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"Language is a virus from outer space."

William S Burroughs

So where does a journalist-turned-author go to sound off? Well, here's a pretty good start. This is where I hurl my missives out into the polluted meme-pool of human existence, hopefully to make a few ripples, if not an outright splash...

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PROSE: Words Make Telepathy

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Synapses of the Soul

By Mark Cantrell

HERE in the cold night, when the world is quiet and the distractions of the day are hidden in shadow, the writer sits to think.

 

He has nothing now to divert him from the words, but th...

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POEM: Grave Attraction

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 17, 2015 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Disinterred

By Mark Cantrell


A graveyard

Is such a depressing,

Delusive place.

All that space

Wasted on the dead.

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BLOG: Saved By The #VEDay70

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Without VE Day, I might not be here

My father, Peter Cantrell, was in the army when VE Day – Victory in Europe – took place.

 

That was 70 years ago, and with the country currently celebrating the anniversary, I thoug...

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NEWS: WWF Warns Of Deforestation

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 3, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't see the wood…

Where have all the forests gone?

 

THE Earth's forests are being destroyed by a pernicious parasite – us.

 

If we don't curb our rapacious appetites then more than 230 million hectares of forest will disappear by 2050. That's not good news for the creatures that dwell in forest habitats; it's not that good for us ...

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BLOG: Don't Tell Porkies, It's National Honesty Day

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 Would I lie to you?

APPARENTLY it's National Honesty Day – no, I've never heard of it either – so I guess it was in the spirit of truthfulness that a PR firm sent me their top ten list of porkies high street es...

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NEWS: Don't Get Scalded On The Artwork

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 25, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

'Glass' sculpture makes observers part of its shadow play


GLASS can be a stunning material, but when two artists wanted to create a sculpture that observers could interact with, becoming part of the display, the material was simply too unwieldy to sculpt and shape on such a scale.

 

That's especially true if your artwork i...

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POEM: Age Has No Meaning

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 19, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Age Less

By Mark Cantrell

 

Old... old, you say?

You call me old,

You,

Young sperm,

Still wet behind the flagellum,

Bathed still in the

Seminal fluid of a rise to blinking

Vapid, consciousness?

I shall tell you, tender shoot,

I am not old,

But ancient,

So ancient indeed that beyond

Time and measure

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BLOG: Yes, I Dabbled

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 28, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Silas makes his Mark

Mark Cantrell Interviewed on The Dabbler


"When that first rush of inspiration gives me the idea for a new story has got to be the best part of it all. It really is a rush when...

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POEM: Bad Luck Vampire

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 21, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Vampire Love

By Mark Cantrell


Love's a bitch

For Vampire Man,

Every time

He meets his Queen,

Cupid's Arrow

Stakes his heart,

Crumbling ...

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BLOG: Manchester Uncanny

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Working in the Shadow of the Uncanny Valley

By Mark Cantrell

 

ONE thing that often strikes me about Manchester as I walk through the city centre is its almost 'London borough' vibe – and I don't mean that in a good way.

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POEM: A Shade Of Photo-Chemical Amnesiac

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo Montage

By Mark Cantrell


Old photographs

Show moments of time frozen,

A window, from where faces of history

Can stare unknowing at the present.

Their time has gone.

Their ...

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POEM: Dressing Things Up

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 26, 2015 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Cut From A Cloth Less Bland

By Mark Cantrell


Sane,

Is ever so sartorial,

Don’t you think?

The way it’s worn cuts such a dash,

In the fine rush to catch

Convention.

O...

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