Tag Archives: homeless

A Jacket And Nail Clippers

Not sure where I’m going with this. Readers who’ve followed me for a while will know that every Christmas for the last few years I’ve spent some time volunteering at one of the Crisis For Christmas shelters that appear for … Continue reading

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What’s Your Truth?

I was on my way to meet an old colleague for some lunch. It wasn’t free: he wanted some advice or some such but, hey, it’s nice to get out. I’d walked Dog, the Textiliste is away so off I … Continue reading

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A word here

This poem stems from a scene at Salzburg station in the summer of 2010, but in truth it could be any station anywhere… Homeless He lies on a bench, face like a tomato Snoring though whiskers, grey and staccato; Friendless, … Continue reading

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Nanthology – Where Now?

Nanowrimo is a compelling challenge to write 50,000 words during November: that’s an average of 1667 words per day. My plan is to write a set of 30 short stories each 1667 words long instead.  Each story comes from a prompt, a lot from fellow … Continue reading

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A Crisis this Christmas

I have talked before about Crisis, the charity formed in the 1960s to supply help at Christmas to London’s homeless community. It was on the back of many high profile campaigns including the amazing TV film Cathy Come Home that … Continue reading

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Walking in any big city these days, you cannot fail to miss the homeless who increasingly fill the folds between pavement and building. Some cities try and sweep them out of sight; or at least out of the tourist traps, … Continue reading

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