Inspiral Carpets Drummer Craig Gill Dies

This is a sad day for fans of the Manchester music scene as the legendary drummer of one of the biggest alternative rock bands of the 80’s and 90’s, Craig Gill, passes away.

Tributes are pouring in from the industry and fans alike. Liam Gallagher (formerly of Oasis) tweeted this: “Stunned by the news of the death of Gilly my heart goes out to his family and band members LIVE FOREVER LG x”


The news first broke when the band tweeted this image with a very heartfelt message:



Rest in peace Craig, you will be sorely missed.

Ball Games

Bowling balls at painted on wall wickets.
Kicking bottles through posts in the backstreet.
Clutching all of our football tickets.
From dawn until dusk no dream could compete.

Hand in glove ready to catch the pig skin
With a run down the field the game is mine.
Summer days; no care for clinching a win.
I catch the ball as I jump past the line.

There’s love if you want it, from the vast stands
With imaginary crowds. Millions
Screaming like the fans for giant rock bands.
It’s time to bring out your celebrations.

Kicking, throwing, catching, dunking, hitting.
Oh child what it feels to be ball game king.

Rêves Parisiens (Parisian Dreams)

These are two experimental poems, inspired by Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris. The first piece is my poetic impression of the sincere beauty of the story. The second is a haiku in French, used as a comment on romanticism as a whole (English translation underneath).


Midnight in Paris

Walking the Parisian cobbles.
Over memories,
Over time.
Dancing under twenties moonlight.
Yearning Pablo, F Scott and Ernest.

Aroused, outside fictitious love.
Lies behind futures prison bars.
Loneliness in your company,
Ends for me tonight.
New life, Paris at midnight.

Roman Rose

Rien mais tactile pur.
La pluie tombe sur la ville.
Baiser et disparaître.

Pink Romance
(English Translation)

Nothing but pure touch.
Raindrops fall on the city.
Kiss and disappear.