Blood Snorts

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“Yes, I’m a writer.  Cross me at your peril.  I don’t understand the reason for your childish display of mirth, or the signs of low intelligence and poor vocabulary.  You should be careful my friend… My words are my rapier.   I can dip my pen into a pot of creative vitriol at will.  I can… Read more.

He’s A (Rebel) Writer

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“Imogen… this is Gavin… he’s a writer…” “Oh reeeally…” “Yeh…” “What sort of writer?” “I’m usually described as a writer’s writer… though most people tend to deify me as a cult incarnate; an uncompromising maverick… they think I’m hewn from a unique amalgamation of styles on the margins of the acceptable… they see me as… Read more.

A Novel Idea

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“What’s my new novel called?  Well, it’s the one with the long, windy enigmatic title apropos of nothing that is cynically designed to intrigue you with its hidden depths while you’re casually browsing in Waterstones but is really just a quick cash in on similarly-titled novels that have gone on to win awards and are… Read more.

The Ambition Thing

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How Is Yours Holding Up? Ambition is a complex word… it embodies an intangible; there is something of the night in its attribution – as if to find it in your DNA is to have discovered a defective gene in your mental make-up.  This is less about the presence of ambition but more about the… Read more.

Is This The Ugliest Little Word There Is?

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Mob… It’s only three letters and one syllable – but this brevity perfectly reflects the intrinsic knee-jerk reaction; the unthinking, often instantaneous urge for retribution that mob action entails.  It can be the unsavoury result of the endgame of both slow-burn or incendiary emotion but the fall-out remains the same. Mob is the short word… Read more.

The Like Virus

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 As if the austerity cuts, frequent storms, seasonal stress factors and the crisis in A&E have not produced enough of a strain on the populace of Britain… a government spokesman has identified the rise of an insidious epidemic among the young that threatens to spread unchecked to other defining social groups and demographics. The so-called… Read more.

The Three Salty Pillars Of Our Vocabulary

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IF the currency of communication was distilled down into its base(st) elements then three words/phrases would comfortably vie for the dubious distinction of podium positions.  If these three pillars of contemporary wisdom – incorporating commonality, curse, communion, confrontation and conversational comfort blanket – were committed to an instructional Government poster they could be hung on… Read more.

Ghost in the Machine -The Easter Rising

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Profoundly depressing thought of the day: As a vaguely functioning copywriter… some days I feel my words are about as valuable as a good script in an HD porn movie. Raising the ded … It’s time for another loosely-linked grumble/ramble through the life of the writing outsider.  A Gramble?  Another paean to the ranks of… Read more.

Between Love And Madness…

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Perfume is a product to sell via advertising much like any other.  However, it also brings special challenges that make it a process with unique propositions and creative opportunities.  It’s a demanding task matching the intangible to the indefinable in the pursuit of the illusionary.  That so much hasn’t risen to these demands is both evidence of the… Read more.

Andrex Strikes A Bum Note

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Not content with showing us their puppies Andrex is getting down to the nitty-gritty of dietary fibre and how the nation wipes.  The latest attempt to inveigle brand awareness into the last few nooks and crannies of everyday life that remain untouched is ultimately a non-(t)issue of false hysteria. The numbest of bum steers. Showing… Read more.