Category Archives: Afghanistan

At last

Today was the handing over ceremony from 16 Air Assault Brigade to 3 Commando – the baton has been handed on and D is on his way home from Helmand. The sun is shining and K and I are lying … Continue reading

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Minimised

No call today or yesterday in fact nothing for over a week. It’s not that I’m expecting the call – not that I think it’s my right. More that I know, if they’re minimised then some poor soul’s lost their … Continue reading

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Shaggy dogs and heroes

That a brave young soldier died of the wounds he incurred while working with his dog to find weapons and explosives is more than sad, it is distressing. Only a week or two ago I read  of the work these … Continue reading

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Up stumps – a lament for the Afghan women’s cricket team

My previous post,’ Corridor of Uncertainty’, was more apt than I like to think. I have just followed up on some research about the Afghanistan Women’s cricket team. I was hoping to find some good news about their participation in … Continue reading

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Kill your darlings and don’t tell!

I’ve just received my copy of Andrew Motion’s ‘Laurels and Donkeys’ and reread the ‘Death of Harry Patch’. Once again I was struck by the strength of Motion’s image – just one – beautifully drawn and not overwritten. The poem … Continue reading

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Corridor of uncertainty

Having a quiet day today as the M.E. has seen fit to descend in a belt of painful joints. Not to worry, I will spend the day researching for the four poems I have rumbling around my brain. Not being … Continue reading

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Donkeys and pristine notebooks

I have a beautiful  ‘Paperblanks’ notebook that is dedicated to first drafts and notes for the War collection of poems that I am currently working on. It was a brave step to start writing in it because I am one … Continue reading

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Twiddles and Tweets

I have found that it is entirely possible to spend the whole day fiddling with blogs and tweets and facebook walls. Linking them and making them look pretty is a consuming pastime but I need to remember the reason I … Continue reading

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Entries and eulogies

Just come  back from a great writing session. The mix of styles in the Wednesday group is impressive, as is the combined accolades won by group members. Entries were being compiled for the Slough Arts Festival as the closing date … Continue reading

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Found

I was listening to Andrew Motion talking to Andrew Marr on Radio 4 about ‘found’ poetry and it reminded me that I had written one such piece two years ago. It was taken from an article in the Daily Telegraph … Continue reading

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