9/11 – Why Gods Aren’t Great

As an atheist, people sometimes ask me why I hate god. The answer is easy: I don’t. I can’t hate something that doesn’t exist, but I do hate the lunatics who torture, maim and kill in its many names. Lunchtime in the Virgin Records offices where I worked was a surreal experience on 11th September 2001. Along …

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Hey Kids! Exams Are The Failures, Not You

The exam results silly season is upon us. I keep hearing horror stories in which children are suffering from severe mental strain because of the pressure to achieve. As a parent, I find this heartbreaking. Life is only just beginning for these youngsters and they should enjoy every waking minute, but the burden to perform …

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Goodbye Salary, Hello Freedom!

  On 1st August 2019,  I’m leaving the world of employment to set up a freelance sales agency. Combining over thirty years of sales experience with a passion for writing, I also have ambitions to become a copywriter. As part of my master plan, I’m now in the middle of a Copywriting Diploma. I owe a …

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Old Fart For Hire Or Rent

After spending nearly a year with Mrs Bridges (and her preserves, marmalades, chutneys, curds, mustards, relishes, and mayonnaise) we are divorcing. Sadly, unlike Bob Marley, we really weren’t jammin’ and therefore, from 1st August, I’ll be back out on the pull. Let me start as I mean to go on. I don’t have a doctorate, …

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Is Danny dire?

Prince Harry seems to be a decent chap and Meghan is a very hot fine actress, those two aside I have little enthusiasm for the Royal Family. Danny Baker also seems to be a decent chap. He’s funny, smart, inventive and a huge music buff. He’s also a football lover, a very readable journalist, a …

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My Colonoscopy: A Gut-Wrenching Tale Full Of Twists And Turns

At 9:00 this morning (3rd May 2019), my wife, Rachel, gleefully inserted a long plastic tube into my anus along with what seemed like a vat full of potent, fast-acting fluid. Why? I hear you ask. No, it’s not the weird West Country sex-game some of you are imagining; today is my Bowel Cancer Screening …

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2018 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year

In an annual tradition rapidly taking on as much importance as the Queen’s Christmas Message, remembering to remove the plastic bag containing the turkey giblets, and avoiding Mrs Brown and her Boys until they’ve all been imprisoned on a remote Scottish island without any form of communication, I bring you the first instalment of The …

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Don’t Just Sit There – Say Something!

Below is an article I originally posted on my Facebook page. Writing it was a cathartic exercise and, due to its intensely personal nature, I thought long and hard about whether I should publish it at all. I’m so glad I did, as the response was overwhelming. The most wonderful thing is that a few …

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2017 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part Two: 10-1)

So here we are then, the ten best albums of 2017 as decided by the sole judging panel that is The Acoustic Egg Box. It was great to see new acts like Bette Smith and Childhood releasing music that bodes well for their future success, an outfit as hard-working and talented as Stone Foundation FINALLY …

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2017 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part One: 20-11)

And so, without further ado and after many hours of turmoil, sleepless nights and long conversations with myself, I present for your delectation (and dismay no doubt), the first half of this year’s prestigious Acoustic Egg Box Album’s Of The Year for 2017. I’ve based the chart on nothing more than my own exceptionally good taste …

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