Friday, August 30, 2013

Testing 1, 2, 3, thingy

Simon here. Well it looks like it's working. We've cranked up the old AudioBlagger™. Steams to work okay. Are you reading meat red?

Hello. Hello. What the foot?

I'm just sane the old AudioBlagger™ steams to be working okay here at the sud berry press.

Hello? Is that you Simon?

Yes.

Come again?

Yes. It's meat.

Tell free gal to see me in my office ass sap. I've got a tip, I mean a policy up date to disgust with him. Where is he, the lazy bar starred?

Careful red, this is all going instantly online.

Oh for fox sake. Turn it off you gob daw. ... Is it off now? ... Hello? Hello?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Going, going, gone

Grange Road

Willesden library centre has disappeared.

Brondesbury Park

The old Victorian library

Clouds of leaving








Last shots from Herald House on the old Minolta dImage camera with which this blog started. No idea as yet what Sudbury will look like. Looking forward to exploring, perhaps as far as Horsenden Hill on Sundays and Horsenden Wood but more likely only as far as the local playing fields most days. Willesden Herald days: April 2003 to August 2013, ten years of utter banality.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sid Kay sings The Nearness of You



Live Music and Singer's Night at The Prince of Wales, Kilburn. Free entry every Thursday with musicians Mick the Sax, Bobby on Bongos Congas Percussion, Miss Budapest on Keys and Friends. The video features Sid Kay, who is not far off 90, in a beautiful, smooth performance but also with a bit of humour.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

"The greatness of a man"

Quote from Bob Marley

Corner of Walm Lane & Willesden Lane

Nearly gone - Willesden library centre & bookshop



Brondesbury Park

Vulture / Moon

Grange Road this evening
As good a time as any to tell you that The Willesden Herald is moving, decentralising from the rebel capital of Brent, across the border to Harrow. But Red Woodward would like to assure our many subscriber that we will continue to broadcast on Radio Free Willesden and publish The Willesden Herald "until the Mahamanvantara be done". We will be moving in with the Sudbury Hill Times. There will be no compulsory redundancies. Instead we will be issuing everyone with new zero hour contracts and applying to the Department for Unemployment to provide us with free labour. Here's to the next 10 years. Sláinte mhaith! 

Occam's razor

Ridley's Believe it or Not

Ancient philosopher Occam's razor was so tiny that it took him hours to shave his face. It was said that by the time he'd finished shaving one side, the stubble had regrown on the other. When friends urged him to use a bigger razor, Occam insisted that it was best to use the minimum size of razor with which it was possible to shave. As a result Occam spent the best part of his waking hours shaving.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Urban bees thriving

Sidmouth Road
I estimated there were about 30 bees on this one lavender plant alone, and the rest of the plants along the front of the flats on Sidmouth Road all just as busy. According to BBC Horizon's recent program, urban bees are flourishing while country bees are dying out. Well it can't be anything to do with mobile phone signals can it then? It must be those pesticides, the nicotinoids probably.

Ossian

Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan's lost 1970 gem (premiere)



Pretty Saro (trad.) - Bob Dylan (via Rolling Stone)

Nursery Education Grants in Brent (poster)

Details: http://www.brent.gov.uk/neg2

Sequel to "Last Night's Dream Corrected"

This is a new poetry anthology being put together by the same publisher and editors behind Last Night's Dream Corrected (Pretend Genius, 2006). The project was inspired by the picture and caption below but the book might not be called "Half price sale at the geranium shop for the blind" (see previous post). I am in discussions with the charity about it.* So the title is to be advised. If you would like to submit something for this slim volume, please send something to pgLondonOffice at ntlworld dot com. The previous working title and the title and some of the contents of the previous volume are probably the best guide to what might fly. Contributors will each receive one copy of the book.

Ossian

*Update: They have told us not to use their name.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Tread softly, for you tread on Murmurons from Jupiter

Don't dig it up, don't tramp it down,
The wildflower purple crown vetch,
It's that they eat and that alone,
Potatomen from the planet Retch.

Many extra terrestrials here
Are tiny and struggle to survive.
Bamlards from Gliese five-eighty-four
Subsist entirely on baby chives.

Extra terrestrials like the Balleyes
From Venus can hardly be seen,
They're so tiny, and so specialised,
They live on the fumes from Windowlene.

Ganache

Thursday, August 01, 2013

9th annual short story competition is open

The ninth annual international short story competition is now open. Entries are now via The Willesden Herald Submissions Manager, thanks to Submittable.com. There are more details at www.willesdenherald.com and www.newshortstories.com. Looking forward to reading lots of new stories here.