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Connectedness

Connectedness In my dream I am running and I fall over, my body turns into curvy lines like the contours on a map. Slowly I begin to dissipate into the ground as my limbs become the branches of trees and my still heart sinks deep into the earth. I have been motionless on a motorway […]

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Are we turning Purple?

Its not easy to turn a country Purple. We are told that Blue mixed with Red would make Purple instead it often ends up as a dark sludge. It depends on how much Green and Yellow is in your Blue and how much Yellow and Orange is in your Red. When the colours Red and […]

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The Fallen

On July 1st a hundred years ago at 7.20am the first whistles were blown down the trenches at the Somme. Men and boys emerged to a hail of flying lead as the barrage had not wiped out the German defences as their incompetent leaders had promised. Relentlessly for 141 days they died and suffered in […]

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Control Freaks

I’m living in a world heritage site called Saltaire built by Titus Salt a Victorian mill owner. The workers houses, church, park and hospital were all built from the profits of weaving cloth. A kind of utopian Bangladesh with Orwellian overtones. The model village is now dominated by Pace a company that weaves cables around […]

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Word of mouth…

My six month tour of duty in the play of the book Birdsong is ending and the most pleasing aspect of it’s success has been the ‘word of mouth’ as we say in the theatre. In 1914 the word of mouth was that there was no chance of war however the human carnage of battles […]

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Buurtzorg…how to balance the books

It was quite strange to be outed and featured as a Labour supporter in the Guardian and Stage newspapers. And in the Daily Express. I am not sure whether my working life as an Actor, Blue Peter man or volunteer Chief Scout will resonate with the undecided voter but ever since I spent a few […]

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