The Last Story of a Storyteller’s Life. Part VII of Pictures of The Lost

He told me, and there was no reason to doubt the dying, That he had walked the plank, fought with sharks, Danced with mermaids, and he thought he’d lived his life to the full. Now he embraced just stories, he never abandoned words, Hoping they’d return the love he’d lived, And poetry would bring back … Continue reading The Last Story of a Storyteller’s Life. Part VII of Pictures of The Lost

A Jolly Good Election But What Does It All Mean?

  Hooray, or Hoorah, we’ve all won … and we’ve all lost.  What an extraordinary election result!  I spent an evening as an outsider  in a Stroud pub where the new Labour MP and his supporters were ‘over the moon’ celebrating his return and the election result. I am happy for Stroud, and Kensington, and … Continue reading A Jolly Good Election But What Does It All Mean?

A New Britain?

A hark back to last October, what’s changed?

New London Writers

Never mind, now we can all embrace ourselves with a Churchillian spirit – there is a war on again,  against terrorism, against the outside.  And the British do war so well, particularly nowadays. The British do very well selling arms. The Saudis love it; the Yemenis just get bombed.  The Afghans, Libyans, and Iraqis have to flee from British military intervention.  And the refugees Britain created are being saved by Greeks and Italians, as they flee to the EU across the sea.  So that’s okay then, it’s not a British problem. The British no longer take refugees.
Then the British do have their new Normandy, their Calais.  Their refugees, including children and women, with every right of entry to the UK, are waiting for British bureaucracy and disappearing justice.  It takes forever, because the British don’t believe in human rights any more, Theresa May wants Britain to leave the EU…

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So Who Should I Vote For?

So Who Should I Vote For?

I might vote for an ex-chocolate family philanthropist candidate?  Then, I’m off on holiday. Confused and reluctant I tuned in late to the circus of Question Time to get some idea of how to vote. These are the fantastic UK election showcases, hustings where there is no direct debate,  and where we are asked to … Continue reading So Who Should I Vote For?

Should I Vote? Or Should I Go On Holiday?

Who Should I Vote For? Or Should I Go On Holiday?

A Tourist’s Guide to the upcoming UK election, by Paul Gallagher   Yes, there’s yet another election.  So many in so few years proves that the UK is the most democratic country in the world, and as every English child is taught, the birthplace of democracy. [1] What a difficult choice we have!  So many … Continue reading Who Should I Vote For? Or Should I Go On Holiday?

Version Of An Icelandic Tale – Part VI Of Pictures Of The Lost

  Now let’s recount a sailor’s tale, Of a village girl who made her way to town to come to sit with mayor and crown, she went to the best balls, swam in a diamond sea of hopes. She was happy to be free, or so she thought, and so she was momentarily, Many times, … Continue reading Version Of An Icelandic Tale – Part VI Of Pictures Of The Lost

English Family Garden

English Family Garden

Paul Gallagher encapsulates the quiet horror behind the facade of an English family garden

Tips For Demented Writers

Kokoronotomo Stories, 2

Stories you never told me - Paul Gallagher

Be Poem

A bee never thinks how to be a bee, a fly never thinks how to fly, or be a fly, and we, we can be and we can fly, we can think and wonder why, but, no-one can ever tell us who we are or why we live, so we can choose how we  fly. … Continue reading Be Poem

Paul Nash – Beyond Reason?

The Tate is currently hosting a Paul Nash exhibition.  It is a strange affair. Though maybe it has a lot to say about our post-factual, post truth world.  If you can see, how do you show the truth? Paul Nash was a painter, he was a soldier in the first world war, and was  invalided … Continue reading Paul Nash – Beyond Reason?