Archive for April, 2009


Posted in Non-Fictions on April 25, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

Inspired by a discussion going on in some comments further down the page (see the post ‘Absence’, below), I thought I’d ask – do any of you readers consciously collect anything?

This is one of those posts that could backfire and make it painfully obvious that actually nobody is reading. So, if you don’t collect anything, please feel free to make something up. Let me know via the comments.

(Apologies for the logic holes in that there sentence.)


Barking At The Rain

Posted in Non-Fictions on April 23, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

I’ve already linked to this under the ‘Islands of Light’ links list to the right of your screen, but there’s some new work on here which deserves inclusion in a proper post, like.


Posted in Fictions on April 23, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

I click on an interesting-looking link on a medical page about people who think they are animals – people with what they call zoanthropy – and find stories about people clawing at the earth, howling, scampering down the streets at night, being unable to speak. People who start acting like animals after sex, barking and growling and biting and apparently unable to walk upright. People having to go to hospital in this condition, staying like this for months, and then coming back to themselves, unable to remember it.


Posted in Non-Fictions on April 21, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

Sorry for the recent lack of posts. I’m working on a new book at the moment so most (all) of my current writing is happening there. Please accept the picture below as an apology.


(I didn’t take this photograph. I don’t know who these people are.)

Who Watches The Watchmen? (Part 2)

Posted in Non-Fictions on April 9, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

And who’s watching you?


Who Watches The Watchmen?

Posted in Non-Fictions on April 8, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

Now, I try to avoid posting anything overtly political on here partly because it is not really the function of the blog and partly because writing politically online feels, to me, like shouting at a wall. But I can’t quite let this one slip by, so:


You are probably all aware of it already. ‘Who Watches The Watchmen?’ is the meme, of course, or it will be. (The Watchmen film release could not have been more timely.) And the answer, evidently, is that we do. 

I realise that the police in the video are not necessarily indicative of police in general, but this is deeply important. Given that they want it to be illegal to film or photograph them. Also it is noteworthy that before this footage was released, the police were claiming that they had had no contact with the man and were obstructed by protestors when they tried to help him. Watch the video again. Are the police trying to help him? Are there any protestors in the way, or throwing bottles? Where are the sinister, hooded anarchists that the tabloids were full of? Where are the foamy-mouthed, cidery-smelling hordes? My point is that the brainless Mail and Co. are complicit in this for convincing the British public (and indirectly the police) that the G20 protestors were nothing more than a dangerous nuisance, a bunch of privileged twits out to cause some trouble and assuage their middle-class guilt, who deserved all the scorn and beatings that they received.

I’m going slightly off-topic there though. The reason I’m posting this is that it feels like the thin end of the wedge is widening. If CCTV is to be used for the protection of the people, as is the claim, then why was no CCTV footage released prior to the eyewitness video released today? If the scene had not been recorded by an eyewitness, what lies would we be being told right now? There are a number of alarming factors.

Next time there is a protest organised for a cause with which I have some sympathy, I’m going to go. Protesting is important – the only reasons that the British government doesn’t really pay attention to protests are that they are too small and too infrequent. It’s a vicious circle – little is achieved, so less people go, so less is achieved. This has to change. Look at Iceland. Regular significant protests forced a coalition government, putting a temporary end to the damaging short-termism of party politics.

There is now an additional reason to protest – purely for the sake of it. Purely because it is legal and we can and yet the actions of the police last week seem to indicate the opposite. If people let this slide then it will continue to slide. That is the probably the single most important point that I’m trying to make.

So please come with me next time if you can, and you don’t object to the principles. There are enough causes. MP’s expenses. The treatment of Ian Tomlinson. Climate change. The torture of Binyam Mohamed. The general May Day protests. The DNA database. The communications database.

Forgive the proselytizing and the rambling. But please, if you agree, and you think that what happened last week was wrong, pass the video/meme on. For people inclined the same way as me, it will hopefully tip the balance.

The Broken Nose

Posted in Fictions on April 1, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

I should have gone to London today. But didn’t. I wish I had. Here is an old poem, a few years old now, which is very tenuously connected to today’s events:


The Broken Nose

The river burst its banks today,

And I remembered

That time I hit you

(by mistake)

And broke your nose.


You bled for days.

The blood ran,


Stained, that time it rained

It rained for days.

I stayed at yours:

Slept on the floor,

Blocked the gap

Under the door.

We tried our best,

But still you bled.

Your mouth,

Your hands,

Your T-shirt – red.


We tried to get to hospital,

But all of the roads were flooded.

And I remember thinking

(as the car began to float away)

That we’re lucky

That you’ve