Pick of the Archive:
Favourite Posts, Jan. - March '07
1) Hangovers from many countries - 31st March
The Norwegians have a word (or rather, a phrase) for it.
2) Hangovers & Me - 31st March
A key incident from my childhood explains why I don't get hangovers.
3) The London Inn - 29th March
Sweet nostalgia - a recollection of childhood holidays in Somerset.
4) Besting Eric (Yet another memory of The Temple) - 27th March
Another story from one of my favourite pubs in Oxford: a description of the greatest pool shot I have ever played.
5) The Beermat Game (Another memory of The Temple) - 24th March
Hanging out with my best beer buddy, The Bookseller.
6) Remembering Ivor Cutler - 23rd March
A brief eulogy of a favourite writer, who I had just discovered passed on a year since.
7) A haiku with a classical reference - 23rd March
One of my best haiku, I think - inspired by an image in Homer's Odyssey.
8) The Temple - 22nd March
A hymn of praise for my favourite pool-playing pub ever.
9) Dialogue with a Search Engine - 18th March
A strange piece of cyber-idiocy prompts some philosophical musing.
10) HBH 20 - 16th March
An old, old haiku resurrected as an evocation of the aftermath of parties.
11) Hot off the press..... - 12th March
A humorous poem, but - as is usually the case with me - it has a dark heart; and on this occasion I was posting it within minutes of composition.
12) Mulligan's - 8th March
Another poem, another Lost Love - memories forever associated with my favourite bar in Dublin.
13) Wine Lake - 7th March
Stressed out by my party endeavours, I indulge in a RANT against some of my more thoughtless guests (well, one in particular!).
14) Snapshot of a fleeting brainstate - 4th March
A thumbnail description of the after-party mellow.
15) One Night in New York - Take 2 - 1st March
A poem about the greatest of all my Lost Loves, 'The Evil One', and an account of how it came to be written.
16) Early retirement - 26th February
My ex's renunciation of a social life prompted me to write a poem, 'Off Parties'.
17) The Seven Stars - 25th February
An anecdote from my days at Bar School: fond memories of a great friend from those days, and the wonderful bar we used to hang out in together.
18) The Wake - 22nd February
A final visit to a significant bar from my childhood, and a maudlin farewell to my late brother.
19) A blast from the past - 20th February
I rediscover an old poem about a Great Lost Love; this one really was originally written down on a napkin in a bar.
20) This week's bon mot - 11th February
I don't usually include any of the weekly bon mots in my 'best of' lists, but this line from H.L. Mencken is particularly fine.
21) Sometimes larking, usually darkening - 21st January
A strange micro-autobiography: how Philip Larkin (and an unknown literary competition contributor) saved me from a career as a lawyer.
22) Warped Genius - 18th January
23) Uncivilised Behaviour - 17th January
'Found humour' - an attempt to curb the riotous behaviour of Oxford undergraduates in the 19th Century.
24) When Unsuitable Role Models Collide - 17th January
Wistful musing on a meeting between two of my musical heroes, Tom Waits and Jem Finer.
25) In defence of my 'love life' - 14th January
Responding to some abuse from a passing 'troll', I describe my views on drink, alcoholism, and romance rather more fully than I have before. The comments on this one are pretty interesting too.
26) Perversity - 13th January
A short poem on the strange, masochistic pleasures of vainly 'window-shopping' for a girlfriend.
27) Valuable Drinking Time - 9th January
There are two kinds of Time: Regular Time and Valuable Drinking Time.
28) 'S Latin, innit? - 7th January
My Classical education raises its head again: a poem inspired by an incident in Virgil's Aeneid.
29) To be reborn - 4th January
A few words in praise of memory loss - and an outline for one of my proposed novels.
30) A Resolution (?!) - 1st January
The Inuit have a word for it!