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England Is The Nation I Identify With In Spirit

Posted by Carl Halling, 21 April 2014 · 0 views

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England is the Nation I Identify with in Spirit

I came into the world very much a Briton as opposed to an Englishman. Which is to not to say I don't consider myself English, because I most decidedly do; but my origins lie not just in...


Rock And Roll And The Youth Tribes Of Albion

Posted by Carl Halling, 09 January 2014 · 107 views
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Rock And Roll And The Youth Tribes Of Albion That Totemic Y ear

Again and again, 1955 is cited by cultural commentators as the year in which things started to change in America and the West.
When it comes to Britain, there seems to be no doubt that within the space of a mere two generations, a spectacular rise in criminal violence from the low rates of at least the previous two centuries,...


Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 5

Posted by Carl Halling, 31 December 2013 · 115 views
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Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 5 Chapter Four West of the Fields Long Gone

With All the Fervour of a Former Acolyte

Among those who appeared in the Richard Cottrell production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bristol Old Vic in early 1980 were legendary method genius and future Hollywood superstar Daniel Day Lewis, and superb character actor, Nickolas Grace, still perhaps best kno...


Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 4

Posted by Carl Halling, 30 December 2013 · 104 views
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Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 4 Chapter Three My Future Positively Glittered

Seventies Dandies, Soul Boys and Punks

For two years or so, I'd worshipped at the altar of those artists who had either immediately pre-dated the age of artistic Modernism of ca. 1880-1920, or been part of its Banquet Years, and beyond into the Golden Twenties, the Annees folles and so on. However, in 1976,...


Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 3

Posted by Carl Halling, 30 December 2013 · 103 views
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Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 3 Chapter Two The Triumph of Decadence

In a Decade of Endless Possibilities

In late summer 1973, the minesweeper HMS Thamesis set out for Bordeaux in Gironde in the south west of France. It was my first voyage as an Ordinary Deckhand with the RNR, and I was just seventeen years old.
During the trip I made my best ever RNR friend in the shape of a fellow...


Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 2

Posted by Carl Halling, 30 December 2013 · 84 views
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Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 2 Book One

Rescue of a Rock and Roll Child

Introduction

Rescue of a Rock and Roll Child is a memoir which I've elected to call an experiment in memoir composition in the form of a novella from which so many of my subsequent writings have arisen. And while it's been largely untouched since its initial “definitive” publication, modifications have been...


Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 1

Posted by Carl Halling, 30 December 2013 · 74 views
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Though Are The Wonders Of This Brief Life 1 Introduction

Though Are the Wonders of this Brief Life , formerly The Boy from the Tail End of the Goldhawk Road is, unlike my previous work, very much not a 'Best Of' my writings. In fact, it's little more than a
'Rest Of', or collection of leftovers or secondary pieces collated in 2012-13, beginning with the already much documented memoir, Rescu...


Adversary (A Quartet Of Modern Discourses)

Posted by Carl Halling, 01 October 2013 · 262 views
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1. The Coming of the Absaloms

Introduction

When it comes to the key events that helped to create the society that emerged in the American/Western World in the wake of the Second World War - arguably the most traumatic event in history - many would be inclined to cite the 1950s as the fulcrumic decade, and ac...


Your Lethal Life And Further Versified Fragments

Posted by Carl Halling, 30 September 2013 · 96 views
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First (Versified) Fragments

Wicked Cahoots

When he made
his first personal appearance
in the dirty alley
on someone else's rusty bike,
screaming along
in a cloud of dust,
it rendered us all
speechless and motionless.
But I was amazed
that despite his grey-faced surliness,
he was very affable with us...


Seven Chapters From A Sad Sack Loser's Life - Chapter One

Posted by Carl Halling, 30 September 2013 · 99 views
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Seven Chapters From A Sad Sack Loser's Life - Chapter One Seven Chapters from a Sad Sack Loser's Life

Chapter One

Sometime in the early 21st Century, anyone carefully contemplating the life of David Cristiansen would be forgiven for thinking of him as a loser. In fact not just a loser but a king-size loser, a loser among losers, a loser supreme. And being told he was the best at what he did may have afforded...






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