Ian Pople

My Coronadiary 24/03/2020 – Lockdown Lite

To set the scene, it’s 3pm and I’m lazing in my garden, resplendently attired in speedos and silk kimono whilst basking in the sunshine like an albino elephant seal that’s just broken into Liberace’s boudoir. I suffer from insomnia during normal “sleeping” hours, so working night shifts has really messed with my head. I now …

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Don’t Let Enforced Downtime Become Enforced Down Time

I wish I had loads of hilarious shelf-stacking anecdotes after my first night shift at Morrison’s, but because everyone was so busy from the minute we started work at 10pm to the final whistle at 7am, nothing of note happened apart from lots of hard graft. Nothing apart from on arrival that is. I waited …

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COVID-19 – The Indiscriminate Assassin

During one of my final (normal) appointment’s yesterday (Friday 20th March) I had the privilege to speak with an overworked intensive care doctor. I won’t post what he told me about COVID-19 as we should all try and remain as positive (but vigilant) as possible. However, his words regarding the pathology of this virus were …

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The REAL Reason Why Springsteen’s “Western Stars” Is So Great

I adore Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen; I love his music and I respect him immensely as a person. However, in choosing “Western Stars” as my album of the year, I now have a problem… how to review it! You see, I’m just a “normal” fan and Bruce is one of the few artists whose obsessive followers …

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Sticks & Stones Might Still Break Our Bones, But Now The Words Are Killing Us

I’ll start by saying that I had no real affinity for Caroline Flack. I rarely watch Strictly Come Dancing, have never watched Love Island, and only discovered who she was due to the press and social media coverage about her forthcoming assault trial. But, because of my firsthand battles with the black dog, her back …

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