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How to clean vinyl records

How to Clean Vinyl Recors by LA Davenport

In these strange times, we have the opportunity to take a little more time over things and get around to some of those jobs that we’re been putting off for an aeon.

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Should a writer write every day?

Should a writer write every day - by LA Davenport

This is the eternal question, or at least it seems to be nowadays. It has become very common and somewhat fashionable to throw down challenges to write daily, with the aim of developing a writing habit.

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Lockdown in Nice

Life in the shadow of Covid-19

Nice, France, is not the worst place to be stuck in lockdown. The sun still shines and the sky remains blue, but life in many other ways, some subtle, some obvious, has changed enormously.

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Silver Memory

Silver Memory, a poem by LA Davenport

A memory in shadows and light,
delicate and dark…

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Peace and love to one and all

Merry Christmas from LA Davenport author of My Life as a Dog-Escape-No Way Home

I realise that Christmas is not something that we all celebrate, but the wishes of peace and joy at this time of year is universal.

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Hounds of love

My Life as a Dog by LA Davenport 3D Cover

I am happy to report that, after much blood, sweat and tears (well, some sweat and a lot of effort), my memoir of a life shared with a black and tan dachshund is coming soon.

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Dog days are here again

Kevin the Dachshund in My Life as a Dog by LA Davenport - 4

An update on writing and my next book – a memoir of my life with a dachshund called Kevin.

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Escape to Dream

How my heartbreak following the death of David Bowie led me to Tumblr and the inspiration for the dream sequences in my debut novel Escape.

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Gladys Love

“Did you know his mother’s name?”

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In praise of drunkenness

“Beware, Be aware of intent-, intentions, intents, intent..ion.”

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You're dead, let's disco!

Guilty pleasure: I know it’s been a long while since it finished, but Sex and the City remains one of my favourite TV shows.

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Imaginary friend

I used to have an imaginary friend, but he snored.

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Comedy

Comedy is the safety valve of a nation.

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Good

I try to be a good person but unfortunately I enjoy failing too much.

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Memory

I can’t remember if I told you but I’ve got a very good memory.

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Review: War and Peace

It is intimidating for a reader, let alone a writer, to approach the idea of reviewing a book that stands so preeminently in the history of modern literature as War and Peace.

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Performance

Every action is a performance.

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Giveaway

You can keep your body but if you give away your mind, you lose everything.

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How much do I owe you?

Introducing the DBSM for calculating the cost of shared holidays

You know the scenario. A friend or family member says they’re hiring a villa for two weeks in the summer and you’re welcome to join them for as long as you can make it. Not just you, of course, but everyone else on their friends list.

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Build the Hedge

Instead of a wall, whether concrete or steel, why doesn’t Trump build a nice hedge?

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Happy holidays!

’Tis the season to be merry and be full of festive cheer but, with the new year approaching, it is also a time of reflection and contemplation.

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The State of the Nation

The path to self destruction is illuminated in neon and we’re heading straight for it.

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Mozartian mind grease

How do you keep going when you have a looming writing deadline or overwhelming word count to achieve, or when you’re writing something that is far outside your comfort zone?

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Tumblring over Freedom of Expression

What does ‘freedom of expression’ mean? Does it mean you can say what you like, whenever you like, wherever you like, to whomever you like? No, it clearly doesn’t. We have to respect rights of our audience as an equal individual, and to respect their background and their feelings. That much is obvious, and that is why we have laws against, for example, racism, intolerance and incitement to hatred.

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Brexit

Brexit is the greatest democratic expression of fear, doubt and paranoia of our era.

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Men

Men consider women’s bodies to be objects, not the extension of a person’s character or soul. This is one of the greatest problems that we face in this world.

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Fragile

One of the things that we admire about porcelain is its delicate fragility. We should learn to do the same for people.

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Thank you, The Bestseller Experiment

I think I’ve always been a writer. My mother likes to talk about the poetry and short stories I wrote when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Certainly for as long as I can remember, I have been creating stories, characters, conversations, scenes and even entire fictional worlds, and lived so deeply in my favourite books that it feels, looking back, as if fiction was more real to me than reality.

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Normal

Normal is measured against our ideal of human behaviour, but when we measure it against actual human behaviour, 'normal' looks very different indeed.

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The No Way: The Uncertainty Overload


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Dog

A dog is the consolation prize for the lonely.

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Overheard #3

A grey-haired man whispering into the ear of his wife while walking through the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition: “I need something like that to make my moongate.”

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Coat

We all have to wear a coat to protect us when expose ourselves to the world. It’s just that I need a thicker coat than most.
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Man

Flip-flops, shorts, close-cropped hair and a checked shirt tight over his squat, bull-like body.

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Alone

You are never truly alone when you know someone loves you.
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Overheard #2

An exasperated American woman to her friend while walking along Regent’s Canal in London: “Who the fuck hand-washes glasses anyway?”
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Clarity

Sometimes, when the drink has gripped my soul, I see more clearly than I have done at any other time.

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Life

I used to think that life happened all by itself. It took me a long time to realise that you have to make it happen.
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Overheard #1

An exasperated American woman to her friends while walking along the Arno in Florence, Italy: “I mean, you don’t need dick every night of your life.”
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Review: The Tale of Genji

It is the delusion of youth to think that time is infinite, that we have infinite time and there will always be enough time for us to get done everything we want to achieve in life.

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Waiting

The dusk-laden calm of the room was broken by the sound of a thud and a peal of high-pitched laughter.

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Relationship

Surely our greatest and most long-lasting relationship is with ourselves.
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Doubt

Doubt is a thief of the soul.
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Danger

With creativity comes danger.
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Disposable

I used to live life like it was disposable. Now I don’t want to throw a single second away.
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Hell

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

Life is a heavy weight that sometimes crushes my soul.
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Cruel

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

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

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Pig

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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Merry-go-round

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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Ivy

I suppose there must be days when I haven't thought of you, but I cannot recall even one.

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Friendship

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.
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Room

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

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Confidence

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

It is the only thing worth fighting for.
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Lie

The definition of a lie depends on your perspective.
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Present

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

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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Floating

I am no longer sure who I am.

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Darkness

The only darkness I see is in your eyes.
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Resist

Now.
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Reason

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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Sleep

It catches you unawares.

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

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Exchange

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

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Sorted

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

Me: "Yeah, me too."
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Inside

On the inside, we all think we are cool.
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White

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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Beauty

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

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.
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Creativity

Creativity happens in the transition between order and chaos.
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Rise

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.
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Decay

Life is an ever-lasting cycle of decay.
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Pain

Pain is selfish.
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Shadow

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

Power is given, not taken.
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Sad

It is a curious thing that we think it is more true to be sad than to be happy.
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Speak

The most interesting people to listen to are those who do not wish to speak.
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