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Interfering with the Remote-controlled car: Analysis of a Child’s Game, aged 5

My nephews recently had a remote-controlled car purchased for them each following the Boxing Day sales. Today, they were both playing with them at the same time and they discovered, much to the dismay of one and the delight of the other, that the two different remotes could be used to operate the same car. … Continue reading

A British Asian’s Christmas 2014

I woke up in the morning and found my nephews building a toucan from a Lego set, which was one of their Christmas presents. They eagerly showed me some of their other presents – a book about the science of cars for the older one, a book about the human body with lift-up flaps for … Continue reading

written in love as a declatory jest to accompany a yellow rose but never delivered because not wanted it emerged at the age of twenty-seven

you suppose that I chose to propose the rose to you?   you suppose – but suppose that the rose chose to propose me and froze my nose in a scent of such a key that I could not but enclose the rose in the pose you now see you see

the dance

I had learned nothing neither had she both we danced merrily around the same old tree   branches struck me forcefully against the same old face of me   I stepped heavily on her toes ever so constantly murmuring sweet nothings in her ear ever so maliciously   she hid her eyes and her ears … Continue reading

strand

strand of melting gold of hair on the cheek in an escalator of a man of tanned complexion wavering in a gust of breath between vision and the discountenanced coquette of thirty seconds liquid dance in stubbled desert fragment of a kiss perhaps the rose of morning burning away the bleary face at which I … Continue reading

little tiger  

I let the baby bite me he dug and dug never would there be blood   this little tiger baby sometimes angry enough many times he won’t bite me and puts up his hands for love   but when he does does bite me calmly angrily the baby bites me he sucks and sucks my … Continue reading

the big photographs in the sky

the child told me to catch a star you have to have a net otherwise it is too hot and will burn you we all catch stars but when we look up into the sky we do not see the stars we see their photographs the light that comes from them is aeons old the … Continue reading

What do the remnants of religion mean today?

I was sitting in the university computer room, typing away my notes from a book on Postmodern Jurisprudence. To my far right, was a gaggle of girls. They were working on some sort of scientific or statistical project – one quiet American and one verbose red haired English girl with glasses and a hoodie. It … Continue reading

The Dog, the Argument and Snitching

They’re really the ugliest animals. Dirty dappled brown skin, squat, a face like a grimace. They look like gargoyles on all fours. Pitbull terriers. But I don’t suppose that many people noticed the ugliness so much. It was pretty dark. This one ran unleashed into the crowd eagerly, terrifying the bystanders. A lot of Asian … Continue reading

2000 leagues under the sea

I tried to step into the past recently. The scene was UCL. I had rushed over there in the rain and had just talked my way past the suspicious security guard who had rather reluctantly let me through the gate into the Darwin Museum. I wandered through and was about to walk inside when a … Continue reading