The Auld Shillelagh

February 5, 2010

Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 This used to be my favourite pub in North London but I haven't been in for a while. I must be getting old because the ruralesque walk around Clissold Park at night doesn't seem as appealing as it once did. I was there with old friends from the Real Psychic […]

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Reading Glasses

January 27, 2010

Went to the optician the other day, after losing yet another pair of glasses in a messing-about-with-the-kids incident. "Your eyesight is maturing" said the optician?" "What, you mean I appreciate art and ballet a bit more now and fancy Fay Weldon?" "Er, no, you need reading glasses.""Hmm. So I'm not short sighted any more?""You're still short sighted. You'll […]

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Clissold Park/Narnia Crossover

January 20, 2010

  Last week, as I tramped happily around in the snow, it occurred to me that in The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis created Narnia as a methaphor for Clissold Park in Stoke Newington. The gap in the fence on Church Street is the magical entrance to this world, certainly after pub closing […]

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Bottle Pen

June 23, 2009

The stationer breathed a sigh of relief today when I went in and brought four colour cartridges for my printer. "Ha – you thought I was just going to ask for one envelope," I said. He smiled weakly, then quickly and with total stationeresque skill shifted his eyes to a display of pens on the […]

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C4 brown envelope

June 19, 2009

The stationer is now officially worried. That's two visits in a row in which I've bought just a solitary envelope. I'd agreed to sell a print of one of my Writers' Workshop cartoons - the one about Franz Kafka's tips for self-promotion – but it has taken me three and a half years to get around […]

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Jiffy Bag

June 1, 2009

At my local stationers I bought a size 1 Jiffy bag. The Jiffy bag is made from heavy duty brown paper and has a high quality sealing system. I'm trying hard to cut down on stationery items at the moment and managed to stop myself buying some more pens. The stationer looked at me with sad eyes. […]

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May 28, 2009

Versatile concept that can refer to anything, from a 1970s football bubblegum card with a picture of Leeds United's Peter Lorimer on the front, to emotional issues or programming languages. 

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May 27, 2009

Plastic box with a screen, that buzzes at night. Has wires inside. You can type stuff into it. Sometimes it goes dead and you want to smash it to pieces.

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Pentax Optio S4 digital camera

May 26, 2009

Tiny sliver of camera hardware that's smaller than a fag packet. It's lovely, but the controls are hard to operate if you've got farmer's finger (like my wife and I).

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Urban Tractor Scene

May 20, 2009

Sitting at a bus stop on Stoke Newington Church Street I heard a sound both familiar yet strange. In the midst of the normal sounds of the city – police sirens, buses, cars, motorbikes, car alarms, roadworks –  came a low rumbling engine rasp. Then, chugging slowly from Green Lanes, along came a weather beaten […]

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