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The Black Dragon – Fakes, Frauds and Kentucky Fried Chicken

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That is a photo of one of my childhood heroes. Count Juan Raphael Dante. Martial arts master, founder of The Black Dragon Fighting Society, voodoo priest and alleged bank robber. He came to fame in the 1960s by posting adverts like this in the back of American comic books : Read More…

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Football Crazy, Football Mad –  Why Footballers Get Paid So Much And Aren’t Called “Nobby” Anymore

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When I was a kid, back in the 1970s, footballers were called things like “Chopper” and “Nobby.” The “Choppers” were solid men. Walls of meat almost entirely immune to injury and pain. The “Nobbies” of the football world were nippy, sinewy types. They were cobbled together out of elastic bands and kneecaps and consequently also immune to injury and pain. Read More…

Get Out! – Why Some Homosexuals Shocked Me Back In The 1980s And How I Recovered From It

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That is the first school photo ever taken of me. I was four years old. My mum was a huge fan of Liberace. You can tell can’t you? Read More…

Namers Gonna Name – Why New Parents Shouldn’t Deliberate Too Much About What To Call Their Children

 

Back in the 1970s, Billy Connolly wrote a song called “Talkin’ Blues (What’s In A Name?)” Here it is in its entirety: Read More…

The Creativity Vortex – Some Thoughts On Writing Brought To You By Harper Lee And Carl Douglas

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Everyone who writes for a living- or even just as a hobby- inevitably ends up locked in a cycle. That cycle is a cycle of thought, and it goes something like this: Read More…

John Wayne Is Big Leggy – How To Re-Invent Yourself Using Celebrities As A Template

“It’s never too late to be the person you could have been”. Yeah okay, it’s a bit twee as sayings go, but there’s a great deal of truth in it. Read More…