Accentuate the positive

What a difference a week makes… I’ve been attempting to stay positive this week, but it was getting tricky towards the end of the week as work got busier. I heard Susanna Reid (Saint Susanna) mention something called F.O.N.D.A or Fear of Not Doing Anything. A distant cousin of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out – where have you been?), FONDA is a new one of these horrible bloody feelings we’re all meant to have according to the culture sections of broadsheets. Apparently, we’re meant to be using this time to learn Sumerian or how to perform brain surgery and recreate Citizen Kane in stop motion using only Lego minifigs or repurposed Barbie Dolls.

Well fuck that. It’s a lovely idea, and I hope you get the chance to learn a new skill and to make the most of this time. I’ve not seen any evidence of it happening for me yet. I’m too busy, either working or drinking to forget. I can’t concentrate on anything else for long enough.

Add in to this the fact that NaNoWriMo has arrived and that means signs of people being busy/writing loads…It’s almost too much. I’m not anti-NaNoWriMo (despite tweets to the contrary), I just can’t do it.

I tried it once and it wasn’t for me.I don’t have the discipline at the best of times.

Not my most positive post ever. Normal service will resume at some point.

In the meantime, and in an attempt to balance out my grumpiness, please consider doing at least one of the following when you get a moment

Reading Josephine Corcoran’s Lockdown Diary on her blog. I’ve been enjoying the stories that come out of Josephine’s weekly update – she is an example of someone making hay while the sun shines.

Buying Neil Elder’s And The House Watches On. This is a collaborative work with Charlotte Harker, and from what I’ve seen so far it has been a labour of love for them both. The poems I’ve read so far are great.

Please have a read of Neil’s post about the book here

Have a look at Iamb and check out the group of poets gathered together for Wave Two of this brilliant project from Mark Anthony Owen. So many excellent poets…and some knobhead.

Support your local bookshop. You can support one of mine if you’d like and buy a copy of Corvids and Others via the publisher or Bookseller Crow. Look at it, it’s lovely.


1 Skype Call My mum has discovered Skype, again. This could be a game changer.

5k running – Piss poor, last week I was treating as a down week after the previous week. I went for a short run on Thursday to prepare myself for some more long runs this weekend. On Friday the email came to say that the Ultra was being postponed until next year. That immediately took the wind out of my sails. I was actually looking forward to the run. However, I used this as an excuse to get very drunk on Friday night…and take this weekend off running. Lockdown-willing I’ll get back to it next week

1 Online Pub Nice to see some mates for a drink and not have to stumble far to get to bed afterwards.

0 Poems worked on. – Nish, zilch, nada, etc.

7 Billion Hangouts for work

Over 150 days now for submissions being out with Tangerine, Magma, North and Lonely Crowd. I should count from the window closing and I’m not complaining (much) about waiting, but I’d love to just know one way or the other.

2 days without cigarettes. Fits and starts, yeah!!

1 review started

1 set of garden furniture rubbed down and re-varnished

1 more week that I’m not having an affair with Eva Green



  1. Raspberry Cages
  2. Varnishing The Lily


Charlotte Gann – Noir

Rory Waterman – Sweet Nothings
Roland Bagnell – A Few Interiors
Charlotte Gann – The Girl Who Cried
Lawrence Sail – Guises

Spooks S2, E1-3

Listened to: 

It’s been a good week for going back through old albums…via iTunes to avoid killing the wifi while streaming.

Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul
Dolly Parton – Heartbreak Express
El Ten Eleven – ST
Stereolab- Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night
Pearl Jam – Riot Act
My Morning Jacket – The Tennessee Fire (20th Anniversary Ed)
Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society
Radiohead – Minidisc 111
Erland Cooper – Sule Skerry
Man or Astro-Man? – Deluxe Men In Space
Mark Lanegan – Bubblegum
Aberfeldy – Young Forever
Acoustic Ladyland – Skinny Grin
Alcoholic Faith Mission – Let This Be The Last Night We Care
Echo & The Bunnyen – Reverberation
Einstellung- Sleep Easy Mr Parker
Electrafixion- Burned
The Fauns – ST
Mono – Exit In Darkness
Bremer/McCoy – Utopia
Dave ‘Fathead’ Newman – Straight Ahead
Garnet Mimms – Warm & Soulful
PP Arnold  – The First Lady of Immediate
Morphine – Like Swimming
Kosmicher Läufer – The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program
Norwich Cathedral Choir – Evening Hymn:Music of Light
Basia Bulat – Are You In Love?
Sonna – These Windows Are Pistons
Sonic Youth – Murray Street
Sleepy Sun – Embrace
Silvana Magari – Ya no Soy Moderna
She Creatures – She Creatures Invade
Sharkboy – The Valentine Tapes
Section 25 – The Key of Dreams
Saxon Shore – Be A Bright Blue
Ray Charles – What I’d Say
Radiohead – Amnesiac
Glen Campbell – Galveston
Spider Bags – Frozen Letter
Suzanne Vega – Nine Objects of Desire
Jenny Owen Youngs – Transmitter Failure
James Iha – Be Strong Now
My Morning Jacket – Okonokos
Ride – Carnival of Light & Weather Diaries

The Poet Laureate Retires To His Shed – Maxine Peake

and of course, The Archers…(It’s very good at the moment, but when will they mention Covid 19???)

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