Ulysses abridged

With apologies to James Joyce (1882-1941) and Homer (c750BC-c650BC) Yes Blooms is open again after that fire got a decent bookshop aye O I saw yours there reduced to clear …

If I ruled the world

With apologies to Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel (1924-2011) – and not forgetting Harry Secombe (1921-2001) ♫ ♫ ♫ If I ruled the world Fascist pigs from every lamppost would …

Blew it

“What the hell is that terrible, anguished wailing noise?” I said to my companion at the remote self-catering cottage near Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (sic), where I’ve been taking a well-earned break from …

Destined for landfill

I’ve written some limericks before, And admit their reception was poor, But, that notwithstanding, They’re so undemanding I’m entitled to do a few more. The format owes much to E. …

The gathering

They were all there… ♫♫♫ Paddy O’Hare and Billy McGrew And Mick O’Flaherty too, Tramadol Tess, Big Matt and Big Liz, Bigs Ron, Craig, James and Andrew, Big Chrissie, Big …

Poetry Corner

On the retirement of Carwyn Jones With apologies to E.J. Thribb (aged 17½) and his organ So. Farewell Then Carwyn Jones, You were the Third person to be First Minister …

Mutant

Recently, to the annoyance of everyone I encounter and for reasons I struggle to explain, I have developed the habit of applying the Welsh language system of initial consonant mutations …

Steelworks sonnet

Over the years my dear friend and neighbour Beth Clarke has raised thousands for the ‘Better Life’ appeal supporting the building of the much-needed All Wales Cystic Fibrosis Centre at …

Back from the dead

Will I ever write again? Am I even capable of writing any more? Sitting at a keyboard concentrating and articulating and organising thoughts is a daunting prospect. When I was …