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Shipping Forecast

Shipping Forecast

Sunset Scarlet ibis glide in to nest for the night as the swamp breathes a sigh of relief Breathes Bamboo boatmen slide out from under the house stilts to scavenge for not yet rotted flesh reciting the ancient rhyme: “Visibility poor…”   First performed at the...
Reverse Gear

Reverse Gear

In his eye-opening book ‘Sapiens’, Yuval Noah Harari highlights a fateful distinction: “Since most masculine and feminine qualities are cultural rather than biological, no society automatically crowns each male a man, or every female a woman. Nor are...
‘Street Piano’

‘Street Piano’

On Saturday 2nd June I was the first to play Street Piano in support of the next Bridport Soup this autumn.  A 15 minute medley of Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller – just getting into my stride when my time was up! “We hope to decorate the piano...
Vein Doctor

Vein Doctor

My 2016 began with major surgery.  And ended with a song to my surgeon, without whose consummate skill I wouldn’t be singing today…    Introduction (sung to the tune of ‘O sole mio’) Nick Lagattolla, so dear to me Consultant surgeon from Italy slits...
Brexit Review

Brexit Review

(sung to a tune by Lionel Bart borrowed from ‘Oliver!’)   We’ve still got some sense, haven’t we? sit on the fence, haven’t we? And though outsiders think that we’re always so sane and straight laced we’re finding it hard to head out through that exit...