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A bike ride with James Brown

I’ve been a big fan of James Brown’s poems for a long time. The first poem of his I read was ‘Loneliness’, in 2001. It’s probably still his most well known poem, all these years later. I wonder if James is … Continue reading

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The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs

Long shot dog on tree stump Long shot wolf Long shot prairie Long shot dog runs and exits Long shot deer Long shot dog Medium shot girl Close-up shot little monkey. – extract from shot list for The Man from Hell’s … Continue reading

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What I’m reading

The history of the word worrying is itself revealing. Deriving from the Old English wyrgan, meaning ‘to kill by strangulation’, it was originally a hunting term, describing what dogs did to their prey as they caught it. The Oxford English … Continue reading

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What I’m reading

Photographer George D. Valentine, a consumptive Scotsman who came to New Zealand in the early 1880s for his health, spent a week on Rotomahana in 1885 and took a series of photographs of the terraces. Later, after the eruption and … Continue reading

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The point at the end of the world

“When Bill Clinton was inaugurated,” Alpert (Herb) said, “they had ten saxophone players at the party. It was mostly the young guns, but Gerry Mulligan was in there too. Afterward, he called me and said, ‘Man, you know, these young … Continue reading

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Tunnel-inappropriate vehicle

“When you suffer an attack of nerves you’re being attacked by the nervous system. What chance has a man got against a system?” – Russell Hoban, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973) I was very nervous on Thursday. I … Continue reading

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