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A crime is a crime is a crime

War crime. Waging aggressive war is a war crime. Murdering innocent men, women and children in war is war crime. Torturing innocent men, women and children in war is war crime. Starving cities full of innocent men, women and children in war is war crime. Crime is crime is crime. Long live Ukraine!

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I’ve found your purse!

It was time for my Sunday afternoon stroll.  Sunday roast consumed, belly settled, I needed fresh air and a good leg-stretch.  At least that was my excuse to avoid hearing yet another of my Dad’s anecdotes about when he was in the army in Germany back in the 1960’s. “Do tell me yet again about […]

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For richer, for poorer…

My prison penpal, Charlie, The Ex-MP in the HMP, is out of prison. After spending a year in prison, he was released last Tuesday. Here’s what his mother-in-law had to say about his release and subsequent return to the marital home. Ironically, in the Daily Mail, which was his newspaper in prison. Here’s my […]

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Just the Type

Charlie, the ex-MP in the HMP, mentioned in his last letter, that the conditions at HMP Wandsworth were so harsh, he wasn’t even allowed a typewriter.  This rather tickled me, so I wrote back to ask him: “What?  No typewriter allowed?  You’ll be telling me in your next letter they won’t allow you to have […]

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The Land of Stripey Sunshine

Since his sentence started in September 2020, Charlie (aka the Ex-MP in the HMP) has been corresponding with me once a month. After being moved from prison to prison, cell to cell, in the first half of his sentence (one year with remission), he’s now settled into his currently place of residence, HMP Wandsworth. I […]

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Public Service Announcement

The other day I was on the Underground travelling on the District line. A man of foreign appearance got off the train, and I noticed that he had left his bag behind. I grabbed the bag and ran after him, caught up with him at the top of the escalator and handed him back his […]

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News from the Land of Stripey Sunshine

This evening, I came home to find in my letterbox a new letter from Charlie, the MP in the HMP.  (To quote Robin Williams, is that me, or does that sound like an Elvis movie?  Oh Viva Danang!  Viva Danang!  Go and fetch a rope and hang me!)  I have read his latest epistle with […]

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Plumbing the Depths…

In a Moscow prison, two inmates share their experience. “What did they arrest you for?” one of them asks. “Was it a political or common crime?” “Of course political. I’m a plumber. They summoned me to the district Party committee to fix the sewage pipes. I looked and said, ‘Hey, the entire system requires replacement.’ […]

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My Prison Reading List

Charlie, the MP in the HMP, has been telling me he has been reading (and writing) voraciously since he started his prison sentence in September. In our correspondence, we have been discussing what other books he could read, so I took a look at all the books I’ve ordered off Amazon since 2003. Here’s what […]