Children of the République – 01 – De l’autre côté du miroir

J’ai rampé. Epuisé. Lessivé. J’ai rampé jusqu’à mon lit en espérant trouver dans les bras de mon compagnon, une chaleur réconfortante. Je me suis glissé sous les couvertures et me suis lové contre son corps. Il était cinq heures du matin et je venais d’assister à la défaite du bon sens : Un fasciste à la… Read more »

Children of the République – 01- If you don’t see them, they don’t see you

I crawled. Exhausted. Devastated. Back to bed… It was five in the morning and I snuggled against my partner, hoping his warmth would ease the pain. I had just watched something I couldn’t fathom: the orange muppet I had been rolling my eyes at for the most part of a year had just been elected… Read more »

42 – October 2013

Snoozing was just not going to cut it anymore, I would have to open my eyes and face the harsh reality of another day. As I was lying there, unwilling, I saw my entire day flashing before my eyes. I knew what every single minute of the day was going to be like. I would… Read more »

The Gospel of Jerome – Realization 1:2

‘There are two kinds of people in the world’ is a phrase I’ve been hearing a lot lately, a phrase thrown every which way to express one’s perspective on the world and which is often misused if not misguided. But there are, indeed, two types of people in the world: those who have had children… Read more »

The Gospel of Jerome – Realization 1:1

When we look at someone we jump at a particular set of conclusions and I, narrow-minded pretentious know-it-all, do very much the same as everyone else: I judge people. I judge people on appearances, on the clothes on their back and on their grooming habits. When I see a muscular man whose tight-fitting tank top… Read more »

Happy Ending 3:3 – The Wedding – September 2013

I would have never believed that when I welcomed 2013 in the misty miserableness of gloom galore, I would be standing where I am right now. My hands are sweating, I can barely breathe. I keep looking at my mum; she is tearing up and is trying her best to compose herself. She is the… Read more »

Manners Quest – June 2013

As the train entered the station, I got up, knowing fully what was to happen next. But this time I wasn’t having any of it. This time I was ready, ready to stand up for what was right, ready to fight for peace and order, for decency, for queen and country; ready – I tell… Read more »

Amour à la French – February 2013

L’amour… This je-ne-sais-quoi that brings joie de vivre and raison d’être ; an oeuvre of lèse majesté against reason, a collage of cliché, a nuance palette, par excellence, of avant-garde romanticism. When a bel esprit starts to gaffe, to volte-face, cherchez la femme! On meeting la jolie au courant in her bouffant beige blouson and béret,… Read more »

Fiches de Lecture – Nouveaux Auteurs

  Voici les deux critiques que j’ai reçu du comité de lecture des Nouveaux Auteurs pour le Prix du Premier Roman d’Yann Queffelec pour mon roman intitulé Je pardonne à l’enfant. Note global: 7.75 Fiche de Lecture numéro 1  Son résumé: Une famille qui paraît « banale » dans une campagne « banale » et… Read more »

The End is Nigh 1:2 – November 2012

Blacking out is, to some, a rite of passage that turns a boy into a man. I’ve never been a heavy drinker, never finding binging that appealing to start with but rites of passage are what they are and you cannot escape them. I remember an American blockbuster, The Hangover, where a bachelor party wakes… Read more »

Summer trilogy – The Night Before… 2:3 – August 2012

It’s been three days since the intervention during which my friends took over my life and decided to get me laid against my will. Pride is in full swing. There isn’t a single corner of the city left to the breeders; I wonder where they’ve gone. My living room has become the HQ of operations…. Read more »

No tienes abuela! – May 2012

One of my neighbour is a dear old lady of 86; born in Seville, she moved to Madrid at the sweet and tender age of 17 (filled with dreams of the big city, imagining she would wear fancy dresses and go to balls) to be with her husband (a man ten years her elder) and… Read more »

GULAg – The unforseen episode

The writing team behind this early Easter Special would like to point out that this episode was supposed to air at Christmas time as part of an effort to bring everyone’s Christmas spirit to an all-time low. However, their main character felt that hope (a word we write with spite) was still a viable option… Read more »

What a drag (Pun intended) – Jan 2010

Sex deprived due to a selfish Papa Noel who kept my present (A 6 ft tall Dutchman) to himself and gloomy at the thought of having only two years left to live (Haven’t you seen 2012?) I welcomed 2010 in pyjamas on my balcony; looking at drunken Spaniards stuffing their faces with grapes. Standing there,… Read more »

Epilogue

J’étais bien au chaud. Confortablement installé, j’avais tout ce que l’on peut rêver et ne désirais rien de plus au monde que de rester là. Là où le monde ne me voyait pas. Où je n’étais qu’un concept, qu’une idée encore, pas très tangible. Je restais sans bouger, me balançant de droite à gauche. Nage… Read more »

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    24 heures d’écriture – lettre de motivation

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    Le lyrisme suinte de la réalité. Mais quand le jour se lève, que le radio-réveil s’excite et qu’il faut, bon gré mal gré, se lever, généralement de mauvaise humeur, esquiver les objets machiavéliques qui veulent blesser  la plante du pied, se faire un café, rouler une cigarette, s’extirper de ces songes merveilleux où le monde, bigarré de… Read more »

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    KONY 2012 – April 2012

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    I wasn’t born when Franco died. And my parents before me didn’t have to witness the Nazi horrors. I’m white, I’m agnostic and I’m middle class. I have no problems to speak of. There is a roof over my head, a comfy bed to sleep in and a fridge nicely filled with organic produces. And… Read more »

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    Tapas Etiquette – March 2012

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    British subtleties, for the non-initiated (that is: anyone who is not British), are not that easy to grasp. A simple “I’ll bear it in mind”, from which most would assume we’ll make an effort to remember, actually signifies that we’ve already forgotten about it! Such things like “If it’s ok with everyone else” does not… Read more »

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    Love and Dependency – February 2012

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    This is a letter I received from a reader who felt like sharing his pain. I find it ludicrous.   The quietness surrounding me is piercing cold. As I sit in the here and now, soon to be the there and then, I wonder about what has gone wrong. My spirit seems to have been… Read more »

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    Maria (censored) – January 2012

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    Spain’s traditions and especially Spain’s fiestas have always remained a mystery to me. I’m not one to complain about days off work for obscure reasons and even less about long bank holiday weekends but all these virgins are making me dizzy. There is the virgen del pilar, virgen del almudena, virgen de no se que… Read more »

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    A Christmas Carol – January 2012

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    In a world where knowledge has been brought to a whole new level, where, by a simple touch of the canonized thumb, you can order whatever you may possibly not need by apps, the good old nights in front of the telly are no longer a peaceful, stress-free deliverance. You settle in front of the… Read more »

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    One For Sorrow – December 2011

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    For the Audio Version, Click on the Play Button thingy!  [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Apocalypse, Armageddon, the end is nigh…or so they say. I have to admit that until recently I had been quite dubious with this end of the world nonsense. It would take more than a bunch of lazy Mayans… Read more »

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    The STEPS project – TEASER 2

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            A BIG THANK YOU TO DAVID, MATT & ENRIQUE… …as well as all of those who participated: strangers and friends alike. Share

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    The STEPS project – TEASER 1

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    Here are some of the screenshots taken out of the little video we made last weekend and which will come online on Friday.     STAY TUNE TOMORROW FOR THE OUTTAKE VIDEO     Share

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    Dramatisation – November 2011

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    Being the good Brit that I am, I am not one for confrontations. I pose my demands in a nice and articulated manner and expect the recipient to respond with the same civility. And if everything else fails, I rely on a good old cup of tea to fix the problem. (Is there anything a… Read more »

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    Christian Guilt Trip 2:2 – September 2011

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    By Leo “Majo” Drape There I was, shivering, impatiently waiting the result of a test that would change my life forever. I could feel a dribble of sweat making its way down my forehead. Next to me, Jerome was reading Proust (Like the pretentious A-hole that he is), unfazed – his chakras nicely aligned. A… Read more »

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    Christian Guilt Trip 1:2 – August 2011

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    By Leo “Majo” Drape As a child, I was innocence wrapped with white ribbons. I did my chores without being asked and helped old ladies cross the street. I went to church every Sunday and I confessed my sins on a regular basis. Sins which mostly involved watching too much TV and lying about brushing… Read more »