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  1. THE STATE OF PLAY



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    Let me break the news to those who haven’t awakened yet to the terrible reality of politics. There is no Left or Right anymore. There is just the craven lust for power and to keep the globalists happy in their bid to create a New World Order. By the way, this vision of an Utopian world may not include you or I, unless we make a heap of money rather quickly.

    Of course the Left Wing Parties will still campaign on the pitch that they’ll raise taxes so that us little folk will get looked after but after they’re elected the bundle made out of increased taxes won’t trickle down to us but will be squandered on incompetence, stupid decisions, and their campaign to be re-elected.
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    Updated 7th November 2016 at 01:54 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  2. BOBBY DARIN AND THINGS (like a walk in the park)

    Bobby Darin sacrificed himself to entertain us. Public adulation gave him life through one vein as much as it took from another. Once you’ve awakened that sleeping beast it can never be conquered – only lived with until that fateful day when your body becomes still from the exhaustion of hanging on too long.
    Bobby now sits at a table with Hank Williams and they discuss loneliness and lost highways that bring you to nowhere. Oh Father where is art in thou heaven? And why did you allow us to break our backs working in the fields only to have our crops contaminated by the ignorance of others?
    Strike me down for uttering the truth.
    Strike me down with the pain of living it.
    Strike me down with the regret that I could’ve ...

    Updated 18th October 2016 at 09:45 AM by Rob Greaves

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  3. RAY’S LAST STAND



    Ray Macky sat at a table for one. He was used to it by now. It wasn’t like the old days. In those days it had been tables for two, or four or twenty-four. He’d been wildly popular in his younger days. In those times he thought it’d been due to his personal charm but now looking back from the cruel vantage point of having lived too long he saw it for what it was – he’d had success and that’d brought truck loads of money in its wake. He must’ve wined and dined every opportunist in town and even married some of them. He’d enjoyed the crème de la crème of the beautiful and sexy who were, at their hearts, the very worst of humanity. Had he learned anything ...

    Updated 12th June 2016 at 01:16 PM by Blain Crellin

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  4. OWN

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    I’ve never understood you

    But then again, I don’t understand me

    I got caught up in a tide

    That swept me out to sea

    All I ever wanted

    Was a place to call my own

    To find my way home

    But I always wake up here

    On my own.

    Words & Artwork (c) Frank Howson 2016



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    Updated 16th May 2016 at 01:46 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  5. THE RELUCTANT LEAVING (Dedicated to P.F. Sloan)

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    You say you’re leavin’
    And you know it ain’t fair
    Every day I wake unto this world
    I’m gonna hurt that you’re not there
    But God knows best
    And God is good
    If you believe in Him
    Tonight I wish I could
    We said our goodbyes
    And now we can’t take ’em back
    The last time I saw your smiling face
    We didn’t see the sky turn black
    We laughed too loud
    And hugged too long
    You saw the best in me
    Even when I was wrong
    You’ve been cryin’
    ’cause you don’t want to go
    And I’ve been lyin’
    Pretending I didn’t know
    Now all the days of my life
    All the days of my life
    I’m gonna be grieving
    ...
  6. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS



    Political Correctness has pretty much killed humour. There are now whole areas of human behaviour and difference that can no longer be commented upon lest one risk the chance of being blacklisted. No pun intended. I was brought up to believe Senator Joe McCarthy was a bad man. But, ironically, his ghost is alive and well and seemingly stronger than ever.

    There was one comedian, or social commentator, Lenny Bruce, who literally paid with his life for daring to push down the walls of conservatism by shining a spotlight on the absurdity and hypocrisy of it all. His legacy survived for a few decades and passed the torch onto such comedians
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    Updated 30th October 2015 at 01:02 AM by Mick Pacholli

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  7. SHEK-O BEACH





    It had been 50 years since Bill Cassell had set foot on Shek-O Beach in Hong Kong. He was still a young man when he’d walked onto these sands all those years ago. Although well preserved he’d lost along the way all those things that define you as a young man – ambitions, dreams, hope, confidence and the infinite belief that everything would work out for the best. Now he stood on this empty beach clinging to his last remaining hope. A hope so thin and futile he felt ashamed at how pathetic he’d become in his old age.

    50 years ago on this beach he’d been stopped by a young Chinese girl selling hats. He’d looked at her and everything
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  8. R.I.P



    Killed by the slow moving internet connection.
    Killed by the small print.
    Killed by the waiting.
    Killed by the people who never showed up.
    Killed by the opportunities lost.
    Killed by never being fully understood.
    Killed by the loss of parents.
    Killed by the orphanage.
    Killed by never finding your way home again. .
    Killed by too much false love.
    Killed by too many people asking how you are but not wanting the answer.
    Killed by being too honest.
    Killed by too many battles fought alone.
    Killed by reading between the lines.
    Killed in your sleep.
    ...
  9. EULOGY FOR ALEX SCOTT





    The most precious things in the world are those things that are irreplaceable in our lives. We are gathered here today to say farewell to one. Irreplaceable in his talent. Irreplaceable in our hearts. Irreplaceable in his truth. There’s a lyric in a Jackson Browne song that says, “Does it take a death to learn what a life is worth?” No. Not in this case. I think we were all aware at every stage just what Alex Scott was worth in our lives. I will miss that golden voice that could even make the reading of the telephone book sound profound. I will miss his shining talent that I was honoured to have witnessed in full flight. But most of all ...
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  10. IN DEFENCE OF GOD



    Imagine, if you will, eternity in darkness, with darkness all there is in front of you. That was God’s lot in life. Those of you who’ve experienced short periods of meditation may be able to grasp just how chilled and cool God is. Sometimes His mind can wander for centuries. He apologises profusely for any inconvenience this caused during the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades.

    Anyway, at some point during an eternity of darkness and nothingness, God got really bored. Really bored. So bored He created stars. Diamond pinholes in eternal night. Some of them he gave names to like DeVinci, Beethoven, Lincoln, Chaplin, Welles, Tesla, Bell,
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  11. MY FAVOURITE BOOKS LIST



    A friend asked me to pick my 10 fave books of all time. The 10 best of anything is a hard ask but here’s goes. I have chosen those 50 books that moved me the most and had the biggest influence.

    1) THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    2) GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens.
    3) THE DISENCHANTED by Budd Schulberg.
    4) THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde.
    5) NODDY IN TOYLAND by Enid Blyton
    6) A LIFE by Elia Kazan.
    7) CRAZY SUNDAYS – F. SCOTT FITZGERALD IN HOLLYWOOD by Aaron Latham
    8) CHRONICLES by Bob Dylan.
    9) THIS IS ORSON WELLES by Orson Welles & Peter Bogdanovich.
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    Updated 23rd April 2015 at 01:33 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  12. LIFE OF THE ARTIST

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    It’s a Spartan life. Simple days amidst the complexities of Art. You will learn to observe everything because you're always in search of material and the next inspiration.

    You will see pretenders drive past you in limousines on their way home to mansions, but don't be envious of the poor in spirit. Their hardships will come in other areas. No one gets out of this life without scars of some kind.

    When the money comes you will be generous to a fault, but when it doesn't you will live like a monk. That will give you the gift of solitude and reflection that will enlighten your work. Sometimes you will feel like a machine. A pulsating, deeply caring but hurt, piece of machinery ...

    Updated 19th January 2015 at 03:27 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  13. THE SHIP OF FOOLS

    There’s a boy out there tonight
    And he’s lonely like me
    He’s got a crowd in his head
    And he’s lost at sea
    Let’s drink to the farmers
    And the wealthy men too
    Let’s drink to the women
    And the sad things they do
    All aboard son we’re sailing
    Far away from these bar stools
    Disrespect must be paid
    On the ship of fools
    There’s a girl I remember
    Her name’s Alice Dupont
    But she got lost between needs
    And the things that I want
    Let’s drink to the pirates
    And the losers like me
    Let’s drink to dear Alice
    Who is glad to be free
    All aboard son we’re sailing
    Far away from these bar stools
    Where insanity rules
    On the ...

    Updated 1st October 2014 at 06:32 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  14. CREATE, DON’T DESTROY

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    When I look around at the world today and all its problems, the words of the Indian mystic Sai Baba comes to mind. He once said, “if you take your ego out of the situation, you suddenly see things objectively and solutions to problems become apparent.”
    Another root to problems is ignorance. The cause of racism is ignorance. Because we don’t understand something it gives birth to fear. And fear’s brothers-in-law are anger and hate.

    I was lucky enough to be a child of the 60s and arguably experienced the greatest decade ever of music. All us children of the 60s believed that a three minute record could change the world. We certainly saw the power of music contribute to the stopping ...

    Updated 24th September 2014 at 07:51 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  15. FINDING YOUR VOICE

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    Learn everything you can
    Then forget it
    The thing that makes you unique as a person
    Is the very thing that will make your art original
    Protect your own point of view
    It’s all we have
    To separate us
    From the journeymen and the hacks
    Many will tempt you with compromises
    Promises of rewards
    And attempt to kill you
    With fake praise
    It will not be easy to resist seduction
    But when was anything worth achieving
    Easy?
    Tell your stories
    Your way
    And as long as there is truth
    At the heart of them
    People will respond
    We live in a world where the public seldom get to see
    Or hear the truth ...

    Updated 15th September 2014 at 11:06 PM by Mick Pacholli

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