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Thursday, March 30, 2006

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Academies Among Worst Schools In UK

"Seven of the 13 privately-sponsored academies, which have been open long enough to provide results, appeared in the table of the worst 200 state schools in England." (Skynews)

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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Westwords Festival

The festival has been underway since the beginning of March, as usual we are up to the minute here, and all we know about it is that it is a huge showcase solely for the purpose of shilling our own Willesden writers' group anthology, The Monkey's Typewriter (isbn 0953019551, now with extra deluxe Raymond Williams award sticker). Never mind all the other famous writers involved.

Every one of the reporters here has been so enthralled with the readings that they forgot to post details of events for all the hundreds and thousands eager to descend upon such trifles.

Another shilling please for Fish Drink Like Us, a new anthology*, from which "Time Out, Carmencita" by Stephen Moran has had audience members throwing away their emotional crutches at these readings, and falling into hysterics. There's another one tomorrow night but if you suffer from weak sides please don't risk it.
  • Weds 8th March: Gayton Library, 8pm. Gayton Road, Harrow

  • Weds 15th March: Pitshanger Library, 7pm. 143 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing

  • Thurs 23rd March: Willesden Green Library, 8pm. 95 High Road, Willesden

  • Thurs 30th March: Heston Library, 7.30pm. New Heston Road, TW5

  • Weds 5th April: Shepherds Bush Library, 7pm. 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ

  • Mon 10th April: Marylebone Library, 6pm. 109 Marylebone Road, NW1 5PS

  • Thurs 20th April: Kensington Library, 7pm. Philimore Walk, Kensington
You have four more chances to be healed when this outstanding literary revival meeting comes to your neighbourhood. Praise the Lord Mayor.

Noël Knowall (The Arts)

*Pretend Genius Press, April 2006, isbn 097785261X

Monday, March 27, 2006

Death to all apostates

Letters

Afghans protest at Christian's death sentence delay

"Mr Rahman stands accused of apostasy, or abandonment of faith - an offence punishable by hanging" (Guardian)

No less a fate should befall the pigdogs who worship at the cylindrical RM1 brothelshed in Walm Lane. RM is the only true faith, as exemplified by Lord Rotor's only living representative Jeremy and his Holy Uncle, peace be upon them and their Highgate ashram. In the name of the Rotor, the Grassbox and the Holy Roller.

Rev. Mechanic I. Draper (WRMC)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Local boy made good

Guardian Books | Short Stories

"Original fiction: Part-time tiler Mikey Delgado is one of the winners of this year's Willesden Herald short story competition, judged by Zadie Smith. Read his story in full." (Link)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Tory education bill passed with Labour support*

Letters

This cartoon in the Guardian, is an insult to pigs. Why are people so beastly to the clever and harmless porcus porcus -just because I don't eat them doesn't mean I wish to see them abused like this. What have they got to do with the excellent new education bill, which we paid good money for? It's thanks to farseeing planners like us that your children won't have to attend the same schools as your neighbours' children. That's choice, I think you'll agree.

Muzzy "Poorboy" Pirbhai (Lord Donor)

*Aides to acting Prime Minister say Cameron elated at result.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Short stories: update*

Pretend Genius Press is to publish "Secure" by Mikey Delgado, one of the joint winners of this year's Willesden Herald short story prize, in an anthology entitled "Fish Drink Like Us". Mikey's poetry is also featured in the companion volume entitled "Last Night's Dream Corrected".

Outstanding newcomers are included alongside established and award-winning poets such as Bill Berkson, Joanne Kyger, Michael Rothenberg and the one and only Ira Cohen, who also contributes a prose piece. Each poet has a separate section and the physical and visual pleasures of the book are intended to complement the poetry on the pages.

The fiction collection is characterised by highly developed characterisation, uncompromising directness, engagement, and diversity from the surreal and unconventional to the earthy and hilarious. It contains a wealth of showcase pieces by new and established writers, Timothy Gager, Kenji Siratori, Sean Brijbasi, Amy Muldoon, J. Tyler Blue, Andy Henion, Jeremy BeBeau and many more.

The anthologies have their own rather cool web pages. The covers were created by the great artist Stratos. Both books are edited by Feargal Mooney.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Time Out, Carmencita

I read a bit from the above at Gayton Library tonight to a lot of merriment. Siobhan Curham, who was presiding, asked where people could get the complete story. I mentioned that it's going to be published this April in Fish Drink Like Us, an anthology of new fiction. The promotional website takes quite a while to download but you can bypass the flash intro by clicking on "Skip Intro" which takes you to the books. (Scroll down and click on Enter to see the show.) The covers were designed by Stratos. The books and the website are by Pretend Genius.


Ossian

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Please Mister Ed*

Letters

Thousands detained without trial; torture worse since Abu Ghraib

Let's have some cartoons on this. Bearded blokes shackled in dungeons. Not hostages, the other side. Actually no -- whoever. They always make me laugh, especially in the Reader's Digest.

Harry Lemon
Travel Correspondent

*Great old program! The stalking horse. Ah, the good old days. (Did they ever have torture in those days?) Ed

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Golden Laundromat casinos*

Coming soon to your region. Money for all our friends - by magic! Payoffs? No problem, a night out at the Golden Laundromat casino and a big win guaranteed. Priceless. Hot money from obscure sources, no problem! Let's say I have £100,000 of dirty money, I axe my friend to spend it for me in my casino, he blows £90,000 in my casino he keeps £10,000 and he has a good time. Now I have £90,000 in clean money. Later when Mr Tax Minister wants to know what happened to the money, I misfortunately paid it all out to our friends from abroad who frequent the casino. Everybody wins! Golden Laundromat casinos, where the dirty money goes round and round and comes out spotless.

*A New Labour project

Offshore? Let's see who's gonna be offshore

Mr Minister to split from Mrs Minister (Guardian)

He can't split from his partner now* -what about the Super Casinos bill! This is very important to our financial plans. Let's remind him what happened to our friend Mr Calvi.

Don Zabaglione

*Tu est sacerdos in æternam. Ed

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Iran, ancient and modern

clerics hang teenage sinners in front of an atomic bomb factory

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Awake! for morning in the bowl of night
Has flung the stone that sets the stars to flight
And lo! the hunter in the east has caught
The sultan's turret in a noose of light


The Persia of Omar Khayyam lives on, in this proud modern state, where we hang homosexual teenagers and our doctors surgically cut out eyes as a judicial punishment. Contact us for details of times and dates.

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