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Lara's Lounger

Lara King kindly invited me to have a chat with her and choose a couple of songs. Here's the result. Erratum: Not Dave Newton in Alan Barnes' octet as I said, but Dave Green. Dave Newton would have been brilliant all the same. And Dave Green is not only a genius bass player but one of the warmest humans I've ever met. More about A Fish Tale on Josie Moon's website


A hero in an unheroic age

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Jeremy Corbyn visited Grimsby Labour Party in the week and myself and my best human were extremely excited and went along. After a rousing speech at Labour Central, we all headed off to the Nunnie for a spot of canvassing - and really just waiting for Jeremy to join us.

I was full of admiration for one of my new friends, one of the others, without a doubt, there in a break from his work, who just waited for Jeremy to exit his car, walked up and shook his hand, then left to return to work. Whatever words passed between, if any at all, stays with the two, but I love that this is all he wanted and it was sufficient. There is something beautiful in that act.

I couldn't bring myself to 'grab' Jeremy for a selfie. I perhaps would have done on a different day, in a different mood. So, on this particular day, in this particular mood, I thought it quite funny to simply creep up and join the photo of other humans wanting to share their gratitude, excitement and hope with Jeremy and …

Find the Others

Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the ‘normal people’ as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like ‘Have a nice day’ and ‘Weather’s awful today, eh?’ you yearn inside to say forbidden things like ‘Tell me something that makes you cry’ or ‘What do you think deja vu is for?’ Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everybody carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the other…

Michael Rosen: Statement from Minister for Telling Everyone That ...

Michael Rosen: Statement from Minister for Telling Everyone That ...: As Minister for Telling Everyone That Things Are OK Really, I'd like to repeat that inequality is not really a problem. Apart from anyth...