Monday, 22 September 2008

Well done Josh and the Buffy Crew..

Finally an Emmy for one of the best TV shows of all time

“the hardest thing in this world… is to live in it. Be brave. Live…”

"Buffy Anne Summers, 1981 - 2001. She saved the world. A lot."

Monday, 15 September 2008

Richard Wright

Richard Wright
Originally uploaded by Chaandre


Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant tide
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine.

And no one showed us to the land
And no one knows the wheres or whys
But something stirs and something tries
And starts to climb toward the light

Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand the best I can

And no one calls us to move on
And no one forces down our eyes
And no one speaks and no one tries
And no one flies around the sun

Cloudless every day you fall upon my waking eyes
Inviting and inciting me to rise
And through the window in the wall
Comes streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning

And no one sings me lullabies
And no one makes me close my eyes
And so I throw the windows wide
And call to you across the sky

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

when apple used to make computers..

they were great, I'm still using a 12 inch aluminium G4 powerbook, to write this, to work on my novel and poetry... it's five years old and still is an amazing picece of kit.. so where are the new macs.. apple brought out some ipods yesterday, and took some away, reducing it's classic line.. i'm glad i got an older larger capacity one when i could, as storage is a big thing in this house.. but it seems mac are losing focus on the thing that made them their name.. computers and software that do the jobs we need them to.. rumour has it that october will see computer stuff from them, perhaps there'll be a bigger range of colours for their macbook range to match the new nanos... c'mon steve jobs.. for some of us our macs are the centres of how we earn our living, and I know the nano is to be the way you rake in the profits in the run to christmas, but with school going back, and autumn work projects.. you've just managed to miss out on selling a whole heap of computers.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Under Fleetwood Pier

Under Fleetwood Pier "Black & White"
Originally uploaded by John Siddique

Fleetwood pier is on fire, I took this pic in July, and now we're loosing another one of our wonderful piers, I doubt if it will be rebuilt, there seems to be no interest from councils and developers in these beautiful 'Disappointed Bridges,' which is what James Joyce called them.

these clippings from BBC and NY Times which one is true?

Is the BBC under a government directive to find terrorism where there isn't any? look at these two clippings from todays news, one from the New York Times, and One from the BBC.. The BBC version says three men are guilty of a massive conspiracy to murder using home made bombs. The NY Times says they were found guilty of conspiracy but not the more major charges.. Which is true? does the BBC have a government stick over it to help in the creation of fear politics? is the New York Times lying? Or has the BBC succumbed to pure sensationalism, and cashing in on racist tendencies in order to appeal to 'Sun Readers' and 'Daily Mail' types who believe 'The British' are under threat all the time from everyone who doesn't look like them.

The BBC version pushes to give the impression of things being much more serious than they were, by the use of the word 'massive' in their first line, and then by only revealing the real outcome of the trial in bits later in their piece, but punctuating it with comments from police and government who continue maintaining their accusations despite the court's findings.

From New York Times

No One Convicted of Terror Plot to Bomb Planes
LONDON — A lengthy trial centering on what Scotland Yard called a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners ended Monday when the jury convicted three of eight defendants of conspiracy to commit murder.
But the jury failed to reach verdicts on the more serious charge of a conspiracy to have suicide bombers detonate soft-drink bottles filled with liquid explosives aboard seven airliners headed for the United States and Canada.
The failure to obtain convictions on the plane-bombing charge was a blow to counterterrorism officials in London and Washington, who had described the scheme as potentially the most devastating act of terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks seven years ago this week. British and American experts had said that the plot had all the signs of an operation by Al Qaeda, and that it was conceived and organized in Pakistan.

From the BBC

Three men have been found guilty of a massive terrorist conspiracy to murder involving home-made bombs.
Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain's convictions follow a huge terrorism inquiry, which led to sweeping airport restrictions.
The three, and a further five men, were not convicted on charges of plotting to bomb transatlantic airliners.
Seven men admitted plotting to cause a public nuisance. An eighth man was cleared at Woolwich Crown Court.
'Inspired by al-Qaeda'
The group had been accused of plotting to bring down transatlantic airliners with home-made liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks.

Yes I accuse the BBC of a broken agenda, serving fear and sensationalism, and setting the people of britain apart so threat in our fear of each other control is exacted. just keep your eyes open when watching the news, or looking at their websites, check the stories from other sources and see how different things look for yourself. If there is a matter of immigration, so called 'terror' or foreigners, the BBC now seems to take a racist stance. not their coverage of the recent floods in india, or lack of it, and how much attention was given to the non happening in New Orleans, in the British media it seems a white life, is worth more than brown lives.

So what are we going to do about it? We have a broken news service and a corrupt government, who work tirelessly to convince us to be in fear of each other.

Why am I writing this, I love Britain and I think it is time we took our country back from the liars, and fear mongers who doublespeak us into living small lives based on their profit and loss columns.

Friday, 5 September 2008

just watching US political footage

..........and there are so many references to the religious right. so i got to wondering, where are the religious left, and why aren't they using the same tactics as the right wingers - ie using their religion to paint the opposition into corners, that in their rightonness the opposition can't be seen to say anything negative about them, and re the Palin thing, why take the gloves off because she is a woman? i thought that feminism had allegedly made her an equal, so she should take the flak if she is going to run as potential VP.

what really horrifies me though is the lack of humanity in most political rhetoric, very little of it (none) is about moving the human race forward, even Hilary Clinton when seeking the democratic nomination displayed a lack of humanity, no that doesn't mean sentimentalist nonsense, they all display that crap in spades, i mean any genuine heartfelt desire to service and advancement for the sake of the human being.

I'm reading Obama's memoir to see if he is actually the integrity led person he appears to be, and so far, he seems real. Not sure he will win, the world is too racist for that, it would be like imagining an indian or pakistani prime-minister in UK, and they are not even represented in entertainment programmes apart form caricatures, they have asian women on the news sometimes, but never an ordinary man, but that's another thing. We are too busy in our efforts to be uncivilised for humanity to be an issue, and until it is politics serves very little real or meaningful purpose in the world, except to give those who enter into money and power.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

September News

Shall she hear the lion's roar
Originally uploaded by John Siddique

Hello there,
the British Monsoon season is causing what we call valley fever here in the Pennines, everyone is trying to keep on keeping on, and what else can one do but to look for the new each day and try to reflect that in the work. That’s my main job at the minute, I’m locked away writing a longish short story and a bunch of poems. It’s very interesting to see poetry being censored at the moment - Carol Ann Duffy’s poem about someone with a knife being taken out of school anthologies, perhaps we are only allowed to write safe poems that don’t talk about anything, perhaps we mustn’t be challenged to think about things. Our children must be protected from thinking. Perhaps all this rain has given the country valley fever - I do hope wherever you are you are finding the new in your own ways. It’s been a while since my last newsletter, over the next couple of months you’ll find me out and about on the road, details of those events below, but here is a poem for you, this is called the Wedding poem, I get asked every now and then for pieces for births, deaths and weddings, part of the poet’s job is to provide words for the important times in people’s lives I think, this piece was used by some friends over the summer, so I thought I’d share it with you. I hope the transition back into things is going smoothly for you after the summer hols.

Kindest regards

A wedding

A wedding is the good stuff & the tough stuff,
it is the road and the wheel.

A wedding is more than hands & bodies,
more than feelings and love.

A wedding is only the beginning,
if it is an end, then you’re only dreaming.

A wedding is public and private.
Keep your home in your hearts,

be together but stand apart.
A wedding is YES, and the learning begins.

A wedding is only words & flesh,
if you don’t match your souls.

© John Siddique

Upcoming Events

This weekend 6th & 7th September, I am at the Sedbergh Festival, conducting a workshop all day on the Saturday focusing writing about people and not indulging in sentimentality and cliché, and on the Sunday you will find me wandering around the town writing a poem about the people and the place, which I will include in a reading at 7pm that evening.

Cornwall & Devon
I have a number of events in Cornwall & Devon this month, Firstly for the Wicked Words Festival I will be Chairing a Readers Day at University College Falmouth, on 18th September featuring Patrick Gale, Mac Dunlop, Marina Lewycka, Marion Molteno, Simon Hall and Myself…. Then I’m Dashing over to Padstow Library for 5pm to read for a younger audience at their ‘Headspace.’ The next day I’ll be talking to schoolchildren at Wadebridge School.

Saturday the 20th September, I will be reading at, and hosting the Watermark Reader’s Day at Ivybridge, the other writers featured are Poppy Adams, Simon Hall, Deborah Moggach, and Jason Goodwin.

Launch of the Cultural Olympiad at National Portrait Gallery
For the NPG’s launch of the Cultural Olympiad I will be doing a number of readings and workshops in what is probably my favourite gallery in the world.

26th September 7pm – I will be conducting a workshop called ‘The poetry of the Physical.’ Where we will be using images of athlete’s and sporting heroes to trigger writing about our own heroes and heroines, the people we admire, and ultimately asking the question what are the qualities we admire in others. We will be creating written portraits and elegies of those we admire.

27th September 11am and 4.30 pm – I will be giving readings of some of my own work which features aspects of portraiture within, and also reading a few favourite pieces by poets featured in the gallery’s collection.
Noon and 2pm – ‘Poetry Building,’ a more general poetry workshop, aimed at families and young people.

My Blackpool commission is on going, I read at a rock concert for them the other week, and there is even some John Siddique Blackpool Rock Floating around the place, but more importantly if you are nearby, I will be introducing the work of Pablo Neruda and screening ‘Il Postino,’ at Blackpool Odeon on 8th October at 6pm, This is part of the Wordpool festival. And the reason for talking about Pablo Neruda, simply love of the great man’s work and wanting to share it with others.

National Poetry Day
I have filmed a poem and an interview which will be used by Blackpool Schools to trigger some creative writing for their pupils, a kind of online poetry workshop, more detail’s nearer the time, please feel free to use this piece yourself if you work in a school or run poetry workshops.

The same poem ‘Simple Economics’ from ‘The Prize’ will be shown on the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Day page, it will also be available as an audio download.
I will dash from Blackpool to London to give a reading at 12.30 on The 9th October at the National Portrait Gallery, I will be reading from my own work and talking about what the job of a poet in the 21st century entails.

I will be giving a reading of new work and a handful of favourites at Shakespeare and Co on 16th October at 7.30pm, I will be joined by my dear friend Michi Gabriel, who will be reading from her latest chapbook. If you’ve not been to this amazing bookshop it is well worth checking out. Sterngasse 2, 1010 Innere Stadt, Vienna.

Publishing news
I was commissioned by fashion magazine ‘Dresscode,’ to write a poem about fashion, publication of this mag keeps being put back, the latest rumour is that it will surface in October, so hopefully it will appear then.

The Prize is being republished any minute now by Rialto, and should be back in the world very soon, and speaking of the wonderful Rialto a new poem ‘Cold water,’ will appear in the next issue.

I am afraid given my current schedule, I will only be working in a few schools over the autumn, but I am happy to book things in for 2009, if you represent a school and would like a visit for a reading or workshop, please get in touch sooner rather than later.

Nuff Said – Stay shiny

'In a world of universal deceit,
telling the truth is a revolutionary act.'
- George Orwell

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