Wednesday, August 24, 2005



I have been sacked from my job. I am both annoyed and elated. No more boring work in bad conditions with bad people, no more cycling in the rain every day, no more disruptive shifts. These are all good things. But I need to earn money somehow, so I guess looking for another job will now become a priority!

At least I can now return to writing with a vengeance! And reading. And cooking. And doing all sorts of things that I've had to put on hold for the past two months...

Friday, August 12, 2005


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My travel fund has crossed the £1000 mark. That's not much really, but I'm pleased. It needs to be trebled in the next three months and I will do my best to ensure that happens.

I have started learning farsi. So far I can only make simple sentences. I made a terrible mistake a few days ago. I said "khoost" instead of "doost".

As for work, I have come to loathe the company that employs me. I urge people around the world not to buy Alberto-Culver products. That's the only revenge I can think of!

I am going to write a poem called 'The Parrot and the Nightingale' for my next poetry reading.

The Spanish publishing house Bibliópolis are apparently interested in reading some of my work with a view to translation and publication in Spain. I am extremely delighted by this. My love of Spanish and Latin American literature doesn't need to be emphasised again... Borges, Mutis, Marquez, Julian Rios, Felipe Alfau, Perez-Reverte, Almudena Grandes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Felisberto Hernandez, Bioy Casares, Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes, Cabrera Infante... There are almost too many great writers from that culture!

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