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Things I am grateful for #3



I love to read it and I love to write it.

In some ways, it’s harder than writing a novel as every word has to earn its corn. There’s no room for superfluous wallpaper.

Some poets I admire and love: Raymond Carver, Paul Durcan, Patrick Chapman, Emily Dickinson, Paul Muldoon, Maya Angelou, Siegfried Sassoon, Charles Bukowski, Jorge Luis Borges, Emily Brontë, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Les Murray, Rainer Maria Rilke and Roger McGough, to name a few.

And, if you’d like to read my poetry collection, Let me fail in sunshine, just click on the title.


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Things I am grateful for #2

…A constant stream of hot & cold running water.


One of the questions I ask on The Boating Party interviews is: If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Usually, people start off by saying – “Well, if I was rich…”

I think the reason being is that if we lived in any other period of history, being poor would be a heck of a lot harder.

The fact is, in the UK today, (and many other countries), you can be poor and still have this basic commodity that’s essential for life, on tap 24/7. (Presuming you pay your bills, of course.)

Imagine how many people around the world who don’t have this luxury?

Well, you don’t have to imagine. There are 2.5 billion people who don’t have access to adequate sanitation. That’s 1 in 3 people in the world. (Source: Water Aid.)

So, everyday, I say thanks for having this basic, yet essential, gift. (I also try not to waste it.)

Thanks to what, or whom, I have no idea. But, I am grateful nonetheless.

(Oh, and if I was rich, I’d go to ancient Greece.)

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Things I am grateful for #1

My daughters.



By the way, the manly arms behind Scarlett belong to the great, John Mannion. A much loved, and adored uncle, by my girls. And a great friend to me. I hope the Heavens are looking after you, my friend.

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