Not a Pyramid Scheme. Probably.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

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Hello lovely pledgefolk.

I've had an idea.

Cockerings is currently 35% funded - we've sailed past the 1/4 mark and the 1/3 mark. 50% is on the horizon.

But the pledges are coming in very slowly.

So what if I ask you guys to help me to get some new pledges?

Not for free, mind.

If you can get me THREE new pledgers I'll send you an exclusive signed print of an artwork by me. 


The Clown is Named

Thursday, 22 August 2019


Thank you so much to all of you who responded to my request for a new name for Bozo the Polish clown - one of the main characters in Cockerings.

As you'll recall, I found out that I couldn't use 'Bozo' due to copyright issues. And I didn't want to use a name that's currently in use by a currently registered professional clown.

So I asked you guys. And you came through.

I had some cracking…

Wet Wet Wet

Thursday, 15 August 2019

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25% funded - we're quarter of the way there!

But we can't afford to take our feet off the pedal yet. There's still a long way to go.

And speaking of a long way, I just spent a long weekend in Scotland doing two performances of my talk Life, The Universe, And Elderberries for the Edinburgh Fringe and for Glasgow Skeptics. It was also my birthday on the 11th. I spent it getting wet.

Yes indeed…


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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If you've read any of my previous updates you'll know that one of the main protagonists in Cockerings is an aged, alcoholic Polish clown called Bozo.

We go a long way back, Bozo and me.  

In fact, he's been with me, in notebooks and unpublished short stories for over twenty-five years. And I was delighted when Cockerings was accepted by Unbound because it meant that I could now share him with…

Puppetry of the Pizzas

Saturday, 13 July 2019


One week into the campaign and Cockerings is already 19% funded. Let's keep up the momentum, m'lovelies!

Meanwhile ...


All of the best stories have their roots in real life.

When I was a young cop pounding the beat in Uxbridge, West London, in the early 1980s  there was a pizza joint near the bus station called Stanelli’s. I often thought, as I wandered past, that it would be quite funny…

Thirty Years of Clowning about

Thursday, 4 July 2019

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Hello lovely subscribers. You look great. And my word, what a lovely blouse you have on (sorry Rik).

Well, here I am again, begging for money. Well, not quite begging. It's more me asking you if you like the sound of my new book and, if you do, would you mind paying up front for it? It's no worse than me asking to borrow a few quid off you. The price of a big pizza in fact. And as a reward for…

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