McSporran’s Speech

  My novel, Prison Island, is a utopian drama.   Britain is under a military dictatorship known as The Regime.   With prisons overflowing, the Regime establishes a penal colony south of the Scillies known as Prison Island.   Gradually the prison community evolves into a vegetarian, tobacco and alcohol free democracy.   They choose their new names.  They […]

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Desiderata

  I’ve mentioned that I leave cards all over the place with a text on one side and my artwork on the other … supermarkets, benches, pubs. This is one of my favourite texts on my biggest cards which can accommodate the opening and the ending:   DESIDERATA (1927) Go placidly amid the noise and […]

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I recently had a kind of Desert Island Discs experience where I came up with my favourite novel, poem, music, and film.   I have a joint top two favourite films. ‘VERTIGO’ 1958 … 122 mins … U.S. … Alfred Hitchcock From the novel ‘D’entre les Morts’ by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac I watched it […]

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June 2017

  For my illustrated cards I now have a Poems and Quotes file of 35 pages and growing.   Here are a couple of illustrations and some texts:     When Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years, he addressed a large crowd saying: I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy, […]

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May 2017

  From ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ … Jonathan has been expelled from the Flock because if his adventurous flying and his recommendation of it to other gulls. ‘Jonathan Seagull spent the rest of his days alone, but he flew way out beyond the Far Cliffs.   His one sorrow was not solitude, it was that other gulls […]

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THE BUTTERCROSS

Some time ago I decided we had far too many books so I started giving them away in the street.   I found myself judging which book to give to which passer-by and I quickly came to the conclusion that this was at best risky and at worst patronising.   Then came the time when a woman […]

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ActionAid – Shardha

  I’ve been affected by ActionAid’s TV ads about sponsoring a Third World child who will communicate with me by word and artwork.   So I got in touch with them.   They offered me a choice of gender, age, and country.   I decided on female, 8 to 12, and any country.   I’ve been wondering why I […]

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Blinkin Sports Suggestions

  My newsletters and my autobiography, Life and Soul belong in the mind-body-spirit category.   This one’s firmly in mind and body.   Three sports suggestions: # To remove an element of chance from Test cricket we must end having a toss before each Test match.   Instead there should be just one toss before the first […]

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For my children

  Now I’ve ‘mastered’ the technology I’m hoping to send my family a regular newsletter.   I suppose it’s to compensate for my reluctance to make ‘phone calls. In ‘The Roots of Coincidence’ – Arthur Koestler’s last book before he died ten years or so ago, he said that, if we could harness the energy behind […]

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