Chris R-0988.jpg Image by Christine Renney

Last weekend we passed through the centre of Bradford lots of times on our way to various talks and these young ladies were always around, whatever time of the day or night. The lass in the checked dress must have been every teacher’s nightmare – cheeky, intelligent, low boredom threshold I suspect – but I liked her attitude (as I don’t have to live with her!)and she liked having her photo taking along with her mates.


Chris R-0972 Image by Christine Renney

This is a portrait of a very talented poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, whom we saw and listened to, at the Bradford Literature Festival last weekend. He was commissioned to write a modern day piece inspired by Dante’s Inferno from the Divine Comedy. Breathtaking. We also heard him read other of his works at a Poetry slam where several other poets read including the mighty Linton Kwesi Johnson.
A wonderful experience.



This is a letter for the two ladies that had just seen Adele at Wembley Stadium (28/6) and were in the queue for the 10.54, platform 5 train at Wembley Central. The train was going in the direction of Milton Keynes.

I discreetly spoke to a member of staff at the station to explain to them that I would struggle to stand in the (very long) queue that had been formed outside because I have secondary breast cancer. I also told her that I have a card that proves my disability for moments just like this.

The member of staff was happy to let myself, my daughter and my daughters friend, jump in to the front of the queue – just in front of where you were standing. You however, weren’t so happy.

You’re lucky that I didn’t hear what you said. You’re lucky because I would have turned around…

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