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Perking the Pansies: Mr Grumpy

On Saturday, November 28th, 2015
Mr_Men_Show_2 It was my birthday recently. I reached the grand old age of 55. I now qualify for Gestapo-controlled sheltered housing, all wipe-down high-back chairs and swirly carpets that stick to the soles of your shoes. En-suite facilities are now essential for those caught short at 3am moments (so much better than a bucket by the side ...

Art of the Underground by Jack Scott

On Friday, November 27th, 2015
st-stephens-15 The human compulsion to draw on walls is as old as humanity itself; think of all those masterly cave paintings in the Dordogne. And I gather the Greeks and Romans were rather fond of doodling all over the place too. These days, you can hardly turn a corner without seeing someone’s tag scrawled over some ...

I’m Nearly Famous

On Friday, August 14th, 2015
bbc-radio-norfolk I’ve been invited onto the Stephen Bumfrey Entertainment Show on BBC Radio Norfolk to have a natter about my book, Turkey Street.  According to the BBC radio website, the marvellous Stephen ‘mingles with the stars of stage and screen on his afternoon show.’ The only time I’ve ever treaded the boards was as Snug the Joiner ...

Lordy, Lordy!

On Thursday, August 13th, 2015
lush   There was no rain on the Lord Mayor’s Parade. Clear blue skies and one of the warmest days of the year provided the perfect excuse for the good citizens of Norwich to throw a giant party. Last year, we watched the pageant from a neighbour’s balcony, the surreal highlight of which was Alice Cooper’s ...

Ten Degrees of Drunkenness

On Thursday, August 13th, 2015
drunk2   The other day, I was Facebooking (is that a word?) with Philip, an old mucker from my bean counting years. Actually, he did all the bean counting while I took all the glory. Philip was one of the first to buy a copy of Turkey Street. In fact he bought two. I mentioned in passing ...

What a Gay Day

On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
freedom-to-marry   Yesterday, the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in all 50 states and America joined a select group of nations that have introduced marriage equality. The map I’ve featured from Freedom to Marry illustrates the situation around the world before the Yankee vote. In these damp little islands of ours, only Northern Ireland is holding back ...

Take a Stroll Along Turkey Street

On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Turkey Street If they wanted to shy away from the curtain-twitchers, Jack and Liam couldn’t have chosen a worse position. Their terrace overlooked Turkey Street like the balcony of Buckingham Palace and the middle-aged infidels stuck out like a couple of drunks at a temperance meeting. Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum   ...

The Bells, The Bells

On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
st-peter-mancroft1 With Liam away in London on family duties, I was left to my own devices to troll the streets of Norwich. As I passed the rear of St Peter Mancroft, a divine shaft of light pierced the clouds and a sudden crescendo of bells rang out. Blimey. It was almost enough to make this sinner drop ...

The Cocks of the County

On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
the-bell   There will be a great cock match at the Blue Bell…to show 31 cocks…Gentlemen shall be accommodated with a glass of excellent wine and care taken to prevent disturbance by the mob. The Pub Landlord, 1725 Blimey. That’s a lot of cock. Just leave the bottle. These days the cocks of the county strut ...

Retiring Norwich

On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Retiring Norwich Norwich is a retiring kind of town, the perfect place to hang up your boots. The micro-loft is the ideal roost, a lift just wide enough for a mobility scooter (I fancy a tiffany blue number with a harlequin shopping basket in fuchsia), tiny bills that won’t break the piggy bank and a small enough footprint to make light work ...

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