6 mn read

How to treat your doctor

6 mn read Sooner or later you are likely to have an encounter with a doctor. Once you enter the land of dotage it comes with the territory, and very few get by without something failing to work in the body in some way. I know that the body is more than the sum of its parts, and […]

5 mn read

On Being a Grandparent

5 mn read I don’t wish to gloat but being a grandparent is the best. To be honest, compared to parenting it’s a breeze. All I have to do is follow the orders from my son and daughter-in-law. If I bend the rules a little when I’ve got the grandchildren to myself, well nobody needs to know. As […]

5 mn read

Hope in my Small Urban Winter Garden

5 mn read The days are lengthening, the angle of the sun’s rays is becoming more acute and, all around us, nature is revving up, getting busy and starting to surge with springtime aliveness. It’s easy to think that all this activity has only just begun, and to a certain extent this is true. However, a glance through […]

3 mn read

Q & A – John Baine aka poet/musician/activist Attila the Stockbroker

3 mn read John Baine, known by his stage name Attila the Stockbroker, is an English punk poet, multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter. He performs solo and as the leader of the band Barnstormer 1649, who combine early music and punk. He has performed over 3,800 concerts, published eight books of poems, an autobiography (which itself has 38 poems in […]

5 mn read

A Paean to Raving at 53

5 mn read I’m one of the world’s oldest ravers and I’m still raving. I consider it a radical act of defiance against the fear machine that promotes hard work until retirement, after which you’re expected to tip-toe quietly towards death

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