Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sarah Murren

backup on Sarah being born....

How the World Cup changed the World

The World Cup.
It only happens every four years.

2013 Memoriams

2013 Memoriams


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

RIP Matthew Collins (1964-2013)

Matthew dead?

My uncle?

Well, that's not really the nicest April Fools in the world, I expected better from you all... Yet here we are on April 2nd, and the news hasn't been wiped away like all those daft pranks.

When Dad said the police had tried to phone him on Sunday night, we were joking about which of us was in trouble with the law. "If you find out we're suspected in anything, let us know" I joked. It seems like such a pleasant alternative now.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


So, Hugo Chavez is dead.

And the flood gates have opened on social media. Either a saint or a devil, depending on which tweet I was reading at that moment. I feel the need to tread carefully, as I have friends who believe he was either.

Aha, say folk with long memories, didn't you write some Chavez apologism back in 2006. And 2007. And 2008. etc etc.

Aha, say folk with longer memories, you also said what a lovely chap that Castro was. I disagree. What I said was that he preferable to Batista whom he succeeded.  On a similar note, I find leprosy preferable to bubonic plague, ESA preferable to being homeless and Alex Ferguson preferable to Jose Mourinho.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Perfect Strangers

So last time we were talking about rock music, only we got a little distracted by the sensational Alex Harvey and had to leave early.

Enough of the preamble in that case. On with the show.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Glasgow Zen

There is a thing that Jon Arnold likes to call Glasgow Zen. It is the philosophy which I try to live my life out by. Try being the operative word.

I thought I'd sum it up in a few quick commandments, because I'm pretentious and all that. Its not particularly religious, though it has its formings in Jesuit teachings, I admit, because one can't help being a product of ones teaching. You don't need to be very religious to follow it though: heck, I'm not. Its just what a try to do to avoid being a complete git in public.



Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Let There Be Rock!

"Rock and roll music – the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defence mechanisms.” 
Salman Rushdie

“Rock has no beginning and no end for it is the very pulse of life itself.” Larry Williams 

“I'm just a guy being a professional musician, trying to make a living. But since the band got together and I've seen the things I've seen... I'm not particularly intellectual, but I'm a survivor and can smell what's going on. I feel that there's another change coming. Everyone keeps saying 'when's the rock and roll revolution gonna come?" The rock and roll revolution has been and gone.” Alex Harvey

Monday, 31 December 2012

In Memoriam 2012 (part five)

27th August – Freddie Fletcher, 71 

Former chief executive of Newcastle United during the 1990s.

28th August – Rhodes Boyson, 87
Outspoken Tory MP who looked like he had stepped out of a Dickensian novel.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

The Frozen Smile

Ah yes, the good old Christmas ghost story has been a large influence on my mind since those days of my schooling when the delightful Mrs Walker would reach from the Richard Dalby collections each year Advent appeared. The ghost story is as synonymous with Christmas as Charles Dickens is. (If only Dickens himself had written a ghost story set at Christmas, eh?) 

Except it seems, for the BBC, whose Ghost Story for Christmas tradition is this year sadly missing. They claim the Ghosts of Crickley Hall adaptation shown at Hallowe'en was the years output. Hallowe'en? What has that to do with ghosts?

So here, to all the lovely readers of the blog Collins, is a small Christmas ghost tale of our own. It is here and not in some fine publication that pays handsomely (not an uncommon want for writers) as  I find period tales like Christmas ones so difficult to sell and so refrain from them as much as I can. Clearly we need the aforementioned Dalby on the case once more! Anyhow, consider it a short Christmas present, from this humble and poverty striken writer too cheap to buy all his lovely readers the complete Tennyson...

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

2012 In Memoriam (part four)

17th July – Marsha Singh, 57

Labour MP for Bradford West from 1997 to 2012, when he resigned due to poor health. He had previously been employed by the Bradford Community Health Trust.

17th July – Morgan Paull, 67 

Actor best known for his role in Blade Runner, where as Holden he gives new applicants the test to see if they are Repplicants or not.