Where the very nature itself springs from the roofs of too often forgotten Victoriana: Tailors’, Machinists’ and Pressers’ Trade Union on Cross Stamford Street.
loudly behind me on the bus
The sound of second hand “r ‘n’ b”, the damned
Dumb and chav-youth music of distinction,
This coming from that most mysterious of rogue forty-something Shane Bell.
So my mind will have to put up with this sound for the next 50 minutes
A bass sound too loud for me on this troubling journey
Tranquil inner peace broken with that vocoder voice.
Some so badly designed headphones leaking vibrations from hell
This is too much sound for a personal stereo.
What is an ellipsis? Saying more than silence might pretend
who I glimpsed to be crazy,
‘do you not see?
(Oh, our dog is at home so there is guaranteed to be much more enjoyment in him than in a cramped, sweaty, dark and noisy concert that’ll leave my ears screaming in a torture of high frequency ring; he’ll put me in a better place mentally too).
(How much party funds do the political parties waste on planting flags on Roundhay Road, Wetherby Road and the A58 to beg and crave our votes? Oh come on Conservative, Labour and Liberal!)
Further along the route, with the buzz ringing oppressively from behind, I see the fading yellow of the oil seed Rape fields and realise the year and season is moving speedily toward summer and I am without a job again. I want to see a different sight and hear a different sound, but also feel more contentment if I am to get through another day.
Earlier today I spoke Dan L my retired friend from Sunderland, who wears his grumpiness like the Trilby he also continually sports, and he was complaining that he has had his fair share of suffering at the hands of the savage, cold, empty state; forever. He speaks of the light-blue bowler hatted brigade who judged him short-sighted as a child. Who forced him to take some miscellaneous eye drops that he is convinced brought on this physical change in his eyesight. He recalls a large breasted bespectacled Mackem lady told him he would have to wear national health glasses for the rest of his natural life, like an institutionalism. She said that it’s not bad being blind now the frames are so much more fashionable. I find it ironic that all his hatred for the welfare state and its Orwellian darkness that he was a teacher for many years, worked at the courts as a clerk of court and now he distributes mail at Park Place Job-centre all for the system. Dan rails against what has always entrapped him and there isn’t anything left for him except the hope his daughter Laura is a success in the acting world and that there is always the often, too often, pint of Kölsch he consumes at the end of the day. I feel for the poor guy; as at the end of the rope Dan swings and I’m there nursing my Dark Star IPA next to him.
(I was once Stood in an olive grove on Vis looking over the harbour towards the monastery. Over my head hung heavy fruits ready to be picked from the branch: to be pressed into oil or brined for preservation, and I wanted to belong in that sanctuary over the bay, but I have no faith. I want a solemn life, but I have no faith.)
Retail is a false economy. Retail has really been benefiting from higher purchase, bank loans and credit. Now the credit is gone and all the minor industries that feed the larger ones are slowly vanishing. The food chain of business. At the top sits faceless commercial tyranny.
In fact it’s all a lie. The need for materialism is a trap we’re forced into to keep us sedated.
We need a roof over our heads, a comfy bed, food, drink, entertainments, clothes, a cuddle…what else?
It’s going to rain hard tonight so I will make jerk chicken, but I need to have fun tonight and this isn’t going to happen with £50 left after I went to Morrison’s!
Not so long ago I actual found myself unable to see any part of the journey I was on not filled with a noisy, dense and threateningly cacophonous wordiness. At every point of the compass I saw, or heard or thought about words (in Penryn I think). Usually in either the form of orders, rules or laws or else sales, offers or promises. I just wanted for a while to see, hear or think without vocabulary before my eyes. I didn’t want this so I closed my eyes. I have developed the deep abhorrence to what I don’t want and hatred is a very underrated emotion – I want to kill because of it (latently of cause). I wanted a basic reality where there was nothing spoken, thought or written. Is it the basic humanity in me who aspires to base instincts away from the busy consuming weary wordiness. Everywhere there are colours and textures and large volumes of both. There are bags filled with shoes from Next and a person carrying Ping golfing umbrella and many many more with their chilling brown Primarkian statements.
I return to Wetherby on the X98 to discuss the emotions I feel and the reasons for my sudden understanding or my change inside. With only 2% of my iPhone charge left I will undoubtedly be like Samuel Coleridge soon…
Bar3 has removed Katy and Thatcher’s cider from their pumps so there isn’t a single reason to go there any more and I wandered to bus stop to see I have two choices either 30mins or and hour. I decided to kill 30 minutes however I don’t know why but I just took a step down in my mind. I stepped into the facsimile that was the New Inn(est. 1900) for a woeful pint of Strongbow, with respect the Carling of the cider world. As this is where I spent most of my teenage times and 20’s it nice to look in just for old times sake and maybe one of my old chums would be there to talk to. I concentrated seeing not a real apple anywhere and no one I really knew.
People in 2’s watching the night descending on benches built for 4 near the bandstand. There is something tangible with the warm weather and the slow turgid ponderousness of the Wharfe as it slowly loses its volume to evaporation and the finite quantity of any body of moving water.
Wez Dance is someone who regularly forgets what I am doing and when I am doing it. I could go away for 10 years and, apart from more grey hairs, nothing would ever change with the golfing fraternity in Wetherby; they are circle complete with an interlocking chain. He remembers he hasn’t seen me in a while and asks me how the volunteering is going: I volunteered until May 2010 and not since. It was not for me. Forget not that ‘that’ school is a monster! It made a monster of me and everyone in it and continues to while teachers try desperately to say it isn’t so.
This is not a Hulk T-shirt. This is The Thing (MarvelTm). He’s not green and angry, but orange and hexagonal: how could someone get that wrong?
Cricket season is back with the crack of willow on leather. The usual discoloured whites with green streaks and browns. Howzat and not out.
I want to lay in a meadow and leave the weight transcending where clover flowers and amongst the clouds gathering above our dopey heads.
The bus let’s off pressure in great sighs. The hydraulics are malfunctioning and the sun is descending. We stop to wait for time to catch us before leaving Redhall. 17:38pm Friday 6th.
Row upon countless row of indistinct housing. Whether Victorian or mock Tudor or hi-rise somewhere to crawl for a night in safety. I was often jealous of Tess’s flight after the murder. The hidden pleasure of the places they called home; however briefly. I live in a hi-rise with its paper thin walls and zero privacy up down left or right. From my window I can see a 1960’s tower block and believe it is so much better built than the modern 2003 build I am currently living in.
‘Why does mummy hide her body’ says the Somalis boy to his father
‘To deny her sexuality’ says her consciously conscience driven husband.
Beady eye going to Belle Isle for tropical suntan and Lou Reed has been waiting for his man far too long.
The Ghost part 3
I have mistaken May for summer and now it’s raining and I have no jacket to wear. I’ve written up yesterday’s journal over a filter coffee and a refill and the free wifi that makes that Jewish hegemony worthy, just.
Mum’s new guy is taking her to Otley. She’s taken her Vivitar par excellence hd movie camera on this grey and wet day.
(We sell boxes
We box sellers
We boxers sell
Our unused gloves
I think that the whole second world war was staged so the Yanks could take over the planet. Why did Hitler declare war on the USA when he was fighting the soviet Russians and British Empire already? What a stupid man or was it a vast plan for the slow tortoise to be there at the end when the blitzkrieg went nowhere and didn’t succeed in the time necessary for the policy? Shear weight of numbers and resources won the war in Europe.
The evilness of the nazi regime could or should never have been allowed in 1923 and in it’s foundation.
All reparations used at the conclusion of ww1 sparked a cultural meltdown in Germany, which need never have happen, leading to a cultural and social revolution. The ‘losing’ factions of ww1 were no clearer victors than the ‘winners’. In a war of stalemate and attrition internal politics defeated the German military machine. With Russia out of the war shouldn’t Germany have won? Why punish anyone for the bloodbath of ww1. So many wonderful progressive young men died for nothing. Maybe the war was fought to purge the Edwardian era of the radicals and the growth of radicalism. Put to death all radicals for naught. Were we so childlike and juvenile to build larger and larger dreadnoughts like boys playing conkers in the autumn school yard.
I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and that consequently this country is at war with Germany. Solemn Neville Chamberlain you let it happen. All politicians since 1919 let it happen.
The gauntlet gloves were off in 1919.
Timothy Taylor’s for a change. Very nice
Looks like my sick, and therefore my DNA, all over Wetherby and perhaps the world? I hope it is worth the acrid?
On Sunday I was most impressed with C. Such a fruity and lusty thing. A plaything with pendulous breasts with a deep inviting cleft between and a right curvaceous body and a nose twinkling with delight. Hair off red turning violet or deeper crimson. Just loves to tell stories in a giddy prose.
Lucy Saturday: short platinum blonde with full pouting lips and wonderful hips. I catch a glimpse of laced white bra and the swell of her charms. My eyes linger. She has bright blue eyes that sparkle in the afternoon light. She is a prize. I forgot my bank card so 1 pint then back for a rest on Saturday. She’s off out in Leeds, with boyfriend no doubt, and she works a barwench magic alright.
Later that night roaming town looking for anyone. Muse no, new inn no, 3hree yes. Paul, Lucy(not the same) milk maid, Claire and another(didn’t ask). 2 pints of cheerless cider and entertainment from SURFU? Sheffield rugby union on tour and singing or serenading 4 brunettes who left taking away a flower box on their coach journey. I failed to realize it is Dan Jones’ birthday.
How busy is that post office in the St. John’s centre? Far too much effort for a meagerly £6 profit.
I finally got a jiffybag: and Airkraft size 0 from WHS. And I think I’ll venture down to Kirkgate PO.
Interview on Thursday at Revolution in The Calls. One will come good? Surely if I stay positive?
And what have I got to lose?
The rain is falling down. Bucketing down. I’m not in a rush. Just bought reduced goods for tea. Will stay in Pret for an Americano.
Ladder in tights. Green fingernails. Painted. High forehead and bee pendant. Or maybe a moth or maybe a flame? Eric the half a bee. Funny how many ladies were stuck in the entrance of Pret while the skies emptied. How they would’ve looked like the drowned rats they positively stink of. What a trivial set of consumer monkeys we have become.
Pub puub? Purb? Peb?
Pleb. I’m a pleb and you are consul? Oligarch chic. Senate/tribune. North south. I don’t want to go to Chelsea.
Baby it’s alright.
I’m dipped in the murky and shady underworld of espionage during WW2. We were desperate not to lose all to Nazi Germany. We played games in Washington just to persuade FdR, etc to save our broken corpse and in the long run also save the USAs bacon whilst at the same time the Germans and Russians were both striving to keep the Americans as isolationists. It exposes the many layers that Britain has that’re fundamental to it’s body politk. The many faceless gentlemen club members who schooled at Eton, worked through theology or classics at Oxbridge came out with a ‘degree’ entered public life in some secure regulating career and perhaps end up as senior civil servants with landed gentrification, honours and ties for favours. While maintaining the same status quo. This band who suffer the best of life off those without this premium life start must have vested interests putting us where we belong? Ra it’s so unfair to be ruled by those born to boon. I am between the pointless scum and the high appointees in the scrum: squeezed like a mishandled ball too and fro.
I think that maybe all profoundly idelogical dictators have the right to take power, however they see fit, and do as they see fit to all that might stand in their ways as they feel they need to turn over the earth and reap anew? But while king dollar requires his oil and trophies(sports teams) anyone trying to Chavezise or Fidel their country is a pariah.
I realize socialism isn’t enough a label for me so I say ‘down with any property, all want – to stamp out wanton greed and wanton poverty, all ownership must be distrusted, all banks must be held to account for their policies of enrichment. We must all strive for a common unified goal: much like the heroism and self sacrifice of the British from Dunkirk until the bunker. All people must feel included too in this human adventure from womb to grave.
John Martyn – Inside.
Led zeppelin – bron-yr-aur.
I stir to get a Horlicks for a semblance of sleep prior to golden ball’s slumbers. The feather thin partitions that divide up the flat weren’t designed for co-habiting. This isn’t right is it and even if I got a job at Revolution I would have this ceaseless frenzy of copulation every other day always within my hearing. From the next door down comes the intoxicating odour of hash and, with Loverman in the next room, this could be a scene from a Paris alley filled with ‘leprous houses’ within ‘streets that follow like a tedious arguement of insidious intent’. All we need is a stiflingly humid and wretched summer and a few languid celling fans moving stale air and swishing to the sound of choppers passing over head, circa 1968 Paris. I can feel a wave of hayfever coming on as my nasal passage blocks at around 1am.
It takes me back to 1999 when I arrived in Kulua Lumpur mid journey to Perth with a rough 13 hours to kill between arrival and departure. The state-of-the-art airport with its vast air-conditioned monorail terminals and customs exits. I decided I may venture to the city for this 13 hours and perhaps sleep somewhere? There were many bland, but very comfortable looking monoblock hotels on passing from border control.
I had to promise not to remain in Malaysia for more than 28 days and not work while I was in the country of countless swarming millions. My passport had an entry visa bright purple and in the form of a triangle. I actually wanted to see the Petronas Towers in their majestic glory before I arrived dazed and confused in Perth some 30hrs later.
As usual in Asia I stepped from the blissful cool interior of the airport into the wall of dense impenetrable constricting heat of the tropics: an Englishman could never come close to understanding this enormous contrast from jolly Albion. Pink gin I feel Raffles provide to calm ones fever.
During the wait, around 9am local time, my present attire was my marshaling shame: I was in a light weight but very woolen pair of trousers that while absolutely comfortable on the plane from Manchester, were still basically sheep hair and the trickle of sweat on my spine was spreading towards every other possible pore.
I sensed before I got on board the coach toward the destination that my first error on the journey had been met and found naively wanting.
The airport, with it’s clean monolithic and prosperous air, is absolutely not in Kuala Lumpur. It is a veritable lie. I believe the coach took a swift hour and a half to wind it’s way from palm jungle and irrigation ditches towards suburbs and more and more dense cityscape to finally ditch me in the centre of insanely busy Chinatown district with it’s million steaming smells rank and sweet, luscious and repugnant, tempting and foreboding, like a dope fiends worst nightmare something that couldn’t be escaped while mosquitos sucked any remaining will straight out of your bloodstream and you smoked heavy from an opium pipe to numb the reality.
It was clear I was now shattered from my travel and needed to rest in the wilting humidity and find somewhere cheap but civilized in the interlockingly tight streets and passage ways: i was overwhlemed by the smell of diesel and fresh tarmac on one maintained lane. My options were helped by a fellow traveller, with Lonely Planet, I had come across on the coach journey who was able to take me or actually deliver me to one of the backpackers in the quarter. I arrived in a lobby with an old wizened Oriental lady at the counter who very briefly laid out the tariff and handed me a neat pile of Terry toweling sheets for my private room with air-con.
I remember, as there were no locks on my door and, due our location in Chinatown, I was very paranoid to leave any of my belongings unguarded incase they vanished into this cramped city. I rested tightly holding onto my overnight bag in that hazy jet lagged sleepy place and snoozed a couple of hours to hopefully get my head together. All the time just on the edge of true sleep with my Remington travel alarm within easy reach incase I over slept. The chattering of the air-con was strangely mesmerizing.
Once I ventured to the toilet to discover it was a concrete and breeze-block affair with a fly screen over the cobweb strewn smoky broken window. The concrete had 2 stages of contruction that definately changed in texture, there was guttering running down the edge towards a plughole: they must’ve cleansed the lavatory with disinfectant and a hose as there was a faint bleach smell? There were probably many guests staying and using the facilities but due to the time of day they were probably sight seeing.
Maybe the fear I held for this hostel would stem from my naive 27 years of age and not any tangible threat. The basic setup is to be discovered wherever tourism is done on the cheap.
After a broken edgy snooze I surfaced, washed my self prefunctorily and set out with overnight bag I carried to see Kuala Lumpur. Stepping from the cool, but ragged room I was thrust back into the overwhelimingly tropical heat. I decided instantly I had to find a clothes shop and ditch my conventional Western look. Woolen slacks indeed! I wandered passways and backstreets to eventually arrive upon some more propersous retail areas and finally located the outlet they called the East India Company which reminded me then of the colonial past and the stretch of trade that lasted in the memories of the indigenous folk and our link to this baking land. With a new purchase of kharki shorts and tee-shirt(X2 of each for £16 ONLY) which lasted me for the entire journey to Sydney before being so sea rotted and faded that I disgarded them in Melbourne to bring my allowance down in January 2000.
I went to see the colonial past to approached the colonial Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture town hall and other civil service buildings, but I was always fighting against weariness and the never abating heat and precious time by this point. I could see the Petronas Towers from most points in the city, but I never got close to it, like some mighty mirage. It eventually dawned on me I needed a cool cool lager to revitalise me, Ice Cold in Kuala Lumpur? But this being a strictly Muslim country finding a watering hole wasn’t easy, especially without a guide book, and so I drifted up to a Western looking hotel just at the edge of China Town, which was close to our pick up point, to eat and shelter from the heat. It turned out a lot of the people on the same disrupted flight were to Perth were also in this Hotel so we passed our time until we made that long and tedious trip back to the Airport and we all seemed to have the same oppressive insight into the city in our exhausted states.
I have strangely passionate and vivid remembrance of this stop off as it was all part of my coming of age and my braving conventions that had lead my life from cradle to 27.
Another time’s coming of age was my first sexual awaking – the discovery of my Dad’s stash of European porn circa 1975, and a solitary white vibtrator, all neatly hidden in a brown suitcase at the back of the wardrobe. I recall it being a sensation on the street when discussed by boys who were aged 9 or 10. They wanted to see this thing I had found, like some mystical treasure, and a half dozen very anonymous boys(I only recall one boy in the fog of my memory) ended up comparing erections flicking through RODOX without quite understanding what all this meant. I guess children are too inquisitive for there own good sometimes, but there was no malice and no fear in that strange party. There must be millions of quite innocent discoveries of porn stash hidden away in some mysterious case, box or tucked away in a handkerchief draw and some startling discoveries about the male body. Something men rarely discuss until it’s begun it’s downwards journey and as plantive banter. I dispute that porn is for dirty men, but for self discovery of the male body as never discussed by society and a way to elevate the stress and strain of the female body.
All my memories are arranged in a gridpattern like the pathetic monstrous soldies graves in a regimented Ypres cemetery and I can glimpse them from my own headstone.
I have a round head, but I don’t want to marry a girl with a head like Frank Sidebottom.
Totalitarian nationalism or democratic nationalism: which is more threatening?
Carpaccio, Cornish duck. Lucky I have money to roll in for forming luxury. Tips?
Pinot grigio. Tiefenbrunner alto adige, 2008! Spot on for lunch with carpaccio. Nearly Austrian. No cliched Italian veneizan.
Hmmmm. Rested finally from heavy week. Sinking my teeth into duck about now! S. Pellegrino and plonk.
The simplicity of the dark duck meat cake at hotel was excellent: confit.
How would the addition of a slight crunch, like of hemp seeds, have affected that plate?
The meal didst skin me, but I am grateful at £38.)
Had a lovely night at Bracken Edge. Thai/oriental themed night. Won tons, satay chicken, temporah. Went to bed at 9:30. Woke up at 5:30 fully wide awake. Got a Tropicana orange and lime from the fridge, chucked the dog out my room and went back to land of slumber until 9.
Our end of term/year/school party began at The Buck in Rufforth 1992 and can only be recalled as a drug fueled climax to my A levels.
The copse is a smaller wooded bowl just on the border of Wetherby and Kirk Deighton. It is somewhere that youths must’ve played out there lives for many many years as it is rugged and secluded and out of adult eyes.
I think it was always planned to spend the graduation here. Burning the midnight oil and taking copious amounts of LSD.
I can recall getting 30 trips called ‘bullseyes’ each bullseye made up 4 trips. Someone else called them targets. Whatever. They had alternating colours in groups of 4 and A and I had 30. I’d sold an Armand Basi to Phil for £60 just to get enough funds for the purchase from our man(Nick). It must’ve cost us £120 for all 30. Not sure as that seems a tad expensive. Funny how details like that fade.
At this point I’d been taking acid regularly since boxing day 1989, on most weekends, and it was the only drug in my life(including alcohol) and i think it dominated my life.
This was June of 1992 and it was the end of exams and a long summer before Uni in September for the majority of us.
The weather was great. I can recall being sat on the roof of A’s white Nissan van, absorbing the last rays of the westerning sun and ‘coming up’ in the car park of The Buck.
Now i recall it was a split second decision in which we decided to trip at the copse there and then…D, A and me. Like wildfire everyone knew this was the plan.
I can remember the twilight being warm as we set off from the party, picked up tents, sleeping bags, etc.
The thing that is very clear in my memory is the who’s who of those that gathered that night. Many acid newbies as well as the generation that had been with me through 1990, 1991 and 1992. When you take acid you need people you could rely on the support whatever trip you happened to be on and I believe I was seen as that person by many of my peers.
The joy and tranquility of that first evening seemed to start a ritual that was to last many days until all acid had run out and all of us had lost our minds.
To this day that week is responsible for the destruction of all fences between us and the end of the last bridge on the Old Railway. They went up in flames to keep us warm in the night. We are responsible for regular vertical posts without any horizontal cross posts on the east section of the lines.
I think it is true what they say: LSD’s potency is reduced through successive use. Some tolerance makes the second night almost negligible. Some pathway in the mind cannot be reset in 24hrs so a very distant 2nd trip follows.
There was a certain Robin Hoodness with the green lushness we found in that wood. Even A’s Hugo Boss jumper added to the yeoman green of the evening. The swaying of the heads of the barley, in the field that surrounded the east part of the copse that year, held many a shifting pattern that was reimagined by those of us that ‘be tripping’. The green was everywhere it made the event feel very natural.
When it comes down to it. Between paying bills, boozing, reading, eating food, the never ending journey between Leeds and Wetherby, writing this blog, drinking copious coffees…I feel that that this is all my life amounts to currently. It’s so boring. I might as well just work all the time or go back to acid adventures?
Grey Hawk. Pretty hawk. Preying on me. When on the wing you tear me with talons deep.
Oh yes yes. It is I the paping oap with scuffed black six hole shoes. Worn and abraded. With a blond head of hair. Everything is yes it is. Isn’t it? Sunday lunch for oap. Soap is Oap’s.
Why just ice.
Ice just ice.
There isn’t any just ice.
When I’d returned from Melbourne in 2000 my first decision was to take any temping job: I registered at Spring Personal and after the preliminary test to ascertain my typing rate I was called and offered a job at Limewood House temping in metering as a data entry clerk. I had worked for YE before my travels and I assumed I’d just pick up where I’d left off. However, after I’d turned up to the job, been told what to do and spent half a day processing sheets of data into a dumb terminal I realized I could never ever return to the me of 8 months ago. There was no way after the freedom I’d enjoyed in Australia I could return to a moody, dark, oppressive clerk position I’d had for 2 years prior. I literally could not take the boring repetitive process and had to speak to my HR rep at Spring at lunch time telling her this was not for me. Even now 11 years later I can’t take being boxed in an office more than a day. How many temp jobs did I take between January 2000 and April 2007 and how long was I claiming the dole during that time. I had a record of 3 months in most of the temping roles the various Recruitment companies. And those 3 months was infernal. When I finally settle down again in work it was in a customer services environment. I worked from a call centre, to technical services for a brewery and finally technical services for an IT giant. This was a period of regular employment with training sandwiched between TwoTen Coms, Coors and Fujitsu. When I finally walked out of Fujitsu in Wonderful Wakefield never to ever want to put on a plantronics headset on again. I call these 4 years my call centre wilderness years. From when I quit Fujitsu in January 2006 until joining the YHA in April 2007 I worked in a string of poorly paid and soulless jobs Zurich risk services for a month, the DWP for the summer 2006: where I was an admin assistant the most menial clerk in the belly of inefficiency that is Lawnswood with it’s second world war structures and buried soulless employees. I had to leave very very suddenly incase I was trapped in this none place. Over the christmas period I worked for Virgin Megastore where I realized that the music industry was an equally soulless and desperate place. In the end I paid my Bankruptcy and left the flat at 97 and left Yorkshire for East Sussex and a whole new me.
I miss the YHA.
Victoria Street. The house @ £41,000 in 1995. Almost £29,000 above the candy shop. Simon Gordon and I. Stability and possibilities. No real risk when looking back. I was working at ROCOM. I was banking with Barclays. I had a PEP. No chance with Victoria Street. Not enough space in the second room to rent out. Large enough for a baby, bairn or child. But Crossley Street was a blank canvas. Was an office. 4 large rooms on 2 floors. It’s now 2 flats. Shit we missed our chance there didn’t we Muller?
Why would a young mum of chav nature feed her child crisps: Wotsits to keep it quiet? Manufactured horrible. What will that young body do with all that hydrogenated fat and processed food?
Why are you so oblivious?
This journey to and fro proves to me there isn’t any hope for England.
As Daniel, Megan and I set off for Cable Beach, Broome we were coming towards a road kill with 2 birds picking at the leftovers on the Tarmac. Only as we got close enough to make out what birds they were did we realise how large these 2 birds were. As we got to within 15 feet or more finally 2 huge brown eagles took flight. They both just coasted over the bonnet of Dan’s Holden 3.2litre Ute. They were awesome in their majesty. I am so glad for seeing them that close and I am very glad they took off in time.
Those two weeks in Broome during the festival staying at the Kimberley Klub were pure and simple. The people who I met from the day I arrived until I finally arrived in Darwin 2 weeks later will be forever friends
My journey from arriving in Perth and eventually getting to glorious Broome was a series of life changing adventures.
I had bought a greyhound ticket that would take me from Perth to Sydney with unlimited stops and a couple of excisions: Kakadu and Great Keppel Island. I had been in Perth and the south west, trying to find work, find somewhere to live and for some reason settle down. Until I ventured to Albany and Pemberton I didn’t know why I was in Australia. It took me a few weeks(6 or so) to do something unique. When I arrived on the 30th June I went about setting up my life in Perth. As though this was where I was going to spend 12 months. I looked at a house in both cottesloe , leederville and finally settled in one in Victoria Park: a run down colonial style town house owned and let by a Maori, with a mongrel dog, who was a rugby player in Perth. I paid very little, including bills, for a room in a termite infested red tin roofed house with a room on a second floor that was inaccessible due to this tragic infestation: their were termite mounds hanging from the celling in all the rooms which shared the same space as that upstairs room. I lived with Paul, his gf from Bideford and one other girl for a month before they bought a misibishi sigma and drove off to Albany with me following behind on the Great Western coach. The car they bought was one of them well preserved 1980’s items that are ubiquitous in oz. I read a lot, worked for a landscape gardener for a few days, tried to set up an Internet cafe for a dodgy wheeler dealer who took $26 from me to find me no work for 6 week even though we ended up socializing together at the jazz bar next to Brass monkey’s (possibly the best bar I’ve been anywhere on my extensive travels).
I arrived in Australia on the 30th June 1999. After 45+ hours traveling to this final destination I came through customs, had my passport stamped and Visas checked. It was 3am and gratefully Emma had arranged for a friend to pick me up and give me somewhere to stay until my jetlag was slept off. Lisa was waiting in the lobby of Perth international airport, we said hello and she told me it had been no problem meeting me as she worked until this time at the Burswood Casino as a crupper, we left for her car(an ancient Mazda) and drove through the deserted streets to her apartment in North Perth. We got on pretty well and she was very accommodating. She’d sorted me out a comfortable sofa bed in the front room. I was asleep almost instantly as soon as we’d got back to the flat. She left for work mid morning and I told her I’d not put upon her more than the one night: I think I was absolutely shattered but I couldn’t stay: I just couldn’t. It was a paranoid self justification. I think the journey had made me psychotic. The next night I stayed at the YHA and I never saw Lisa again. She must have thought me very odd, not respecting her hospitality and leaving after 1 day, but I really wanted to do this thing alone. Unsupported. I had a single terrible nights sleep in the YHA.
The next day I located a much more laid back and friendly backpacker opposite Perth train station and booked in there for a week. I afforded the luxury of a private room with shared facilities on the third floor. I think it was a hotel backpack, globe backpackers or some such with a travel centre and currency exchange on the ground floor on Wellington Street. It was slightly rundown, but it was popular and more party styled than the YHA I’d stayed in on North Street. I was looking for work, but also fun.
In those first two weeks of my arrival I thought that I’d made a huge mistake leaving my job, coming to Perth to find work and to be completely undecided why I was in Australia. I had acted on an impulse and was only drawn to Perth as I’d school here in 1987/88. Once I arrived in Perth I had no idea what i could do. I assumed incorrectly I could find work for the energy corporations in Perth, but although I wrote to them I never heard from their HR departments. I worked for a day attempting to sell books of discounts offers cold calling through the Perth telephone directory in an ad-hoc office off the high numbers on Hay Street: I earned nothing and was told I didn’t have the skills to get the deal and this was a good thing in hindsight. I was told by numerous temp agencies it was the wrong time of year (winter) for most seasonal opportunities (even harvest had passed) and all the warm weather jobs were months away: I was offered a job planting trees with the forestry commission down south, but the shear scale of the piece rate blew my mind: 1000 trees for a dollar.
My most vivid recollection of that backpackers is watching the rugby with a bunch of pommes, who’d already done the tour of Oz and were about to return home, public school rugby boys without a care in the world. I was grudgingly accepted into their clique for a few days. Very much on the fringe. That night we all drank copious Carlton cold and Emu lager and I went to bed satisfied I’d never really ‘like’ knobs. I went to bed and woke up around 2am for a urinary movement. I stepped out of my room forgetting where I was, I went and did my business and returned the short distance (undressed) without my door key and unable to get back in my room (self locking dead lock): bollocks. I was on the third floor stark bullock naked at 2am. I only had 1 option. To go down to reception and hope I made it down all those floors without meeting anyone! I am most fortuitous that I arrived at the reception desk without anyone (apart from CCTV) catching me Au Natural! I explained my predicament to the night security guard who laughed copiously and gave me a spare key. Problem solved; on the edge of hearing I could make out the party continuing in the lounge but they didn’t look my way.
After i lived out of my suitcase for some time I decided i needed to ditch it for something more user friendly for backpacking: a Caribee rucksack with day bag.
I got this backpack from the army surplus store further along Wellington street, dumped my suitcase with my step sister up in Heathridge, Joondaloop, i bought a ticket to circumnavigate australia for a thousand dollars and leaving for first Albany and Pemberton in south west and then the pinnacles desert @ Cervantes I started on my roadtrip to Sydney.
I took one antisemitism look around Starbucks and decided I couldn’t pay for my antisemitism: came to Caffe Nero Espresso Bar on Albion street (good old romantic Albion Street) and away from Kosher Coffee.
Hitler and co. were trying to kill all Jews in Europe before they were defeated. It was a desperate game they were in. They knew they had no time but had to achieve this one goal, as if the world post war depended on it entirely. I really think Hitler wanted this to be his one clear ‘achievement’ if it could possibly be called that?
The guy with a beanie in Nero’s sounds like he is whipping someone in a back room. I can hear the recoil of the cord. I wonder if they are using ‘man power’ here with the surplus of manpower in Leeds. It be a good way to be carbon neutral and get fit. A bit like being a slave on a Roman Galley, each wrench of the oars making a considerable pile of coffee!
For me the stage was set for resting amongst the noises feeding my head
Right amongst the section of architects stones stood such spitting scholar
Closed eyelids and puffy face while waiting to face heavens appeasement
The craft of which you speak hasn’t levened cleavers leaving me dead and hollow.
My pedimental marble is cold and unfeeling framed against a rattling voice.
Fucking further than I forsaw from the distance of 5pm and 8pm.)
Cats are dainty and mean
Dogs are rough and ready
Cats are shirts and tidy
Dogs might whiff a bit
Cats will usually smell serene
Dogs take a life of walking
Cats make a life of stalking
Dogs can’t take solitary life
Cats are happier on their own
Dogs are part of the family
Cats scorn friendship alone.
Dogs are always hungry
Cats are usually lean
Cats make giant furballs
Dog licks their balls
But the they both make us happy
When we return after a long day
From the trials and tribulation
Of that thing we call an occupation)
Half the planet over is in ruin in barista or plantation growers
Or major corporate density method.
Where once tea was the madness that we shared
Now coffee is the branch of chains
Like slaves rowing to a distant land
Locked synchronized we spend all alone
Maybe in huddles or meeting
Where poets and revolutionaries once demanded more.)
Walls that are composed from sandstone are eroded in time.
No coffee since Tuesday morning.
I am very tired. Fair to say I am thinking of nothing to write. I’m battling an addiction I didn’t know I had. Perhaps five cups of brewed coffee a day at most. I am tired and could’ve followed yesterday’s golden slumber from 3:30pm until 8:30pm. When most of the nation was preparing to head for home, family and dinner I drifted away.
Why building college? There isn’t anything to build. The conservatives will put a stop to any public building projects: that leaves private corporate enterprise when all the banks won’t lend.
I am in a strange paralysis which hopefully a triple espresso can shift?
That derrière is marble.
The Oreo invasion: we have our own biscuits. Fuck off back to the States!
May? Yep the weather says it all: sunny, but often windy and cloudy.
Just had a look at Revolution and had a very neutral interview. Not feeling it. Did what I could, without pleading!
Old flatmate: circa 2001. What was her name. Perfectly repulsive girl. Arrogant solicitor. Whatever happened to the New Zealand guy and the one who worked at Topman?
Julia Bradbury, the walking man’s crumpet, was in Icelandlast night sinking into a hot spring in a bikini…oh how I love to be doing the same. Iceland has everything in one place it seems. Crazy geological splender.
I have a cabinet filled with a number of tee-shirts and jumpers I will probably never wear again and a few items on hangers that sit there looking uncomfortable and unwanted. SF mentioned the orange quilted Chipie jacket I wore to every acid hazed event from 1989 to 1998, until it was literally worn out. It is sat there in my wardrobe reminding me of other times: fond and simple times.
Been in Leeds for 2 whole nights so far, a third tonight and a whole days work in a school on Friday. I’m looking forward to this as it’s more like what I want to do; I think?
Made an effort on the food front last night. Bought strong flour from Millies and created luxurious homemade pizza a la Leodis. Blanched asparagus spears, refreshed in cold water, slow baked santorini tomatoes, wilted rucula, buffalo mozzarella, rosemary and four cheese sauce as the base. Flawless. I offered one to Anthony, but he was off to get his helmet polished. They were so nice that I had both! All that bread! My word; gas?
Wow, body of marble. Every aspect a work of art, crafted from the whitest fault free calcite.
Stiff neck 3 days. Tension maybe.
4 pints at North bar: 1 Morehouse, 2 Bristol Port cider, 1 Odell’s ipa. Slowly winding down to zero.
The social fund owe me £17. Which should arrive by Friday or Monday. Very useful. Finally I will get my P45 from Millies on Friday. Got a feeling I am due a tax rebate. A large one.
It’s now been 2 hours since I left the flat. I’ve had lunch. But now I know I’ve got to move. I wish I could just chill somewhere: the flat is somewhere to sleep, eat, wash and be bored. I am infinitely bored.
Went to sainsburys picked up things for pasta tonight – portabello mushrooms, smoked bacon and, for tomorrow, breakfast juice.
Today is listing lists. They list heavily in Headingley like a spiraling bent tower of serialisms.
I am in the clock cafe in LS6; now known as LS6: A successful venture.
Cracking ass: first place.
Pete, and Colin and dog, Ringo, who dislikes black trousers. Actually attacked bad fitting black slacks. We were in hysterics: ‘keep your dog under control’. It’s such a small schlaffy. Miniature Schnauzer.
Beer for outer space. Schnapps of Tabasco.
I don’t want anti-semitism to become my tomb stone epitaph. I do accept everyone as an individual. But I can’t deal with the reality of belonging to something hereditary and self perpetuating or a club that pretends it has god given speciality. It is arrogant to forget we’re all in this existence together; we’re meant to overlook the larger community?
Shockingly hungover at 6am the result of over consumption of Kalms herbal sleeping tablets: 6 not 3 and an empty stomach. Threw up some yellow bile and lots of empty retching. Got to work on 50a in the outskirts of Kirkstall. Had to hold in the rising of my retching. Thought I’d have to get off early, but just managed to stay on the 20 minute journey. Those hungover journeys are some of the best of your life? Depends where you are heading I guess. I arrived with 20 minutes to spare, having first taken the wrong turn. It was the most impressive and clean environment I’d ever seen for a kitchen. Spotless. Satanically clean. I had some time to adjust to the menu for the day: fish and chips for tots: 20 miniature portions. By 7:50 I was hurling all my mouth into a spick and span porcelain toilet. Finally there was a little more yellow bile than the air I’d had before. And the stars in front of my eyes. That solved the first problem of the day. From then on I needed coffee. I felt so unprofessional in that state, I am glad I didn’t need a knife once; I’m sure I’d have cut myself freely. The combination of 3 pints of Cider, 6 Kalms and 4 hours sleep: not a great remedy for a long life! Coffee: 2 * instant teaspoons(life measured in coffee spoons) and on the path to that Friday.
The wind is gusting today, up to 70 mph, and it’s whistling through the trees, it’s fairly humid with it and in the distance I can hear the incessant wail of a car alarm.
My tax repayment claim is sent recorded delivery. I have £500 to come back to me from 2 years of overpayment. Very useful as I can pay off the credit card; the last debt I have since my bankruptcy in 2007. It would be great to have a level playing field if I am to earn this haphazard wage while working for the city council.
Interesting Saturday watched Kirk Deighton 2nd’s knock up 240 in the cricket in 45 overs. Dan, Nick with his son Cameron, Scott and co. Some ciders and some sandwiches. Big John hit 131(very efficient). We’re off again on Saturday. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon really.
I was going to hang about until Wednesday in Wetherby, but I now need to go to Leeds to cash my refund from the social fund. I’ve no desire to spend a single broken nights sleep at number 97 and I think I may be working quite regularly through Citigroup, so it would be better to sleep central.
Last night I made a very tasty roast chicken thigh meal, rice a la Uncle Ben’s. Cajun spiced and a lovely Butter Chicken sauce. Yum Yum…
Have no option but to return to Leeds to cash in the refund. I hate the new way this is run. You collect a ticket and fight over limited seating with selfish and rude foreign customers. There I was in a full house at the Post Office in the St Johns when a West African lady, large booty, shoved into the space between me and another customer. I declare to obnoxiously take that space from us both. I hesitated then spoke my mind, ‘You fat fucking bitch move your ass you dirty bitch hoe!’
Refugees? I don’t think there is a place more happy to welcome a weight of people who have taken all the menial work and reside in Starbucks from dawn to dusk in ethnic dress.
When did I last see Leeds as a prize? I think I used to enjoy it when I lived in Meanwood(2001) and in the Methleys Chapel Allerton(2003) and, more recently, Roundhay(2010). I can’t say the desolate canvas of 97 has been anymore than a place of favour for Glenn. I guess it as all helped him ‘own’ the flat he’s mortgaged to. A loud and perpetually empty space. Black kitchen furniture that is dirty, greasy and unloved by all persons since I stepped out in 2007; flapping fridge door, lost hob top knob, etc. Dusty red couched and loose floor tiles: ubiquity of laminate, rusting garden furniture and dead or dying yucca palms and bamboo that no Panda bear would find any nourishment in. A north facing balcony that sees sun for a month, but wind and squally rain all year round.
I fell for the trap of loans, credit, overdrafts and higher purchase with the promise of have now and pay later lifestyle. While my wage was scant enough to pay my debts I tried always to subsist within the luxury provided by numerous credit cards and loans while my take home was squeezed to an impossibly low level.
When I was asked to leave by Coors Brewers in 2003, due to my health issues, I had huge and unsupportable debts that made my overall state of mind worse and sent me into a real break down.
I started seeing a Counsellor and a Physiologist through Coors and Bupa, health care provided by work, in June and July 2003, we discussed the reasons for my declining mental state and it became apparent I was still fighting my dead father(deceased 2001).
Some constant pain and hatred in my memory was preventing me from living my limited and boring life without this constant sense my prime had been taken away from me by a very selfish and thoughtless man. I was in my 30’s and was already past my ‘best’ years. I had spent 1992 to 2001 listening to a constant stream of insults and anger directed at his estranged wife, my mother, and her new man. For 10+ years, more or less every day, I would call in to my father’s to go through the same circles of self pity and vehement anger. My life didn’t seem to feature in this landscape: I was the bottle neck or conduit for the fury.
Since my last course of CBT in 2009/2010 and the anti-D’s I have taken since then I don’t really care what my father did to me in those years: but I still think he was a wanker for overlooking me the way he did and I will never let a woman take away my mind the way my mother did in his case.
Bankruptcy was one of the steps of breaking away from the past. I reduced feel good debts to a court appearance and 6 years in creditary wilderness. I still have an Orange phone contract, but I wonder how long I will have that?
Life is certainly circumstantial and I truthfully believe in nuture not nature.
part 19 (Champion the Wonder Horse)
There is numerous separate problems that spread from Monday to Friday that are pushing me closer to alcohol oblivion at the weekend.
A job, a calm peaceful flat, something else in leeds, money and some mental relief.
Took to bed at 11:30 last night having taken beta blockers and Kalms. Unwound until around 12:30, but even with ear plugs in could hear the various sounds of this deafening abode. Laid turning over and over unable to turn off. Fear was in my head. However he returned along around 12:30 alone. Still I turned and rolled in a heightened state. My arms ached and pulsated. I couldn’t relax them. Must’ve slept at 2 or 2:30am. Then awoke at 6am and I am in the hazy post drugged sleep deprived state. I feel nothing except my body is stretching and yawning and wanting to return to sleep.
My earliest clear memory is being in an ill state. We lived up on the east cost in Easington, near Loftus, dad had a fish and chip shop, a Moscowvich van to carry stock, we lived in an old farm house next to the church at the end of the village and across from the post office. We had a large front garden and a goat and a back garden with chickens. The house had 3 bedrooms, a huge kitchen, and a large front room, the toilet/bathroom was at the front of the house and was a later addition. The house was at least Victorian, if not earlier.
I had a fever or something like flu I trembled and had cold/hot sweats. I recall having Champion the Wonder Horse on the TV, black and white with a dial to tune in the tv, it was a very terrible 1950’s cartoon made into a show: a children’s Western. I recall the images on that flickering screen being very bright which I think was a result of my heighten state not the TV. That theme tune has stuck in my head as the first clear memory. A boy, a horse and I also think a dog who together fought injustice and tyranny in the wild west. Terrible acting and concept, but somehow subliminal. I could sing the theme tune still. I think the sound of that theme tune helped me to recover some senses.
A rhythm of chops, shears, snips
Us women eating gristle and skin
Puckering with blood stained lips
A cuticle removed by rusting file
Rouge tinged cheeks hiding.
Why do we sleep? What does it do to our hopes and dreams? It always seems so hard to get, yet we find ourselves there in a second without our knowledge. I have always wondered when sleep comes; in which disguise.
While I lived with Glenn we went to Prague for a few days the first week of September. We arrived at the Czech Inn, our backpackers in Vinohrady, on a Tuesday evening around 10pm, having taken the usual bus and tram route from the airport. We were very excited to have ventured out on Jet2at such a handsome price, this is before budget airlines added lots of additional costs, and had only paid £50 return.
Once we’d chucked our baggage in the shared dorm on the 1st floor, quickly saying hi to our room-mates, we went down into the bar: we were followed down by an American in his 50’s who was also in our room. We needed food quickly as neither of us had eaten recently and I really wanted to take Glenn directly to VinárnaU sudu the labyrinthine bar I had discovered while staying in the Golden Sicklehostel all this years ago and then to Cafebar o2 the converted convenience I’d discovered on my most recent Visit.
I’ve visited Prague and the Czech Republic some 5 times between the time I went with Tom and mum for my birthday in 2001 and most recently while I worked in Sherwood forest at Edwinstowe 2008. In 2008 I spent 2 weeks travelling east around Moravia and south in Bohemia with a brief 2 nights either side in Prague.
Prague was quiet that first night, we got a Mcdonald’s from near or next to the church of St Ludmila in Vinohrady: a glorious brick built neo-Gothic cathedral positioned in the square Náměstí Míru.
Was bullied at primary and secondary school, dislike playlike banter and insults.
Reinforces feeling of inadequacy.
Being quiet won’t hurt.
I went to the Inkwell, part of Mind Leeds, in Chapel Allerton. Had a spot of food, coffee, listened to music and a little light comedy. Suddenly Felt I just had to leave. Had no one to talk to there. Same feeling of wanting to hide away. Didn’t want to look in the eye of anyone there. Just travelled back on 48. No idea why this palpitating keeps coming back. I am threatened by this end. Inkwell maybe does well for those knocking on heavens door. I might be closing in on that, but not yet: not right now.
Some of the artwork on display is genuinely brilliant. Some is half hearted. Some delicate sketches of bodies and a few in a post-impressionistic style.
I am en-route to Cornwall again. 3/4 months of slog and sun and sea too. Always a job needs doing in a tourist town. I’m bringing my stuff back from 97 on Friday. Will need to cancel bills before I retreat. Not such a bad thing. Moved to Leeds with promise from Millies. That went nowhere. Move on.
stick with me in this line.
long arm of the law line.
yard arm line.
a stitch in time line.
yard of ale line.
a bird in the hand is worth two in bush line
gules three lions passant guardant in pale or armed and langued azure line
shandy drinking puff line.
we’ve run out of bog paper line.
strictly political motive line.
put that in your pipe and smoke it line
pretty va-cant sounds like pretty va-cunt line.
why does tuna make me retch line.
and marmate is not for everyone line.
pukka food line.
4 and 20 blackbirds line.
just stop-starting line.
we always pretend line.
rum and lime line.
mar line(an australian pun).
cctv is an invasion of privacy line.
we have nothing to fear but fear itself line.
the far side of the line.
we’ll boycott the line.
not cricket line.
not for turning line.
alan turing line.
grand turismo line.
in time line.
a pretty ugly line
stop this crap about line.
i thought i was fine line.
help! we’re stuck next to an authentic a steel band line.
slightly bent line.
doppler line line.
stop playing that triangle line.
raisin’ hell line.
a.n. other line.
i need to stop before my nose bleeds line.
not always cottage cheese on your potato line.
just because it contains real fruit doesn’t mean its good for you line.
triple choc chip line.
a fine line.
come again line.
flesh out the interesting parts of my life line.
with ultrabrite, my teeth they are so white and so clean line.
we’ve changed the taste of coke line.
everyone died line.
burnt out wreak line.
the bbc news is nolonger on at nine line.
i heard it through grapevine line.
this is not a thoroughfare line.
this is my life line.
over the line.
this car alarm is absolutely useless line.
believe in islam, sign up to die line.
off the coast of peru line.
oh he’s such a nice boy line.
driven into frozen winter soil line.
what these lines!
the beatles and not the stones line.
chavs rounded up and then shot in line.
burberry – nuffsaid line.
you haven’t listened to a word i’ve said line.
we have no idea where line.
your loss is our gain line.
regime change line.
last twist of the knife line.
i’m beginning to get ‘it’ line.
this irony is the last line.
any old iron line.
‘Why, after I have cut the egg i’ the middle, and eat
up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. When thou
clovest thy crown i’ the middle, and gavest away
both parts, thou borest thy ass on thy back o’er
the dirt: thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown,
when thou gavest thy golden one away. If I speak
like myself in this, let him be whipped that first
finds it so’ line.
with the ends missing line.
lost in space line.
if i think like this just you wait til you see how i dine line.
1 more line.
just the 2 of us line.
3 is a magic line.
the holy hand granade of antioch line.
the beginning of the end line.
that old y2k line.
we’re now in line.
you doubt me line.
twenty times a day line.
is it bugging you yet line.
pull cord to inflate line.
just beyond east keswick turning and straight on line.
because the lady loves milk tray line.
samwise gamgee was gay line.
enough gold as i could eat line.
i like it that way line.
pink on the fringes line.
customers serviced line.
where did all the love go line.
i am just killing time line.
this shop is crap line.
you & me line.
this is the end line.
and it just fades away line.
leave you knives in your luggage line.
last game of life line.
off the mortal coil line.
Mum fell heavily on her knee while chasing the Harrogate to Wetherby 770 bus yesterday. I took snoops for a morning swim in the sluggish Wharfe. She’s laid up and canceling all her social occasions and suggesting she may need to venture to a&e. Her knee, although bruised and painful, won’t be broken as she’d be agonizing and be unable to walk on it? I have tried to talk her out of a long and unnecessary trip to Harrogate hospital.
I see that preschools now have a safety measure in place to prevent the kind of accident I had early in my school life. At Loftus Infants/pre school I put my right smallest finger in the space between the hinge and the door and had my finger split from tip to first join. It was my third or fourth memory, one may be false and a memory of my mothers I’ve assumed to be my own. I was rushed to a hospital to repair the vivid and deep wound. I recall the doctors made a decision not to use stitches or a thing they called a butterfly stitch. Whatever they did has left my right hand deformed with a tear like bulge that has foreshortened the final section of that digit. I look at it now in it’s dumpiness and recall the colour of the gashed skin: a deep purple. I was a child who’s finger was saved in time. I think that health and safety requirement in preschool is a useful one.
My second memory is our dog, a Red Setter called? Hmm… Sam. Almost forgotten! Getting run over escaping from our garden and coming to meet mum and me and Emma. I heard the screech of brakes, the simultaneous smell of burning tire rubber, the thud and yelp of surprise and pain, the wail of pity and desperate urgent need and then the terror struck moaning of my mother: we were a young happy family and that dog was a short part of our early life as a unit in Easington.
I’ve no idea who ran Sam over or how they felt in that instant. They maybe were dog lovers and suffered horrendous grief. Poor Sam, a giddy and reckless dog free with careless fun and adventure. He was put down.
Today is windy and torrentially wet, sweetly humid and carrying that smell I associate with summer storms: like a mighty night in July 1994 when it bucketed and sparked luminosity across the skies from 11pm until I had to rise for breakfast shift at 6am the Jarvis Hotel. People duck into Pret to hide the fury.
From February 1989 and West One, where we smoked cigars and danced to S-express, Tyree(awesome superdoupertrooper) chinos, tweed blazers and brogues. Thorough fair British Knights, Troop and Travel Fox; always Stussy and Nike Jordans. To the last days of The Mix circa May 1991 and Chipie brand legends. MC Spider, Sasha, Digweed and Tim ‘utah’ Garbutt. Used to sell knock off watches £20 a pop that Chinese mouse. Purple oms, strawberries, green or purple dragons, super-smilies, test-tubes, homemade and ridiculously strong The Wall, microdots, windowpanes, be very careful with white lightenings, sold in sticks of Wrigley’s spearmint, oh yeah. There isn’t a more satisfying feeling than the first warm glow of acid before it take full control of all your aural, oral and visual controls and reduces you to gibberish in the corner for 6 hours and more.
I was driven in a Vauxhall Cavalier to meet my destiny with fingering prints and mug shots to be questioned. I realize that someone at Wetherby high must’ve spoken to their parents about the burgeoning drug culture amongst the sixth form(mainly the upper sixth) and word maybe got to a the police to get along and speak to the culprits. To me being invited along for this interview was interesting and experimental: I didn’t let the weight of the event effect me perhaps as much as Id have liked with a bit more maturity. When they started recording interview, after I’d been in the cells for quite some time, it was like water breaking a dam: I could tell an adult why I took the drugs I did. My most naive confidence was a set of names and events: best friends and specific details that made taking acid so much fun. It’s best enjoyed in good positive company. I guess without wishing to bring a load of other people into the scene I inadvertently did. A who’s who of people I’d spent nights tripping were reeled off for the scribbling cop. I made up the persons’ we got the acid from, but didn’t shy away from a list of takers that maybe gave those policemen a lot of help with their investigations? I know this was a real mistake now, but I thought it was fun explaining the great times taken with LSD. I am truthfully ashamed and sorry to have caused the ripple that went through Wetherby all those years ago. It was shear stupidity to think ‘our’ talk would be taken the honest way it was.
The detritus of ‘Metro’, ‘Shortlist’ and ‘Stylist’ that follows me on my journey. Waste paper, discarded drinks cans, cola bottles, graffiti on the windows and chairs and the dusty, muddy faded seats. The crummy x98 with it’s fading purple seats and glum faced brutes. Paping thin wasting away with cracked and yellowed teeth and salt and pepper hair.
I ate all the Ben and Jerry’s the night before last and chucked 3 lemon puffs down my neck last night. Fighting my girth again. With boredom comes tidy tidbits cleared away in gusto.
My left leg is aching today, from the top of my calf muscle: feels a little dehydrated maybe a result of those two beers at North?
‘How do I look?’ said the peroxide blonde fake tanned bint to the highlight haired no. 7 tanned blinged 40 something. She replied, ‘hideous my little drag queen.’ Follow us to the end of the world now, please?
Pret is very busy at 1:31 on a Friday. I’m sat on the furthest corner with legions of women and just a couple of hopeful men. The chatter of snaring sharpened teeth, symbols of blood torn lust. Vengeful and vicious, viscose and varigated. Sticking together in duels and triples and quartets. What is there to discuss? Why must you always gossip? Your beauty tainted in paper thin transparencies illuminated by the dirty filthy basis of your discussion.
If I could bulldoze all the shops, cafés, restaurants, office blocks, cinemas, petrol stations: what would we have left? Monuments, churches, schools, facilities and many bemused individuals.
Fit to burst upon a plate
Messy basket and baguette
And an interlude I record
While consumptive old Rosie
Is, wrapped by benevolent booze,
Befriended once wouldn’t it be
Entente cordial and drink fearless
Into the daring poured afternoon.
Popped to the Nation of Shopkeepers for a couple of Weston’s Old Rosie and a chicken burger. Ran into Rachel who used to work in the Southwark Tavern. Seen her in there before and thought I recognized her, but couldn’t remember where from. Nice juicy breast, lush mayo and twice fried fries. She recalled my name, but I just couldn’t get hers. It was 2009 when I left Rotherhithe for Shropshire. Batteries gone, returned to move my stuff back to 42. Feels refreshing. Emma and I loaded her car. Need to return for a couple of items on Tuesday. My self same room since 1989 is full to the brim. Lots of nights safe and sound.
Nice to listen to The Fall on my Musical Fidelity pre/power amp and Mordaunt-Short speakers Mr Mark E. Smith and fix a redbush tea on this settling Friday night.
I still can’t stand the people who run bar thr3. If it wasn’t for Thatcher’s Katy, platinum blonde Lucy and a short list of options in Wetherby; I’d not even have my funeral there. The way Ron dresses down staff within hearing of the clientele. The music of choice is Rod Stewart singing covers, Barry Manilow somber sad ballads and Muzak on repeat skipping and stuttering on the multichanger.
Mum did damage her kneecap. Cracked, broken, busted, 6 weeks in a cast. Makes you wonder how many breaks we all have without investigating further? She’s now stuck. Unable to work the garden, walk the dog, do her little jobs, etc. She has to use a kermode and crawl up and down the stairs. I’m her gopher.
Saw the most one sided game Saturday. Man united out played and well beaten by skillful and creative Barcelona. Second half especially. 3 shots to 17. Nuff said. Relief. One less trophy for Alex Ferguson.
Little known fact. I’ve left the house to rain now the whole week: even if only slightly. Today is too much…plodding around the inngs with Snoops. Stop! I have my own personal cloud.
Somber music in bar thr3, saw Scott and Megan, +co., but music too dismal. Returned to New Inn.
1 pint, a packet of Quavers and back to read.
Quiet weekend, tomorrow is d day moving finally and sorting all the bills out.
I may just take a break from the blog, while I get on my next adventure. I think that I’m writing just for the sake of more postings
Every person in Wetherby discusses just three ‘very’ important things: the night before, the football and the weather. Cricket sometimes (sport in general). Desperate for regaling the crowd with sober recall of drunken spree the night before. And sport. Never ending judgements on footballers, teams, managers, etc. So what.
I am surrounded by bored individual with solitary braincells blowing in the breeze. If only I could just go and live a kind of truth the way I did in Croatia. Simple reality. Fact finding and soul cleansing.
WD maybe one of the shallow individuals I’ve ever met. I thought him alright until I saw his onemanship and his need to be the inner circle. Limited to flapping his wings against the window unable to move into his own light. He hopes to gather some spark to manifest a shine. I think he’s one of those kids who play up to bullies and become the right hand man. Just pander and dance.
9:38 99bus is the one containing all the OAPs. DG is on here looking fringe worthy.
Clothing hanging, arches making next to keystones and Yorkshire grit. Appended to house like folly building and face shaping. The sun mixing left with part clouds; driving into a bank on Wetherby Road, Scarcroft.
Those old men playing chess under in the shade of rowan trees in Split harbor and the young girl having a siesta in the afternoon sun on the bench next door: that is peace.
Coffee, Coffee and bakewell tart
A room flutters with chattering gnashers. Still 90% female. Occasionally single but most often paired. Discussions of method and protraction in temporary clasp. Between men and football and women and gossip I could never hear that crescendo again. Last night I heard a buzzing all night, couldn’t locate it at 1am. I wonder where that new sound came from?