French Cars, Yoyo’s and Chinese Burns

Did you go crazy for the crazes at your school? of course you did. Growing up in the 1970’s my school went through plenty of crazes, and I became obsessed with most if not all of them as they swept across the playground. Silly Putty was a strange silicon blob that came in a small…

“Here we go Again”

place: The Corn Exchange theatre, Newbury, 2018. “Here we go again. Here we go again,” the crowd bayed the name of their favourite song as they stamped their feet. imploring an encore. Back stage, his manager stuck his head round the dressing room door. “You gotta go back on and play it, Herb – they’re…

Zoo Club

As an eight or nine-year-old I was always making clubs. They were usually based on my passions of the moment – for example Spy Club was started after longing to be James Bond after seeing Diamonds are Forever, Space Club began in homage to Thunderbird 3’s celestial rescues and Airport Club took off after a…

The Witches of East Horsley

We can all think of books we read as a child that changed our lives, but aren’t these meant to be for the better?

Taste – A sinister short story

Buses were his first obsession. His earliest memories were of playing with the lead-painted toy Routemaster he received on his 5th birthday. Well, it was more engage with than play. Sure, the beloved model was steered around the right-angled edges of the mat on the floors of his parent’s house but without the random joyrides,…

Oh, Richard!

You can learn a lot from your cat when it demands food in the night. Much of it you’d rather not hear…

(Cargo) Ship Ahoy!

For someone who gets seasick in the bath and never puts salt on his chips, how did I fall for a cargo ship?