Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Sun of gOd by Gregory Sams

The Sun of gOd by Gregory Sams: "I have to admit that I was already half-open to this idea before I heard about Greg’s book. I guess anyone who has ever taken part in a psychedelic experiment must be open to such thoughts. At the very least you are aware that something is going on; something for which the normal explanations seem inadequate."

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Sanctuary Town: SHEN therapy In Bewdley, Worcestershire

Sanctuary Town: SHEN therapy In Bewdley, Worcestershire: "I also have an image of a tight, narrowly confined street which is blocked with traffic, an image which Tony feels describes the congested state of my biofield.

I have no reason to disagree."

Monday, 14 September 2009

Tennis For Free

Tennis For Free: "There was a mix of young and old, rich and poor, serious players or just families having fun. These days the courts are mostly empty."

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Along The Pilgrim's Way

Along The Pilgrim's Way: "There are many words for walking. We amble. We stroll. We march. We trudge. We perambulate. Best of all, perhaps: we saunter."

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The Unknown at the Labour Club

The Unknown at the Labour Club: "So that was the impression you were left with: that this being was “the Unknown” - a mysterious, radiating stranger - and that he made people stand back in awe and fear and wonder."

Friday, 21 August 2009

In Memory of Geoff Squires

In Memory of Geoff Squires: "The reason I knew him is that we were both Midlanders who came to Whitstable at about the same time. Geoff was from Coventry, while I am from Birmingham."

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Canterbury City Council and the Situationist International

Canterbury City Council and the Situationist International: "The organization calling itself “Canterbury City Council” is, in fact, the front for a highly organized group of international revolutionaries out to exploit the discontent of the toddlers and young people of Whitstable for their own nefarious ends."

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Keep Whitstable Different!

Keep Whitstable Different!: "Local residents have set up a campaign to ‘Keep Whitstable Different’ in response to the proposed development of the Gladstone Road Post Office"

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Is It Tesco Or Isn't It?

Is It Tesco Or Isn't It?: "In other words, the fact that a voracious, profit-hungry superstore in our midst could, quite conceivably, suck the heart out of our town, is irrelevant in planning terms."

Thursday, 23 July 2009

The Cornwallis Circle play area

The Cornwallis Circle play area: "Perhaps Canterbury City Council have some secret anarchist political agenda?

Or perhaps someone in the council offices has just made a mistake in transcribing the web address?"

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Hugh Hopper, ex Soft Machine, dies in Whitstable

Hugh Hopper, ex Soft Machine, dies in Whitstable: "This is very sad. It makes me think that we might have been friends, if only I’d have known."

Saturday, 11 July 2009

The Great British Holiday

The Great British Holiday: "A nostalgic journey into a lost world of holiday camps, caravan parks, and camping sites. Of trips to the seaside: of Punch and Judy shows, Ice cream parlours, donkey rides, B&Bs, fish and chip shops, sandcastles, kiss me quick hats, knotted hankies, saucy postcards and end of pier shows"

Too Old To Volunteer?

Too Old To Volunteer?: "“I could take the world on up top,” he says, pointing to his head. “It’s just my leg that lets me down.”"

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The Sign Outside The Old Neptune Pub

The Sign Outside The Old Neptune Pub: "For the second year running that sign has appeared outside the Old Neptune pub in Whitstable."

Thursday, 2 July 2009

What Happened to the Climbing Frame on Westmeads Rec?

What Happened to the Climbing Frame on Westmeads Rec?: "My niece, Beatrix, is four years old.

She really is the brightest little creature I know"

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Money Reform

Money Reform: "One of the unfortunate side-effects of the current scandal over MPs expenses is that it seems to have taken people’s minds off that other group of perennial fiddlers, the banks."

Friday, 19 June 2009

Town Centre Supermarket

Town Centre Supermarket: "The presence of the superstore up the hill is already a drain on the High Street, and a number of well-loved shops have been forced to close, to be replaced with generic and out-of-town names."

Monday, 15 June 2009

Whitstable Library

Whitstable Library: "Library stocks in the UK have fallen by over 20 million in the last ten years. Eighty two libraries in Lancashire, Cumbria, Devon, Buckinghamshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire are set to close."

Friday, 8 May 2009

Kindred Spirit: Tales of Ordinary Magic

Kindred Spirit: Tales of Ordinary Magic: "A selection of stories from CJ Stone's column in Kindred Spirit magazine: Tales of Ordinary Magic."

Monday, 13 April 2009

The Home Front

The Home Front: "Accommodationally challenged after a disastrous foreign trip in 2007, CJ Stone was forced to take refuge with his parents. It was the first time he’d lived with them since his teens, and he was surprised to find himself in a war zone. Following are CJ’s bulletins from the front line in the eternal war of age and sex."

Friday, 13 March 2009

Dancing With The Demons

Dancing With The Demons: "There’s something else about junkiedom: the lure of the inevitable decline. Because all junkies follow a certain trajectory. Sooner or later, it happens to them all. They even have their own expressions for it. “I’m a scum-bag junkie.” “I’m a rob-yer-grannie junkie.” In the end the call of chemical absolution is too strong and the bonds of mere loyalty too weak."

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Borderlands: In The Footsteps of a Radical Birdwatcher In Dobruja, Romania

Borderlands: In The Footsteps of a Radical Birdwatcher In Dobruja, Romania: "Dobruja is a distinct region of Romania between the Danube and the Black Sea. CJ Stone goes in search of birds and memories while contemplating the mysteries of communism."

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

My Son Joe

My Son Joe: "Joseph was born sometime in the early hours of the morning, September 15th 1980. It was one-thirty in the morning. Or at least I think it was."

One Day In The Co-op

One Day In The Co-op: "I first caught sight of him in the second aisle in the Co-op where I‘d gone to get bread and milk. He was sort of shuffling about in his pyjamas, looking confused."

Big Issue Columns: "On The Edge"

Big Issue Columns: "On The Edge": "It was one of those days. First of all a kid threw his bicycle onto the railway line. He was mucking about, spinning the bike in the air to show off to his mates when, all of a sudden, he lost his grip. It went sailing across the track in awful slow motion, and then landed directly on the live rail."

Big Issue Columns: "Common People"

Big Issue Columns: "Common People": "The following are a series of columns I wrote for The Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless people, under the general title “Common People”. You may recognise some of the characters."

Anti-Zionism Is Not Anti-Semitism: What You Can Do About The Atrocities In Gaza

Anti-Zionism Is Not Anti-Semitism: What You Can Do About The Atrocities In Gaza: "There is a ceasefire in Gaza. For the moment at least Israeli shells are no longer desecrating the land nor frightening the people. Palestinian women and children are no longer being killed in their beds or shot dead in their doorways. No rockets. No sniper bullets. No white phosphorous shells. "

Witness to a Massacre

Witness to a Massacre: "We were sitting and suddenly there was bombing on our house and everyone started to run. There were three rockets. I have no idea where they came from."

Gaza: This Is Not A War, It's A Massacre

Gaza: This Is Not A War, It's A Massacre: "They stole my land, burnt my olive trees, destroyed my house, took my water, imprisoned my father, killed my mother, starved us all, humiliated us all. But I am to blame: I shot a rocket back. So they stole more of my land, burnt my olive trees, destroyed my house, took my water, bombed my country…"

Empires of Unease

Empires of Unease: "Conspiracies, Countercultures, Counterfeit Realities…"

Another New Year

Another New Year: "A happy new year to you.

Also, a happy new day, a happy new hour and a happy new minute. A happy new second. A happy new breath. A happy new moment. A happy new everything."

All About My Earliest Memories

All About My Earliest Memories: "My earliest memory is of my Dad. He was leaning out of the window wearing a cap, waving as the train pulled out of the station. I thought he was the train driver. It was only on reflection, many years later, that I realised it was a Navy cap he was wearing, and that he wasn’t a train driver at all, but a sailor."