pigs headI never held with ruddy Hallowe’en. Another excuse for the kiddies to come terrorising you, leaving filthy parcels on your doorstep, chucking eggs at your windows and such like. Now that I am dead, I like it even less. Its on a par with racialism and homophonia to make fun of dead people, using crude stereotypes like skeletons and ghosts with sheets over their heads. Have a little ruddy respect, that’s all I have to say on the matter. You will be dead soon enough, and then you’ll understand.

Any Road, I noticed that a few people have been putting scary stories on here, and one of them, “Would you like flies with that?” by my old friend Nicholas C Rossis, has a pigs head in it. I reviewed his science fiction book  “The Power of  Six”  in my Book Club a few weeks ago, a ruddy good read it was. and this story is too. Only its not so much science fiction as like an episode from the “Twilight Zone” which was a good programme if you liked having the willies put up you on a Saturday night.

Pigs is the theme of one my nephew Michael’s poems out of another book that I reviewed in my book club. “The Great British Poets” so in the spirit of Hallowe’en and as a compliment to Nick Rossis’s story I give you a taste of our michael’s literary offerings


Hog Roast

I must admit that I’ve had better days
Trotting, truffling
Snorting, snuffling
I used to have cloven hooves
I used to have a curly tail
I used to have a sty of my own
I used to enjoy simple pleasures
For crying out loud!
Look at me now
What am I reduced to?
A Sideshow
Skewered and scorched
Sliced for sandwiches
Apple sauce?
Don’t mind if I do!
Mind you
Mustn’t grumble
Chin up
Keep on smiling
I’ll survive
No.. I will
I’ll live on in all those who munch on my mortal remains
Ingesting the messages stored deep within my DNA
Replicating and reproducing
You, my new host
A little less human
A little more porcine
A little less you
A little more me
I don’t mind if I do!

The Great British Poets Volume XVIII: Mike O’Brien is available as both an illustrated paperback and a non illustrated kindle thing on the Amazon.

Auntie Doris’s Book Club #11: “We Hate it when our Ex-Lodgers become Successful” by Marvin Cheeseman

Cheeseman and his lodgers

A few weeks ago I was getting ready to manifest myself in a tiny little theatre in a pub in Salford. It was one of those ruddy hare brained schemes that my ruddy silly nephew dreams up. Apparently Salford is where the BBC is these days, so in his mind, the Director General, Tony Hall, would probably be in there, and sign me up for six thirty minute episodes on BBC2. Even though I have told him that with his looks we would be better off on Radio 4. Any road, as I predicted, the Director General was nowhere in sight. He was probably in the House of Lords or at the ruddy opera, or wherever it is that he hangs out. But who actually was there, was this Marvin Cheeseboard bloke, who, it turns out, writes funny poems and stuff. A bit like my nephew does, only funnier, and with better rhymes in them.
I liked him actually. Even though he was a bit ruddy sweaty, he sort of did it with a smile that made you think that he was quite a nice bloke deep down, and that with someone to give him bit of guidance and a few clouts around the head when he needed them, he might actually make something of himself.
The audience seemed to think so. There were a few stayed back to buy one of his books and get him to autograph them too. And then most of them cleared off before I got to do my piece, him an’all. Mind you, I can’t say that I blamed him, much. It must be a busy life being a cheesemonger, I expect that with some of them foreign cheeses, if you don’t get them monged soon after they arrive from abroad, they go off pretty sharpish, and he had probably just had a delivery.
Any road, what he didn’t realise, was that he left in such a hurry that he forgot one of his books. So whilst no one was looking (which was throughout most of my performance) I stuffed it in my drawers. Part of me feels a bit guilty for that, so I suppose I ought to review the ruddy thing, and then I can claim that it was given to me as a review copy.
I took a professional interest in the first half of the book. Because it is in the form of a horoscope. As you know, I myself like to dabble with forces that I don’t understand from time to time. So it is always nice to study the work of a fellow traveller. Some of his predictions are a bit specific for my taste. For example, in the section for Aquarius he puts… “if you are wondering what happened to that family bag of twig lets on Friday, you’ll find them under the front passenger seat of your silver Audi A3.” However it turns out that this is a technique beloved of people like Russell Grant, and Mystic Meg and the rest of them. If a statement like that means nothing to a punter, it will be quickly forgotten, but for at least one person, somewhere in the multiverse, it will be spot on. And for literally loads of others it will be near enough to make the hairs on the back of their fronts stand on end. So what if it was a family pack of wotsits, or a red Audi A3, or the rear seat on the driver’s side of a dark grey Picasso or whatever it is that our Micheal drives. That was a remarkable insight Mr Cheesegrater, and it saved me having to buy anything for my tea on Wednesday.
He does poems an’all. Limericks about young lads from here and farmers from there, and some of them about famous people, and a Haiku, (whatever one of those is when it’s all at home) and other stuff that is actually quite thought provoking, (if you need to have your thoughts provoked) about shopping at Primark, drinking Advocaat, love and death.

Aye death! I know a bit about that… I got what Marvin Wished for… and I hope he gets it too… But not for a while yet!

“Let me kick the bucket gently and not know a thing… Having set the clock to never hear it ring”

You can get his book on Amazon, Apparently there are some secondhand ones for a penny… and if you are in prime its ruddy free delivery… I’m not sure it was worth the risk of pinching it now…