Living in fantasy

Everywhere you go on the web there is fantasy. Unreality, disguised as its opposite.Computer games where make believe tanks blow up others in a cartoon belch of fire. Sexual fantasies fueled by man’s never-ending itch. They all remind you of the best fantasy story ever told, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Alarmingly, fantasy away fromContinue reading “Living in fantasy”

A Hero’s Welcome

The cartoon drawn by Vancouver artist Pia Guerra touched my heart, and millions of others when she published it on Twitter in the wake of the Florida mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  last week. She couldn’t sleep the night after the carnage, so she began to draw.        And at 6 a.m. she drew oneContinue reading “A Hero’s Welcome”

Thank you for the days, Jimmy

Jimmy Armfield died last Monday.Cancer did it, as it will for many of us. Born in Denton, Manchester, he was evacuated to Blackpool at the start of WW2, lived in one room in a guest house with his mam and his siblings, and later became a Blackpool footballer. An attacking full back, he played withContinue reading “Thank you for the days, Jimmy”

Sing if you’re glad to be May

Hey ho Elton John looks as much like a tennis superstar, as does Billy Jean King like a rock’n’roll legend.Neither look like gays.Yet both brought amazing talents to our world. My word.Yet here we are in the 21st Century and there are still people who think homosexuality is a God given curse! Just Sing ifContinue reading “Sing if you’re glad to be May”

I’ll get by with a little help from my friends

Well done Sir Ringo Starr!My mother was a friend of the Nicoli family, and I remember she returned from Fabio Nicoli’s funeral in 1977, where she met your first wife.Fabio had designed one of the Beatle’s album covers. What do I do when my love is away?Does it worry you to be alone?Yes it doesWeContinue reading “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends”

Good luck Carlos Carvalhal

Good luck Carlos Last week a terrific coach was sacked by my team’s owners, Sheffield Wednesday. The reason, always  was results. Whether politics, business, or football, you’re often judged on short term results. I worked for many years in retail, where yesterday’s sales numbers are vital. Long term success isn’t part of the equation. It’sContinue reading “Good luck Carlos Carvalhal”

So this is Christmas

My darling son37 years ago today you were born at UCH.Let’s hope the anniversary is a good one, without any tears.I cried a few when I first realised that I’d forgotten that today was the day.John Lennon and you are linked forever.Because of my affinity with the Beatles in particular, and Lennon in particular, IContinue reading “So this is Christmas”