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Rodney Wood

Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:06

I'm always amazed at how people can gets around sites so easily. I do remember seeing Muddy clearly but if asked who I first saw I would have to answer truthfully Frank Ifield.Sad eh.

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kath hewitt

Sun 5th Jun 2011 12:14

You're welcome. Re Tudor nights, i am local but i don't really do social stuff, kinda nt that great at it! Appreciate the invite tho x

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Isobel

Tue 31st May 2011 10:13

Thanks for your comment Laura. Yes - the Escape theme has been rather heavy - for me it was also too similar to the Freedom theme. Nonetheless it seems to have produced plenty of good pieces - which proves that there is no end to the fountain of misery we all drink from LOL. Hope to see you around soon. Isobel x

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kath hewitt

Fri 6th May 2011 20:03

hi Laura,

It is indeed that tempestuous bitch MaryJane!! if you know her well enough, you ought to know her old friend mr white too!! anxiety ridden is very apt! thanx for commenting xx

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Banksy

Thu 21st Apr 2011 17:56

Thanks - I did A level geology - does it show ?? :)

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John Coopey

Mon 18th Apr 2011 18:57

Laura
Glad you liked Happy Birthday, Dave.
He cried (I did too!)

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winston plowes

Mon 18th Apr 2011 16:00

Hi Tom, 'Story' and Sappho. Win x

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Banksy

Fri 15th Apr 2011 18:45

it was written a long long time ago & not directed at anyone in particular, but of course, it is indeed about CC.
The button nose boy was a child from his own childhood - without spoiling the book, just read 57-60 (if you want, that is )

http://www.wattpad.com/77040-a-seperate-reality-carlos-castaneda?p=57

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Banksy

Fri 15th Apr 2011 18:28

Hi - no, but I'll have a look then... I'd read some of Maya Angelou's stuff that you mentioned though - great writer.

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Banksy

Thu 14th Apr 2011 20:27

If the carlos book you were reading was the first - the Teachings of DJ, then, yes, the last part is shite - but it was not meant to be entertainment, just a write-up of a PhD dissertation, so it included all the boring stuff at the end. His second - A Separate Reality - is one of the best IMHO. They really did (utterly) change me + my life... but if it's not your thing...
Another "must read" is "I'm OK, You're OK" by T. Harris, which I know sounds like typical Aymerican psycho-babble bullshit, but is (IMHO) nothing short of amazing. In a nutshell it's all about how peoples minds work & how to make your own life & relationships better by understanding this stuff (ie how your own psyche and that of other folks all works = we are not all the same)- another life-altering book. just my 2 cents tho !

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Philipos

Thu 14th Apr 2011 10:14

Hi Laura - thanks for commenting on Combustion and good luck to you if you do decide to go for a career change - and yes I did watch Six Feet Under quite compelling viewing I thought and ground breaking entertainment - I tried not to miss an episode x

Hi Laura - re: Combustion again, yes there were definitely some hiccups in the series SFU like the woman who after a post mortem supposedly died of choking and yet was shown on TV stretched out on the slab without any cut marks but it was grand series in spite of that

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Banksy

Wed 13th Apr 2011 20:41

thanks for the comments (a kind of heaven).I wrote this about 2-3 yrs ago but it took me a while to decide if it was "worthy" of posting - funny - folks seem to like it !- there's no accounting for taste... I like it, but I didn't think most would "get it". Ta. B.
BTW - how's it going with carlos ? are you bored with it yet? or has it blown your mind like me??

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Terry White

Wed 13th Apr 2011 12:59

I love signing in to see you've posted a comment on something I've done. I really makes my day.

My Sunday editing really has cut down on a the quantity of material I have been coming up with. I don't write anything new at all on Sundays, and only work on two poems. As you can see, I went from posting about a poem every other day on here to see what you guys think to posting about one a week. I don't think they went over very well though, no one made any comments on them. Still, I'm going to try to keep reserving my Sundays for just one or two poems and really try to squeeze everything I can out of them.

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kath hewitt

Tue 12th Apr 2011 17:36

Hey, just wanted to thank you for your comment. much appreciated x

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Rachel Bond

Tue 12th Apr 2011 14:16

re melancholy. i shall rephrase...'us of undetermined gender persuasion' have more in common than we know...internal conflict and debate being most likely denominator. better?

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Elaine Booth

Fri 8th Apr 2011 20:31

Thanks, Laura. Was just doing a "thanks" comment to Winston and realised the poem came from a 25 year old memory. I wrote it in one go - no changes except Ray's suggested hyphens. Amazes me where it comes from sometimes. Thought I'd lost it with the (as you know) recent changes.
Looking forward to seeing you soon. Thursday?? & of course Saturday! Big X

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Petrova Fairhurst

Fri 8th Apr 2011 10:48

Hi Laura, spring is sexy!

Everything is bursting with colour all to get pollenated, birds are mating etc and we start thinking of diets to shed those winter pounds..

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andy n

Wed 6th Apr 2011 14:05

Hi Laura;

Thanks for the comment over 'Up on the Bridge'... Wasn't the easiest piece in the world to write, must admit and getting the two events to link together was particularly hard, but in the end it's worth it.

Glad you like it... Will be looking forward to reading this around over the next few weeks..

Hope you are good x - Andy N

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Elaine Booth

Thu 31st Mar 2011 22:02

Hello & many thanks for your comments on "Luxury". Yes, I have read lots of Woolf. The issue with time is as you know one I've been struggling with lately so it all came so naturally - I had to write something about it! XXX

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ian

Thu 31st Mar 2011 15:05

Hi laura I'v tried uploading audio files but the file format i've got is not supported on this site i'm sorry about that. and i'm no tech head so don't know ware to start to reformat them. Thanks Ian..... ps hopefuly this will be sorted out in the next few weeks, my song writing partner and i are investing in some recording gear so we can get are songs on to cd then i should be able to upload them. Or if you know of easier way let me know and i'll be happy to give it a go.... Cheers....

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John Coopey

Wed 30th Mar 2011 00:32

Laura
I don't think I could manage Ken Dodd... live. It took me a dozen shots to do the audio!

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Terry White

Tue 29th Mar 2011 13:51

Laura, thank you for the comments. I just want you to know I agree with you about taking time out to work on what I've already written. I need to set aside a lot more time to do that, it's just hard to find that time right now. I will be thinking of you on Sunday's while I am editing my work and I'll try to do more of it.

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Jack Pascoe

Mon 28th Mar 2011 21:39

Hiya Laura, thanks for the comment on 'she made her mark'. I'm a fan of Tom Waits so that's a massive complement for me, cheers. She left a mark on my memory too. That one was worse than the scars.

Nuff luv 'n' tha', Jack

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Rachel Bond

Sat 26th Mar 2011 02:51

hey laura...its nearly monday! will see you for bunfly recording debriefing sesh. ill bring my violin.
louise coulson mentioned getting heads together to organise the reading tents for imploding festival. havent written anymore of the childrens stuff so maybe we could have a chat about that.
see you then x

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Petrova Fairhurst

Tue 22nd Mar 2011 14:54

Thanks for your comments Laura on "Twisting Knives" - it's one of my darker pieces, thought I'd put one up, I have one or two (ha ha) as you can imagine! But at least it has hope at the end...

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shoeless

Mon 21st Mar 2011 20:50

or is the cycle always complete

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Dave Bradley

Sun 20th Mar 2011 10:55

Hi Laura

Thanks for commenting on No Point; Point. I hope all is well over there

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John Coopey

Fri 18th Mar 2011 13:07

Ey up , Monkey. Thanks for commenting on I Dreamt You Were Little Again. I really did have the dream and it was a sad one.

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Banksy

Thu 17th Mar 2011 18:02

Hi - glad you like the book - I've got a copy right here. Like you said - there's some hilarious stuff, stuff that had me crying my eyes out, etc etc. if nothing else, CC is a superb storyteller - & all the books intertwine. Like I said, I had to read all 3 times over, just to piece everything together & get a proper understanding. I know it does sound corny, but these books radically changed my life, help govern the way I live my life, run my business, deal with people - everything. It's almost a religious zeal except it's not a religion & there's no "lessons to be learned". Somehow I just changed the way I did things as I agreed with him that there is ultimately only one "right way" to live & that is Impeccably. If you dont know yet what I'm yacking about, you will later. I first started to read these ~25 yrs ago & never changed my opinion since. all the best. B

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Petrova Fairhurst

Thu 17th Mar 2011 07:33

Hi Laura, yeah museums & galleries, though I love them drive me bananas.

There's a place called Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is divine; there are huge monoliths reclining in fields and, being open to the elements, you can get your mits all over them - it's heaven!

Thanks for your comments, always appreciated :) x

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Pete Crompton

Wed 16th Mar 2011 19:44

Laura, hi, thanks for your comments on the 'silence' poem, yes you are right about 'nice' but hey the word is also for 'Nice' biscuits! which, when dunked are suprisingly good, you just gotta get the timing right!

thanks again, one day i'll work out what the poem was about! :-)

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Cate Greenlees

Wed 16th Mar 2011 10:02

Hi Laura, thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed Uncle Ned
Cate xx

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Rachel Bond

Tue 15th Mar 2011 23:51

'absent friends' sounds heartbreaking :( maybe therepeutic.

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Elaine Booth

Tue 15th Mar 2011 22:28

Thanks for your comments on "Moon". No, the small type was a typo - not intentional at all!! xxx

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Banksy

Tue 15th Mar 2011 17:54

TBH - they're all damn good (first 10 I reckon - read all 10 at least 3 times) apart from the last 2 which are Magical Passes & The Wheel of Time - both of which are like an afterthought, after the event & rather crappy IMHO.BTW - they used peyote/mescaline, datura, psilocybes & other stuff as well.
I've never had a huge dick dream - no need, if ya get my drift ;) B

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Banksy

Tue 15th Mar 2011 17:46

Mmmm - sort-of... it's also from a martial art I used to do a long time ago & for a long time called aikido, but haven't done it for years now. B

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Philipos

Tue 15th Mar 2011 10:32

Hi Laura thanks for commenting on Psalms - no insensitivity intended just trying to take the heat out of a heavy topic and I do understand what you mean - I guess I'm having to overly deal with other people's disturbing stuff at the moment x

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Rachel Bond

Mon 14th Mar 2011 12:08

hi laura, thanks for your feedback on the list.
I've removed the poem as I don't like to catalogue all my work..just give it an airing and get some feedback. its not often i have a piece that i think is finished.
i am bitter and my poems are all streaked with ascerbicity (good word!) Anyway i have a place i go to to write good poems, from the heart so to speak, but its so heavy i fear its morbid outpourings. hence writing more cerebral stuff that allows a dispassionate view. its just this writing lacks depth and seems to be mainly of interest only to myself.
anyway i might rework the other poem but will be more likely to just write something else. maybe this time from the spleen and really get the bile flowing.
i respect your opinion so thanks again x

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Banksy

Fri 11th Mar 2011 19:12

Hi - thing is, he wrote 12 or 13 - the first is a bit technical cos he was gathering botanical data about the plants & its full of references cos that was his Phd thesis. The last 2 are a bit shite cos he's talking about stuff that don juan never taught him (really) - the second book "A separate reality" & onwards are the best IMHO & the first (teachings of don juan) is good also, once you know what you're getting. just my 2 cents :)

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 11th Mar 2011 17:22

Your 'bird dream' sounds fantastic. I have never experienced any kind of transmutation or transmogrification, never had the conscious desire to (or unconscious, either, I guess); so, maybe, therein lies the difference. I've had lots of incidences with birds, animals and insects as though we 'talked' the same language, 'eye contact', all when wide awake.

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Banksy

Thu 10th Mar 2011 17:49

castaneda relates an almost identical experience where on several occasions under don juan's tutelage he made him turn into a crow - he says it wasn't as if he was pretending to be a crow - in his mind at least he WAS a crow.I'm very impressed by your own experience - it sounds wonderful !
- and reading yours sounds very much the way CC described it.

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Thaumaturgically Charged

Wed 9th Mar 2011 19:19

Thanks for the comment Laura, I wrote that a while ago after a a particularly irritating round of phone calls with BT , I actually smashed the phone to pieces in the end, lol it was a crap phone and it made me feel better ha ha.... The family were traumatised though hee hee...thought I'd gone mad.

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Banksy

Wed 9th Mar 2011 18:14

after reading about the possibility of waking dreaming or lucid dreaming in the books of carlos castaneda, I tried for years without success, then out-of-the-blue the first time was on hols with my then girlfriend on tenerife. Carlos' way of getting into a lucid dream is to find your hands in your dream. in the (ordinary) dream I was standing at the Trevi fountain & there were fish in the water. I saw a transparent fish go by which I thought was odd, then I saw another fish but this one had a lion's head - I thought "this cant be real", so I MUST be dreaming - in which case, find your hands I said - I looked down & there they were (not just hands, but MY hands). It was such a massive shock I just woke up instantly with a thumping heart but very thrilled. It happened only 6-7 times in 20 yrs - so I wrote them all down. The best was where I was washing my hands in a lemon coloured sink with chrome taps - I found my hands & was awake in my dream. Within my dream I thought - "this is odd, because it's more real than real life - so why ?" I decided that in the dream world, everything in front of me 180 degrees was in sharp focus the whole time, whereas in life you have to focus on one thing at a time & that was the crux. I was amazed by this revelation even within the dream, but also realized that if I wanted to, I had no idea how to wake myself up. Just then I "felt" a presence to my left & looking up it was me - looking at me !
I wasn't shocked, just interested, cos carlos says that in a dream you can ask any question & you'll get the true answer - and guess what - I couldn't think of a single thing to ask or do - I could have gone flying, walked out into the street - anything - but I couldn't think of anything I wanted to do or ask (damn ! ) -
then I woke up - still amazed by the clarity & super-reality of it all - not like any dream ever - this was as real as real gets !
these dreams are the most exciting things to ever happen to me bar none - I just wish I could do it to order !

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Rachel Bond

Wed 9th Mar 2011 00:22

hi laura just to say im not going to wigan thurs. i did not get out of hospital to hang round with people dressed up as doctors reciting surrealist poetry *shudder* be like trapped in a daliesque nightmare with john togher as the big man himself all curly mustached...Nah, i just have something else on but it would be great to catch up about kids stories, photoshoots and just what im going to do with those pics of my back alley! Have fun x maybe come over for WOL Bolton @ Butterflies?

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Banksy

Tue 8th Mar 2011 20:45

Hey Laura & Cyn - don't mean to butt into your private meanderings - but have you ever had lucid dreaming - where you "wake-up" within your dream ? - I have about 6-7 times & it is amazing - like THE best ever high

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Banksy

Tue 8th Mar 2011 20:42

thanks Laura xx

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 8th Mar 2011 11:48

Laura, I've been meaning to share this for ages. I can't even remember when it came up. I'm a stair-leaper too, always from great heights, barely touching a toe on successive landings, rather sorry for poor souls racing down; they can't bound whole floors like me. It's always a wonderful feeling, never anxious. I'm also an air-walker over bushes and fences, sheds - that type of thing. My feet get to them and I naturally rise up and walk a few inches over the top, as butterflies do. I'm waiting for the dream when I walk 'through' things! That'll be interesting. We can dream only what our subconscious will allow. If I dream something like that, I might be dead the next day!

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Janet Ramsden

Sun 6th Mar 2011 12:35

Hi Laura, thanks for comment on my hair poem and for pointing out the typo - doh! :-)

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John Coopey

Sat 26th Feb 2011 22:18

Just had 15 seconds to thank you for your comments on Interview before - Whooaa - here it comes again!

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Chris Co

Wed 23rd Feb 2011 02:44

Thx for the feedback on the love poem Laura.

Not been on the site much of late...but hope to catch some of the events in the coming month.

My Best

Chris

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