Monthly Archives: October 2011

thank you for the music: RIP Steve Hollier

An email from Neil; there’s a message on his answer-phone.  I’m always shocked and saddened when it’s someone younger than me.  Doubly so, when it’s someone I know.  Steve Hollier, one-time accordion player with Fat Freddy’s Cat, passed away very … Continue reading

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Irregular as clockwork

It’s just after midnight and I can’t sleep.  I’ve been reading for longer than I intended and now, in the dark, I’m mulling over a passage from Lucky Jim[1]; it contains what is probably the finest, funniest, description of a … Continue reading

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a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do

It starts with my pal Big Al; “what’s your pain threshold like?”  He knows someone who had to stop the procedure halfway through because it was just too much.  Then another friend, Grace, chips in; “it can’t be worse than … Continue reading

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flying blind

“Long time no see.”  A smile and a shake of hands.  He runs through the procedure again, “any questions?” “No.”  I pause – “ I’ll speak to you later.”  He laughs – and he’s off. It’s around midday.  There is … Continue reading

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A letter to Mr ENT

Dear Mr ENT I just can’t keep my big mouth shut (which under the circumstances may actually be an advantage).  I’ve told people that you’re going to try to fix my voice again.  Well – I have a letter saying … Continue reading

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