Monday, 11 August 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Part 1 (for clarity, but mostly for the Huskisson and the trains gag...)
The second half of the PR Britain thing, in bullet form as one never knows what is going to happen in the modern climate. This is where it all got a bit daft, yes, but really, the whole idea is deliberately daft. And I maintain it has a degree of likelihood slightly larger than the one Iain Dale did about Michael Portillo overturning Blairs majority in 2001, the one about Wilson winning in 1970 due to Gordon Banks playing and then every big name of the 70s winding up getting assassinated in Enoch Powells Britain, and the lovely idealistic one about Callaghan calling the election in 1978, killing off Thatcherism, and bringing in a Socialist Utopia until 1992. Counterfactuals always run the risk of ridicule, so one might as well have fun with the principle, I say.
Now, last time, Palmerston had just lost office.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
- Me, Thistle fan.
- Gavin Mills, Southampton/Cambridge fan, Brit in Estonia, game developer and web designer.
- Mandy Steel-Collins - my wife, sociologist and folklorist. Enjoys doing better at me in competitions.
- Sarah Collins- my 5 month old daughter. Enjoys doing better at me in competitions
- Iris Mills - Gav's daughter. She asked to be in this.
- Seumas Skinner - best friend, politico, bibliophile, and enjoyer of random competitions.
- Kirsty Connell - Shimmy's better half, politico.
- Jon Arnold - m'colleague, learned writer, thinker, wit, etc etc. Also Welsh. Liverpool fan.
- Michelle Forsyth - politico, writer, mother, wit.
- Ali Murdoch - playwright from the Scottish Borders. Threave Rovers fan.
- Brentford Chris - no idea who he supports. Some London club?
- Rox (star, TM, etc etc) - Gallifrey Base poster, writer, witty chap and Liverpool fan.
- Steve Atkins - enthusiastic tennis and football fan, Fulham supporter.
- Carolyn Arnold - Jon's better half. Works in the health industry. Supports Ipswich Town.
- Barnet Andy - man with a plan, supports Barnet.
- Jo Judge - writer, activist, politico.
- Tanice Judge - writer, activist, politico, knows everybody (I think).
- Denis Davies - a one man force of nature who is both a socialist anarchist care in the community building firebrand, and one of Mandy's best pals. Suffered through the 2010 final with us.
- Von Henderson - Mandy's aunt.
- Cat Collins - my wiser, wittier, smarter younger sister.
- Big Kev Biggs. The big man from Croydon, a Liverpool fan.
- Mandys grampsie. Mandys grampsie. Worked on the trains, still hates Dr Beeching. Top man. Supports Partick Thistle.
- Jamie McDonald - cousin, massive Partick Thistle fan.
- Cameron Yarde Jnr - Twitter personality, he can connect anyone to anyone seemingly. Never loses an argument. Spurs fans (poor guy).
- Shujin - Nurse who spends time in Japan, and Millwall fan.
-Alex Henderson - Mandy's uncle. Rangers fan.
- The Auld Yin. My Auld Yin! Was once a frontline nurse, now Dad trains the medics of the future. He supports Arthurlie, Celtic, and whoever he has drawn against Len (his partner in crime) in their annual "every Scottish division" sweepstake.
-Mum. World authority in drug adulteration. Thats history, not how to make them. Dumbarton fan.
- Dark Avenger - Gallifrey Base poster. Fan of Arsenal and Celtic.
- Robert Thomas - wit, GB poster, and Liverpool fan.
- Associated Other Family members who would get upset if I left them out but didn't reply to the invite, as a homogeneous whole. Mostly support Partick Thistle.
- Jim Steel. Writer, reviews editor at Interzone, and Queens Park fan.
A motley crew of competitors.
And the draw rules
1. I go to random.org
2. The competitors list is randomised.
3. I put in the countries at the 2014 World Cup.
4. Randomised team 1 goes with Randomised Person 1, and so on.
5. People complain about who got what.
6. No money on the line, just bragging rights among friends.
7. If this works, we might even do it for Euro 2016.
So the draw!
So I've gone from Honduras in 2010, to Ecuador in 2014! Typical.
Friday, 6 June 2014
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
A distinct lack of posting on my part. Perhaps I became part of my own 2014 Memoriam to come? Thankfully, or sadly, depending on your point of view, that is not the case. Something equally as life changing happened though.
I became a dad.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn't fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not.”
Seamus Heaney, Blackberry-Picking
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
The following several thousand words only cover the first 40 days of the year, which gives a hint of how the year has gone in that regard. Folk rather dubiously referred to 2012 as "a bad year for death" but seemingly as you get older, every single year is one of those, as your sphere of friends and interests grows deeper. On a personal level, 2013 has seen the departure of a fellow writing colleague, a friend and a relative, all three of them grossly prematurely.
But let's not think on the loss too much. I am reminded of my grans motto: "If you can't have fun at a funeral, where can you have fun?" What we should do, and what hopefully this helps achieve, is celebrate those who pass on, especially those who might have provided momentary joy or changed their little bit of the world, who deserve that moment's notice at the end.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Besides, it seems to be viewed by many as a sort of real life Star Wars. The rebels v the Imperial Forces! Good battles designated evil in a land fit for aesthetic television coverage. When of course the only time Star Wars comes at all close to real life is that realisation in Episode 3 through Mace Windu that the Jedi could conceivably become as twisted as the Sith they fight against.