UEA. Sitting together on the top deck of the No.25 bus, heading into the city, Minnie listed the ways in which students are like primary...

White Mansions? Legend of Jesse James? Hello? 11

White Mansions? Legend of Jesse James? Hello?

I went all the way down to West Cork yesterday, to see a man about a dog. This man is a musician, and he played me White Mansions and The Legend of Jesse James,...

Mandelson the Destroyer 30

Mandelson the Destroyer

I guess I thought that The New Party might just shut the fuck up for the next few months until they are consigned to the dustbin of history, but no. The First Secretary of...