The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition by CJ Stone and Arthur Pendragon

With an introduction by Prof. Ronald Hutton Description Looks like a tramp. Says he’s a King. Meet Arthur – Warrior, leader and Druid. An ex-squaddie and biker turned spiritual leader and parliamentary candidate. The bearer of the Sword of Britain. … Continue reading The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition by CJ Stone and Arthur Pendragon

CJ Stone in the Independent

My first article in the Independent appeared in the Saturday Magazine, on Saturday 22nd March 1997. It was the first of a series a columns collectively entitled “Going Home“, about my return to my home city, Birmingham, in early 1997. The story is called “Back to Brummagem“, Brummagem being the local name for the city. It’s not, as it sounds, just a nickname. The name “Brom” or “Brum” appears as a prefix for a number of places in the area: West Bromwich and Bromsgrove, to name but two. So Brummagem is probably the original name, and “Birmingham” the tarted up … Continue reading CJ Stone in the Independent

Ian Pollock’s Illustrations for Housing Benefit Hill

Housing Benefit Hill was a series of columns which appeared in the Guardian Weekend between September 1993 and September 1996. Originally it featured a cartoon series by Steven Appleby, which were very funny, but not specifically intended as illustrations of the text. (Mind you, sometimes they could be accidentally appropriate). However in September 1995 the editors at the Guardian commissioned Ian Pollock to illustrate the stories, and the results are shown below. They are remarkable drawings, not least because somehow or another Ian seemed to be able to capture not only the essence of the story, but the actual appearance … Continue reading Ian Pollock’s Illustrations for Housing Benefit Hill

Biker Dads

Driving used to be a pleasure. Right now I’m inching forward in first gear, watching the tail lights of the car in front flicker on and off, tasting the traffic fumes like bitter porridge, steaming in this damp, heavy heat, seeing yet another red light up ahead, yet another set of road works, waiting, waiting – moving – waiting. Where’s the pleasure now? From The Independent  Sunday 01 August 1999 Read more here. Continue reading Biker Dads