Festive fun

At this time of year I take seasonal work writing jokes for Christmas crackers… What’s the difference between a commuter and an athlete? One races for a train, the other …

Riddle-me-ree

My first is in ransacked and also in violence, My second’s in apathy but not in silence, My third is in victim and also in dumbed, My fourth’s in poverty …

The unfunniest joke in the world

Scene: the crowded waiting room in a hospital’s overstretched, understaffed A&E department. Every few minutes the receptionist calls people to the treatment rooms over the public address system. “Huw Janus to …

Grim pills progress

In case anyone’s wondering, my blogging output has been low recently because I’m working on a book. It’s a commission, there’s a concept (not mine, the publisher’s), a target word count …

Pluralism

“Look at those sheeps!” cried Josie from the back of the car. “Hmm…sheep…one of those words where the plural is the same as the singular,” I said, trying not to …

Limerick time!

“Ain’t it time you wrote a blog, Dic?” Asked my mate (well-meaning but thick). “You’re quite right,” I sighed, And sat down and tried. The outcome is this limerick. But …

Ad hoc ad-lib

Is it possible to sit at a keyboard with no preconceived subject matter and spontaneously type out a readable article? Difficult, but achievable if you can you hold readers’ attention …

Cardiff The Biography

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally in print. Can I call myself a writer now? Cardiff The Biography is a 225-page paperback, published by Amberley Books at £16.99 and available …

Help!

What happens when you cross the ancient Welsh poetic form, Cynghanedd, with the traditional Japanese poetic form, the Haiku? And what strange hybrid emerges if you then insolently disregard the …

Limericks

Who doesn’t enjoy a limerick? The five-line structure with its AABBA rhyming, guaranteed brevity, metric rhythm and here-it-comes punchline is the only poetic form left in the English language to retain …