The Anti Slam: How Crap Poetry Taught Me the Point of Spoken Word

A few weeks ago I got an offer to be a part of something really fun. “How would you like to do the Anti Slam, a competition where poets stand up in front of judges and, instead of trying to do the best  they can, they try to be laughably, gloriously shit and lose”. “Easy!”Continue reading “The Anti Slam: How Crap Poetry Taught Me the Point of Spoken Word”

The Real Life Mr. Hanky: Barcelona’s Christmas Poo

As it’s the festive season and all that, I thought I’d show you something really strange I found in Barcelona last summer. El Caganer, literally translated as “the crapper”, is a Christmas character who’s been part of Catalan culture for over 400 years. He’s often depicted as a peasant, wearing his traditional Catalan red hatContinue reading “The Real Life Mr. Hanky: Barcelona’s Christmas Poo”

“You Can’t See the Wood for the Yellowy Nylon”: A Fluorescent Jacket Too Far…

Is it just me or are there far too many fluorescent jackets everywhere you go? I work part-time in a primary school and whenever we take the kids out on a trip they all have to be wearing that most beloved of health and safety uniforms. First of all, why on earth they need toContinue reading ““You Can’t See the Wood for the Yellowy Nylon”: A Fluorescent Jacket Too Far…”

The Dark and Sinister Truth About Justin Bieber

I write this in fear that I may be assassinated, for I am truly the definition of a man who knows too much. But I have no choice but to continue! A sense of moral conviction urges me to reveal to the world the dark truth I’ve learned about Justin Bieber. You’ll find one ofContinue reading “The Dark and Sinister Truth About Justin Bieber”

Review: Jibba Jabba 25/07/13 @ The Cumberland Arms

It’s about 30 degrees and I’m crammed in a crowded, darkened room. The sweat is pouring from my face into a puddle on the floor and we’re all listening to a woman with tarot cards explain a mysterious Hindu proverb. You’d be excused for thinking I’m in the Far East, but I’m not. I’m justContinue reading “Review: Jibba Jabba 25/07/13 @ The Cumberland Arms”