Baby Baby Teachers


There is an old phrase – “those who can: do. Those who can’t: teach.” It’s a dubious sentiment for many reasons, but one which has been on my mind recently.  I’ve now been learning escrima for nearly four years, and have taught a little bit of women’s self-defence via its organisation.  Also in the last few months I took the first of some very, very baby steps down the road of becoming an assistant instructor, and it’s… … a little intimidating, to be honest. First things first: I enjoy teaching.  I enjoy watching people learn, and get a real kick …

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A London List

September Walks 2013# 030

A little London List, to pass the time. Men in children’s playgrounds who have taken over the monkey bars and associated kits. They pull themselves up with their fingertips, swing for a while, do push-ups with their feet balanced on swings, pull-ups from the top most bars of the climbing frames. When they are done, they nod manfully at each other, and take it in polite turns to work out. They wear vests, the better to reveal their very toned arms, and perhaps, in working hours, investigate insurance claims or answer telephones in the local council housing repair unit. A …

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The Fence

Magnifying glass

Tim Minchin has a wonderful song called ‘The Fence’.  I recommend you all go listen and buy.  Without wanting to spoil too much, the chorus is a rallying cry to ambivalence.  Turns out that sometimes thing aren’t just wrong, and aren’t just right, and the world isn’t as binary as you thought and that really, sitting in the middle of things going ‘well yes but I can see both sides’ might actually be a noble calling. Ah Tim Minchin; what words of truth you speak. Complexity!  Ambivalence!  Whoopee!!! There are very few things I absolutely believe in.  They probably boil …

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New Old New New Old Labour

big ben

Dear The Green Party, I’m really sorry about this, but I think I might be voting Labour in the next election.  I know, I know, I only joined last year, but in fairness, I did join with a lifetime membership owing to having done a job of such corporate evil that it felt necessary to give a significant chunk of that cash to a good cause, and it was you – so whatever happens, please be happy that you’ve got my money regardless.  I still believe in everything you do, honestly, it’s just that… well… Corbyn’s happened. This is going …

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How Editors Might Work


This first sample is courtesy of the wonderful Ellen, from Orbit US, and expresses one way in which editors have very occassionally been known to function namingnonamesahem…. And then of course, at the other end of the spectrum, this: With of course my agent’s favourite ever video of all time to round things off:

Upcoming Events 2015!!!

TOUCH by Claire North UK Cover

Guys guys guys!  I’m coming to visit places!   Specifically: Manchester, Waterstones Deansgate on Tuesday 22nd September 7 p.m.. Leeds, Waterstones on Monday 21st at 7 p.m.. and Liverpool, Waterstones on 30th September at 6.30 p.m.. If you’re around, please pop in and say hello!