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Reasons to be Cheerful · 4M ago

Blackbird

Why do my legs feel so heavy?  The weight of the weather I think - dark clouds bearing down over the fields of rape, close to touching them but still not dulling their acid yellow hue.  My f...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 4M ago

Pearl and Dean

It's a Saturday in October 1988.  October isn't known for sunshine but in my memory it's a sunny day and I am part of a long, snaking queue of children and teenagers that wraps around the fr...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 5M ago

Oh Boy

It is bedtime.  And your limbs are heavy."Carry me Mummy."I lift you and you curl your arms around my neck, gentle fingers not quite intertwined.  You rest your hot cheek against my shoulder...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 5M ago

Middle Class Gangsta

I'm cruising in to town the traffic's bumper to bumper I got Jigsaw jeans, I got a Boden jumper The kids are in the back, my boy's a little prankster We're off to Waitrose - yeah I'm a middl...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 8M ago

Reasons to be Cheerful, Part Two

Coming soon to a bookshelf near you...the return of Reasons to be Cheerful!Image (c) Tony CocksWell frankly it's about bloody time!  Reasons to be Cheerful, Part Two is now officially underw...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 9M ago

A Christmas Carol

You know when you think you're just going to hear a few carols being sung by your child's class and it turns out to be a full blown church service?  That's precisely what happened to me rece...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 9M ago

A Networking Christmas

Is Christmas making you queasy?Are festivities making you frown?Athena makes gift shopping easyAnd avoids all the trauma of townBuy your brother-in-law a nice back rubBuy your aunty an intim...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 10M ago

Why I'm Learning to Love Football

I'll confess, I wasn't keen on my son getting 'into' football.  This makes me a traitor to my upbringing where football was the sport of choice and rugby was for "posh kids" or fat retired p...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 11M ago

I Helped the Dawn to Break

A cool October morningMy breath hangs in the airThe leaves hang on the trees - justNext month they won't be thereI jog along the pavementAnd push just up the hillTo enter into woodlandDamp s...
Reasons to be Cheerful · 11M ago

The Bosching Machine

Dear BoschYou say you offer a superior washBut must you announce the laundry's endWith an ear-splitting noise that's bound to sendA person racing across the kitchenTo turn you off, and I am ...