11 Haiku from Japan

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Old town Kyoto!
Where geisha trot through the streets
Gift-wrapped like presents

A deep green pool
held in cracked raku tea cup
offered with two hands

On Trump, Brexit, Bogus Revolutions and the underlying cause that 'The Free Press' won't mention

Thursday, 10 November 2016

If 2010 was the summer of the Arab Spring, then 2016 has been the summer of the Bogus Revolution.

In the USA and the UK, two of the world's most ardently capitalist societies, it turns out that working class natives, isolated and struggling to get by after decades of neo-liberal policies, are feeling disenfranchised. No surprises there. Even 150 years ago, Marx predicted the isolation of workers and subsequent class antagonism under capitalism. Marx also said that "history repeats itself - first as tragedy, second as farce" - and that's where Nigel Farage and Donald Trump come in.

Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016 - a poem

Monday, 19 September 2016

(Vipassana is a type of meditation, taught all over the world in the tradition of SN Goenka, in 10-day silent meditation courses). 

Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016

We're welcomed by the wind turbine
that sits on the crest of
Mount Soleil
rotating and waving like
the Dhamma wheel,
and the reason we're here
is to look inside
because didn't one saint or another
say 'know thyself' ?
and the surrounding quiet
is broken by a rickety shelf
of terse conversations
and unnecessary introductions
before being stripped down
by the gong,
and so it begins;
Day one

On the first Scarboro Naked Bike Ride and an introduction to the walking enigma that is Blind Giles

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Blind Giles told me long ago about the plans for Scarborough's first naked bike ride. But, ever the pragmatist, he always has his reasons for asking.
"Maybe you'd like to... come along, Sherwood. It could be fun. And you could block off roads and be in charge of filming it all for me." I've never been one to turn down bizarre invitations. Besides, the prospect of seeing how the people of my hometown react to gratuitous nudity was a good one.  

On e-mailing the defunct address of a 70's death cult... and getting a response

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Heaven's Gate was a religious UFO cult started by Marshall Applewhite (above) in 70's California. The group, inspired by the hyperbole of Applewhite, considered it their goal to shed themselves of all human characteristics (family, friends, individuality, jobs, sexuality, money etc.) and to ready themselves for 'the next level', to where they would ascend as the world was 'recycled' in an imminent catastrophe. Also, in what might be called a sort of male-bonding vacation, eight of the male members decided to travel to Mexico together and have themselves castrated.

Why are there so many cutesy cop stories popping up on Facebook?

Monday, 27 July 2015

Cops are cute fluffly mammals that have never harmed anyone ever so don't say they have cos they ent
Has anyone else noticed a spate of cutesy cop stories popping up on social media feeds lately?

Baby owl gets a talking to from a police officer after being found wandering in road
"Boulder County Sheriffs Office tweeted: After curious head-twisiting on both sides, it flew safely away. #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls"

On Anti-Anglo-Saxonism

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A Pro Israel rally, hastily organised in opposition to a November 2012 anti-war protest in San Francisco

Friends! Countrymen! Fellow Anglo-Saxons! Lend me your lugs for a moment, for I must inform you that we've missed a serious trick in our recent years of global imperialism!

Yes we had the guns, the bombs, the tactical know-how, the ability to propagate, to divide and conquer, but there's one advantage that we've missed - the ability to invade, occupy and plunder neighbouring countries - whilst making ourselves look like the victims!

Scarborough Boxing Day - Raft Race Pictures

Friday, 27 December 2013

Photos from the raft race, part of Scarborough's annual Boxing Day celebrations.

Participants are glazed with flying eggs before being lightly dusted with flour

Police Outrage over Introduction of Training Fees - Gov plans Beatdown

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

A local bobby gives a student a friendly punch in the face at ULU protests

The Metropolitan Police prepared to strike today, following declarations that tuition fees are to be introduced for all types of police training.
It is estimated that, when the next wave of GCSE-challenged police canditates graduate from secondary school, the cost of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme will be an average £9,000 per year.

Cameron's Mother Breaks Record for 'Longest Post-Natal Depression' - report

Saturday, 7 December 2013

David Cameron, pretending to drink a beer, yesterday.

Betty Cameron, long-suffering mother of UK Prime minister David, has spoken out today following her son's embarrassing attempt to score political credibility from the death of human rights figurehead Nelson Mandela.

"I'm so sorry", she began, struggling to fight back tears. "I knew there was something wrong with him as soon as I had him in my arms at St Bartholomew's Hospital. I mean, for a start, his face is actually bigger than his entire head. Have you noticed that? How is that even possible?"