Category Archives: Matter

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Captain Tom

Captain Tom He raised thirty million for the NHS, Walking round his garden in his Sunday best. With a spring in his step and a song in the charts, He lit up the lockdown And won our hearts. He found … Continue reading

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Red Ribbon Winner

“A wonderfully eclectic set of poetry written by a very talented poet. A RED RIBBON WINNER and highly recommended.” The Wishing Shelf Book Awards If you were a clownfish, swimming languidly and contentedly amongst the anemones on a coral reef, … Continue reading

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Coronaverse

A deadly virus sweeps the world, forcing many into lockdown. The lives of ordinary people are changed forever. At times irreverent, at times absurd, at times sombre, but at all times Coronaverse is an honest (okay, harebrained) attempt to find … Continue reading

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Granny Cradock Cooks For Christmas

This short video was produced during a StrikeUp Theatre comedy workshop for the over 70s using Zoom. The premise is as follows: The BBC plans to devote a special night of programming to Christmas nostalgia, including a remake of ‘Fanny … Continue reading

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Dear Rishi

With the UK on course to borrow around £400bn in 2020 and with the cost of financing our burgeoning national debt threatening to make tax rises more likely, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, proposed a controversial cut in overseas aid. Actually, … Continue reading

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In the Bleak Mid-lockdown

As Christmas 2020 approached, France shut its UK border amid fears of a new coronavirus variant, causing mayhem for supply chains across Europe. Nearly 4000 vehicles were held at a temporary lorry park at Manston Airport, while around 800 were … Continue reading

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Leadership and the Tipping Point

Presented with the example of high-profile leaders (such as Donald Trump for example), how do we define good leadership qualities? What we see with Trump is conviction, perseverance and decisiveness. And, on the face of it, these are all admirable … Continue reading

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Coronaverse

When I get bored in lockdown, And feel my patience ebb, I gossip with a spider I discovered on the web. I try to do some yoga (But cannot cross my legs), Make castles out of loo rolls, Draw faces … Continue reading

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No U-turns!

How much credibility can a government retain when it makes so many U-turns, careering from one crisis to another, lurching from one populist headline to the next, equipped with nothing but the flimsiest of straplines and slogans for brakes?

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Pandemic? Don’t panic! (Lies, damned lies and statistics)

With a second wave of fearmongering now being orchestrated by the mainstream media, a bizarre fraud of staggering proportions is starting to come to light. A prominent feature of the daily Downing Street press conferences during the lockdown was the … Continue reading

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