Notorious soldiers wore
black uniforms; separated
fathers, mothers, children,
brothers and sisters. They
had no mercy.

Prisoners interrogated;
Bodies disappeared one
by one;

I
was
lucky :

I had no feelings.


NaBloPoMo hugh??!!?  Crazy name but great idea.  Tomorrow is the official start of National Blog Posting Month.  The bloggers who have signed up have made a pact to blog every day during November. It’s a great way for bloggers to exercise their blogging muscles and get into the habit of posting on a regular basis.  Unless you are a professional blogger or a massive procrastinator, blogging everyday can be a challenge to fit in amongst the gazillion other things going in our busy lives.  Now is the chance to bend the rest of our lives around blogging.
You can find me here on NaBloPoMo.  I’m also a member of the read. write. poem. forum.

Sean had a nice radio spot this after on BBC CWR to promote our short film Wildfire (which I hope you have had a chance to view and vote for). You can listen to Sean’s interview here:

P.S. I haven’t quite mastered embedding podcast with wordpress, hence the hastily created podbean site to host the podcast of the show.

Enjoy (and vote)

3 weeks ago we made a short film, called Wildfire, for the Daily Telegraph/Ford Mondeo Short Film Challenge. There is £10,000 at stake, so we really, really need your votes. You must act quickly because the voting is only open for 2 weeks starting yesterday. Of course there is something in it for you too. When you register to vote you are automatically eligible to win a £2,000 home cinema system.

You can see the film by visiting http://fordfilmchallenge.telegraph.co.uk/site/ select the “View Entries� tab and select “Wildfire�, which is directed by our good friend Maxim Jago.

Please vote as soon as you can (and tell all your friends too).

We were young
We were soldiers
We were proud

To be serving in the
Forces that guarded
Our way of life

You taught us the Law
And we learnt it well

Our shaved heads
Glistened in the sun
Like a hundred sweaty peaches
As we recited the Law:

Sir! The Law
We are not human
We are beasts
And you made us beasts
We will not talk
We will not sleep
We will not eat
Without permission
We will only dress
Right dress right dress
Ready front!

The last line is
Cold steel
Stick it between the
Second and third rib
And twist!


Every now and then I browse the magazine racks to see if something catches my eye.  Today they fell upon the latest issue of the Avengers United.  Flicking through the pages sent me back in time.  I was twelve years old again sitting in my room wishing I could have a superpower. I never could decide whether I wanted to be super strong, super fast, or just plain cool like Spiderman.

Today has flown in a flurry of tasks as I attempt to straddle two worlds. My normal disorganized chaotic self versus my attempt at being a techno-hip organized member of society. The fact that I have been drowning in a sea of papers, half-read books, magazines and unopened mail has spurred this new found religious drive to be one of the task focused brigade. It’s 9 p.m. Normally I would be just starting to think to get ready for the course I’m delivering tomorrow down in London. Instead, my course notes are printed; my train tickets are bought. My shirt is ironed and my shoes are shined. I have even checked the tube lines to see if there are any closures. I still have a long way to go to get really organized, but I think I’ve made a fair start.

Imagine what it will feel like to be part of…

‘Gambia 2008 – The Ultimate Personal Development and Contribution Experience’ (Proudly organised by UK registered Charity WYCE)

Learning and growing massively as an individual whilst making a huge difference to the lives of people within the

Gambian community where you will be staying for the duration of the programme.

An experience so powerful that it will positively impact your outlook for the rest of your life……….


Begin to appreciate the enormous sense of achievement you will experience from being part of a programme that challenges you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Be curious about what will excite you most about sharing time within a culture that provides you with new deep insights about the nature of what it is to be human.

Imagine how you will experience the privileged opportunity of supporting a Gambian village that needs our help.

Anticipate the benefits that you will gain from immersing yourself in working closely with four of the UK’s leading experts in the field of personal and professional development. Look forward to experiencing inspired training, mentoring and coaching from masters who have dedicated their lives to helping people like you to experience and achieve more of what you want and deserve. (Find out more)

We had another fabulous night of poetry at the Pure and Good and Right open mic session.  The guest poet was Simon Lee with a cameo appearance by Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate, Matt Windle.  I attempted to broadcast the event live on the Internet of which some of you may have seen.  The video quality was suspect (do to bandwidth and all) but the audio came across OK.  If you missed the open mic and want to get a taste of the event, you can find clips on my ustreamTV broadcast station.  Check it out.

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