Sunday, 22 April 2018


Hello, can we come in?
Wait, where are you all going?

Now, it’s a known fact that racism comes in two forms: that practiced by whites – heinous and inexcusable, whatever its motives – and that practiced by blacks – quite justified, whatever its excesses, since it’s merely the expression of a righteous revenge, and it’s up to whites to be patient and understanding.

Jean Raspail, Camp of the Saints

The largest demographic shift in history has now settled into a tiresome rhythm, tiresome, that is, for the casual observer. For those directly affected by the mass importation of radical Islam – and Islam is radical - ‘tiresome’ is an insultingly bland way to describe this dramatised, real-life version of Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints. Demographic shift, however, is not a one-way street in modern Europe.
For some time now, Germans have been moving to Hungary. ‘White flight’ is a well-known phenomenon within countries where white people leave urban enclaves as a direct result of black people moving in. They have every right to do this, but of course are labelled ‘racist’ by the moral arbitrators who have hijacked culture and politics. On a larger scale, however, it may be that the retirement that working Europeans have spent their lives saving and preparing pensions for may not be spent in their countries of origin.
What will European countries look like in 100 years’ time? Given that the world is still rolling through the heavens, and hasn’t been blown up by Arabs, Jews , Yanks or Russians, I suspect it will have settled into de facto white secession. As I said the other day in an email to a friend, I don’t really want to paint myself into the corner of white supremacy. I am deeply suspicious of the Richard Spencer types. Also, I have attended too many English football matches, and seen the crowds of white apes gesturing and gibbering, to believe that ‘the white race’ is some coherent concept to be encouraged and urged to dominate. This is ironic and hypocritical, really, as I also believe that it will be football fans who may be the shock troops if a civil war does come to England.
However, the only blacks and Muslims white people are prepared to befriend and live in close quarters to are the ones who behave like normal, polite, mannered, relatively reserved white people. Unfortunately, these are also a species in decline.
In my lifetime, and in my culture, limited as it was to the south of England and the suburbs of London, I have seen people in the main go from self-respecting, quiet, polite, thoughtful folk to a pack of tattooed, aggressive, noisy, fat oafs who seem unable to walk the streets without eating starchy snacks and drinking chemical-laced soft drinks whose sole purpose seems to be to infuriate them even further. The last time I walked London’s streets, I saw little joy. It is pleasant here in Costa Rica to stroll down to a bar or a soccer match. The people you pass say hello or pura vida, and there is simply none of the miasma of latent aggression that lingers over London Town like a bad smell.
So, people who can’t take it any more will be upping sticks for a number of reasons. Islam, blacks, the white underclass, all of these are unpleasant to be around and will cause white flight on a micro and macro scale. Perhaps this is just nature doing its famous balancing act. In the same way that the jungle is a perfectly equilibriate eco-system in which other animals avoid the scorpion, the fer de lance and the boa constrictor, so too Europe may become a cultural eco-system in which some creatures avoid other natural predators and venomous menaces.
Unfortunately for those who want to improve their lives and protect their families, this is not what the elites desire. Such is their eagerness to inflict the results of their plans on the white middle class as it exists across Europe and the USA that every attempt at white flight will be met with elite resistance. You could see this with Obama’s Affordable Housing Act, under which it was made easier for blacks to move into affluent areas whites had moved to precisely to live far away from black culture.
All of this, of course, is the grossest racism in the eyes of the elites and their media elves. In their bizarre and resentful worldview, whites have to pay for the perceived sins of the past by living cheek by jowl with the disenfranchised in the present. But racism is nearing the end of its useful life for this malevolent class. The very use of the word is beginning to resemble the guy with the gun in the movies who has fired every round and whose gun is now uselessly clicking away.
And so Europe is re-aligning itself. Coming in, adherents to a violent quasi-religious ideology whose idea of integration is that the host people conform to the tenets of Islam. Going out, quite possibly, those with the money to move to the dissident countries of the V4 who defy Brussels by refusing to allow Islam within their borders. Now, these people will bring with them positive social capital even as negative social capital flows into Europe. 90% of immigrants to Austria are unemployed. Also, the nations of Western Europe lose their talent and capability in a manner analogous to the ‘brain-drain’ of the 1970s, in which British talent emigrated to the USA.
And so the elites' plan may backfire, as their ruinous immigration strategy creates strong, healthy and white countries to the East, while creating Islamised and ghettoised hellholes to the West. (Never forget that Islam is not monolithic. Its various sects hate one another just as much as they hate the Jew and the kufr.) Then, if those countries ally themselves with Russia, the EU will have created a power bloc of potentially vast capability, intelligence and reach. And so, the EU may have tied the traditional hangman’s 13 loops into the rope with which it will hang itself.

Saturday, 21 April 2018


Possibly not the Nicaraguan Tourist Board's photo of choice

Gabba gabba, we accept you, one of us

Following what appears to be my lifetime ban from Twitter, I started an account at Gab. This platform prides itself on maintaining free speech, and I don’t believe anything short of child pornography would get you into any kind of trouble there. There are far more nutters there – I have been accused of being Jewish and had my very own, first death threat – but I realised something. I’m a nutter too. That’s why I’m not on Twitter anymore. I think the straw that fucked the camel’s back on Twitter was when I told some Leftist twat to act on his suicidal thoughts. I hadn’t read his profile, how was I to know he was a manic depressive? I suppose if I was a Leftist twat I would be manic depressive too. Twitter, as everyone knows, is purging anyone politically to the right of Tony Benn, and will soon be like going to a party with all the wankers from your class at school. And Lily Allen.

Girls on film

My musical week, along with my regular gigs, has revolved around a lo-fi album I am currently recording. The various online platforms make it wonderfully possible to promote your music as well as your writing, and I am scarcely looking for fame and fortune. If 10 people listen to it and three like it, that will do for me. In search of inspiration, I find it is the gals who have come up with the goods. After reading Viv Albertine’s brilliant autobiography, I have listened to The Slits a lot. This is Spend, Spend, Spend.
As mentioned in a previous postcard, Patti Smith has always played a big part in my musical life, and I rediscovered the lush and creepy Dancing Barefoot
My latest discovery is Larkin Poe, who I think are sisters, and are possibly from Florida. I know, there is nothing to compare with journalistic accuracy. Anyway, they cover blues songs, and this is Black Betty
Thanks, gals. As for the rest of you, when my album is ready – and it really is lo-fi, recorded partly in my apartment and partly in the jungle – you will be among the first to know. I have just commissioned artwork from my favourite living artist. It will be titled Paradise Avenue, after the Avenue del Paraiso, the only actual street name in my town.

Night of the long knives

Expect Dr. Martin Griffiths, a trauma surgeon at Bart’s Hospital in London, to be nobbled by the British deep state before too many moons have come and gone. He has been talking candidly – which is what you never do in Britain - about the state of the British capital’s knife crime epidemic, calling the daily procession of punctured youths ‘the new normal’. He says,
Every day an ambulance rolls up with a kid who has been stabbed. That can’t be right. We’re not at war.’
Up to a point, sir. London may not be at war, but it is caught up in a war. At some stage, even the Socialists who run London will have to realise, or admit that they have known all along, that the knife problem – along with the gun problem, much of the drug problem, and a good deal of the rape problem – is actually a black problem. Instead of being coddled and patronised, young black men need to be hit so fucking hard their ears ring and their noses bleed. All the time we have to listen to the gormless mantra of ‘racist racist racist’, more blacks will die, despite the expert attention of heroes like Dr. Griffiths.

A riot of my own

As documented in previous episodes, I spent an enjoyable week in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. I fully intend to go back to this poor and magical country, on a recce to see if there is a music scene there which might provide bread, beer and a tin roof over my head. However, all is not well. Anti-government protests have left 10 people dead and are spreading from Managua. Changes to the social security system are being blamed, but there is widespread dissatisfaction with what is an obviously corrupt government. Transparency International, as I have mentioned before, is a body tracking international governmental corruption. For context, and the index includes 176 countries, Denmark is the world’s least corrupt country, with Somalia propping up the league table. The UK lies tenth, tying with Germany and Luxembourg, the US is at number 18, and my own dear little Costa Rica ties with Spain – ironically – at 41. Nicaragua hangs its head in shame at 145. I’m still going back, though. There is the early flicker of a flame in the heart that indicates a coming love affair with Nicaragua. I just hope they haven’t trashed Tacos Charros, my favourite restaurant.

Friday, 20 April 2018


Poetry in motion? No, positive affirmation

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

The dismantling of white British culture is picking up pace quicker than a Southall Pakistani racing away from faulty traffic lights in a stolen car in an attempt to impress some white sluts. The long march through the institutions continues, and the latest station of the crass is poetry.
British poetry has always been a great love of mine, and one which I have disgracefully neglected in recent years. The great Lord Byron, Yeats and his Irish mythology, poor doomed Shelley, ex-medical student Keats with his spot of blood on the kerchief that told him he would die of tuberculosis, the dryness of Larkin, Owen and Sassoon – who I once played in a drama called Not About Heroes – Milton, Tennyson – whose Lady of Shalott is the first poem I ever read - the haunted work of T. S. Eliot, Blake and his visions of angels. Poetry is everything television is not.
Now, as you would expect, there is something called a Young People’s Laureate for London. Equally predictable is the fact that she is a Somalian-heritage Muslim woman called Momtaza Mehri. At least for what remains of my lifetime, poets receiving money or patronage from the state are never again going to have names like John Betjeman or W. H. Auden. Nor will they be white.
She is in the news as it transpires that she has written in the past of Britain’s ‘unbridled Islamophobia’ and ‘established racism’. You have a point, darling. I tend to be afraid of people who want to run me over or blow me up, and I don’t particularly enjoy standing at bus stops with blacks. But that’s just me. Fair play to you, poppet.
Mehri’s poetry is utter shite, as you would also expect if you are a keen observer of how Britain is mutating and de-evolving. Here is an example of her poesie;

Can this bitch stop calling us like we’re friends
Like she knows us like that
Like we love her back
Pop each bone like gum
Even my bones are blushing
Memes as coping mechanism
As dramatic irony
As in I have more faith in a green muppet than most politicians
Mercy as a clinical approach
When the time comes
I want the luxury of thermostat soup and the rotation of visitors
Not the sudden
The sodden
What renders language redundant
What cannot be written
By which the hand that feeds it
Some days
Afrofuturism feels like an oxymoron.

Fucking hell. Where do you even start? I bet Diane Abbott loves it. There is only one problem with Ms. Mehri’s poetry, and it has little to do with assonance or dithyramb, pentameter or alliteration. The problem is that it isn’t poetry, it’s a pre-menstrual text message. Good poetry lifts the soul and allows the spirit to clamber onto the shoulders of giants and see a new horizon from a higher vantage point. This is just old saucepan fat, uppity nig-nog fuckery, a stagnant puddle beneath a leaking urinal. It is utterly fucking useless, joyless, and talentless, and I bet it pays well.
At my old university, Sussex, there has been a competition since the 1960s known as the Robin Lee Poetry Prize. Robin was a student at Sussex in the sixties, and tragically took his own life, as a surprising amount of university students do. As Robin dabbled in poetry, his bereaved mother set up the competition, which was open – rather fairly, I thought - to students but not faculty. I know this because I won it in 1981. I wish I could print the poem, but I believe the only copy is in my mother’s attic 7,000 miles away from where I am seated. Gabriel Josipovici, noted Kafka scholar, called it ‘a real poem’. One day I will find it and print it here. It is better than the emissions of the pudgy poet laureate printed above, and you can tattoo that on your arm. So, in a small way, I know what I am talking about.
There. My late father used to say that if you’ve got a trumpet, blow it, because no one else is going to blow it for you.
Mehri’s work is not poetry, it is propaganda. It is Marxist graffiti on a toilet wall in which Gramsci has just had a shit – I should leave that for a few minutes if I were you. Poetry should never speak but ought to allude, should lead the reader to a place once glimpsed but never fully seen. Poetry should leave you, after you have read it, with a sense that the world has taken on a subtle new dimension, shown a new and fallen leaf, lit up a dark space in the forest. From T. S. Eliot’s Little Gidding;

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

That does not feel as Ms. Mehri’s poetry feels, like a third wank of the morning in a nylon-sheeted bedsit.
You see, real poetry concerns itself with beautifying the world by entwining words with one another, like spent lovers laying in a cornfield. It is not just some Paki with a grudge and an iPhone. They can try to fuck up my culture as much as they wish, but I am still going to have it in my inside pocket, just like Shelley kept a volume of Keats in his, even while he was drowning. Momtaza Mehri will be invited to all sorts of chippy multicultural galas by goblin-wallah Sadiq Khan, but no white person in any pub in England will ever read a word of the dribbling diarrhea she calls poetry. It is not enough to wrap your mum’s tablecloth around your head and whine about racism. You must wield the pen and live a life.

Thursday, 19 April 2018


The boy with the thorn in his side

Bengali in platforms…

Oh, shelve your Western plans

And understand

That life is hard enough

When you belong here.

Morrissey, Bengali in Platforms

The Smiths were what we British used to call a Marmite band. Like that tangy, savoury spread tailor-made for toast, you either love them or you hate them. Like Marmite, I loved them and still do. Manchester produced some of my favourite rock and pop groups. Happy Mondays I was indifferent about, and I always thought The Stone Roses were over-rated shitehawks, but The Smiths, The Fall, and Joy Division/New Order have brightened my days.
Morrissey, even since The Smiths disbanded and he went solo, commands an almost religious reverence from his fans, although among some of the faithful this may be about to change. You see, he is no longer singing from the accepted and acceptable song-sheet.
In an interview for his website, Stephen Patrick Morrissey has expressed the following views:
  • Brexit, of which he appears to be in favour, will not be allowed to happen despite a democratic mandate. Seeing what has just happened in the House of Lords, he seems prophetic.
  • Hitler was Left-wing.
  • The British Labour and Conservative parties are essentially identical, particularly in that they do not object to any aspect, however disgusting, of Islamic culture.
  • The practice of halal meat preparation is ‘evil’. (It bears pointing out that Morrissey is a long-time vegetarian).
  • The new political party For Britain, headed by Anne Marie Waters and predictably vilified as far Right-wing by the media, is a viable alternative to traditional politics.
  • Muslim Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is unable to talk properly.
  • My personal favourite, Labour Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott would not even be employed by British supermarket chain Tesco.
Well, now. The most refreshing aspect of this fusillade is that you can count the pop stars – and The Smiths were huge for a few years, with a string of UK hits – who would dare to put their heads above the parapet like this, even if they believed secretly in what Morrissey is saying, on the fingers of one finger.
The most irritating aspect of this interview as far as the Vichy British press is concerned is that Morrissey is obviously articulate and intelligent. He is not Katy Perry or some rap goblin or a gormless Puck from a boy band. I am, if I say so myself, something of a connoisseur of English poetry, and Morrissey has given me so much pleasure over the years with the imagery, wit and charm of his lyrics, I am prepared to label him a latter-day Byron or Keats. Another list, this time lyrics from the great man himself:

  • There’s more to life than books, you know, but not much more. (Handsome Devil)
  • I’ve seen this happen in other people’s lives, now it’s happening in mine. (That Joke isn’t Funny Anymore)
  • If you’re so very entertaining, then why do you sleep alone at night? (I Know it’s Over)
  • As Anthony said to Cleopatra as he opened a crate of ale, oh I say. Some girls are bigger than others. (Some Girls are Bigger than Others)
  • So I broke into the palace with a sponge and a rusty spanner. She said, I know you and you cannot sing. I said, that’s nothing, you should hear me play pianner. (The Queen is Dead)

I could go on all day, but some of you may not like Marmite.
It cannot be said that Morrissey is not without Leftist leanings. He famously wrote the song from his debut album, Margaret on the Guillotine, about Margaret Thatcher and concerning which my mother was not best pleased. She didn’t like Thatcher, she’s just called Margaret.
But Morrissey is, as the press tiredly say, no stranger to controversy. He marked his card many years ago by proclaiming that ‘All reggae music is vile’, wrote a song criticising disco music – both of these occurred when blacks were at the front of the victim queue, before Muslims pushed in – and once played a gig against a backdrop of – gasp! - the British Union Jack.
But now, according to my London correspondent, Twitter is seeing a bushfire of rage from ex-fans of our man Mozza. I am permanently banned from Twitter, and cannot verify, but I have no reason to doubt that, in terms of social media, it’s Strangeways, here we come for the Mancunian crooner. Apparently, Smiths fans are now claiming to have loved Johnny Marr – the wonderful guitarist from The Smiths – all along. Marr is an extraordinary guitarist whose jangling choral melodies gave Morrissey the space and light to make The Smiths what they were. Politically, however, he’s just another intellectual spastic virtue-signalling from his ivory tower.
One of the most depressing aspects of modern political culture is the constant stream of autistic political commentary from pop stars, actors, fashion designers, sportsmen and just about anyone else who has been given a helping hand – as well as a fortune – by the largesse of the white west. In a manner reminiscent of the Communist blacklist of the McCarthy era, anyone failing to make the correct statements on, say, Trump, Brexit, immigration, Islam, blacks, women, transgender toilets – yes, Springsteen, you cunt, I am talking to you – or whatever fad is on the cover of Vogue magazine this month is facing career wilderness. The fine north American actor James Woods – who I will always think of as hustler Lester Diamond in Scorsese’s magnificent film Casino – is now unemployable in Hollywood for stating his political beliefs, which swim upstream from 99.9% of the rest of Tinseltown. Compare his stance to the star of that film, Robert De Niro, who has to be one of the biggest wankers in Hollywood. He wants Trump arrested. Fucking hell.
So Morrissey’s comments are more than welcome, and we can only hope that it encourages other scaredy-cat pop stars to admit what they really believe, and soon. How soon is now?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Good morning, sir. Could I just check
your passport and opinions, please?

Britain is doing what Trump promised to do but they are succeeding where the President of the USA is failing miserably. Trump promised to build a wall to keep out undesirables. He more or less ran on that ticket, as it was something tangible that voters could grasp. As yet, no wall. Britain, on the other hand, is constructing a wall so sound that those it does not desire to enter its territory have no chance of scaling it. But it is not a wall of bricks, mortar, barbed wire or any other building material. It is made from something far more dangerous; ideology.
And this is not a wall designed to keep out Muslims, as Trump’s so-far mythical wall was designed to keep out illegal Hispanics. Instead, this is a rampart whose sole purpose is to repel those who oppose Islam. After the banning of Sellner, Pettibone, Southern and Bachmann, the latest failure to scale the perimeter fence that the British have built around brand Islam is a man called Abel Bodi.
Mr. Bodi is the leader of the Hungarian Identitarian movement, which explains why alarm bells rang out at both Home Office and the UK Border Force. While returning jihadi fighters and their several wives are able to swan into Britain and take a taxi to the benefit office, a political activist critical of them is not. Hungary, of course, has incurred the wrath of the EU – which the UK will never be permitted to leave – by virtue of the fact that they recently held free and fair elections won by Viktor Órban, a man who will not tolerate Islamic immigration into his beloved country. And the Identitarian movement goes against every aspect of mass immigration and miscegenation the EU has worked so hard to enable. This is why Bodi was unable to scale the perimeter fence that now surrounds the UK.
Bodi’s interview with the UK Border Force is here and when I say that it makes chilling reading I don’t believe I am exaggerating. Britain is no longer tolerating freedom of speech insofar as its exercise in any way criticises or satirises Islam. Muslims are the secret masters now. It is being made absolutely clear that those people from outside Britain who speak or write about Islam will not be allowed entry into that increasingly Sovietised country.
An entirely spurious set of equations has been constructed by British authorities. Opposition to Islamisation is bad. Opposition to Islamisation is equivalent to far-Right affiliation. Far Right affiliation is bad. If you oppose Islam, you are effectively a ‘wrecker’ in the Soviet sense. This is also happening to British citizens inside the country, who are routinely silenced and imprisoned for voicing negative opinions about Mohammedanism. The systematic rape of young children is routinely ignored as being tantamount to criticism of Islam. Do people realise just how close to midnight it is? I do not believe the majority of them do.
They tore down the Berlin Wall. Britain's Islamic wall may not be as easy to destroy.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Study of a Lady, by Lord Frederic Leighton.
Cover picture to the Oxford Classics edition
of Anthony Trollope's Marion Fay.

Yesterday, I stubbed my toe. Yes, yes, I know that opening sentence in not in the class of Proust, but it has the merit of being true. You must have done it yourself, and this was a particularly mighty blow to my little piggy, second in from the right on the right foot. I don't think toes are like fingers, in that they don't have names between the bookends of the big and little toes. The injury will almost certainly rule me out of the Arsenal game against Atletico Madrid, and I have written to Arsène Wenger accordingly. I walked into the apartment looking the other way, and barefooted, and caught my bass guitar's flight case perfectly.
There is always that couple of seconds during which you think, it doesn't hurt yet, but it fucking well will. Any man who has ever been caught in the nuts by cricket ball, skinhead boot or other dangerous inanimate object knows of that gap in time in which you think you've got away with it. But you haven't. When the pain began to surge, I hopped around the apartment like some peg-legged dervish, and swore so much I am not sure I didn't invent a couple of new curses along the way.
Well, today was supposed to be a hard-working day, setting my apartment in order. Those who know me well will be familiar with the fact the anywhere I live soon comes to resemble an environment on the cusp between the burgled and the bombed. I am a slob cum laude. To add to the difficulty of hobbling around like a cripple, my toe resembling a young radish, I stubbed the same fucking toe again on a chair leg. 10-1 odds, unless you happen to entertain the condition hexadactyly, or having six toes or fingers on one or both hands or feet. The second time, the pain was so intense I thought I was going to put my fist through the wall. Ooch.
So, light chores during the morning, and in the afternoon I got myself a couple of litres of the peerless national Costa Rican beer, Imperial, my favoured nacho chips, a bowl of hot sauce, and settled in my rocking chair on the porch to continue with my current reading matter, Anthony Trollope's Marion Fay.
I am enjoying the book, never having read Trollope. The writing is fine and mannered, the humour extremely subtle, and the characters well-drawn and without the caricaturious - I don't think that is a word, at least not yet - excesses of Dickens. Its main theme is marriage and class, and the appropriateness of the first given the disparities of the second.
Now, those who know England know of the legacy of the class system, and even now can still glimpse the fleeting shades of that departing order. There are still upper-class people in England, and one knows them when one meets them. There is still the middle class. To quote from The House of the Rising Sun, 'and God, I know, I'm one'. And there is still a working class, sorely betrayed by a succession of governments in the doomed UK.
Just as Christianity has all but disappeared across the West in its metaphysical aspect, and yet has left in part its social structures, strictures and protocols, so too the matrix of the English class system persists in England, even though the scions and heirs have gone the way of the parsons and vicars of yore. There is still a caste system in England.
But it has changed in its nature.
The aristocracy is no longer defined by hereditary privilege, familial fortune, or social mores. The new caste system is moral, and has to do not with titles and social status, but with opinions and adherence to a new orthodoxy. Just as the infamous ‘old boy network’ used to guarantee one employment given attendance at an approved public school (a private school, for my north American readers), membership of certain gentleman’s clubs, or the accidental privilege of having been born into certain respected families, so now employment is increasingly reserved for those who hold approved political and social opinions.
And there can be no cross-pollination between the castes of the new class system. Lady Frances may love post office clerk George Roden in Trollope’s novel, and her brother Lord Hampstead may court the  eponymous Quaker girl Marion Fay, but a Leftist would no more associate with those of the heterodox and dissident Right than a Brahmin would touch a Dalit.
The new class system is every bit as rigid as the old one, and privilege is accorded in direct correlation with status, conformity, belonging. Imagine going to an interview for a teaching job, or a post in the National Health Service, or a position as a social worker, and mentioning that you are a member of Britain First, or that there is possibly a little too much immigration, or that Nigel Farage has made some good points. Do you think you would get the job? The interviewer would probably call the fucking police or try to have your children taken away from you.
And so, just as the lower classes used to be expected to know their place in relation to those who believed themselves to deserve their place, the Right are expected to bear the hair shirt of their sins with them under the imperious gaze of the new Puritans of the Left. As a zealous SJW girl said to Tommy Robinson when she recognised and confronted him in an Oxford café; Have you recanted?
But darkness is coming, and it is coming as a direct result of the smarmy orthodoxy of the new Leftist Presbyterianism. The pendulum may swing back, of course, but the damage will have been done, and may prove irreparable.
I am a Conservative, and would prefer a return to the old class system rather than the fake, chippy, and racially aggravated pecking order of which the BBC and the political class so approve. There is an echo of my beliefs in Trollope’s description of Lord Llwddythlw – surely the only fictional with no vowels in his name – in Marion Fay;
No man in England was so wedded to the Conservative cause, - to that cause which depends for its success on the maintenance of those social institutions by which Great Britain has become the first among the nations. No one believed as did Lord Llwddythlw in keeping the different classes in their own places, - each place requiring honour, truth, and industry’.

Monday, 16 April 2018


It would mean so much to me

Baby I know

Our troubles could be gone

My good friend Sindy got back from the States yesterday bearing gifts. She it was who sold me her old 1970s record player along with around 80 albums, and all for the knock-down price of $100. She called me a few days ago, before returning, certain that I had once mentioned an album to her that changed my life. She thought she had found a vinyl copy in her attic. She brought it back with her. I am waiting for the right moment to play it, because I know it will make me cry. Not only did the album change my life, but the cover photo did too.
I have never heard an album before or since – with the possible exception of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures – which changed my way of being to such an extent. People can let you down. Music, never.