I feel nostalgic for that time when ‘we’re all going to hell’ was just a turn of phrase.

Moss Garden

Moss Garden, David Bowie, Heroes


Life is a heavy weight that sometimes crushes my soul.


There is no-one so cruel as those closest to you.


I have never wanted to be at the centre, but always to be on the edge, on the periphery.

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For someone who is acting in an uncivilised or unpleasant manner, we often say they are acting like an animal or, worse, a dog or a pig.

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Be My Wife

"Sometimes you get so lonely

Sometimes you get nowhere"

Be My Wife, David Bowie, Low


We like to believe that there is only one person out there for us. Just one person with whom we truly fit, to whom we can open up our souls and not be afraid.

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For some, friendship is merely a form of advanced knowing, with no affection and no care.

I have no interest in this form of friendship. I care deeply or I don't care at all.

All I Want

"I am on a lonely road and I am traveling,

Looking for the key to set me free"

All I Want, Joni Mitchell, Blue


A door opens and sunlight streams in. A slab of yellow on a stone floor.

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Last year, I crossed to the Turkish side of Nicosia and wandered the quiet, still streets.

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We are losing confidence in peace, but we must stay firm.

It is the only thing worth fighting for.


I have filmed a teaser for my upcoming novel Escape.

See it on Vimeo here.


The definition of a lie depends on your perspective.


Walking through El Born on a Friday night in Barcelona, I heard a riotous, musical clatter.

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We think that the present is now and forever, but it is already dead and gone.


I watched ants stealing from a kitchen this morning, carrying morsels of bread aloft as they ran to an unseen destination.

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I am no longer sure who I am.

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The only darkness I see is in your eyes.




We are slipping back from the age of reason into the mire of mystery, into a world of gods and devils, ghouls and angels.

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It catches you unawares.

The smothering embrace, reaching around you, collecting you in its arms, covering you, brushing your eyes.

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One day, many years ago, I was walking through the desert, following a dirt track into nothing.

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The Motel

"Explosion falls upon deaf ears

While we’re swimming in a sea of sham

Living in the shadow of vanity"

The Motel, David Bowie, 1.Outside

No Surprises

"I’ll take a quiet life,

A handshake of carbon monoxide"

No Surprises, Radiohead, OK Computer


Her: "I have to say, I thought you'd be more sorted by now than you are."

Me: "Yeah, me too."


On the inside, we all think we are cool.


It occurred to me today that when we white people go to other countries, we rape the land of its resources, steal the profits and hold the people down, abusing and killing them at will, and we call it commerce.

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Strange News from Another Star

"All I want to be, is washed out by the sea"

Strange News from Another Star, Blur, Blur


Beauty is defined not by our physical appearance but who we choose to be.


I have tried so often to calm the storm inside my head, but I know I live most truly when I am lost within it.


Creativity happens in the transition between order and chaos.

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

"Oh no love! You’re not alone

No matter what or who you’ve been

No matter when or where you’ve seen"

Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide, David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars


"The very first time I touched your skin

I thought of a story and rushed to reach the end too soon."

Primary, The Cure, Faith

Mourning Air

"Beyond the window

I feel this fear alone"

Mourning Air, Portishead, Portishead


The voices of fear, suspicion and paranoia sense their moment has come.

It is up to the rest of us to rise up and drown them out.

All the Madmen

"And I’d rather play here

With all the madmen

For I’m quite content

They’re all as sane as me"

All the Madmen, David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World

The Same Deep Water As You

"The shallow drowned lose less than we'

You breathe

The strangest twist upon your lips

'And we shall be together... '"

The Same Deep Water as You, The Cure, Disintegration

Hear it on YouTube.


Pain is selfish.


The dark side exists. It is the shadow in the eye of every living creature.


Power is given, not taken.