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 John Barclay

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When, with the help of my doughty administrator, I set up this website, I vowed (wisely, only to myself) that anyone who visited it once a month would find something new every time. Well, if there is such a person, they will recently have been disappointed. My last entry was eight weeks ago. Like many small sites, mine had become out of date. What excuse can I offer?

Well, back in June, I built a maze – a three-dimensional maze in my house and garden. On the lawn, the “walls” of the maze consisted of bed sheets hung from a grid of washing lines stretched from the fence posts. The sheets were supplemented with boards and other rigid items. With tables, I built a bridge you could cross over and under. In every dead end there was an interesting object to find. In the house, I turned sofas back uppermost to create barriers, which were also caves. The maze fulfilled a long-held dream of mine. It was enjoyed by young, participating children and watching adults. It was very satisfying for me – but at a cost. Although I am creative, I am not practical, organised or tidy. The project took weeks and I am still suffering from the disruption it left behind.

Meanwhile, I have written the first draft (book and lyrics) of a revue satirising the National Health Service, commissioned by a group of thespians in the Midlands to perform as a rehearsed reading. Occupied by these mad projects, I let the time slip by and forgot my readers. I apologise and will try to do better from now on.

02.08.17

 

A LIGHT DUSTING OF SNOW

John Snow, the TV presenter and “personality” was accused of chanting “F*** the Tories!” at Glastonbury. I don’t care if the Chief Rabbi chants “S** the Chu*** of ***land at Royal Ascot. If celebrities can’t occasionally do something small and silly and get away with it, how come the entire tower-block-cladding industry has got away with far, far worse for far, far longer?

28.06.17

 

DEFINITIONS

to “trump” (old meaning) : a card-playing term, to play a card of a previously determined suit to beat an opponent’s  card of another suit.

to “Trump” (new meaning) : a cad-playing term, to storm out of the game, refusing to play any more by the generally agreed rules, complaining that they are unfair to the player with the strongest hand.

 

SOMETHING NEW FOR YOU!

I am now offering a new service to my visitors – free comedy material. I realised that I had written a number of pieces – sketches, mini-dramas, song lyrics and so on, which might be useful for someone putting on a show. I liked the idea of sharing them with people with similar interests to my own. I felt it would be too much work to sell the scripts, so I am giving them away. Nearly all of them have been tried and tested by me or by people close to me. Do have a look on my new Comedy Material page. If you have any comments on individual pieces or on the service as a whole, I should be most grateful to receive them via the Contact Page.
07.05.17