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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
London Sitar Ensemble and World Strings

London Sitar Ensemble and World Strings

posted Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Yesterday evening, I attended a performance by the London Sitar Ensemble and World Strings at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

It was an amazing evening of veils and piques, vales and peaks, with nine sitars, two drum (tabla?) players, a kora, a huge flute, a cello and electric guitar – all led by Sanjay Guha.

The music rolled on excitingly, then  soothingly, then hypnotically ... with aspergers and rhythmic psychologies built into many thoughts including Philip Glass, Jimi Hendrix, and modern western classical music which is one of my main interests.  In fact, the cellist (James Barralet) played Ligeti’s Cello Sonata that fitted perfectly, yet paradoxically, into the ensemble’s evening like an angst-ridden hand into a jewelled glove.  Tunde Jegede’s harp-like cadenzas on the kora  were simply beautiful. The more ‘conversational’ moments between individual players were often poignantly inspiring. And a young boy playing upon what looked like a mandolin-type instrument kept an awe-inspiring relentless clock rhythm punctuating, inter alia, two cacodaemonical driven drum solos around him. 

And more.  Went home smiling.

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Saturday, 26 June 2010 9:50 am :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/ligetis

You can listen to Ligeti's stunning Cello Sonata (with paintings) at link immediately above.

Posted at 12:02 pm by Weirdmonger

Big Brother 11

Big Brother 11

posted Tuesday, 15 June 2010


As with previous BBs at this early stage in proceedings, I'm now beginning to live in the faces; these are people who I happen to think about (for good or ill) and who have entered my life in a very strange way, with their baffles and fables, veils and piques, two-way filters of truth and fiction. The thing about truth is that it is monumental, untouchable, but humans can't approach it without being blinded by differing elements of fiction, some fiction voluntary and conniving, other fiction involuntary and sometimes to be pitied. I see truth among the personality crags and faces wherein we shall live for the next 12 weeks, taking them for granted by paradoxically not taking them for granted (or vice versa), i.e. by peeking at their ... well, yes, their veils and piques, vales and peaks.

I'd add a note about Corin's nifty neck-dance last night. An involuntary glitch of 'character' or a conniving show for the cameras?

See Marion Arnott's and other people's running commentary on current BB HERE

Posted at 08:50 am by Weirdmonger

JANE by PF Jeffery

JANE by PF Jeffery

posted Tuesday, 15 June 2010

It is difficult to review independently a book by a friend and correspondent since 1967, especially since I have personally witnessed much of his fiction work 'growing up' in that correspondence over the last 25 years. Indeed, under various titles, he has been writing 'Warriors of Love' for that great length of time, and a projected 12-novel series is now being (re)written and published in books: HERE.

That is why I am dying to read the thoughts of other readers about what I consider to be important literature, aspects of which may deter as many other aspects will attract. I genuinely believe these to be well-written (easy-to-read but satisfyingly textured) novels, but ones that need care and a sense of trepidation.  I personally do not relish all their aspects but as a gestalt I relish what I sense is now evolving: a serious literary, but stylistically readable, treatment of childhood, growing up, poignancy of the human condition, history as a concept and an experience, religion, spirituality, a positivism (that often doesn't chime with my own negativism), feminism (that also doesn't necessarily chime with me), gender, slavery, adult sexuality, i.e. a believably tangible fantasy world that really exists on the page and in the mind, but also containing things that I worry about but hope to cease worrying about given acclimatisation to the world PFJ has created.  We shall see.

Whatever the case, they are books of 'fiction' upon which any serious reader needs at least a view of some sort.  I really want to know those views. It is otherwise hard to be objective.

I wrote a detailed real-time review of the above book last year HERE before it was a proper book.

Yesterday, I wrote a thumbnail review of it on its sales page: HERE


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Saturday, 3 July 2010 12:55 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blogspot.com/2010/07/

My review of MARGARET by PF Jeffery at link immediately above.

Posted at 08:49 am by Weirdmonger

Monday, September 06, 2010
First sight of 'Null Immortalis' cover

First sight of 'Null Immortalis' cover

posted Tuesday, 8 June 2010


 .cover design: dean harkness


Purchase details: HERE

TURN AGAIN by William Meikle
A GIANT IN THE HOUSE by Daniel Pearlman
THE RETURN by S.D. Tullis
LUCIEN’S MENAGERIE by David Fitzpatrick
EVEN THE MIRROR by Ursula Pflug
LOVE IS THE DRUG by Andrew Hook
THE SCREAM by Tim Casson
THE SHELL by Tony Lovell
OBLIVION by Derek John
TROOT by Margaret B. Simon
ONLY ENUMA ELISH by Richard Gavin
ICARUS ABOVE... by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
HOLESALE by Rachel Kendall
'FIRE' by Roy Gray
BROOM PEOPLE by Cameron Pierce
THE GREEN DOG by Steve Rasnic Tem
SUPERMARINE by Tim Nickels



1. Marge Simon left...
Tuesday, 8 June 2010 5:53 pm

I am absolutely delighted with this cover! It conjures up all sorts of images --desolation, the threat of doom, loneliness and powers beyond our knowledge. Really fits with my story, too, I think. Can't wait to read the other stories!

Posted at 01:00 pm by Weirdmonger

Last Balcony Photograph

Last Balcony Photograph

posted Monday, 7 June 2010




This photograph was recently taken among a series of photos in Thorpe-Le-Soken.

 It now gives me goozebumps. It really does.




Posted at 12:58 pm by Weirdmonger

Saturday, September 04, 2010
Dr Who / Hung Parliament

Dr Who / Hung Parliament

posted Monday, 10 May 2010


I sense that Dr Who in the last few years has become a self-conscious series of role-playing or computer games where the main protagonist characters seem to *know* they are safe (or immortal) within each episode or 'choose your own path to adventure' scenario - all artificially tied by a running image like 'bad wolf' or a crack in the wall type of thing.
The audience is expected to collude in those terms and any suspension of disbelief is one that only the modern psyche (imbued with such 'games' and similar real 'macho' car-driving impregnability) can hope to manage.
The current shenanigans with the UK hung parliament represent a similar at-one-remove fabrication - playing games with our material well-being by means of a sense of (false) impregnability or 'null immortalis'.

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Monday, 10 May 2010 11:28 am

The latest episode seemed to me -

"Hey, gal, let's take your fiance and go for an adventure. I know, an adventure about vampires - and wouldn't it be great to make the location Venice... change into your fish-net stockings, the skirt's just fine..."

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Monday, 10 May 2010 12:32 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/dr_who_

Doctor Who / Gordon Brown - earlier blog at link immedately above.

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Monday, 10 May 2010 12:59 pm

Matt Smith is a terrible Dr Who, to my mind. Someone from the Sixth Form acting the goat. I can understand he needs to be modern for modern viewers. But I'd draw the line at Prince Harry?

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Monday, 10 May 2010 1:00 pm

Pleased to see he carried a card with the original Dr Who on it (my Dr Who).

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Monday, 10 May 2010 6:23 pm

Des Lewis After the 'perfect snooker' of an election result, Brown has just released the inevitable random blast of the cue ball...

Posted at 10:08 am by Weirdmonger

Dr Who / Gordon Brown

Dr Who / Gordon Brown

posted Sunday, 2 May 2010


Doctor Who last night (as I recall him saying):
"If I always told you the truth, there would be no need for me to ask you to trust me."

Gordon Brown after Bigotgate?

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Sunday, 2 May 2010 3:28 pm :: http://shawnlunn2002.blogspot.com/2010/0

Thanks to the blog-owner at the link immediately above, the correct quote is:

The Doctor: "You need to start trusting me. It's never been more important."

Amy: “But you don’t always tell me the truth.”

The Doctor: “If I always told you the truth, I wouldn't need you to trust me.”

Posted at 10:03 am by Weirdmonger

Friday, September 03, 2010
UK General Election

UK General Election

posted Monday, 26 April 2010

 In the UK General Election, I sense an endemic polarisation of belief-systems. And argument for argument's sake. Ian McEwan wrote in his latest novel 'Solar': "The past had shown him many times that the future would be its own solution." And I feel that one needs instinctively to nudge reality in that direction, whether by vote or by abstention of vote. Not by consensus, but by sensitivity to synchronicity or serendipity.

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Sunday, 9 May 2010 5:31 pm

Today, this election has been the 'perfect snooker' of a hung parliament. One solution of snooker players in such a situation is to cannon randomly to see where all the balls fall...

Posted at 10:22 am by Weirdmonger

Magic of Music

Magic of Music

posted Sunday, 25 April 2010



Just been to this concert by the Clacton Concert Orchestra: http://clactonconcertorchestra.com/2010/01/18/music-for-all-31st-january-2010-3pm/  round the corner from Clacton-on-Sea pier.

 I managed to get a seat not far from the various soloists: Jess Barton (clarinet - Mozart), Tracey Simmons (violin - Bach) and Michael Hurren (piano - Shostakovich).

A musical experience to remember. The church acoustics and the orchestra were aberrantly productive, and I was particularly inspired by the almost Philip Glass-like rhythm of the D-Bass and cellos in the Bach. Mr Hurren's red T-shirt and masterful managing of some thoughtful and masquerading piano notes still echo in my mind as I write this. Tracey Simmons' Bach soared above even the seagulls. Jess's Mozart was often deeply timbred and, to my non-technical listening, delightful. You can't often experience such tenderly tentative as well as puckishly confident sounds so coolly complementing each other in an unexpected seaside scenario. You can't experience them even in the best of concert halls in  the capitals of the world. Only Clacton or places like it can distil beauty from the unlikeliest of converging amateur and professional opportunities.

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Monday, 26 April 2010 11:27 am :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/stabat_

My previous short review of classical music in Clacton (last year's performance of Dvorak's Stabat Mater) at link immedaitely above.

Posted at 10:21 am by Weirdmonger

Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Cern Zoo / The Last Balcony

Cern Zoo / The Last Balcony

posted Wednesday, 24 March 2010



From Nemonymous Nine (CERN ZOO), Steve Duffy's story 'The Lion's Den' has been published in Ellen Datlow's 'Best Horror Of The Year 2' book, and I have now been told that Lee Hughes' "Turn The Crank" has an Honourable Mention, and 'Cern Zoo' as a whole receives favourable mention in the Summation section in the front of the book. In the said Summation, Dominy Clements, Tim Nickels, Lee Hughes and Steve Duffy receive a mention. Pretty good when you see that the stories are not only Horror ones, but also SF and Fantasy and Literary.
The book is also on the BFA longlist.


I am pleased to report that, very soon, a pdf preview of the forthcoming DFL definitive fiction collection - 'The Last Balcony' - will be put up at the Ex Occidente Press site here: http://www.exoccidente.com/index.html

 I am also kindly allowed by Unsettled Dust to use this wonderful photo (from here) in electronic connection with this book:


 This is a photograph that has no connection with me or with the publisher. Its own title, I've been told, was inspired by the book title. 

Posted at 10:51 am by Weirdmonger

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