Here the editor burbles on, documenting the history
of the site as it develops. It's getting to be quite a long list now, but it
does allow you to scroll back right to the beginning, over fifteen years ago -
Winamop's "big bang".. or was it a whimper?
Come along everyone, we need to "spend, spend, spend" or all the
shops will go broke!
Well, I think I've done my bit, I've bought myself some cosy
slippers and large bottle of malt whisky.
But before I start on the mince-pies I'd better introduce the
December edition of Winamop. There's much to enjoy here, and there's probably
nothing good on TV.
Here we go..
Martin David Edwards wrote this Christmas
story from a slightly unusual perspective. Everybody has a favourite meal for
the festive season, I wonder what turkeys eat? There's a clue in the title:
Human For Christmas .
Andrew Lee-Hart is back with an
unsettling case of child murders. This used to be such a good area, who could
be doing something so awful? It's called Shards.
A Christmas story from the in-house team
resurfaces as we reboot Oilstain for the festive season. Join Matt on
his quest to find the true spirit of Christmas.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has contributed to
Winamop every month this year, she ought to win a prize! I wonder if I have any
mops left? This time it's three poems: On Sounding Like a Basset Hound -
Duplicitous, Bleeding Hearts and Vagabonds and That Sexy
Robert Allen Beckvall introduces himself
to Winamop with this new poem The Trials and Tribulations of Champions.
We salute him.
Gary Beck's 'Mortal Coil' is an
unpublished poetry collection and Gary is giving us a sneak preview. Here are
Winter Warning - Interactive Dynamics - Warning Signs - Give Until
and Illegal Entry.
Joyce Walker brought us
a story earlier in the year but this time she brings
poetry. This selection has some to make you laugh some to make you cry. A
Jack The Lad To His Mrs - A New Me - Census At Bethlehem - The City - Incy
Wincie Spider and She Takes The Floor. Superb!
I hope you have a good holiday - if holiday it is where you are
- and that we will see you again in 2019.
Don't forget that we are always looking for new talent, some big
names started here you know!
If you feel you would like to join them please send your
contributions to me via the "Mail Us" button on the home
See you next year.
Time marches on and now there isn't much of 2018 left.. how did
Firstly, one parish notice: JD DeHart's new book
Five Year Journey is out now.
Let's get the November edition on the streets before Christmas
comes round again!
This month the wheel has turned and we have a bucket-full of
poetry but not so many stories, I just can't win. But to balance things up we
have some art photography from story-smith Martin David Edwards. It's a little
different to our usual fare, see what you think.
Off we go!
Harry Downey wrote this piece some time
ago, he sent it to me and I lost it. It's so small it went down between the
cracks. Here it is at last, it's called From Mary's Point of View.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has a moving story
for us. Well, it's a story about moving, which is also moving in itself. Read
Change, Too, is Good.
Martin Green is here to tell us about
A Day In March. Yes, I know it's November but you can't rush these
things. Oh, wait a minute, I'd better go and put the bins out..
Martin David Edwards has written many a
story for us, but this time he brings some art photography on the theme of a
Winter Wonderland. It's all about that cool look.
Perry L. Powell returns to Winamop a. He
writes tender and beautiful poems. Here we have The Lineaments -
Unaccountable and Denuded.
George Gad Economou takes us into some
dark places. Starting with Another Dry Bottom and the epic Mornings
of Intense Insanity we then dive into the depths of Boozehounds
Last Song before maybe finding some hope in Abstinence.
JD DeHart has three new poems for us
this month. They are called: Glossophobia - Jab and Costumes. By
the way, he doesn't wear his underpants outside his tights.. that's
John D Robinson is also back with new
material. Some bad things have happened but the poems are all the better for
it. Try The Bums Dispersed - The Same - The Hollow People - The
Excercise and Much More.
What did you make of all that?
I'm always amazed and impressed that so many contributors are
willing to nail their colours to the mast and contribute for no reward except
the sheer joy of it.
If you feel that you'd like to do something similar, or
something completely different, then please get in touch using the "Mail us"
button at the bottom of the home page. I'm sure
I don't have to remind you that Christmas is coming so anything a little
seasonal would be very welcome!
Goodbye for another month or so.
October ought to be the 8th month really, what with "octo" being
Latin for eight.. It's all because the year used to start in March so April
would be month 1, May month 2, and so on, making October the eighth month. Then
about 450 years ago some busy-body came along and moved the start of the year
to January. Oh well, if we didn't know any Latin I don't suppose it'd bother
Why am I wittering about this anyway? Whatever the month is
called, it's time for Winamop!
This month I bring news of a new book by Andrew Lee-Hart through
Wild Wolf Publishing. Find it here
On to the content..
KJ Hannah Greenberg has written a short
piece for us this month. Short but sweet! It's called The Whiteness of
Robert Steward introduces himself to
Winamop with a fine story set in an English class in Bologna, Italy a few years
ago. Read Imagine.
Martin Green used to have a cat. For all
I know he may still have a cat, but not this one, this was his first cat and
her name was Mickey.
Andrew Lee-Hart returns with a story of a
well-respected(?) teacher in a primary school. He'd been there for years and
years. We begin at the end; at his funeral. The title is Shepherd,
mainly because that was his name.
Margaret McNee. Lastly we continue to
follow the diary of a group of young Scots on a "grand tour" of Switzerland in
1908. This time they visit the Lutschinenschlucht and have some tea!
Sandeep Kumar Mishra is a new name to
us [BIO] and he brings us a collection of five
interesting poems. They are: The Books - My gallery has ended - The Death of
the Seas - I Painted an Ocean and A Rainbow Memory.
EG Ted Davis is also new to Winamop and
introduces himself with this poem Just plain ordinary Jesus. He's not
Things swung the other way this month; lots of stories and not
so many poems, that hasn't happened for a long time.
I'm not complaining though, it was all good stuff and I hope
that you enjoyed it.
If you feel that you would like to join our happy band of
contributors then please do so.
Just click on the "mail us" button at the bottom of the
home page to send it in.
Goodbye for now.
As we fall into autumn (a bit of a pun, sorry..) the weather
here at Winamop command and control centre has turned wet and windy. A good
time to be sitting inside reading this august journal. Of course if your
weather is fine then it's also a good time to sit outside reading Winamop on
your ICD (Internet Connected Device, evidently..). If you are reading on a
small screen remember to try the "Printer Friendly" option by clicking on the
smiling printer at top right of most pages. It might be clearer.
Parish notices this time concern JD DeHart who has a new book of
poems out called A Five Year Journey, available at
Big Publications. We have some great poetry by JD on the site this time
Gary Beck tells me that he has another new book: Dogs Don't Send
Flowers now available through
Waffle over, let's get on to the content..
Andrew Lee-Hart's story this time is
about an elderly lady who treasures a passionate poem written for her in her
youth by a now-famous poet. He's coming to town to do a reading soon, perhaps
he'll remember her? It's called Cleopatra.
Kevan Youde brings us a day in the life
of a detective called to the scene of an attack. A familiar scenario leads him
to believe that this may be the work of a serial killer he'd been looking for.
Read Never saw it coming.
J.B. Pick left a large archive of
unpublished work which we occasionally dip into. Here is a story from his early
days, a somewhat spooky tale called The Phantoms.
JD DeHart has a new book out (see above)
and to whet your appetite here are five poems. The first three The Fate of
Our Forest Home, Herd Instinct and A Night for Neighbors are new
work. We also have and The Whale in the Sky and On the
John Sweet is back with five great new
poems. Check out - houses burn - one after kahlo - your enemy's momentum,
your lover's god - dolorosa and in the age of gold.
KJ Hannah Greenberg's poetry makes you
think. That must be the purpose of any written thing surely? Sometimes the
thinking slows the flow of the poetry, so just pause and give it another read.
It'll be worth it.
Vince O'Connor has written a new poem for
us, it's about insomnia. It won't send you to sleep!
We've had more poems than stories this month, so come on
story-tellers let's have some more prose next time!
Just click on the "mail us" button at the bottom of the
home page to send it in.
Until we meet again, enjoy your time on planet Earth.
I'm late, for a very important date! The August edition of
Winamop is running behind schedule but has finally turned up, apologising
profusely, wearing odd socks and with its shirt hanging out.
It isn't our biggest ever edition but it has hidden depths.. For
a start Andrew's story weighs in at 3,287 words, get yourself a cup of tea
before you embark upon it because you won't want to stop. And, although It may
look as if there are three stories, in fact there are four, as Martin has
It's not just quantity either, all the stuff this month is
top-notch, I do hope that you enjoy it.
Andrew Lee-Hart's story is about a dying
man. You know how your whole life is supposed to pass before you at that
moment? Who's to say what life that might be. The story is called Untrodden
Ways, I recommend it.
KJ Hannah Greenberg introduces us to an
old woman living in Tsfat, Israel. Lonely Planet calls it "an ethereal place to
get lost for a day or two" but if you're old and lonely you need the comfort of
family.. Read A Time of No Redemption.
Martin Green recalls a couple of
experiences he had during visits to London. I've put them together as a "two
for one" deal as they sort of follow on from each other. It starts with Ruth
Rendell has my pen and goes on to Helen Ingalls.
Ann Christine Tabaka [BIO] was last with us in October and it's been worth
the wait as you will see when you read her latest collection. It contains: A
New Day Dawns - A Storm is at Hand - Dying Embers - Night Refuge and The
Michael Lee Johnson brings us four new
poems on the business of life and increasing age. We have Old Men Walk Funny
- Just Because, Bad Heart - Canadian seasons Exiled Poet and Injured
J.B. Pick Once more we revisit one of his
little books. Here we have six excerpts from "early rising" published way back
in 1981. The poems are The runner - The Expedition - The road - Father and
Mother - Time and Evening.
And so we come to the end of another fine edition of the
venerable 'mop. If you would like to contribute yourself please feel free to do
so. Just click on the "mail us" button at the bottom of the
Until this all happens again, goodbye.
Summer-time and the livin' is easy.. Time for a small but
perfectly-formed edition of Winamop perhaps?
I must first tell you about Gary Beck's new publications: He has
a chapbook "Voices of War" out on
Atlantean Publishing, and a paperback/Kindle poetry collection
called "Blunt Force" available through
Amazon. What a busy fellow he is!
Also busy are our stalwart contributors this month, a select
band of the finest writers and poets around..
Jane Seaford returns to Winamop with a
super story about a marriage on the rocks and an unexpected relationship which
follows. It's called The Atheist and God.
Harry Downey is back with a story about a
cricketer, a dog owner and most exceptional man. Knowledge of cricket is not
necessary in order to enjoy - The Eyes Have It.
Martin Green describes a February day in
the life of an octogenarian living in a Sacramento retirement community. Well,
it can't be that bad can it? At least the weather's always nice in
KJ Hannah Greenberg continues in her
poetic vein this month. Here are I Gave You Me - Some Boats and
Juliet Capulet, Her Nurse, and the Moon. Some of her best yet.
Sofia Kioroglou has written us a new
poem. I'm sure you've had a dream in which you were achieving something
wonderful? Like perfect gymnastics perhaps?.
John D Robinson [BIO] continues his poetic journey through the harder
side of life with power and humour. Here are: What Is It? - 1st Time Gloves
On - A Vasectomy And Sibelius - A Bright Sunshine and
A.J. Huffman brings us five new poems
this month. Enjoy My Mind Recedes - I Dream In Shark - Of Hive - I Am
Building and A Touch of Champagne.
A nice diversion from the tedium of another day on planet
I must get out more!
See you next time, and don't forget that you can contribute too,
just send me an email via the button at the bottom of the home page.
Well, that's 2018 half-way through already. Goodness gracious!
Doesn't time fly when you're enjoying yourself?
Before we get down to the mid-summer edition, I must just tell
you about Bruce Harris' new collaboration with "Wordsmag.com", just go to their
web-site and scroll down to
number 5 and you'll find Bruce's stories, and others too.
So, what have we here on Winamop? A few stories and quite a few
poems to enjoy, that's what!
Andrew Lee-Hart starts proceedings off
again this time with a tale of a house - now a museum - , a visitor and a
curator who seems to know the place well.. read The House of
Martin Green has been on this earth for
some time now, what's left to do? I guess time just sort-of passes doesn't it?
Here's a typical Day in January as an example.
J.B. Pick takes us to a world somewhere
where music has been banned.. not just those auto-tuned nasal singers that we
could do without but all music. Imagine the effect of hearing it for the
first time.. read Beware of Music.
KJ Hannah Greenberg returns to poetry on
this occasion with three new ones for us. Here are We've Learned It's Moot,
Lost Potential after Lambing and The Mages Incomplete
George Gad Economou is new to Winamop and
I can't tell you much about him.. We'll let the poetry speak for itself. Here
we have Chained on the Bed, Cockroaches mating under the Mattress, Flying
Needles and Harrowing Moments of Bourbon.
Sofia Kioroglou writes poetry in hot and
steamy Athens. I hope she has air-conditioning! This one is called The Fig
Tree Will Bear Fruit. If it gets watered of course..
JD DeHart returns once more with another
collection of poems. They are The Smartest, Old Sayings, Detective, Tiny
and Dramatic. All those things and more!
I hope you found something you liked, maybe it inspired you to
write a story or some poetry yourself?
If so, come and join us, the e-mail link is at the bottom of the
Bye for now.
Before we start I must tell you about Gary Beck's new chapbook
"Internet Yearnings" which is available from
Fowlpox Press. For some reason
the web-site plays Coleman Hawkins - How Come You Do Me Like You Do (I enjoyed
that) but don't let that put you off reading Gary's book.
I'm sorry you missed the birthday party, we had jelly and
balloons and everything!
You'll just have to console yourselves with the May edition
which is right here.
So let's head off into our 16th year starting with this splendid
crop of stories and poetry, from some old friends and some new faces.
To make the newcomers feel at home we'll go round the room and
each of us will introduce ourselves to the group, then we'll break for coffee.
Anyone need de-caff?
Where are the biscuits? Oh, wait a minute, who wanted
Why can't anyone else in the world make proper biscuits? Ones
that you can dunk in a cup of tea..
Oh never mind, scrap the bonding exercise let's get straight to
Andrew Lee-Hart is back with another
historical piece featuring Lancelot at the time of King Arthur's Camelot... and
beyond. Read Forlorn.
KJ Hannah Greenberg's epic tale concerns
a relationship unravelling, then the strands intertwine in different ways. It's
Bradford Middleton returns this month
with a tale of a man barely functioning, how will he get through the day?..
Will he even make it 'til lunchtime? Read A Morning Circling The
Simon King wrote a story about British
Prime-Minister Edward Heath last time and now he's turned his attention to
Charles Crumb, brother of the notorious cartoonist Robert Crumb. It's called
The editor. Yes, I have written a little
history of the site which I hope will interest those of you who regularly visit
Winamop. Why we did it.. that sort of thing. Not interested? Oh well, you can't
Neil Ellman has a knack of interpreting
works of art in poetic form. The poems stand up without the pictures but the
combination is delightful. This time he is inspired by the work of Roberto
Matta, Yves Tanguy, Sam Francis and Paul Klee.
DS Maolalai introduces himself to us with
this suite of five well-made poems. BIO Here
you have 2nd hand - The wine. Like Macbeth. R - My new leather jacket. - Drinking with
Matt. and A beautiful Tuesday.
JD DeHart turns his hand to poetry this
time, and he makes an excellent job of it too! Here are three new ones called
Underpinnings - Creek and What We Come to Know.
Adam Levon Brown is the brains behind
Madness Muse Press BIO and he introduces
himself to Winamop with five impressive poems: Serpentium - Seeking Solace -
Thy Kingdom Come - Midnight Stroll and Bullets and Fire.
That was good wasn't it?
If you want more, come back next month and I hope that we will
have some for you. That, of course, depends upon the fine band of contributors
who keep us going.
You can join them, write something and send it to me. Use the
email button at the bottom of the home page.
May 5th 2018
Today is Winamop's 15th
Who'd have thought, back in 2003,
that it'd still be going after all this time?
2003 wasn't a particularly good year: the Columbia space shuttle
fell apart killing seven astronauts, Saddam Hussein's regime was being toppled
(that went badly..), David Blaine was suspended in a glass box by the Thames
and had things thrown at him (didn't go too well either..), Ian Duncan-Smith
resigned after only 2 years as Tory Party leader (wasn't going well..),
Liverpool based soap-opera Brookside ended after a 21 year run (nobody
noticed), George Bush visited London (didn't go well.. huge protests over Iraq
war), Rover brought out the City-Rover (absolute crap) and DVDs overtook VHS as
the most popular home video format.. DVDs? what are they?
So it looks as if - along with Birmingham's* Bullring
Shopping Centre - relatively speaking, Winamop is one of the more successful
things to come out of 2003!
If you'd like to see what Winamop looked like in 2003 when were
riffing on Winamp's web-site, click here to
enter our time machine.. (we actually used to give away mops!).
We'll be back in a few days with our 15th birthday
Don't miss it!
* Winamop is based in Birmingham UK
What a fool I am, to be away on holidays whilst I should have
been here preparing Winamop..
As it happens, it has just allowed the in-box to fill up to
bursting point with excellent stuff for you to enjoy.
So let's get underway with this, the late-running April
Andrew Lee-Hart has come up with what
sounds to be a useful text, it's called Guidelines for a Good Life (or
Lessons I have Learned), but having studied it I should probably recommend
caution before following it all to the letter!
Joyce Walker hasn't written for us before
but here she is at last.. It's amazing how many words there are in the English
language isn't it? Words for things that we didn't even know existed until told
about them. Joyce learned a few when moving house..
JD DeHart has always wanted to write a
story - this story. This is the story he always wanted to write, and now he's
written it. It's calledThe Story I Always Wanted to Write:. Visit Slam
City, but keep your eyes peeled..
KJ Hannah Greenberg is spending a little
time in 1957, when all things were possible and a bunch of kids could organise
a carnival all by themselves. Let's hope the weather turns out nice! It's
called Just Three, 1957.
Martin Green has been writing his "Uncle
Pringle" stories for some time, but this is his first one for us. Uncle Pringle
is a mediator, a man who can un-knot a knotty problem. This story concerns an
incident some forty years ago, which could have serious consequences
SuzAnne C. Cole is new to Winamop and
introduces herself here with five new poems, mostly on the subject of spring.
Sofia Kioroglou returns with this
evocative poem about a characterful street in Athens. If you are curious you
can find it on Google Maps.. it looks nice! It is Dionysiou Aeropagitou
Do join me for the 15th birthday edition next month, fancy dress
Just when we thought spring had sprung, the "beast from the
east" blew in to the UK.
No, not Mr Putin, but a spell of icy weather streaming in from
Time to stay indoors in the warm and assemble Winamop for
It seems as if our contributors have been snuggled up to their
warm PCs too and have produced a bumper crop of writing for us this time.
Let's get started..
KJ Hannah Greenberg is probably our most
prolific contributor, for which I am duly grateful. She has been with us since
2008, but her story this time concerns an even longer relationship. It's called
Thirty-Four Years or So, Give or Take a Shoe.
Harry Downey, last with us in 2015, has
come back to the fold with this tale of skullduggery and tax avoidance. Read
A Rose By Any Other Name.
Andrew Lee-Hart is a fine story-teller
who has brought us many great reads. Here we visit a parallel existence where
tolerance is seriously lacking. Uncomfortably close to home I think. Read
Hugh and decide.
George Aitch BIO has this tale of two students on a trip down to
London. Their favourite band is playing at last and this will be a show not to
be missed! Read We Go Out .
Michael Lee Johnson has contributed poems
before and this time his poems are illustrated with pictures. Audio of him
reading them is also available. A multimedia experience! We start with
Heaven is My Horse Fly.
John Sweet has been in Winamop a couple
of times and here he is again with another five rather good poems.They are:
time, in all directions, Universe A, Glorified, this is the fire and
looks up, shoots at the sky.
John D Robinson appears to live a
colourful life, judging by the company he keeps in his poems! Here we have
Spiteful Annie, The Alien Object, Business As Usual, Im Making
Movies and Welcome Back To Work Interview.
A.J. Huffman writes emotional and
insightful poems and we are happy to have five new poems on the site this time.
I Dream in Seclusion, Aquamarine, Rainbow Bridge, Glitter Unplugged and
Gerard Sarnat is celebrating a Jewish
heritage and mourning the loss of life due to the Californian droughts, fires
and floods. The collection comes with pictures and is called Spring Fever
Transcend Dances .
That's the lot for March, here's hoping that spring will be back
soon here in the top half of the planet.
I already have a few pieces for April so it looks as if that
should be a good edition too. Don't foget to come back and see us soon.
Remember that it is our fifteenth birthday in May so I am
looking for birthday or anniversary related material for that special edition.
Not long now..
Here we go again!
It seems that our contributors have approached 2018 with great
enthusiasm and started producing books galore!
First we hear from Bruce Harris whose new book of stories The
Guy Thing - which he has published to raise money for Huntington's Disease
charities - is now out (excerpt featured this month). His partner of over
thirty years, Anthony, was diagnosed with Huntingtons Disease in October
2016 and since then Bruce has been working to raise money for Huntingtons
Disease research. The book is
Bruce's stories are excellent as you will know if you've read
any of the ones we have featured in the past. Here.
Adam Kluger has a new illustrated collection of flash fiction:
Desperate Times: Short Stories (45 stories) which, he says: "Has
miraculously been published by a wonderful French Publisher, Belphegor
Editions. It's available
Amazon as a paperback and is soon to be translated into French for the
French Book Market".
Also new on the market from one of our contributors is Gary
Beck's short story collection Now I Accuse. "Diving deep into love,
enmity, compassion, and regret, acclaimed poet Gary Beck brings us through the
complexities of life with his brilliant collection". Find it at
Bruce Harris's book The Guy Thing
is out, as mentioned above, and we are lucky to have an excerpt from it to whet
your appetite. It's a story of school days - but relevant to life at any age.
Read Us and Them.
JD DeHart brings us a piece of "Prose
Poetry" this time, I'm in a quandary as to where it should go. Should it be in
the Prose or the Poetry section? Well, it's here now and it's called Green
J.B. Pick started a satirical literary
journal called "POINT" back in 1957. In this article from the first edition
(which hardly anyone read) we meet Adam Picklewit and John Charlatan, stars of
the book "A Land Fit For 'Eros" which also came out in that year. You now have
the chance to find out about The True History of Vacuism - an entirely
new art movement..
Orbindu Ganga has another poem for us
this time and this one is about a close encounter of the amorous kind. The
title is Touch me not ... .
KJ Hannah Greenberg returns to poetry
this month. She has created these three intricate poems: Clouds of Bad
Attitude Precede Rainbows, When Adopting Great Dangers and Least He
Cattail Jester was last with us in 2016
when he was starting out as a published poet. He has stuck with it and is
making waves. Here are three of his latest poems: Glider, Routine
Creature and Tongue in Cheek.
Jenny Lu is an imaginative poet who
contributed to Winamop last year. She's back in 2018 with two super new poems
Ready, Row and Butterfingers . I hope that you will enjoy
It's funny how things ebb and flow isn't it? Everyone's
publishing books and writing poetry but we're a bit short of stories this
month. If you have a story in you I'd love you to send it in to Winamop. The
e-mail button is at the bottom of the home page.
I already have lots of poetry for March.. let's hope we can find
some fiction (or fact) too!
See you next time.
2018's been going for a couple of weeks now and so far it's
business as usual, the wars continue, Trump's tweets cause shock and awe,
Brexit bores the pants off everyone and the NHS is suffering its usual winter
And I've had the flu!
So really, it can only improve..
One bright spot on the horizon is Winamop's 15th birthday in
May, so get your thinking heads on and see if you can come up with anything
birthday-related for the special celebratory May edition.
Meanwhile it's time to get the January edition underway, so here
Andrew Lee-Hart has another of his
beautifully crafted multi-chapter stories for us. We join a homeless man on the
streets. He doesn't know his name, he doesn't let that worry him, but but he
does have some pretty bad dreams.. The title is Homesick.
Eric Suhem's story this time is about a
toll-booth cashier, someone you might meet every day and hardly notice. Maybe
if you struck up a friendship it could lead to something? Read The
Martin Green is getting old, it happens
to most of us, but sometimes it's hard to appreciate the gift of a long life..
His piece is called Egrets.
KJ Hannah Greenberg kicks off the new
year with a conversation recorded in a Royal court somewhere. The Beggar
King has taken charge.
John Grey has five excellent new poems
for us: When She Hung The Painting, Here Tell, Another Bad
Hair Day, A Child Born To Ageing Parents and Las Vegas
Mindy Watson introduced herself to us in
September 2017 and I was very pleased to receive another collection of her
poems recently. She is experimenting with poetic forms. Here are: Seesaw
(a villanelle) and Shark Cage (a rondeau).
Rob Plath was last with us in 2013 and
now he's back with three new poems. We start with homemade earring, then
an untitled piece and we finish with just shrug, you
JD DeHart also brings us three new poems
for 2018. We start with A Day of Cancellations, I Write Words and
end with You Never Can Tell. C'est la vie!
Well that's it, we're underway with a shiny new year, and it's
up to us to make it a good one!
See you next time.
Welcome to the Christmas and New Year edition of Winamop! Here
at Winamop central, it has been snowing, and we've been eating mince pies,
which means we are all feeling very Christmassy.
It's been a good year for us with a consistent supply of fine
material from our faithful band of contributors. I thank them all
Unfortunately we have lost a few along the way, some may return,
others cannot. Adios amigos.
I have one piece of news: Gary Beck has a new chapbook out at
Atlantean Publishing it's called
be Thy Gun and is written as one single poem starting in the French and
Indian War and on through war after war in America.
Right! Before we have to suffer all the trauma of having to
remember that it's 2018 when we've only just got used to it being 2017 any
more; let's get into the last Winamop of 2017.
Merry Christmas! Or if that's too late; Happy New Year!
KJ Hannah Greenberg The Hedgehog republic
is in trouble, send for Bill, Phil, Milly, and Dill! And watch out for those
lethal lizards! There's going to be a blood-bath in Fences and
Andrew Lee-Hart. Ian is a minister, he
has a lovely parish in Shropshire and a young wife, he should be happy.. but he
obviously isn't as he's run off to London where he has met Prince
Alberts Daughter. There's trouble afoot.
Now back to 1908 with our series on the
Scottish girls' grand tour to Switzerland. Transcribed from Margaret McNee's
diaries it's a fascinating insight into life over 100 years ago. This time we
join them on a trip to the Trummelbach falls.
Captain Wozzo is our children's hero,
ready to fight the good fight wherever and whenever he is needed.. except when
he's busy of course.. He's back with a Christmas special.
Sofia Kioroglou has sent us a new poem.
It's called Maria Skobtsova - The Holy Fool and is about that remarkable
Michael Estabrook was last here in 2016
but he's back - right back - to prehistoric times and the days of the real
and/or legendary creatures which we can envisage roaming the earth millions of
Orbindu Ganga paints a wintry picture
this time, which is most appropriate! His poem is called My Snout-fair Snow
J.B. Pick loved the cold, crisp winter
landscape around his Scottish home, and of course he wrote about it quite
often. Here, as a special Christmas treat, is a selection of some of his
evocative winter poems.
That just about wraps it up for 2017, I wish everyone a bright
and successful New Year.
Now let's launch ourselves into 2018! Winamop will be fifteen
years old, so what will befall this stroppy teenager as the new year
I'm hoping for a nice full in-box in January so that I can start
off with a great edition.
I've already written to Santa..
Watch this space.
We have returned, I've been on holiday to the not-so-frozen
north of Scotland and you've probably been doing something awfully exciting as
That all pales into insignificance now, because we're here and
ready to go with the November edition of good-old Winamop.
Off we go!
Linda Casper is back! She was last with
us in 2014 with Rita The Recycler and she has another
short piece of fiction for us this time called Write On. It's
Martin David Edwards would like to
demonstrate a new lifestyle App for your smart-phone. This really is the
pinnacle of A.I. It can even find your perfect date.. or can it? Find out in
The App, available in your App store tomorrow.. maybe.
Kevan Youde takes us back in time to the
dining room of a commandeered château where a young aide de camp meets
his new commanding officer for the first time. First impressions are all
important in A Natural Progression.
Jerry Vilhotti tells it like it is in his
hard-hitting Page 94 piece In the Land of Milk and Venom.
Bruce Harris is campaigning in support of
the Huntington's Disease Association and has a
new website devoted to
the cause. Here's a trip back in time to an old story of his that's well worth
KJ Hannah Greenberg turns her hand to
poetry for us this month. We start with Tomorrows Bleak, Worry-Woven
Landscape then No More Notice and to finish we go Home, to
Sofia Kioroglou brings us just one short
but powerful poem this time. It's called A Monster. You can decide who
fits the description..
Orbindu Ganga [BIO] is new to Winamop this time and his poem
Being Frolorn... is all about autumn..
J.B. Pick's little books of poetry were
always a highlight at this time of year. He isn't here to write them any more
so here are a few poems from the 2007 edition called Evening
Well that's all we have for you this time. I hope you'll come
back and find Winamop bursting with goodness in our Christmas edition.
For that to happen we need our contributors to get festive, but
not too festive to write! Send us a contribution by using the email button at
the bottom of the home page.
Bye for now.
If I were a tree I'd be losing my leaves, but as I'm an elderly
man I'm merely losing my marbles. At least a tree can look forward to a new set
of leaves next spring, but my marbles ain't coming back any time soon..
I do like autumn though, those leaves change colour before they
fall, the mists roll in and the skies darken, makes you want to sit indoors all
warm and cosy with a nice new edition of Winamop to read doesn't it?
So, with apologies to those of you in the southern hemisphere
who are just embarking upon spring, here is the autumnal October edition of
Christopher Branson joins us for the
first time with this story of a young girl's life cut short. What would she
have become? A ballerina maybe? Her parents certainly thought so..
KJ Hannah Greenberg is having a family
discussion. It might be about food, it might be about sex, it might be about a
misbehaving web-site. Whatever, it's funny and worth reading! It's called
Andrew Lee-Hart has written another of
his well-crafted stories for us. This is actually two interwoven tales and it
starts when an estranged wife finds an old diary in the back room of a house
when helping to clear it out. The title is Angels.
Martin Green is back to the keyboard and
has come up with a sci-fi story concerning a time machine and Donald Trump.
That's the thing about time travel, I sometimes wonder what sort of future I
have wandered into!
Wayne Russell has been taking beautiful
photographs of buildings, mainly old ones, in his travels around the United
States. Here is a gallery of five of them.
Ken Allan Dronsfield is feeling autumnal.
He brings us five new poems, mostly reacting to the season of mists and mellow
fruitfulness. Enjoy Sting of a Snowflake, Where Tall Trees Dance, Au Revoir
to Summer, Respite and A Stellar Ballet .
Blanca Alicia Garza [BIO] returns with a selection of poems, some of
which have been published elsewhere. It's a great showcase of her work. The
poems are: Autumn Skin, Golden Moonbeam, Bittersweet, Soul Serenade and
A Cold Shiny Stone. I love cold shiny stones..
Ann Christine Tabaka [BIO] introduces herself to you with this lovely suite
of five poems. We have: Seaside, Ritual, On the Shelf, What We Say and
Vince O'Connor makes a very welcome
return to the pages of Winamop with this selection of three sensitive poems:
Delirium, Photographs and To Thine Own Self Be True.
A mighty collection, and all due to the skill and goodness of
heart of our contributors, to whom I am most grateful.
If you also have a desire to write - draw or whatever, a
generosity of spirit and some talent, then please contact me, the email button
is at the bottom of the home page.
What's going on with the world? Earthquakes, hurricanes, nuclear
sabre-rattling and The Great British Bake-off on Channel 4?
Well, there's not a lot we can do about it, so let's just
immerse ourselves in some fine stories and poetry.
Before we start I must tell you about Katie Lewington's new
self-published chapbook Popcorn, which you can find
here at Amazon. It's well worth a
Good; now for the super September edition of Winamop.
I'm really pleased to be able to bring you a fine selection this
time, and our contributors have been working so hard that we've caught up a
little time. That means you didn't have to wait a whole month for this
Enough of my waffle, let's get to the good stuff..
Andrew Lee Hart returns. I have been
looking forward to bringing you this story since it arrived, just after
August's edition was finished. It's of the usual high quality from Andrew and
it's called Dead and Buried.
Martin David Edwards is also back with
another excellent story that I've been eager to present to you. The synopsis
for this one is "A man seeks a thrill but gets a shock". It's called
Martin Green takes another trip to the
planet Euphemista where things are similar, but not quite the same, as here on
Earth.. This story is all about the pitfalls of Getting a Promotion on
KJ Hannah Greenberg takes us out into the
world of the wild where one species feeds on another. It's a hard existence for
a bird trying to raise a family in Redwing.
Jenny Lu is new to Winamop and introduces
herself with a suite of poems on the subject of relationships. We have
Switzerland - 2015, Muddy Socks, Au Revoir and The Silver
Mindy Watson is also making her first
appearance here with: Lucidities (two ovillejos), A Queen of Infinite
Space (a rondel), Shifted Spaces (a kyrielle), and
Emergents Roots (an acrostic sonnet).
Sofia Kioroglou brings us a single poem
this time, but it's a good and uplifting one! It's called If life ain't been
no crystal stair . She has a YouTube
video for this one
John Grey [BIO] has a brand new selection of his high quality
poetry for us to enjoy. The poems are: During The Riots, On The Red Line,
Human Sacrifice, City Folk and A Disappointing Year, Same Old
Well that was good wasn't it? We'll do it again next month so
long as the contributions keep coming in.
If you feel that you would like to send something in then
please contact me, the email button is at the bottom of the home page.
Welcome to the sizzling August edition of Winamop. Our
contributors have been working hard to fill it with the finest stories and
poetry - when they could have been away on holiday. That's how dedicated they
If you're lying on a beach somewhere or trekking up a
rock-strewn mountain I hope you enjoy reading it. On second thoughts, if you
are trekking up a rock-strewn mountain you'd probably better look where you're
going and read Winamop at base camp!
Ready? Set. Go!
Eric Suhem gets this edition off to a
flying start with a tale of young entrepreneurship clashing with big business.
The title is Lemonade.
Jane Seaford first featured on Winamop a
year ago. Now she's back with a story about a meet-up between two sisters on
the occasion of one of their birthdays; what could be nicer? Quite a lot of
things evidently.. Read Happy Birthday and see.
KJ Hannah Greenberg reflects on the
relationship between parents and their almost-but-not-quite-adult offspring.
Often a tricky time.. No! You can't have any more money! Post - Teens is
Simon King is new to Winamop (Welcome
Simon!). If you are over 55 and live in the UK you can probably remember the
demise of Edward Heath's government in the face of rising industrial unrest.
Simon takes us back in his story Heath.
JD DeHart returns! In Hamlet 2.0
he places the prince in the modern age of Twitter and Instagram. Does that
improve the situation I wonder..
Jake Sheff introduces himself to Winamop
with an excellent set of new poems. Here are The Way A Mother Dances - In
Times of Economic Hardship - Estate Sale - And Yet, They Rage and The
John D Robinson is back with a new set of
poems. I have to warn you with a big red R
because some of them are pretty strong stuff. Good though!.
J.B. Pick, our founding father, left a
rich treasury of poetry and prose when he died and occasionally we dip into it.
Here are some of his short poems from two of his little books games &
short words and As simple as possible.
That's about the size of it for August. September is shaping up
nicely already, if you are considering contributing please do so soon! The
email button is at the bottom of the home page.
Back in June and I feared that we wouldn't be able to continue
putting out monthly editions, but thanks to all the contributors below, we've
managed to assemble a terrific collection of stories and poetry for you.
It's great to have Donal back with us, as well as Martin,
Channie, Andrew, John, Vince and Fabrice and also to welcome new contributors -
Bradford and Gale - to the site.
Before we get to the content there is just one parish notice: KJ
Hannah Greenberg tells me that she has a new poetry book, Mothers Ought to
Utter Only Niceties, available on Amazon.com, but if readers buy it through
they can use the discount code, KRJ5K8P5 to get 30% off!
OK. Lots to enjoy so let's get started..
Donal Mahoney returns! Great to have one
of our most prolific contributors back; this time it's with the story of Rudy
who is in a wheel-chair. Most people don't have a problem with that.. Read A
Problem with Rudy.
Andrew Lee-Hart is a great constructor of
worlds and this one lies before and after the second world war when communism
was both fashionable and feared. It is called Entertaining Angels. I
Martin Green is also one of our most
prolific contributors and he's back too! He tells the tale of a planet far
away, but strangely familiar, where feminism has been cranked up to 11. What
would that mean for Love on the Planet Euphemista?
[BIO] has written his first story for us, it's called Love Around
the Corner and it's about Jack who has become disillusioned with
relationships and has rather let his life go - but maybe there's a slim chance
of him finding love?
KJ Hannah Greenberg makes the case for
the older and more experienced writer. She's pushing at an open door here! The
piece is called Saggy Skins Beauty Queen Prose.
John Grey is an accomplished poet who has
written for us many times. Here we have We Pioneers, Swinging Gate, Death of
a Cat in These Parts, Breakup With Joanna, Sleepless and Pregnant
Vince O'Connor returns to Winamop with a
couple of new poems: She and Losing.They are tender and
Gale Acuff [BIO] is new to Winamop and introduces himself here
with a suite of poems on first love at Sunday school. You'll enjoy them.
Fabrice B. Poussin has contributed some
photography in the past but now he brings us a suite
of poems, some with a sense of warmth and some with a sting in the tail.
Well, I hope you found something you liked in this month's
edition. If all goes well we'll be back again some time in August.
If you'd like to contribute, just contact me via the email
button at the bottom of the home page.
Until we meet again.
We did it!
Thanks to all those who rallied round, put fingers to keyboards
and wrote until they could write no more. That elite band of authors and poets
which you see arrayed below.
Fine contributors all.
So, this edition may be a little behind schedule but it's a good
I hope that you enjoy it.
Kristy Kerruish [BIO] brings us a story about a couple of
archaeologists who have unearthed a stone head. It's obviously very old but, as
it was buried in the ground it can't mean much to the locals can it? It's
called The Beltane Fires.
Kevan Youde returns with this tale of an
inquisitor so effective that he can squeeze a confession out of anyone. How
does he do it? Read The Inquisitor and find out.
Eric Suhem takes a trip into the country
to visit some unusual villages. If only one could find the perfect place to
live, maybe this next village will be it? The story is called The Village of
JD DeHart is here to introduce us to
Doctor Milo, who bamboozles everyone with his amazing mathematical prowess. But
is he all he seems to be?
KJ Hannah Greenberg reflects upon her
life as a writer in this piece called Beasties, Babies, Publishing, and
Circuses. Surely it can't all be bad?
Gary Beck kicks off the poetry corner
with a selection from his collection Ignition Point. Gary also has a new
116 page book out called Virtual Living which is widely available. Get
Neil Ellman is the poet who references
works of art in his pieces. Last time he featured the work of Paul Klee - and
we have a Klee painting here too - but this time he casts the net a little
Michael Lee Johnson has got trouble.
Trouble with doctors, trouble with women, trouble with life.. He's not down
about it though, and brings a touch of humour to his poetry.
"With a little help from my friends" we got by - well it is the
50th anniversary of the release of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club
Thanks to you all, readers and writers alike.
Until the next time.
Are you feeling full of the joys of spring? If not, why not? The
blossom is on the trees and the sun occasionally shines, so it seems that 2017
has finally got into its stride.
If you've mown the lawn or watered the window box or just
stumbled in after a nice healthy walk - or perhaps just crawled out of bed
after a heavy night in a seedy bar - then just relax and unscrew the lid from
our jar of delights. You've earned it!
Here in Britain we've got a general election going on, Winamop
brings you up to date with all the candidates who want to lead us through the
next few, difficult years in our News
There's also a new Page
94, but that's not important right now. Let's get on with the good
We have some top fiction in the Stories department and a small
but perfectly formed Poetry section which will inspire you.
Off we go:
Donal Mahoney has written many stories
for Winamop. By my reckoning this is number 56.. quite some achievement! This
one is about Two Old Poets, One in a Rush, and that's what it's
Eric Suhem has brought us the story of a
wife who has been married to a birdwatching husband for 30 years and her
daughter who plans to marry an ornithologist. A marriage made in heaven?
Andrew Lee-Hart joins us again with the
tale of Samson; a boy growing up in a turbulent Warsaw before the second
World-War. His life was influenced by an inspirational Rabbi, an influence
which lasted to the end.
Martin Green has been feeling his age,
what about a spot of light gardening to lift the spirits? Those roses need
KJ Hannah Greenberg's story this month
is one of her "Bunnies" tales (sorry, can't resist a pun). Here Plumper makes a
big sacrifice for her offspring in Rabbit's Foot.
Gerard Sarnat kicks off a small but
excellent poetry section this time. Gerard is a much published poet and a
medical man BIO. This collection of pieces
is most entertaining and should make you think.. and there will be more
John Grey [BIO] impressed me with his last collection of poems
and now he's back with more, equally fine, poetry. This time we have
Jamaican Sunday, Why I'm Stuck Here, Ms Unique, Not Even Thinking of Love,
Beachcombing and On The Subject of Spring. Superb.
That's all we have for you this month, hopefully we'll return in
about 30 days with some more. If you feel like contributing don't forget to get
in touch, the email button is at the bottom of the home
À bientôt, as my Scottish grandmother hardly ever
Happy Easter everyone.
I have just returned from a land far, far, away - only to
discover that it's time to finish Winamop's April edition (no fooling!).
Before we start I have some exciting news from KJ Hannah
Greenberg: Her new book, Can I Be Rare, Too? is now available
Amazon. It includes some stories you may recognise!
And whilst on the subject of Winamop contributors publishing new
books: Gary Beck's new volume of poetry Tremors is now available
Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.
Parish notices over?
Start the music..
Donal Mahoney's story this time is about
the way an upbringing which is less than ideal usually has consequences further
down the line. It's called An Affective Disorder, the Doctor said.
Andrew Lee-Hart is back
[BIO] with a new story concerning an aspiring
architect, a drunken Duke and his pet project. His stories are full of colour
and detail, a very good read. This one is called Folly.
Martin Green reckons that the Martian's
are coming. Well, the way politics are going it probably couldn't get worse..
Or could it? Find out in The Martian Invasion.
Alex Wyte is an occasional contributor
to Winamop and this is one of those occasions. He's been spring cleaning with
unexpected consequences. Still, it'll make a good story.
KJ Hannah Greenberg is finding it
difficult to feed the family - especially the large ones - without spending a
fortune. What about quinoa? That's cheap and nutritious, they'll love it!
Martin Friel has written another poem.
Every month I sit here and ponder on the place of Winamop in this world. Is it
worth the time and money that I expend upon it? What is the point of me doing
Well.. This is the point. (Thanks Martin).
John D Robinson returns with a new
collection of five excellent poems; this time examining the life of a poet in
some detail - and it doesn't look too healthy. Is it too late to consider a
JD DeHart has created a "prose poem" for
us next. Looks like prose, reads like poetry. Well.. why not? It's called
Faulkner in February.
Jim Spriggs has written nothing at
It's about this time that an Easter bunny comes on and says
"That's All Folks" and I crawl back under the bed-clothes until next month.
In order to ensure that there is an edition next month
I'll be needing some submissions. The E-Mail button is - as always - at the
bottom of the home page.
¡hasta luego! as they may say in the Canary Islands (if
I've got my Spanish right).
Yes it's March, watch out for mad hares and that fellow
Before we get to the new edition, a bit of news:
Erstwhile contributor Bruce Harris
has been in touch he would like you all to know about his new web-site at
www.harriscentral.org It has
interview material from Joanne Harris, Alison Moore, Sue Moorcroft and other
The site is intended to provide support for the
Huntingtons Disease Association, following his partner being diagnosed
with this hereditary illness in October of last year. A worthy cause.
Meanwhile back here on plain old Winamop we're settling in to
2017 quite nicely. This March edition is quality all the way.
We'll start with, as always, stories..
Donal Mahoney's father came to the US
from Ireland at a time when relations between the Irish and the occupying
English were very bad. His youthful zeal for the cause of Irish independence
had landed him in serious trouble. He never forgot his mistreatment, but he did
learn a new trick..
Martin David Edwards makes a welcome
return now with The Happiness Retreat a story in which a man goes to a
weekend happiness retreat, determined to get a refund. He'd rather have had a
This little fantasy from JD DeHart takes
us to a land where dragons roam and Odin (occasionally) walks the streets
unrecognised (due to his unusual coiffure). It's called Raven Man.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has been trying to
decide what Halloween tricks to play next year. She doesn't want another
Halloween like last year! (Channie's word of the month is "periphrastic"
meaning "circumlocutory" or "roundabout").
Martin Green gets philosophical in this
tale. Is our life's path all mapped out for us from the start? Or do we have
the option to change course? Or do we just think we have? I don't know - but
watch out for the cat.
Martin Friel has turned his hand to
poetry this time. This captures the essence of a life not quite complete as the
art in the soul is suffocated by the mundanities of daily life. It's called
Death of the artist. I like it!
It's good to have another suite of poems from John Grey . He really immerses you in the scenes. Here we
have: Blood Rites, In Their Field, Art In Wartime, Suburban Neighborhood -
Full Moon, Into Each Life and The Young Woman Who Will Be Old Some
Michael Lee Johnson has sent in another
collection of his poetry. Here we have Sing it Frank - Physical Therapy,
Ding Dong School, Compliance, Give Me Booze or Give me Jesus and
Journaling, Labeling Theory .
That's all we have for now, I enjoyed the selection
and I hope you did too.
You are welcome to contribute to the site, just
email me your writings in almost any format except PDF because they are a bit
of a fiddle to deal with.
The email button is at the bottom of the home page.
I'm off to see the sun now, back in April.
February already? We'll have this year all done and dusted in no
I have just returned from Scotland where the weather was doing
nothing in particular so I haven't been able to build a snowman. Most
I have been able to get February's edition of Winamop underway
though, and to prove it - here it is..
Donal Mahoney's story this month concerns a married couple with
a nocturnal problem. No, not that sort of nocturnal problem! It was what might
be termed "restless sleep"; very restless sleep. A cure was eventually
It's good to have Martin Green back on the site with a new
story. It's an inevitable consequence of getting old that you tend to become
forgetful; our protagonist has lost his cap.. he'd probably lose his head if it
Steve Slavin returns to Winamop next with his story The
Runner. It comes from To the City, with Love, which was recently
published by Martin Sisters Publishing. Ready, set, go!
KJ Hannah Greenberg goes back to story-telling this time and
here she relates the tale of a photographer "down and out in New York City" and
looking for that break. It's called Serendipity.
The poetry section is headed up by Gary Beck with a sample from
his unpublished collection Fractional Disorder which examines the
anomalies, frequently unnoticed, that confound us. The poems are:
Preservation, Change is Constant, Fallen Empire, Downturnand
Time now to welcome Indunil Madhusankha [BIO] to Winamop. This Sri Lankan poet has contributed
five poems which cover a wide range of subject and style.
I have another introduction to make: Stephen Philip Druce is a
poet from Shrewsbury here in the UK and he has sent four unpublished poems for
us. They are Sea Creature Disco, Sugar River, Real Friends and She Is
Finally a little dalliance with Harry Fox, courtesy of Sofia
Kioroglou. Watch your step!
That was good wasn't it?
I do hope you'll pay Winamop another visit in the near future
and, if you are that way inclined, perhaps contribute yourself?
There's an email button at the bottom of the index page which will put you in contact with
Bye for now.
Here we come, rubbing our eyes and trying to focus after an orgy
of consumerism and over-indulgence.. Oh, you've been at a vegan gluten-free
retreat during the festive period have you? Well, I've been contributing to the
Scottish economy by drinking all their whisky!
Whilst I consult my diet plan and wonder what on earth awaits us
in 2017 you can relax with the all-new January edition of Winamop.
Here we go:
We kick of the New Year as we finished the old one: with a
story from Donal Mahoney. The parents of a soon-to-be-born child are faced with
a dilemma in The Farmer and Toulouse Lautrec.
Now it's time to introduce you to Andrew Lee-Hart, who has sent
in this excellent story about an art tutor with a very promising, but
unsettling, student. It's set at the beginning of the 20th century and it's
called Who by Fire.
I have another introduction to make; Ozimede Sunny Ekhalume is a
Nigerian author and poet. His writing has appeared in The Missing Slate, Poetry
Pacific and elsewhere. Here we have a flash fiction piece called My
An unusual piece next from KJ Hannah Greenberg. It's a
conversation based on snippits of songs. How many can you sing? Have a go with
Didn't Kill 'em: A Musical Confession.
Poetry now, and we start with the return of AJ Huffman who
brings us 5 poems: In the Hungover Bathroom of Wakefulness, Crevices, Of
Fire, I Count Memories and The Waves Have Teeth.
Some of you may be familiar with Adam Levon Brown as he is
editor of Madness Muse
Magazine amongst other literary endeavours. Today he has brought three
poems for us: Queer Confessional, The Pursuit of Joy and
Time now to welcome back Blanca Alicia Garza who was last with
us in April. This time she brings us a new collection of five sensational
poems. Read Hush Love, Blush, A lonely Night, Free and Winter
A super new collection of poems now from Allison Grayhurst.
Allison, who is a Canadian poet, has written for us before and the quality is
always excellent. Here are: Without Hunger, Break The Chain, In The Centre,
It Is and What Is Good.
We finish with a new collection of ekphrastic poetry by Neil
Ellman. This time he has been taking inspiration from the work of the twentieth
century Swiss expressionist painter Paul Klee.
Not a bad start to a fledgling year is it?
Let's hope it continues in the same way..
Looking out at the leaden skies of December it's easy to succumb
to a little S.A.D. but here's something to bring some light into your life: The
super-duper Christmas edition of Winamop, covered in flashing lights and
bulging like Santa's sack with all the delights you could wish for!
Let's start with some fiction:
We must have a Christmas story at this time of year and Donal
Mahoney has brought us this one about a man who always got to play Santa Claus.
The trouble was - he didn't like it much.. Read A Not-Too-Jolly Santa
Now a splendid tale from Kevan Youde. The Emperor's forces are
deep in Portuguese enemy territory, our heroes have a simple task, just guard
the bridge. What could possibly go wrong?.. Read Captain Macaco.
Next we have a super story from Martin David Edwards. Simon has
gone to Bulgaria for a sales conference. These things can be so boring.. but
it's in Bulgaria - that should be interesting - and maybe he'll make friends?
It's called Welcome to Bulgaria.
Now a slightly spooky one from Kristy Kerruish who brought us
the most enjoyable Waiting for Hippo earlier
this year. This is set in an old house which is reputed to be haunted, but is
it? Read The Visitors and find out!
Over to the news-room now - and Martin Green reports on the 2016
Earth Debate from a planet far far away where our petty concerns (like who's
just been elected president of the USA) are nothing to them.. or are
We leave the fiction section with this piece by John Gabriel
Adkins [BIO] which he describes as "a strange,
minuscule story that I cannot really describe" - OK so there's no description -
just read Single Parenting; it won't take long!
Into the poetry section; and it's a pleasure to welcome James
Diaz [BIO] back to Winamop. He brings us The
Radio, Playing Our Song - Listen Kid - The Place With No Name, Call It Home -
Can. Did. Do and Mother Nature Smoking A Cigarette Against A Chain Link
Fence. Great stuff.
Also returning with new material is Ken Allan Dronsfield. This
time we have a slightly wistful collection of Corn Stalk Scarecrow, Times of
Joy and Raven's Gold.
New to us this time is John Grey, an Australian poet resident in
the USA. I think you'll enjoy this selection: Dear Famous Guy - Meet The
Mummy - The Equestrian Statue - Chicago In The Fall and How To Keep It
KJ Hannah Greenberg returns with two more poems this time. Here
we have: We Walk Honeysuckle plus Jasmine and Biting into Bok
The second new name this month is Sudeep Adhikari from Kathmandu
[BIO]. He is a structural engineer and he
certainly know how to structure a poem.. (sorry about that). Please enjoy
God Is Dread.
We finish with a bit of fun from G David Schwartz - well it is a
holiday edition! We have: I Threw An Onion In The Air - I Knew A Girl Named
Barely - I Didn't Know Jackie Robinson - I Do Love The Onion and
Theres A Pill You Can Take.
A good selection to end the year upon and I hope that you will
join us again in the New Year.
I'll raise a glass in hoping that it'll be a better year on this
Have a good holiday.
Brrr! It's cold out there.
A good time of year to stay indoors and surf a little. Winamop
can help because here is the new edition of our under-the-radar under-resourced
We're a little late as I was hanging on, hoping for more fiction
pieces to turn up.
Let's start with the ones that did:
First up as usual is Donal Mahoney. This story is about an
octogenarian called Elmer who's looking back on his relationships with women
and has come to the conclusion that the one thing he wants is a reaction.. be
it Love or Anger.
Now we go over live to our intrepid reporter JD DeHart who is
with Dr. Cree's expedition into the previously unexplored world of the the X
culture, an ancient Latin-American tribe only recently discovered. I expect
it'll be perfectly safe! It's called The Ruin.
Adam Golub [BIO] is a new
contributor who claims he has enough mops - so isn't concerned that we only
issue virtual mops these days! He definitely qualifies for one with this story
of a teenage band; it's called The Drummer.
Now it's time to call in the reserves. I like to write the odd
story in case there's a lull in the proceedings and I'm afraid we're a bit
short on the fiction front this month. Therefore I must introduce you to
Breeze-man. I hope you enjoy it.
We may not have enough stories this time but we do have some
excellent art photography from Fabrice B Poussin. I'm sure you will enjoy this
selection of his recent work. Click on the small images for a full-size
Into the poetry section now and it's great to be able to bring
you a new suite of poems from Richard Schnap. I'm sure you will enjoy these. We
have: Exposures, Bequest and Phantasm.
Next comes KJ Hannah Greenberg with her latest poetry
collection. Philosophical as usual and always very articulate. I usually learn
a new word from Channie's material, this time it's "cishet" - meaning someone
who's heterosexual and has stuck with their birth gender. There's a word for
everything and we celebrate the fact.
Now it's my pleasure to introduce Sheikha A. to Winamop. She is
a poet from Pakistan and The United Arab Emirates [BIO] and her poems are full of colour. Here we
have Cliff Tops, Kotri Bridge and Paper Windmill. Well worth a
A couple of short poems next from Sofia Kioroglou. The first is
a Christmassy piece in the poetic form Nonet (9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables)
called Beit Sahour and then we have "Raitho". A veritable
Lastly I welcome back AJ Huffman [updated
BIO] who has been busy doing domestic things by the sound of it.
Inspiration comes from all corners and these poems demonstrate that
wonderfully. We have The Baseball Cap was Moonlighting, Self-Portrait as Sea
Crate and I Refused to Fishhook a Piece of Chicken.
Christmas is coming so readers will be expecting a "bumper"
holiday edition. As you can see from above, we are always well supplied with
poetry but the fiction is more difficult to come by. Have you a story for us?
The EMail button is at the bottom of the home page.
I'm off to start writing my Christmas list, I don't want all
socks again this year..
Have you noticed the nights getting longer, the days getting
shorter? The leaves turning? If you're reading this in the Southern hemisphere
I guess not.. but I have. Funny how we all live on the same planet but
experience it differently isn't it?
Anyway that's all totally irrelevant because the most important
thing to happen world-wide is the publication of the October edition of
In the editorial department (ha!) we've been deluged with new
material.. thank you to all those who have contributed, your efforts are
appreciated. I have selected the best of the submissions and you will notice
that the poetry section entirely features the work of new contributors.
Let's start with the stories:
First a short story from Donal Mahoney. Have you ever considered
that there may be beings around us who are not quite the same as the rest of
us? They may be those Strangers in a bar, sitting nearby. Sammy may find
out soon though..
All's right with the world as we follow Donal's story with one
from Martin Green - who has been with us for over 10 years! What a stalwart
(that's meant as a compliment). He tells me that his new book The View From
85, is now available at Amazon, Barnes&Noble and some other sites.
Martin's story this time is called Becoming A Southern
Talking of stalwarts; we now feature KJ Hannah Greenberg who has
been with us since the end of 2008. She tells me that a collection of her
Grand Sociology Lesson, has just launched. Why not take a look?
latest story is a snapshot in the life of an author who appears to be
neglecting her family responsibilities in the cause of her art. Read
Paragraphs Trump Pizza.
Now it's time to welcome Martin David Edwards
[BIO] back to Winamop. His last story for us
was a couple of years ago and he returns with the tale of a girl called
Fortune. Unfortunately, up until now Fortune seems to have attracted only bad
We begin the "all new" poetry collection with a single short
poem from new contributor Gary Floyd. Gary's piece captures that empty feeling
after a break-up. It's called One Lone Sock.
We follow that with a collection of four poems from our second
new contributor: Jess Mize. Her poems are called Making Paper, Chrysalis,
Tebeth and Sincerity.
Rebecca Weigold also introduces herself this month and brings
two new poems. They are I hold these truths (What you give) and Had I
the pleasure. I hope you enjoy them.
Now here's another new talent - Wren Tuatha. Wren really has a
nice style and the poetry is thought provoking and enjoyable. Here we have
Bigger than Birdseed, Forty Different Jaspers, Purple Movements, walking
meditation and Broom Zen.
The fifth new contributor this month is Lourdes Verónica,
a Moscow-born translator and teacher currently living in Rome. In her
collection we have Yearning between Species, This heart is such a whore, Why
Be Given a Body and Self-Portrait as the Eden. It's passionate
Well that's it for this month, the contributions are already
rolling in for November but remember that we're always in need of fiction
pieces, so if you have anything to contribute click on the EMail button at the
bottom of the home page.
According to the TV weather man we are now in "meteorological
autumn", another milestone on the road to 2017..
Right on cue the weather here has turned a little autumnal,
which is why I'm indoors tapping away at a keyboard instead of surfing or
hiking through the Quantocks or something.
The outlook for this edition of Winamop is therefore sunny -
with lots of good stuff for you to enjoy.
Let's have a look shall we?
We'll start as usual with
Donal Mahoney leads us off again this time with this one about a
man who perceives things differently, he has to, he's blind. Then one day he
hears a pair of heels approaching.. Read Jimmy the Blind Man Says He's in
JD DeHart is back and this time he brings us the story of John
Ramm, a creature plucked from the wild and assimilated into the human world of
concrete and neck-ties. But when push comes to shove.. Read The Ramm
Now I'm happy to be able to introduce Vesna Main to Winamop. She
is a Croatian-born writer living in London or France [BIO] and her first story for us is about a sex
worker and her client, so it has to carry a red -R-. It's called The Bottom Line.
I like an original format, it spices things up a little. So I
was pleased to receive new contributor Samuel Cole's collection of five
individual 100-word pieces of fiction for us. Tapas for readers.
We enter the poetry department and discover a little selection
of KJ Hannah Greenberg's new work. Three poems called Duties Indigenous to
Possessing a Magical Stone, Except for the Lops and Fritzi: A
Next I'd like to draw your attention to the work of Geoff
Anderson [BIO]. I think he has a real talent. I
hope you enjoy Misquoted, Posthumous Spam, Primal Astrology, and
First Love Poem.
I hadn't heard from Lisa Zaran [BIO] since 2008 when she was sending in some very
fine poems. I'm glad to find that she's still heavily involved with poetry and
I'm delighted to be able to bring you two new ones from this talented poet. We
have Why I Love Old Men and The Day We Knew the World Was Coming to
an End but Didn't.
John D Robinson [BIO] is an
adaptable man. In the past he has written poetry for us and when we were short
of stories he wrote one for us. This time it's back to his first love - poetry.
We have Tears, Falling In Love With Paris and The Editor.
Thanks to our faithful and diligent band of contributors I
already have a lot of material for the next edition so it looks as if that'll
be another belter.
Join me again in a few weeks.
It's up up and away with the new edition of your favourite
on-line magazine... Well, OK, it may not be your favourite but at least you're
here reading it!
Winamop has been going for such a long time that we have amassed
a vast collection of material, and it's all still on the site for you to enjoy.
I did a random pick to see what came out, like ducking for apples, and came up
with this poem from Yvette Managan dating from
2011. It's great, and there's more where that came from - so why not have a
good old root around by clicking the genre tabs at the top there and see what
you come up with?
Of course the main event is the freshly minted stuff we have for
you this month, and there's a lot of it!
So without further pontification, let's get straight to it.
We'll start again this month with a tale (tail?) from Donal
Mahoney. This one comes with a warning to cat lovers everywhere - it contains a
recipe which you may not like, and your cat certainly won't! Read An
Immodest Proposal but don't try it at home..
KJ Hannah Greenberg is another regular contributor, and she's
definitely on the side of the birds and bees. Well not exactly birds and bees
in this story; see how long it takes you to guess the nature of the
protagonists in Snack Attack.
Now it's time to introduce a new contributor to Winamop; Jane
Seaford [BIO]. Her rather disturbing story
features a family group who have to face up to some unhappy truths.
Martin Green is on Page 94 this time (our satirical essay) and
it seems that Tom Watkins has been watching television again. No good will come
of it I'm sure..
Sofia Kioroglou is live from Athens again this month with a
paean to mothers everywhere. Where would we be without them? Well, obviously we
wouldn't be at all! It's called "Like Nigella Damascena".
Now it's my pleasure to introduce Anita Nabonne
[BIO] to you. She has a dog called Bobble!
Here she brings us six splendid poems: Ambidextrous Art, Alabaster, Stairway
To... , Fatigue, Retro and Marionette.
Gary Beck was last with us in December 2015, but he hasn't been
idle, as you can see from his updated [BIO].
Despite all his other commitments he has found time to pen five new poems for
us. We have Social Adaptation, Unregulated Emissions, Desertion,
Missions and Values.
We end with another new contributor - Taunja Thomson [BIO] - who brings us six very fine poems:
Levitating Over (In Hell There Is No), Only Being Two, satori, This apex is
ours, Portrait of Solitary Hazel: Chuck, and Sweeter Garden.
A sincere thanks to all our contributors and apologies to those
who got left out this time, if it weren't for you lot there would be no
Winamop, and I'd have to find something else to do on a rainy day.
I'm already starting work on September's edition so you'll get
your chance soon.
I'm off for a cup of tea and a lie down (but not at the same
time or there'd be spillage).
Wow! Winamop uploaded on the first of the month? What's
It could be because I'm a little distracted at the moment. To
the surprise of everyone, including those who wanted to go, Britain seems to be
about to leave the European Union.
In case you haven't been following the news, we had a referendum
and the "Great British public" voted to leave. A bit like turkeys voting for
Christmas I suppose, but I guess we'll have to lump it because it's a
democratic decision. One made in the face of an enormous barrage of
disinformation from both sides, but a democratic decision none the less.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good of course and people
have been inspired to put "pen to paper" on the subject. We have a couple of
Page 94s this month, one from Martin Friel
(maybe it should be Page95?) plus the usual
selection of stories and poems for you to enjoy.
Never mind the boll.. I mean politics, back to the important
It's been a good month for Winamop with our contributors working
hard to entertain and inspire you.
Stories first as usual.
We'll start with Donal Mahoney. I always learn things when
preparing Winamop. This time I have learned that U.S. KFCs sell more than
deep-fried chicken! Gizzards and gravy anyone? No? Well try Chicken Breast
or Rump Roast. Saucy but nice!
Martin Green is back with us and this time he brings us the tale
of a house guest who has started to outstay his welcome. What can be done? Read
A Visit From My Brother Jake.
Now it's time to welcome Jerry Vilhotti back to the fold with a
piece of flash fiction. This is about a little sibling needling. It's called
Louis Sisto contributed some flash fiction last month, but this
time he has a full length story for us. This is a rather unsettling tale called
A Sober Mourning.
On to poetry - and it's been a couple of months since we last
heard from Richard Schnap [BIO], but now he has
returned and he brings as a wistful poem called Suspended
Neil Ellman has been studying art works and producing poetry to
accompany them for some time now. Here we have his latest collection featuring
works by Endre Bartos, Hannah Hoch and Tadashi Nakayama.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has a poem for us this time, and I must also
inform you that she has a new book out called , Friends and Rabid
Hedgehogs, available from
The poem is about the trials of The Five to Eight Parent.
Now to our Athens correspondent Sofia Kioroglou who returns with
three super little poems. I Try, A War and the rather sad Like
Perry L. Powell writes good poetry; ideas captured on the wing.
This collection of five poems is called The Mixture As Before. I hope
you enjoy it.
What a collection!
Well done all, let's do it again in about a month's time.
I'm looking forward to it.
Well I am chuffed! ("pleased, happy," c.1860, British dialect,
from obsolete chuff "swollen with fat").
Yes, well I am slightly over weight
but let's concentrate on the happy part.
Why? Because this month's edition of Winamop is absolutely
bursting with good stories and poetry!
I hope you enjoy it.
Donal Mahoney kicks the edition off again this month with a
salutary tale called Mike Fitzgibbons and His Morning Paper. Just don't
let those little things get you annoyed..
It's good to have a Martin Green story in this edition; this one
is about a couple of brothers and their opinions of eachother's wives.
Dangerous ground.. there's some apologising to do!
Next I'm glad to be able to introduce Angelica Fuse to Winamop.
She describes herself as " a voice that refuses to be quiet", that's OK in a
crowded world but not so good in a library.. Here she brings us a flash fiction
piece: Crunch Time.
I have to make another introduction now, welcome to Louis Sisto
- who was born and raised in Chicago Illinois and currently lives in Macomb in
the same state. This flash piece is called Across The Road. We're all
going there eventually..
Up next is KJ Hannah Greenberg with another story about
Albuquerque Quisling Jones, a woman you'd probably rather not meet on the Egged
bus. Egged bus? Yes, I wondered that too; turns out they are the number one bus
company in Israel.
Kristy Kerruish informs me that Jimmy's
Brilliant Idea is free to return to Winamop so you can read that again
- but more importantly - she has a new story about taxidermist Derick
Bannantyne who's ambition was to stuff a hippo.. well, why not? It's called
Waiting For Hippo.
Last in the fiction section is Katie Lewington who last appeared
on Winamop in 2015 [BIO]. It's a series of
scenes from the life of a teenage boy.. I was one of those once. Yes, amazing
isn't it? She didn't give a title so I'm calling it simply Scenes.
Poetry now, and time to meet Martin H Levinson, with not just a
taster but a full set of five poems for you to enjoy. Check out I am an
Iceberg, Signal Reactions, Thoughts I Had When You Told Me to Eat Shit, Lost in
Thought and Singular Dudes.
Our next new voice is HR Creel who claims that he "is getting
too old not to write". Well, on the evidence of this collection of five
poems it's a good thing that he feels that way.
Now it's good to be able to welcome Sofia Kioroglou back to
Winamop. Here she brings us one poem Flying by the seat of my pants.
That's life I guess..
To round up the poetry section we have yet another new
contributor - Nate Maye. He brings us four new poems: Lights On, This
November, Famine and Gestures.
Well done all.
We are back on track now, having cleared the backlog of
material. So let's be having your submissions for the next edition.
May the fourth be with us!
Sorry about that, couldn't resist
First of all I have to say a grateful thanks to all the
contributors who responded to last month's appeal for more stories . You did a
great job and we're back on track with a good mix of prose and poetry.
I'm very happy, and the sun is shining.
Right, let's get started.
This month Donal Mahoney brings us the story of a young man
coming to his grandfather for a story. A story that will earn him an A-grade
when he writes it up for school. Gramps has a story all right! Read Fake
with Your Left.
Now it's time to welcome back Martin Friel. He has a tale
concerning a man hell-bent on making a scientific breakthrough, well, some kind
of breakthrough anyway. It's called Tam The Bam for reasons which will
Ken Allan Dronsfield has brought us a lot of good poems in
previous editions, and he does so again this time, but he also responds to my
appeal to story-tellers and has sent in this heart-warming piece of fiction:
Three Pennies, Buttons and Lint.
Another previous poet turned story-teller this month is JD
DeHart (thanks JD!). This one is a bit spooky so don't read it on a dark night
just before bed-time.. It's called I Did That.
OK, so theres the hedgehogs, who are the good guys, then
theres the cats moggies felines whatever, who are
out to get them. This gets messy! It's KJ Hannah Greenberg's Agent
5764s Soured Mission.
Follow me now - into the poetry section - where we meet Ken
Allan Dronsfield again. Ken's answer to the rallying call for new stories is
featured above, but here he brings us a new collection five poems.
It's time to introduce Sofia Kioroglou who is an award winning
Greek poet [BIO]. These are her first for
Winamop: The looking-glass self and Can I tell your dog a secret?
Next it's Perry L Powell who steps up to the keyboard and lays
down some new poems for us. Perry is a poet from Georgia in the USA and he has
a very nice touch. Here we have Mission Statement, Now I Know Why and
Our last new contributor this month is j. lewis (no capitals it
seems) who makes you think, and entertains too. This is what poetry is for!
Read could it be this, eighty-seven years and newman's own.
I already have a whole bunch of stuff lined up for June so
remember to check back here for that!
Until then, adieu.
I like the spring time. The days are becoming longer, it's not
cold and dark all the time and there are flowers everywhere.
The only trouble is, although the spring weather has inspired
our poets to great heights and I have been inundated with poetry, our story
writers our out enjoying the weather and not writing anything!
Donal Mahoney has come up trumps as usual but, if it weren't for
him, some 110 year old diaries and a drunken rant we'd be two stories short of
So, come on story tellers, the gauntlet has been thrown down
(it's probably in the bushes over there) and you must rise to the
Poets; I'm afraid that there is now something of a backlog, I
already have enough for the May edition, so I won't need any more for a few
weeks - thanks!
Housekeeping over. Here we go..
Donal Mahoney takes a turn towards the macabre this time. Lenny
had always borne a grudge against Fred, but Fred didn't take him too seriously.
Read The Bully, The Psychopath, Libby and Lorraine
This time we have a new Page 94 (our satirical essay). Our
alcohol correspondent has discovered some good news. I'll drink to that!
Now we return to our group of adventurous Scottish girls and
their "grand tour" of Austria and Switzerland in 1908. This time they are on
their way up to see the glacier. Brrr!
Into our poetry section now and I'd like to introduce you to
Blanca Alicia Garza [BIO]. She is a poet from
Las Vegas with a good style. This collection includes Cherished Dream, My
Dear Me, My Beloved Poet, Whispering Stars and Searching.
KJ Hannah Greenberg also has poetry for us this month. First
While Dancing Elsewhere the Mortise and Tenon followed by Broken
Mouse Ears. This month's word is "demimond".
Another of our new contributors this month is Cattail Jester, a
very new poet "just trying to get my writing out there". In this instance I'm
happy to help. Here we have Year of Family and SOL.
Now to another collection from Richard Schnap. Richard's poetry
is full of ideas and scenes, you'll enjoy reading No Less a Life, Child of
Nature and Notes on the Music of Humanity.
I heard a weather man say that we are at the beginning of
"meteorological spring" here in the Northern Hemisphere, but it's still a bit
chilly outside, so I've been sitting in the warm office preparing this simply
gargantuan edition of Winamop.
This time it runs to a magnificent ten pages. If it gets any
bigger it'll need scaffolding.
Let's dive in without further ado..
Paddy Murphy, a once-famous footballer has died. Maggie, his
widow, is holding a wake and it's customary at County Kerry wakes that nobody
leaves until the widow has shed her tears. Donal Mahoney brings us Paddy
Now to a fantasy tale of a boy who wanted to fly. Impossible?
Not if you have a genius for a brother! Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's
Martin Green with a story called Flying.
Have you ever bought something, something a little special,
maybe a bit too extravagant? So you put it away and forget about it, but
then one day - there it is! Martin Friel is ready to confess all in As I
Our last piece of fiction comes from John D Robinson, who
previously brought us some poetry. This is a story about one of those occasions
when you have to comfort someone in distress but there's not much you can say
that will help. It's called A Radio Song.
KJ Hannah Greenberg now petitions for the older writer to be
given due credit. Could it be that they are more willing to push boundaries
than the young? The title of this essay is Chocolate Ice Creams
Alleged Exacerbations of Anxiety. There is a bit of a pudding theme
Now to poetry and it's time to meet Alfonso Colasuonno for the
first time on Winamop. He is a freelance writer from Norwalk, Connecticut and,
judging by this little sample of his poetry, he has a good turn of phrase and a
sense of humour. More please!
Another new face next: Katt Gold from Canada. This new poet has
some great imagery, this collection is a little dark but that's her theme this
time, so let's wallow in it. We have: Secrets, Tested and
Losing The Race.
Ken Allan Dronsfield is back with another collection of poems.
This time they are mostly on a theme of night. Here we have Desert Spirit,
Twilight's Drift, First Kiss of Spring, A Ghostly Cold and Time Not
Richard Schnap also returns with more material this month. This
time he has brought us Under The Influence, Empty Well (my favourite)
and Light In The Darkness.
Finally we welcome back Neil Ellman with some more poetry
inspired by works of art. This time he looks at Wassily Kandinsky and Pierre
I shall have to stop packing these editions so full of good
stuff. It just takes so long to prepare! Next time I think I'll just bung up a
story and a poem and go down to the pub for the rest of the day.
Who said that's dereliction of duty?
Well, maybe you're right. If Winamop's contributors have gone to
the effort of writing it then I should do the decent thing and pop it onto the
internet shouldn't I?
That's settled then. See you next month.
February 3rd 2016
There are signs of spring between the gales and rain. Crocus
shoots and snowdrops are poking their heads up. Watch out I say!
Here, warm and snug in our Winamop onesies we have been working
through the embarrassment of riches as everyone's New Year's resolutions kick
in and they get writing.
There are five fiction pieces and four poetry collections
waiting for you below, that makes... err.. oh yes eight new pages, no wait,
that's nine new pages to enjoy. And one of them is a new Page 94.
Is it a record? No it's a web-site.
Let's get started before my mental state deteriorates too
We start, as we often do, with a story from Donal Mahoney. This
one is about a lad called Cozy, who was the local Lothario in a small town.
Nothing stays secret in a small town. It's called Cozy was his name.
It's great to be able to introduce a new writer to Winamop this
month: Kevan Youde [Bio]. Kevan's story is about
Matt - a safari guide - who has an unfortunate accident in the night and has to
find a scapegoat (or some other creature..)
Now, goodness gracious what's this? A new story from Martin
Friel! It's good to have you back Martin. This story is about a relationship,
on the surface it's all fine but.. For some reason it's called Imagine the
hassle if toilet roll wasn't perforated.
Another returnee after a long absence is Page 94 - our satirical
essay - brought to you this time by Martin Green. The U.S. is having another of
its interminable presidential elections, but look out.. The Martian's are
I don't really know what to say about this last piece in our
story section called Many, Many Hedgehogs, Maybe Gumdrops by KJ Hannah
Greenberg.. I think the only thing that might be appropriate is "Sheesh!".
Welcome to the poetry section. Please sit quietly and enjoy this
new collection from Richard Schnap. It comprises Traveled Path,
December and Fresh Shadows.
Now to introduce Ken Allan Dronsfield, who is a poet from
Oklahoma. He has been writing for many years but this is his first collection
for Winamop. Here we have: Hollow, A Pipe, Pint and Book, The
Deer Crossing, and others.
Let's welcome back G David Schwartz next. If you like a little
fun in your poems this is for you. Just to give you an idea, it starts with
There Once Was A Vegetarian Butcher..
Something a little harder edged to finish with today, from John
D Robinson - also new to us. He kicks off with Commitment Or Asshole?...
I think you get the picture? R
Another one bites the dust as Freddie said.
We'll do it all again in about a month.
January 4th 2016
Welcome to a brand new year.
2016 is going to be better than 2015... It just has to
At least it's starting well, with a nice big edition of
We start the new year as we hope to continue - with lots of
stories. This one from stalwart contributor Donal Mahoney concerns Walt, who
has finally seen the writing on the wall and is changing his life-style...
(aren't we all?)
Next to another author dear to our hearts - Martin Green. In a
galaxy far, far away... (haven't I heard that before?) a meeting is taking
place to decide the future of the earth. I expect it'll be bright? It is
preceded by Martin's observations for the New Year.
Our catalogue of regular contributors continues with KJ Hannah
Greenberg who remembers a first day of term at middle school back in the
Now to a tale from Adam Kluger [Bio], about an old friend who became a successful
bar owner. He was the kind of guy that everyone really liked... Well, everyone
except some of his business associates. (There is one of Adam's great pictures
Poetry now, from new contributor Natalie Rodriguez
[Bio]. This poem is full of optimism and is
called The Extraordinary Ordinary. Let's have more!
Another new contributor to Winamop this time is Richard Schnap.
As did Natalie he sent just one poem, but it's a very fine one, called
Beauty Contest .
It's a long time since we last heard from John Sweet but here he
is with five new poems. Very good they are too! Here we have: tora; after
the age of enlightenment; all hope edged w/ frost; a gift, belated and
this sentimental bloodletting. John tells me that he has some
collections out: A NATION OF ASSHOLES W/ GUNS (2015 Scars Publications) and THE
CENTURY OF DREAMING MONSTERS (2014 Lummox Press).
It's also a long time since Michael Estabrook's work was last
seen on here, but he's back too. He brings us: Max; Wisdom Finally; My Girl;
What can you do? and Blessings.
We finish this vast edition with six poems from Paul Tristram,
and these are all new work. We have: The Sweet Taste Of Bitterness; Soul
Leeching; Addict-Son; Spearmint Chewing Gum & Tobacco; Plead The Belly
and Well, You Did Ask For Both Sides Of The Coin, Silly.
That'll do for now. Keep the material coming in and we'll have
another go next month.
Cheerio, and have a very good 2016.
As another year draws to a close and we look around us at the
state of things it'd be all too easy to become a bit maudlin, but wait!.. The
new edition of Winamop is out and it's absolutely jam-packed with splendid
stuff to read!
This is quite possibly the biggest edition ever (I haven't
bothered to check as I didn't want to lose the momentum), in fact I'm tempted
to describe it as "bumper" but I do that too often..
So sit yourself down and feast on all the new stories and poetry
that you can absorb - especially appropriate as it is the season to
Let's tuck-in straight away..
Firstly, I'm very happy to welcome Adam Kluger to Winamop. Adam
is a New York writer and artist and we can see both sides of him here. The
story is about Franz Mugler who is, by all accounts, A Weird Duck and
there is a picture of Franz too.
Next it's time to join Donal Mahoney for Christmas Eve at
Rosen's Deli. Like many of these old places there's not really very much
going on... on the surface.
Now a warm welcome back to Martin Green, another stalwart of the
site, who has this story of a meeting between a middle-aged man and his - now
elderly - father. A glimpse into the future perhaps?
It's good to have a little romance at this time of year, but in
KJ Hannah Greenberg's story the relationship between Jagger and Maybell seems
to be going nowhere..
Another new contributor - Robert Eiland - joins us this month.
His story is of a young boy yearning for adventure, who befriends a hobo riding
the box cars. Big Rails is the title.
Our last story also comes from a new contributor. George Aitch
relates the terrible tale of how a college prank made life unbearable. It's all
been forgotten now though. Find out why in You probably Haven't Heard of
The poetry starts here; this time with the introduction of yet
another new face - Scott Thomas Outlar. [BIO]. He
brings us three interesting and original poems: Mixology, Cheap Date and
Gary Beck is back and it seems that he's pretty concerned about
the state of the world; judging by the tone of these new poems. With titles
like Unbalanced, Insanity Extended and Beyond Reason you can tell
he's not pulling punches.
We finish with an impressive debut by James Diaz. This selection
I can only describe as, "poetic", in the best sense of the word. We begin with
Dear Life, move on to the mighty Nothing More Than This then
finish with Life Beyond This Moment and Pale in compare.
Who turned the lights out? November has crept in and enveloped
us in misty gloom just as the last of the Halloween pumpkin was chucked into
Never mind, an excellent way of cheering ourselves up presents
itself. Why not relax and peruse the latest edition of the new wide-screen
Winamop which has been packed full of life affirming goodness by our dedicated
band of writers?
Seem like a good idea? Let's go..
We begin with another splendid story from Donal Mahoney. Down at
the old guys poker game all talk is of absent member "Cussin' Paul" who has
started going to church.. Why? Find out in Cussin' Paul Gets
Now let's welcome new contributor Molly Neely to Winamop. She
brings a romantic story of a young suitor and his intended - Rosette - who, for
some reason, seems to be playing hard to get. Read A Candle in Her
Next up is Kristy Kerruish who returns to Winamop with this tale
of an antique dealer with the highest reputation and prices to match. Surely
everything is above board here? All is revealed in The Anointed
We round up the stories with KJ Hannah Greenberg's tale of nasty
goings-on on a bus trip. Who is the real baddie here? Taha and
Albuquerque are the ones to watch.
Let's kick off the poetry section this time with more from
Michael Lee Johnson. We have No one Cares - Jesus In The Snow - Lily, Lonely
Trailer Prostitute and a new version of Harvest Time.
It's good to be able to introduce new poets to Winamop this
month. Here is Samuel Moulton [Bio] with a
Sequence of Love Poems called The Good Week. That's Love, not Romance..
In an embarrassment of riches, I can now introduce another new
poet; Kaitlyn Park. She has some great ideas and humour here, so try Milk
Glass, Slavery, Lost Road, Good Morning Baby and Snorrible!
Lastly I've added a couple more pictures to David J. Thompson's
collection from last month. They were taken on a recent trip to Kansas. Have a
look at the bottom of the page for the new ones.
Not a bad edition is it? And I already have some good stuff in
the hamper for the bumper December edition. Of course I can always do with
more, especially fiction, so If you feel the muse at your shoulder, get writing
and e-mail the result to me using the button at the bottom of the
See you soon.
The October edition is finally ready. I've been away travelling
the Scottish highlands and islands, so it was good to return and discover that
Winamop's band of contributors had been working hard during my absence.
Shortly before I was due to start working on this edition my
laptop suffered from a severe dose of amnesia (it forgot it was a computer and
thought it was a potato) but thanks to a nice man in Ullapool, and cloud
storage, we're back in the swing of it.
Boo to OCZ solid state drives!
Let's kick off with a story from Martin Green who's become a bit
grumpy in his old age and - I'm sorry to say - has started swearing.. secretly.
What a MF***!
Donal Mahoney's story this time concerns a long time bachelor
who has recently married a young woman. It's title is Henry Showed Wendy His
Next I have a very moving little flash piece from new
contributor John Brantingham. It may be short but it packs a punch. It's called
When Rachel Sleeps.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has a story for us this time. It seems that
in this parallel universe women have become a rarity, leading to fierce
competition for their affections. The title is Beholden Beauty.
We're into the poetry section now and it's great to have some
more from A.J. Huffman. I really enjoy the humour in her poems. We start with
My Purse Committed Suicide, oh the embarrassment!
Poems now from new poet "Ash" Gamble. I did receive a bio with
the poems, it simply reads: Ash Gamble is a late in life poet
from Florida. So now you know. The poems are good!
Tempest Brew returns next, bringing more poems inspired by the
minutiae of life. This time we have The Space We Find, Dust House and
We end the poetry section with another collection of poems from
Paul Tristram. This time he touches some heavy subjects with Crime
Crisisand Aids, but there is lighter stuff too.
The last item this month is a collection of photographs by David
J. Thompson. He took these on a trip from Chapel Hill to Detroit and back.
David is drawn to "public art." and has seen some amazing murals in
Well, there you are, a cornucopia of diverse work to suit every
It's all over now though, see you next time.
Here we are again and Autumn is approaching. I say Autumn
rather than Fall chiefly because I'm British and that's the word we use,
but also because I like words with ridiculous spelling.
But that's not important at the moment.. What is
important is that this really is the September edition of the mighty Winamop,
and the month has barely started!
This, of course, is solely down to the hard work of our
contributors, two of whom are new to Winamop.
So without further ado, let us commence proceedings:
Donal Mahoney is up first once more. This story concerns a
newspaper delivery driver who has taken over a round done by the same guy for
the last 30 years. What could possibly go wrong? Read New Driver on an Old
Now to introduce you to Steve Slavin, who describes himself as a
"recovering economics professor who earns a living writing math and economics
books". This story isn't about either of those things. It's called Mother
Next I've unearthed a bit of light-hearted philosophy from our
late founding father J.B. Pick. This concerns Dr Quantum who is a recurring
character, appearing in a few of his poems. Like this one.
On to Poetry, and we start with the return of Gary Beck. His
collection; Too Harsh For Pastels is concerned with the suffering and
growing despair in our troubled society..
It's a pleasure to welcome Canadian poet Allison Grayhurst [BIO] to Winamop. Allison's poems combine bold imagery
with strong emotion. You're in for a roller-coaster ride..
The Undertones made an album called More songs about
Chocolate and Girls; Paul Tristram could follow that with More Poems
about Beer and Relationships. I hope you like them!
Just a single poem now from regular contributor KJ Hannah
Greenberg, about the dual life of a young soldier: Dani and His
We finish with some ekphrastic poetry from Neil Ellman. Welcome
back Neil! The pictures he has taken inspiration from this time are by the
20th century American expressionist artist Philip Gusman.
You may have noticed a slight bias towards poetry in this
edition and I like to keep things on par. So let's redress the balance next
time with a whole bunch of fiction!
You know what to do.
This edition is brought to you despite Windows 10! My computer
has been modernised to within an inch of its life and it still works. What a
triumph of technical tomfoolery.
I have just received notification from Winamop's hosting company
that the bill for the next two years is due, and yes, I'm going to pay it!
It'll take us into our 15th year and the fact that Winamop has kept going for
so long is down to our dedicated band of writers, poets, artists and other
creative people (and you and me).
Come and join us. But not before you've read this month's
edition to inspire you.
Here we go.
First out of the inbox yet again is Donal Mahoney. His story
this time features a swarm of locusts and a girl called Marcia.. well, she was
a girl when the story began. The title is Seventeen Year Itch.
Next we come to Harry Downey's tale of A Thoroughly Nice
Man. The sort of chap who can be relied upon. But to do what, I wonder?
Now to KJ Hannah Greenberg who has a story of success. But
surely it's true what Morrissey sang: "We Hate It When Our Friends Become
Successful"? Its called Nice Car.
We round up the fiction section with a flash piece from Gary
Hewitt who has contributed to Winamop several times over the last few years.
This one is called Starfall.
Poetry now and I'm delighted to be introducing Tunisian poet Ali
Znaidi [BIO] to Winamop. His poetry is evocative
with some original themes. This selection of six begins with Off-line
JD DeHart is back next with a whole bunch of his concentrated
shots of pure poetry. There are ten poems here, the first couple are
Preservation and Honey Comb.
We finish with another selection of poems from Paul Tristram. As
usual there is a selection of six in differing styles and subject matter
starting with To The Fridge! .
So there you are. I hope you are replete, having feasted on this
fine selection of plums from the tree of the written word.
I'm off for a lie down.
Good day world. I am speaking to you today from my usual seat in
my usual room in my usual house. The only unusual thing is that the weather is
It's almost too nice to be in here at all, so let's get down to
business straight away and bring you the latest edition of dear old
First up Donal Mahoney regales us with a story about Canada
Geese, those great-big birds that set up home around our park ponds.. What can
be done about them? Read Goose Eggs.
Next its Martin Green who returns with a tale of The First
Time when young love first blossomed. How innocent it all was back
Now to KJ Hannah Greenberg, who has a
book called Cryptids coming out. Click the link for more info. Her
story today is about an overweight chimera who tries to gain knowledge and
enlightenment by eating knowledgeable and enlightened people.. It's called
Poetry is up next and regular contributor Paul Tristram returns
with six more poems. If there's a theme it's probably one of travel, or perhaps
Now I'm delighted to welcome Katie Lewington to Winamop [BIO]. She has a great sense of humour and and
observation. Here are three of her previously unpublished poems.
We end this edition with five great new poems from Frank C.
Praeger who has contributed to Winamop many times before. These are his first
for us this year.
Well, that's all I have for you today, jolly good wasn't it?
There's already some waiting in the wings for the August edition so don't
forget to come back and see what's going on.
Enjoy the sun.
It's June and we're in Scotland basking in sunshine. Anyone who
knows Scotland will appreciate that this is not always the case.. so I'm
feeling pretty happy about life!
The fine quality of the material this month is another joy. So
settle down with a refreshing cocktail (or a nice cup of something) and explore
this month's bill of fayre.
Here we go.
This time Donal Mahoney brings us the story of a father and
daughter relationship that has had its ups and downs. Whether the current
situation is heading for a peak or a trough is yet to be decided.. Wally is
heading for a father's day like no other.
Now KJ Hannah Greenberg reflects upon her life, her works, her
relationships with her children, and looks to the future. It's all about
Next I'm happy to be able to welcome Kristy Kerruish to Winamop
[BIO]. Her story concerns Jimmy Butt who's
been having a little trouble with thieves. Maybe Jimmy's Brilliant Idea
will do the trick?
Now we move into the poetry section, and once again Paul
Tristram has sent in six poems for you to enjoy. They are Stamp It Under
Foot, Hell Has No Fury Like A Womans Pawn, Mr Bongwater, Summer Daze,
Tears And Beers and Congratulations Humiliation.
It's great to hear from A.J. Huffman again. She returns to
Winamop with Carnivorous Cannibal, The Tree was There, Nineteen Blessings,
and I Am Glass. Good stuff!
We end with another new contributor, Vince O'Connor, who has
sent this lovely little poem Folding. I hope you enjoy it.
Splendid stuff, and there will be more waiting for you to enjoy
in (approximately) a month - depending on how industrious I and the
Do call again won't you?
The UK elections are over, there is no much vaunted "hung
parliament" so the news organisations are bereft.. there's nothing to
This doesn't affect Winamop in the slightest of course, we are
always willing to make our opinions known, even if we don't have any.
In any case our fine team of writers have been studiously
ignoring such tedium as elections and have crafted the following stories and
poems which I hope you will enjoy. So let's get started.
First up this time is Donal Mahoney with the story of a doctor.
He's a good doctor who cares for his staff and does his work well. What's not
to like? It's called Dr. Chapmans Insight.
Now we bring you another short story from regular contributor
Martin Green. He had a dream of days long ago which started him thinking how
might life have been different if...
And now to something completely different (where have I heard
that before?): a series of photographs from Kyle Hemmings who did
some mini stories/poems for us in 2011. These pictures
are taken at night in the warm amber glow of the street lights.
On to the poetry section, and it's good to hear from occasional
contributor Gary Hewitt again. This new poem is called 6.50 club.
Next it's Paul Tristram again with another selection of his fine
poems. The theme this time seems to be of disillusionment. We kick off with
Crazy Day and At Arms length.
Finally to another of our regular contributors; KJ Hannah
Greenberg. This month she brings us three new poems and very good they are
That's all we have for you this time. I hope you enjoyed it and
will be back with us next month.
It's still April, so I haven't missed the deadline for this -
the April edition of Winamop!
We're basking in lovely spring sunshine here in good old
blighty, the blossom has been and gone and the flowers are considering
blooming. I'm sure I should be saying something about sap rising but it's all
getting a bit bucolic so I'll just get on with it.
Here we are then, slightly down on poetry this month, but what
we do have is top notch.
Firstly I'm pleased to welcome Martin Green back to the site,
and he's been visiting relations. What do you say when they tell you their
daughter is locked up in jail? Awkward.. The story is called The
Now to Donal Mahoney, and the tale of a prospective family
reunion. Hilda wants to go, Paddy doesn't really want to - it's her side of the
family and he just doesn't like reunions. How can he be persuaded? The title is
Hilda's Family Reunion.
KJ Hannah Greenberg writes poetry and fiction for us but this
time it's neither or both.. it's an essay on the creative process, likening
poetry to a landscape through which the poet travels. Read Desert Writer,
There's a general election going on in the UK. It seems to have
been going on for ages. DA is getting a little tired of it and there's almost a
month to go! He's written a Page 94 about it if you're interested..
It's good to be able to welcome new contributor Paul Handley to
Winamop. He has a great idea (I think..) for a new match-making service which
gets to the nub of things straight away. It's called Extreme
Lastly this month I'm happy to be able to bring you six more of
Paul Tristram's poems. Paul's poems are always enjoyable and thought provoking,
and we're off to a running start this time with Hunted.
Pretty good stuff once again, but we need more! The in box is
empty so get those brain-cells ticking and send me your stories, your poems,
your comedy.. whatever you like.
It keeps us all out of trouble - you know it makes sense.
Until the next time.
It's nearly Easter already and, just as you've come to
egg-spect, we have a hot cross-section of entertainment. It's simnely the
Sorry about that but I had to set an egg-zample...
(Boo! shouts reader)
OK OK, I'll stop and get on with the new edtion of Winamop.
First out of the traps on our egg-hunt it's Donal Mahoney. This
story concerns an editor, he's not like me - this fellow has a much greater
understanding of the workings of grammar, and he has no time for those who
can't spell ukulele.
It's good to be able to welcome Martin Green back to Winamop for
the first time this year. Martin has been recuperating for a while and I guess
he has been watching a lot of depressing TV news! The resultant story is called
Is it time for a flash? Well, just a quick one! A couple of
contributors have sent in short pieces recently so here is a modest collection
by Harry Downey and KJ Hannah Greenberg. I hope to add more one day..
Whilst on the subject of KJ Hannah Greenberg, let's move into
the poetry section; here we find a new poem from her called Cold Enough to
See. Wrap up warm.
Paul Tristram is back with another half-dozen of his excellent
poems. If there's a theme to this collection it's probably one of endings. I
think that my favourite is Shes At The Wheel Again .
It's great to hear from Michael Lee Johnson again. I really do
mean "hear", because as before, he has provided us with audio versions of his
poetry so that you can hear him reading them. I particularly like If You
Find No Poem.
Finally, we come new contributor Tempest Brew. I know nothing
about this poet and am unable to contact them because the email address is
dead. If you see this Tempest Brew then please contact me again!
Well, that's got us one quarter of the way through 2015, let's
hope we make it to the end.
I'm optimistic that it'll be a fun trip!
It's a sad time here at Winamop.
We've lost one of our founding fathers; JBP. It was his idea
that there should be an outlet on the Internet for the sort of material that
doesn't attract major publishers - yet ought to be seen. Read my little tribute
Back to normality now, and Harry Downey returns with a story
about an unexceptional girl called Sharon. What's wrong with being
Welcome to Matthew H Emma, whose first story for us features the
new President of the Salzburg Country Club Board of Directors. He has an agenda
item that is likely to cause a stir. It's called Unfinished
Next we hear from regular contributor Donal Mahoney. This story
is the reply to a letter recently received, the writer has not been in contact
since a traumatic break-up 40 years ago...
Poetry now, and Paul Tristram returns with another collection of
his excellent poems. I particularly like Disaster Comes In Many Shapes And
JD DeHart is back. This time he seems to be a little
disappointed in the way things are going. Me too! Here we have Poor Me, Fish
Bones & Cold Woods, You Knew Me When and The Digital Age.
Lastly this month we have some new material from poet Taylor B.
Here we have If I Die, Time l, Time ll and Fresh Laundry.
Well there we are.
All's well that ends well I guess?
January 11th 2015
What a start to the new year; a deadly attack on a struggling
satirical magazine in Paris by religious fanatics. In the West we have a long
tradition of "taking the piss" out of authority in one form or another. It may
sometimes be cruel or offensive to those who are lampooned but, as was taught
to me as a child; "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never
hurt me". Not strictly true I admit, but you can defend yourself against words
whereas you have no chance against a Kalashnikov...
On to more pleasant things now; the new edition of Winamop -
first of 2015 - is here.
Let's start as we mean to continue, with a story from Donal
Mahoney. Caucus at the Parking Meter features some disgraceful old men
who meet up at Rocky's diner. If you should ever go there, it's advisable not
to get Jimbo started talking about women...
Next it's Eric Suhem with a story about Amelia. Amelia has
butterflies flying around her head, she radiates a positive mystical force
field. But then a man arrives with a green flower in his eye. It's called
from The Eye.
I must apologise to Harry Downey, he sent this story to Winamop
in November and I forgot all about it. What a buffoon I am! It's a good one
too, about two brothers and a secret long kept. It's called Double
We've had all sorts of things in Winamop over the years but
we've never had a recipe before, so here is one. It's for scones (I pronounce
scone as in gone - not cone, but I don't want to start an argument!) the little
yeast-free bread buns that are good in sweet or savoury roles (geddit?). Quick
and easy, you could be eating one in under half and hour.
On January 27th it will be 70 years since the liberation of
Auschwitz-Birkenau. Poet Dee Sunshine describes himself as a "half-Jew" whose
grand-parents could easily have suffered the same fate as so many of their kith
and kin. The first draft of this collection A Burnt Offering was written
for the 50th anniversary in 1995 and we reproduce the final version here plus
audio, read by Dee, if you'd prefer to listen.
Now it's time to meet a new contributor: Michelle Villanueva.
Michelle is a student completing an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has a chapbook, Postscript: Lions,
which will soon be out at Etched Press.
This poem is soul steeped in wonder.
Poetry next from regular contributor Paul Tristram who seems to
be having some social issues. Here we have Out With The New / In With The
Old, Cardboard Cutout, Out Of Place, It's Definitely Yellow, Paranoia and
Finally we go all ekphrastic with Neil Ellman who has been
inspired by a room installation from Ilya Kabakov, a sculpture by Richard Serra
and a painting by Kay Sage. A feast of images and ideas.
We're off to a flying start and I hope that the momentum will
continue, thanks to all our contributors.
Despite the inauspicious start to the year let's all, defiantly,
have a very happy 2015.
Ho Ho Ho! It's time for the festive edition of Winamop and to
tie the ribbons on the year of 2014.
Was it a step forward? Where has it gone? What happens next?
Winamop can answer none of those questions, what we can do is to
entertain you for a short while. Just have a look around and see what we have
in this bumper Christmas edition for a start. If you like that then there's
tons of other stuff dating back yonks to look at.
"Fill your boots" as Santa says.
Let's kick off with a heart-warming Christmas tale from D.A.
about a man who visits a coffee shop to cheer himself up. Now that's not a bad
idea.. back in half an hour!
Next it's Donal Mahoney with the first of two seasonal tales
that he has contributed this month. This one concerns a mushroom picker and a
gnome. Well, why not? It's called Two People With The Same DNA.
Now to our other regular contributor Martin Green. Martin has
been recuperating from an operation and that has obviously inspired him to
write this story. Everyone seems to be downloading "apps" these days, but some
are more useful than others..
Here comes Donal Mahoney's second seasonal contribution. This
one is a short but thought-provoking one called What If Mary Had Chosen
Otherwise. What indeed?
It's good to be able to welcome back Frank C. Praeger to
Winamop. He has brought us four tremendous poems this time. Enjoy.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has been a stalwart contributor this last
year and she ends it with a short flash and a poem. This month's word is
"corazón", it means seat of human love and kindness - centre -
heart. Every day is a school day round here.
Six super poems next from Paul Tristram. Here we have Bumble
Bee Busy, Your Kingfisher Eyes Are Killing Me, You Just Got Lucky, The Friendly
Foe, Gin-Trap Crown and Marvelling At Your Insanity, Again.
A splendid selection, I'm sure you'll agree?
That's all for 2014, have a wonderful Christmas and don't drink
too much on New Year's Eve. We want to have you back with us in 2015!
All the best.
Here comes the November edition of Winamop, right on time (well,
only slightly delayed) and packed with good stuff.
Next time it'll be the Christmas edition and I'd like to make
that a bumper one, so let's have your high sugar high fat contributions, (or
organic high fibre if you prefer). I'll drink to that!
Maybe it's a little early to start drinking yet?
Oh well, back to work, and here we go with the November's fare.
It's certainly going to be hard to beat.
Martin Friel has been busy writing another chapter of his story
When The Traffic Lights Stopped. We've now reached Chapter 8 in which we
meet Seth. We'll get to know Seth quite well I'm sure...
We haven't heard from Martin Green for a few months but he's
back now, rejuvinated, and has penned a piece about one of those "friends" you
collect without really trying. It's called Buddy.
Now to Donal Mahoney. Donal always writes an enjoyable tale and
this one concerns an old millionaire who gets a visit from a young female
reporter. Some Day Soon is the title.
I'm very pleased to welcome Martin David Edwards to Winamop.
Martin is a London based writer and digital artist [BIO] and this story - C is for Cromer -
features a man working his way through the alphabet in search of
J D DeHart has four more poems for us this time and, as usual,
the standard is high. Here we have Wannabes, Vice Versa, Seasons and
Birthing: little windows into disparate lives.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has some poetry for us. The first is a
somewhat worrying bedtime story and the second is on emotional suicide. But
don't worry, we always learn a new word from Channie and this time it's
"Levigate" which means "to reduce something to a fine powder or smooth paste"
(I'm not counting Yerk and Zonk).
That's all for now, but there's no time to dilly-dally, we need
contributions for the Christmas edition! The e-mail button is at the bottom of
the home page.
Until then I wish you all you wish yourselves, and if you're
thinking of buying me socks for Christmas I take UK size 8.
I have returned from the rugged beauty of the Outer Hebrides
especially to bring you the October edition of Winamop.
Well, truth be told,
my holiday is over and I've got nothing else to do so - Here it is!
Before we get to the content I'd better just tell you about a
new book of poetry by previous contributor John
Kaniecki. It's available
and it's called Murmurings of a Madman.
Right, notices over, let's get down to business.
Firstly, we'll get back to the action in Martin Friel's story
When The Traffic Lights Stopped and we have reached chapter 7. Last time
Marjory was in trouble, this time things go from bad to worse.
Now sit back as Donal Mahoney tells the tale of an old priest
who is asked for some advice by a younger man. It's called Young Priest, Old
Next up I'm delighted to welcome Dan Morey to Winamop. He brings
us an election manifesto from Bob Benton who reckons he's the guy to run
Rexdale county. I'm not so sure...
KJ Hannah Greenberg has written a short flash fiction piece for
you this time. It's called They Planted A Tree.
I obviously have too much time on my hands, so I have written a
Page 94 on cutlery. We haven't had a Page 94 for ages. You must have
something you can rant and rave about surely? Send one in!
And so to another new contributor, this time with an excellent
poem. Matt Harris brings us Chang Sanfeng comes down from Wudang
Mountain. He's a legendary Chinese Taoist priest you know (Chang, not
We wrap it up with some poetry from JD DeHart. This time he
brings us a few comments on life today: The Fine Print, The Goatee
Invasion and The American Species.
That's all you're getting!
Yes it's September and of course that means it's time for the
August edition of Winamop!
Obviously it would have been nice if I'd managed to get my act
together a little sooner but this edition will have to straddle two months
because it's holiday time and we're all busy not being busy.
A few of our regulars have kept their noses to their
grind-stones ( fingers to keyboards would have been more appropriate but I like
a hackneyed metaphor ) and here we see the fruits of their labours.
To start with we return to Martin Friel's novel When the
Traffic Lights Stopped. We have reached chapter 6 and the most successful
"people's politician" so far, is in deep water... (click here to start from chapter 1)
Next it's good to hear from Donal Mahoney again. Here he relates
the story of a bereavement; who will tend the farm now that the old man is
A treat now from Mary Cresswell. This new suite of poems are not
to be taken too seriously but they are some of my favourites. I particularly
appreciate a poem whose title is longer than its verse!
A poem next from KJ Hannah Greenberg who is one of the stalwarts
who keep this site going. She tells me that she has a new chapbook out called
Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag. The poem we have for you is called
Well I'm afraid that's all we have this time, only four items...
This is the summer doldrums problem. I need your help, get writing and send me
something for next time, you know you want to!
The e-mail button is at the bottom of the home page so press it and send me something, I'll give it
I'm off to the frozen north for a few weeks, the next edition
will be in October, which gives you plenty of time to create something.
I'm looking forward to seeing what arrives in my in-box.
Here we are again, happy as can be.. yes, I'm delighted to be
introducing the late-running July edition of Winamop to you, our faithful
It's full of wholesome ingredients designed to enrich your life
- so let's get started.
We kick off with a story from Martin Green about a fortune
teller. They are spooky sort of people aren't they? How do they know so much
about you? It can't be true can it?
Now to Donal Mahoney, and his story concerns an old man in a
hospital bed and a visit from a well-meaning woman priest. It's called
Saving Tim Murnane.
I always learn a new word from KJ Hannah Greenberg's
contributions - this time it's "mirpesset" (it means a balcony). The story is a
little slice of family life, it's called Harmatttan.
Poetry now and I am pleased to be able to bring you some more
from JD DeHart. Here we have I, Leviathan, Play Pretties and
The last item this month is another collection of ekphrastic
poetry from Neil Ellman. This time he has been concentrating on the colourful
work of Wassily Kandinski.
A small but perfectly formed edition of the 'mop I think.
More next time? We'll see what turns up in the in-box!
Yes, I know it's a bit late but it'll be worth it I promise.
You see I've been far too busy enjoying myself to sit around
here attending to Winamop, so it's a jolly good thing that our contributors
have a somewhat better work ethic and have filled up my in-box until I could no
longer hold back the flow.
Firstly a couple of "parish notices":
Dee Sunshine tells us that he has recorded some of his poems from his "Bad
Seed" collection and you can hear them here at Sound Cloud,
complete with musical accompaniment.
Bruce Harris has set up a new web site
aimed at anyone who writes short fiction or who would like to start, it offers
advice, questionnaires, resources etc. and is all free. Find it here.
Right! Messages over, let the June edition begin.
First up this time is Donal Mahoney whose story Margaret Mary
Kelly, 82, Wants to Marry Paddy Regan, 84 made me chuckle. I hope it does
the same for you.
Next it's time to re-join Martin Friel's book When The
Traffic lights Stopped which we are serialising. We have reached chapter 5
and we are about to meet Marjory.
By the way, if you want to start from the beginning, click Here.
Now to Martin Green, he's been talking to his cousin on the
phone. You know those people who ring up just to talk about themselves, he's
one of those...
Harry Downey brings us a wonderfully detailed story of office
politics in post-war England. Hearts certainly weren't worn on sleeves in those
days! Settle down with a nice cup of tea and read Mr Smith's
The final tale this month comes from Linda Casper and it's a
short and sweet tale of Rita who finds herself a new role in life. She is now
Rita the Recycler.
To poetry now, and I am delighted to welcome JD DeHart to
Winamop. You will find John's poems in many on-line mags and he has recently
published a collection on Amazon. Here is Signs of Dilapidation.
Another newcomer in the poetry section this month is John
Kaniecki. John writes in rhyme and in free verse and I am delighted to be able
to showcase five of his poems here.
We finish with regular contributor KJ Hannah Greenberg. This
time she brings two poems to the party, both witty and thought provoking. They
are: So, I Appreciate Brakes and Reluctant to Use Their
Well, that's your lot for this month. A pretty good selection -
and I hope you'll agree that it was worth waiting for!
Here in Winamop World Headquarters the talk is all about the new
edtion which is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world today!
Our crack team of writers have been toiling long and hard in
order to bring you a selection of the finest stories and poems; and for what
Err.. well, nothing but your attention and appeciation really.
What heroes they are!
Let's see what they have come up with this month (look out for
our technological breakthrough):
Last time Martin Green brought us some poems which went down
well, this time it's back to stories and this one is about a drama in the
neighbourhood which starts a train of thought. It's called A Morning
Donal Mahoney reappears this month with another of his excellent
tales. It concerns a good teacher, the type who changes lives. She was
definitely One Tough Nun.
Martin Friel takes a break from his book this month and sends us
this story of a one-night stand that went badly. It's provocatively entitled
£105 for a used pair of pants. R
It's nice to welcome back G David Schwartz who hasn't been with
us for a while but returns in style with five new poems. They are short and fun
and make you think.
AJ Huffman has been a regular contributor and this time she
rails against many of modern life's less pleasant aspects. There's humour too!
Here's something we haven't tried before. Michael Lee Johnson
has sent in some fine poems which you can read as usual, but you can also hear
him reading them. This requires a modern HTML5 compatible browser to work,
Ignore any "Active X" warnings from Internet Explorer... you'll be fine!
April at last, the days are lengthening, the sap is rising and
all is spring like... well it is if you are North of the equator as I am. If
you are down South I guess you are seeing the leaves turning yellow and the
I like seasons.
But enough of this idle chit-chat, I need to get down to
business and introduce the new edition of Winamop!
It's time for chapter 4 of Martin Friel's book When the
Traffic Lights Stopped. We meet Ben and Marjory, the next two bright and
hopeful "People's Politicians".
Donal Mahoney doesn't particularly like bananas, especially when
they aren't properly looked after. This story concerns a woman who has very
poor banana management skills. Going bananas is the title.
It's a wee while since we heard from our Scottish girls on a
trip to Switzerland way back in 1908. This fascinating insight into a time gone
by continues now as they continue via St Beatenberg and Interlaken. If only the
German climbers had taken notice of the Englishmen...
Now to poetry and Bruce Harris has sent us three new ones on
subjects ranging from childhood memories to armed assassins. They are A
Yacht in the Bay, August Playground and Blue Suit Normal.
Regular story-teller Martin Green has decided to turn his hand
to poetry and here are the results. The poems are called That Afternoon in
Golden Gate Park and The Small Pleasures of Being Old.
Finally to KJ Hannah Greenberg, another contributor equally at
home with prose and poetry. This time she has a poem about the state of
humanity. It's called Amid Giants Awkward Works.
The next time I address you will be in May, please contribute to
the site if you feel disposed so to do, it keeps us going you know.
March the twelfth
Twelfth? What a ridiculous word...
Watch out for hares, they're supposed to be about at this time
of year you know. I haven't seen any but I live in the city. It's all bright
lights and 24hr partying here you know!
Time to relax with a nice cup of something and read the latest
edition of Winamop before I overdo it.
First off we get to chapter 3 of Martin Friel's book When the
Traffic Lights Stopped. This time we meet the first "People's Politician".
Harry Downey returns this month with a story about an old
photograph and the memories it brought back - and the secret it revealed. It's
called Every Picture Tells a Story.
Donal Mahoney now brings us A Disgusting Thing, or
rather, a story about one. It is the tale of a young man and his proclivity to
break wind in church. Disgusting indeed!
This time KJ Hannah Greenberg has some fiction for us. It's
about Barbara who's looking for an outlet for her energies having had to leave
an academic position. It's called Fancy Tea, Fancy Box.
I am delighted to welcome Mary Cresswell back to Winamop. This
New Zealand poet's material is full of humour and imagination. Here are
Evoking The Muse, The Enlightened Manager and What The Preacher
Frank C. Praeger also makes a welcome return this month and he
brings five new poems with him. An Aside to Urban Development, Ergo, A
Catalogue of Sorts, Unsupportable and Anything You Can Think Of .
A lovely collection I think, in fact, it's probably a "classic
edition" of Winamop. I shall have it bound in leather and placed upon my
Until we meet again.. (next month at a guess), I bid you
February 15th 2014
Rain, storms, more rain, floods, wind... little bit of sun, then
repeat. It's an interesting winter here in England!
Well, at least its not freezing cold, and Winamop towers is
built on high ground, so we can enjoy some great reading on Winamop in this new
warming February edition.
First off it's time for chapter 2 of Martin Friel's book When
the Traffic Lights Stopped (working title). If he keeps his nose to the
grind-stone we'll have chapter three next month...
Now to a story from Donal Mahoney. This is just a short "slice
of life" piece called Jogging to Cadaverville.
Welcome back to Martin Green, with a tale of American army life
back in Germany. It's called Encounters with Sergeant Bronson.
A selection of poetry from KJ Hannah Greenberg next, and quite
contrasting subjects too. Seltzer and Other Social Signifiers, Flames and
Fires & My Mister (Didactic).
Neil Ellman is well known for his ekphrastic poetry (poetry
inspired, in his case, by art) and has contributed to Winamop on several
previous occasions. Here is his latest collection, mostly on a fishy theme.
Top stuff I'm sure you'll agree?
We'll meet again in about a month, by which time I hope my feet
will have warmed up.
January 9th 2014!
Another year has dawned so I guess we'd better get on with
things? Ho hum..
What will it hold I wonder? One thing that's certain is that,
thanks to our dedicated band of contributors, it starts with a jolly splendid
edition of Winamop!
We get underway with chapter 1 of a book which Martin Friel is
in the process of writing. If he keeps up the pace we'll run one every month,
if he can't we won't. When the Traffic Lights Stopped (working title)
Now a short episode from Linda Casper. Gemma finds that her
relationship with Craig is taking an unpleasant turn. The title is No
A supernatural tale now by Harry Downey. Martin Douglas is
confused, he's arrived somewhere and doesn't know how he got there - and they
don't seem pleased to see him. It's called Don't Come Till We Call
Jerry Vilhotti is back with the story of a man scarred by war. I
always imagine Jerry writing at great speed, the pace of his prose is frenetic.
This is called Water to Water.
Poetry now and we start with a splendid poem from regular
contributor Donal Mahoney. Just what was it that made Joan laugh out loud on
her wedding night? That Laugh.
Michael Estabrook has contributed many poems to us over the
years and he's back with five new ones. I think he might be feeling his age..
It's nice to be able to welcome Gary Hewitt back to Winamop,
this time with a poem. It is about steeling oneself to the task. It takes
dedication, it takes guts, it takes Sacrifice.
It's December already, so it's time for
Winamop's alternative Christmas!
I call it an alternative Christmas because it isn't terribly
festive, but it is good, so it should go some way to keeping you amused through
Let's get started...
Dawn Wilson is a new contributor to Winamop and may, or may not,
have green hair. She has sent us a story about a dissatisfied "tax preparer"
which is called The Tax Lady Invades the IRS.
Martin Friel is back! He has a new philosophy on life, don't let
time rule your life, face the old enemy. For some reason it's called Loads
of fun and cocktails on the night.
Also back is KJ Hannah Greenberg who brings us a tale involving
those charming creatures; cockroaches. Nice! It is indeed an Ode to a
book of poetry is available on Amazon.
Now to regular story-teller Donal Mahoney. This time we find Joe
Faherty at the funeral of his old friend McGillicuddy. However it seems that
McGillicuddy doesn't want to go alone...
Another new contributor joins us next: Ross Durrence. Here the
subject of the story is a bit of self improvement. You know when you try
something and you think you could maybe just do it a little better? This is
called Muenster and it's a bit gory...
We end the stories with a visit to Camelot in the company of
Martin Green's Retired Knight. Sir Landry is a righter of wrongs, a defender of
the peace, and he's pretty keen on a good inn...
To poetry now, and first we welcome back Paul Tristram. This
time he's sent us four poems on various subjects: The Pub Window, Bar Bitch
You Hate! Porcupine Logic and Feeding Frenzy.
Next to Mary Cresswell. We have heard from her a few times this
year and I always enjoy her blend of fun and skill in poetry. Here we have
Undivined Comedy, The Food Reviewer Aviods The Issue and Leaning In
We finish with a few short poems from our elder statesman JBP.
These are from his little book "A Lost Secret". Here we have The well at the
world's end, Pictures, Generations and Dr Quantum's Presidential address.
Well that's it. 2013 is pretty much over and we steam
full-speed-ahead towards the distant iceberg of 2014.
See you there!
Hooray! We're back after a mere 32 days. I'll never keep up this
Our doughty band of contributors have been busy and we have a
splendid selection for you. Before we get stuck in there's just time to tell
you that previous contributor Peter Ray now has
his own poetry blog - have
Plug over, let's get started.
First we welcome Donal Mahoney back to Winamop with a new story
of an old poet in the twilight of his life. What can he contribute to today's
audience? It's called A Gathering of Generations.
Next it's Harry Downey (New book coming soon to Amazon), who
describes himself as "a retired grouch" but this story isn't at all grumpy.
It's about a case of mistaken identity. The title is The Same - But
Now I am very pleased to welcome new contributor Linda Casper
who brings us a short cautionary tale about a "lucky" charm. the title is
The Snake Charm.
Back to one of our regulars now, KJ Hannah Greenberg. I never
know whether she's going to send in poetry or prose... this time it's the
latter. A tale of strange goings on down at the zoo, in The Lemur
Poetry now, and a speedy return for Martin Friel. This time he's
reflecting on a life of semi-debauchery, will he change? Doesn't look like it.
This one's called Enough.
It's time to come over all ekphrastic now as Neil Ellman takes
some more art works and draws out poetry from them. Here you can see the works
and read his poems.
Frank C. Praeger sent these poems to me in April... you can tell
how efficient I am by the fact that it's taken me this long to publish them.
Sorry Frank; it's definitely a case of better late than never!
A selection to be treasured - all our content stays on the site
forever so you can explore our archive of Stories or
Poetry or use CTRL-F on this page to find stuff from
days gone by.
Until next month, I wish you good reading.
No, Winamop hasn't ceased to be, it was just resting. What
happened to the August edition? You may well, ask; I think the real answer is
that I was just too busy enjoying myself during the summer.
Now I have stopped enjoying myself - only joking - it's always a
pleasure to bring you a new edition of Winamop! So let's get stuck in.
We resume proceedings with a story from Donal Mahoney. You
remember those old tales from school days, where dire consequences resulted
from being disobedient? Well, let this be a lesson. It's Albeit of
Now I'm very pleased to welcome Samantha Memi back to Winamop
with this new story about a magical bracelet. We could do with some more of
Martin Green returns next with some hot stuff... well, it's a
story about the heat of summer and what it can do to a man - could it make him
murder his wife?
A new contributor to Winamop now, Gary Hewitt. Gary is a
novelist from Kent and this is a short piece of flash fiction called
To poetry now, and another new contributor - Paul Tristram -
brings us three of his poems: Greasy-Side Slide, Every Truth Is
Pale and Against The Grain, Again.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has certainly not been idle this summer, she
has penned a few short poems for us. Here are Starlight, Puppies
Playful Stance and Acquiring Provisions for Pets and Plants.
Martin Friel usually writes stories for us, but this time his
muse has taken him in the direction of poetry. It's only short, and I'm not
sure what it's called, but it's about a child and it's quite affecting.
Christopher Barnes has contributed regularly to Winamop and his
poems are always a joy. Here we have Longitude, Latitude; Endwise; Dirty
Pebbles; Ghosted, Pocketed and The Unexpected Find.
We finish with yet another new contributor, Melissa Davis. She
is a doctoral student and teacher from Miami and here she brings us Three
Women, The Hunt and The Unbelievable .
Well, what a collection! I guess that's what happens when I
leave Winamop mission control for a month, I can't get the front door open for
I promise to be back with more in October.. honest. Keep sending
Phew, what a scorcher! The weather in England is hot, we can't
cope with hotness in this country. We start wearing shorts and drinking lager,
a sad state of affairs. At least there's cricket to watch...
If by some slim chance you don't like cricket, then may I offer
to you the new edition of Winamop as alternative entertainment?
This time we have lots of good stuff from regulars, returners
We'll start with a story from regular Donal Mahoney. This is the
tale a Blanche O'Brien who was happily married to Barney Murphy. Barney loved
his "orchard" until her fruits went a bit wrinkly.
Now to Martin Green and he has the story of a college boy, home
for the summer, who couldn't resist undertaking a heroic task for a pretty
girl. What could possibly go wrong?
Bruce Harris has a book of his excellent stories coming out in
September, I'll keep you posted on that. Meanwhile enjoy this one concerning a
couple who meet again in an unusual way.
Mary Cresswell is back. This New Zealander's witty poetry always
makes me smile. Here we have Meditation On Neighborhood Cats, Good
News Bad News Ghazal, Song Of The Semidetached Lover, Calvinism
At Home and Giving Thanks.
I am very pleased to welcome a new contributor; Bobbi
Sinha-Morey [BIO]. Bobbi crafts her poetry
beautifully and these three are well worth reading. Here we have -
Stranger's Secrets, Silent Auction and Lilacs.
Now we hear from another one of our stalwarts - KJ Hannah
Geenberg. Here she gives us a haiku followed by what she describes as a "a
sassy, silly poem" on the subject of joggers. I like it!
To finish we have some poetry from Rob Plath. Rob used to be a
regular contributor some years ago but has been through tough times. This is
his return from those dark places. Beware of the demons...
Top stuff from all Winamoppers this time. These contributors do
it for no reward, so if you like something please support the author by
visiting their web site, blog or whatever. They'll appreciate it.
Until the next time.
June 13 th
I had to have a bit of a lie down after the excitement of our
tenth birthday, consequently this edition is fashionably late. But it's been
worth waiting for. In fact, it's almost as big as the birthday edition!
So, with a lot to read, we ought to get started... but before we
do I'd like to mention contributor Peter Ray's new book of poems and pictures
which is detailed here. It's good!
Right! Here we go:
Martin Green kicks off this edition with a story of a man who
has had a long and successful life (it's not about me) and starts to reminisce.
Petrushka is the title.
Donal Mahoney is up next, with a tale of a lost soul on a bus.
You know how it is when you're sitting on the bus and the odd-ball gets on and
heads straight for your seat.. Teddy and Oliver Talk It Over on the
Next we have a splendid story from new contributer Shannon Marie
Lane. It concerns a woman who has found her "man for all seasons" in an
unconventional way. It's called The Blue Bicycle.
Now a tale of strange occurences in a swimming pool, by Eric
Suhem. A couple move into a big old house in the hills, what could possibly go
wrong? It's called Pools.
The last story this week is of intertwined relationships over
generations in a university campus. KJ Hannah Greenberg tells of A Few
Indiscretions at Hampshire House.
To Poetry now and some fine work from April Salzano who
contributed to Winamop for the first time last year. Here we have three new
poems with a humourous flavour, starting with Free to Good Home.
A.J.Huffman is back again, with more of her provocative and
amusing poems. This time she focusses on some unusual body art, a little
intimate reconstruction and Barbie's return in a new guise.
A Haiku now, by Virginie Colline, inspired by Kees van Dongen's
affecting picture The Corn Poppy. I'm a sucker for a girl with big
Finally to Page 94, our occasional satirical column, this time
penned by Martin Green. He's been having a spot of bother with airlines and
getting all "PC".
Well, enough to keep you amused and entertained for a while I
hope? We will return in about a month, so long as our faithful band of
contributors are willing to send their material in. You are welcome to join
them, the e-mail button is at the bottom of the index
Until the next time!
May 5th 2013
A momentous day! On this day in 2003 Winamop was launched upon a
largely uninterested world, you can follow the development of the site by
scrolling right to the bottom of the "Diary" page, or clicking
here, and see how we became the publishing
behemoth that Winamop is today...
When we began, Winamop's page style was a
jokey facsimile of Winamp's site (see this page for the
story) and it looked like this. I've found an early copy of it so you can see
it in all its glory if you click on the thumbnail.
Since then we've changed things round a little, dropped the
"British" bit, explored many more artistic avenues, stopped sending out mops
(sorry to disappoint all mop collectors) and gained a loyal band of
contributors. Thank you all! This site is nothing without you.
For this tenth birthday edition we have some special
contributions, some newcomers and some old faithfuls. It's a HUGE edition and I hope you enjoy it!
Let's get started then. One of our earliest contributors, Wayne
H.W Wolfson, is still a supporter and he has sent in some excellent art-work
with which to celebrate our anniversary.
Now to Martin Green, a most prolific contributor to the site,
who has written this special story for our birthday. It's called Stephanie
and the (wina) mop.
Captain Wozzo is a super-hero of a not so super kind. I started
his story in 2004 and have only just finished the final chapter for this tenth
birthday edition. I doubt if the effort was worth it, but if you're under 12
you'll probably like it!
Our tame historian JH has been transcribing these 105 year old
diaries for a little while now. They concern a Swiss holiday taken by a group
of young women from the Scottish lowlands and are a fascinating little snapshot
of the time. Here's the latest episode, a very warm climb up the Niesen.
Now to KJ Hannah Greenberg. Rosh Hashanah is the birthday, i.e.
the new year, that Jews celebrate. Here is a poem about the metamorphosis a
parent experiences when seeing her children dress in holiday finery for that
very special day.
Further into our poetry section now, with Donal Mahoney, another
very regular contributor. In this poem Donal remembers the "fire and brimstone"
sermons of Old-Time Religion.
Next we welcome back A.J. Huffman [Bio] who was last with us back in January. This time
she has three new poems for us, including the worrying Fishnet Bootie
Now I'm very pleased to welcome the first of our new
contributors, Christopher Mulrooney, who has written poems in Orbis, Weyfarers,
Tulane Review, and Pacific Review. Here are four of his latest.
Another new recruit joining us this time is Mary Creswell [Bio]. Mary lives in New Zealand and has a
wry style which I like a lot.
Last but not least, it's a pleasure to welcome Andrea Lewis to
Winamop. Her poems are full of humour and empathy with the people she observes.
Here's to the next ten years!
April 5th 2013
Easter has been and gone, I'm feeling slightly queasy from
eating too many chocolate eggs, and it's still freezing cold outside.
Better to just stay indoors and enjoy the latest edition of
Quite a crop of stories this month, and some interesting
ekphrastic poems, so let's get started.
First Martin Green brings us a new Retired Knight episode. We
find Sir Landry righting wrongs again when he gets involved in a bit of early
Now to Eric Suhem who, appropriately enough for the Easter
season, has a tale of an Egg. But this is no ordinary egg.
What sweets were your favourites when you were young? For Alex
Bernstein it was Reese Cups, but that led to difficulties...
Revenge may be sweet, but an all consuming desire to get even
isn't healthy. Donal Mahoney relates the sorry tale of Harry Tompkins.
Now to a short "lightning flash" from KJ Hannah Greenberg. This
is thought-provoking, it's called Rogue.
Neil Ellman brought us some poetry inspired by art works back in
November. Now he is back with some more of his "ekphrastic poetry".
That's all for this time but don't forget to come back in May
for our super 10th anniversary edition... yes Winamop will be 10 in May! Will
we grow-up at last?... Doubtful.
I'll start blowing up the balloons, you bring the cake.
March 4th 2013.
March hares are bouncing round Winamop Global Publishing
Headquarters as I sit here tapping the keys. Actually, that's not true, it's a
more prosaic scene; a bus has just gone past and I think I saw next-door's cat
on the lawn. However, it is March so I'm entitled to a mild bout of madness.
Wild fancies are not conducive to getting much work done though,
so it's a good job our contributors have been more focussed than I am!
Let's find out what they've created for your amusement.
We kick-off this edition with a racy story from Samantha Memi.
It's a tale of infidelity and deception, it's Alfonsinas Dream of Love
and Comfort. R
Donal Mahoney is back with a new story of a traditional church
community called Scenes from a Parish: Life and Death at St. Pancratius.
Martin Green returns to relate the story of an old man who used
to be a little, how shall I put it, irascible perhaps? Not now though, he has
More hundred-year-old fun from the Alps with Touzer and the
girls in part 3 of the Diary of a 1908 Swiss holiday by Margaret McNee.
Transport trouble this time...
We finish with a burst of poetry from KJ Hannah Greenberg. She's
feeling a little wistful it seems. Here we have: Growth, Heart's Preamble
and Bodies Roll.
Splendid! A fine selection once more but, as ever, we need more.
If you feel you'd like to send something in to Winamop please click on the
e-mail button at the bottom of the home page.
Now where are those hares?
February 5th 2013.
We're back. April may be the cruelest month according to T.S.
Eliot, but I reckon February is pretty nasty too. The days are short, it's cold
outside, the wind is blowing hard; so what better than to sit in the warm
reading some stories and poems?
Let's get started, it's a fairly short edition this time but
February is a short month!
Martin Green returns to the fold with the first of two
contributions this time (well actually this one arrived last month but Winamop
was already full!). It is the story of a lottery winner - these things can
change your life...
Now over to Donal Mahoney, who continues to supply Winamop with
excellent stories, this one is all about Gloria and her relationships. She's a
down home girl, a Rural Princess.
Now for the second of Martin Green's contributions. This one
goes on Page 94 - our satirical column that has been sadly neglected recently -
and concerns the state of the (U.S.) nation.
The Poetry in this edition comes from KJ Hannah Greenberg, three
new poems in fact. Starting with the bitter-sweet Pleasant Wishes, Little
Now for something completly different. Wayne H.W Wolfson has
collaborated with Austrian based artist Clemens Niel and his film group
"Filmszene Graz" to make this short film The Trick.
That's all for now, please keep sending in contributions, and
keep warm.. (If you're in Australia, keep cool).
January 8th 2013.
New Year greetings from the Winamop team! (There isn't actually
a team, it's just me, but it seems better to imagine that there is). During the
holidays our contributors have been busy, and new stuff has flooded in to the
Winamop control centre (exaggerating again.. it's just my desk). Excellent work
from all you contributors!
Let's get cracking with a new story from Donal Mahoney. You know
how cruel kids can be? Well this story is about a girl called Patsy Foley who
was a little bit "roly-poly"...
Now it's the return of Bruce Harris. I wouldn't like to be a
doctor, having to sound interested in someone's bunions would be depressing.
This particular doctor is positive though, he's known as Doctor Yes.
We all did silly things as a child didn't we? Paul Brechbuhler
liked to climb stuff, as many boys do. Had he bitten off more than he could
chew in this story of The Futile Alpinist?
KJ Hannah Greenberg is a regular here, and she has a
book of poetry out! For this edition she has penned two salutory tales:
The Tortoise vs. The Hare and The Ant and the Grasshopper.
Harry Downey is next with a really nice piece in which we
observe the mourners at the funeral of a public figure. Will they show due
respect at The Passing of an Important Man?
Poetry from A.J. Huffman next. She returns with a new collection
with titles: The Smell of Human Love and Hate, Look Into Eternity
and Hidden in Salt . Well worth reading.
It's a long time since we had any Haiku on Winamop, so I'm very
grateful to new contributor Virginie Colline [Bio] who has sent in four of them with an
illustration by Alain Vaissiere.
That was indeed a packed edition! I hope, with your help, to
keep up the excellent standard in 2013 and trust that you will come back next
month for more.
A very Happy New Year to you all.
It's the festive Christmas edition of Winamop! (note the sprig
of holly above)
The gang's all here and we're about to celebrate the passing of
another year, not a very good one if we're honest, but we can all agree that
the twelve 2012 editions of Winamop have been jolly good!
Let's raise a glass of port and a hot mince pie to Harry Downey
whose story For Every Winner There's a Loser may leave you feeling a
I can always rely on Martin Green to provide a good story and he
ends 2012 with this one about Max Von Sydow (who?) and the harmony of the
universe! A sweet sherry for Martin then.
Now it's time to welcome Janet Yung to Winamop, so I'll propose
a champagne toast for her story of a wasp and a cat. Now, what's it called...?
Oh yes, it's The Wasp.
We arrive at the poetry section of Winamop and we can enjoy a
mulled wine with KJ Hannah Greenberg as she tackles some thorny political
Next Peter Ray returns with another poem inspired by an
historical event. This one concerns a severe storm, or "ravage", in 1824 which
rocked the mill at Wembury in Devon. I think a warming whisky is appropriate?
It's about time for a glass of ale with Christpher Barnes, a UK
poet who has written for us before. This time he has six new poems including
House Arrest Of The Opposition Leader. Strong stuff.
We finish this last edition of 2012 with a wonderful poem by
Donal Mahoney. We'll enjoy a last snifter of brandy with old Romeo as Old
Romeo Puts His Bible Down.
I think I need to go for a bit of a lie down now, so that's all
for this year. We'll be back in January and I'll be needing some content to
fill the first Winamop of 2013. Over to you!
Be as festive as you dare, and buy Wayne Wolfson's
Here in the UK we celebrate the fact that Guy Fawkes didn't blow
up the houses of parliament by setting off fireworks on the fifth of November.
The Muslim festival of Eid-al-adha and the Muslim new year also fall about now
so everybody's been letting off fireworks all over the place for at least a
So let's set this edition of Winamop off with a bang!
We'll start with new contributor Paul Brechbuhler, he has been
writing for some time but this is his first science fiction piece. It's called
We all know those people at work who seem to get promoted even
though they are pretty useless (see BBC Director General) so let Martin Green
tell you the story of The Success of George Brewster.
Next it is the welcome return of Samantha Memi who has a new
book out (see here). She brings a
tale of a rather bad day when things just won't behave themselves. Prepare for
To Poetry now, and it's time to meet Holly Day
[Bio], a new recruit to Winamop who introduces
herself with five new poems including My First Nazi.
After writing several stories for us, Donal Mahoney returns to
poetry, and takes us to the dark crime infested alleys of the city with
Death Has Dominion.
Finally let me introduce Neil Ellman who has composed some
ekphrastic poems (inspired by art-works) which start with a Dali painting
The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory.
Well, that was all good stuff wasn't it?
We'll be back in time for Christmas with our festive edition so
don't miss it, and if you feel like contributing, get started soon because time
waits for no man...
E-mail button is at the bottom of the main
I've just noticed that it's October. Doesn't time fly when you
are having fun? It seems to go pretty quickly when you are just doing the
mundane jobs around the house too...
Therefore, it is most decidedly time to present the new edition
of Winamop to an expectant world. So here it is.
To start us off we have a story about shoes from Samantha Memi.
You may remember she did a shoe story for us some months back but that's been
removed to go into her new book (news on that soon). This one's called The
Now to regular contributor Martin Green. This time he brings a
timely warning to us long-married types not to take our spouses for granted.
It's called My Friend Dennis.
A quick one from KJ Hannah Greenberg next. If only the Americans
spelled cheque properly there'd be less confusion! It's called Heres a
Check, Theres a Check, Everywhere a Check, Check.
Now we arrive at the poetry section with a piece of prose -
about poetry - by Donal Mahoney. He has been a poet since the '60s and gives us
his thoughts on how things have changed in Back Then and Write Now.
Surprisingly there was no poetry submitted this time, so we
return to our stock of JBP's little poetry collections which he compiles every
year. This one is stones from the beach.
We finish on some wonderful art work from Dee Sunshine
[Bio]. Dee is a bit of a polymath and has a
book of his poems - Visions of The drowning Man - out now at
Most excellent I'm sure you will agree? We'd welcome your
contribution to Winamop too, you can find the e-mail button at the bottom of
the home page.
See you in November?
Well, that's it then. The "summer" is over, the Olympics has
finished, the Edinburgh Festival has been and gone; what are we going to do
now? Enjoy the new edition of Winamop of course!
Despite all the distractions of the holiday season our faithful
contributors haven't been slacking, not a bit of it, they have been tapping
away to great effect - and here is the result of their efforts:
Do you remember the film "Calendar Girls" where a group of
middle-aged W.I. women posed naked for a charity calendar and started a trend
for similar cheeky fund raisers? Bruce
Harris does, and this story tells of a participant in a photo shoot for
such a calendar.
In the news here in the UK there has recently been a
"silly-season" story about a lion on the loose in Essex. The Essex Lion turned
out to be imaginary. Martin Green's next story concerns an imaginary tiger who
may also be on the loose...
It's Donal Mahoney's turn next and this time he has an
atmospheric tale of Clarence who was wont to return home from the pub a little
late, much to the chagrin of Grandma.
The last story this time comes from Samantha Memi, who appears
to have found a never-before-seen episode of Popeye the Sailor - "Popeye's
Moving over into the poetry section we find Christina Murphy
[Bio], and she's challenging a few of the big
names in "Poetry Undefined". I'm expecting sparks.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has two new poems for us in this edition;
"Passing Thoughts (A Carol)" and "Great Veils of Regret (A Byr a
Thoddice)". No, I don't know what that means...
Lastly I'm glad to be able to welcome Frank C. Praeger back to
Winamop. This time Frank has five excellent new poems for us.
A fine edition and I think the word "bumper" just about covers
it don't you? If all continues to go well I'll be back in October with some
It's a date!
Are you enjoying the Olympics? It rather depends whether your
team is winning I suppose. Having been working with some Dutch, French and
Germans I feel relieved that team GB have at last got some medals. Good show!
(editor waves very small Chinese-made union flag)
That has absolutely no bearing on the really important things in
life, such as the new edition of Winamop, which is out now. In fact, you are
reading it at this very moment!
We kick off with an unusual group of short cameos from KJ Hannah
Greenberg. There are four of them and I don't recommend reading them whilst
eating. It begins, contrarily, with "He eats Anything".
Now to Donal Mahoney's latest story (I apologise for a broken
link to last month's which has now been put right).
This one concerns a hotel for the elderly, and a certain prim lady. Looking
out for Mrs Ruff.
Another Winamop regular now, Martin Green returns with a story
about a talking computer. A blind friend of mine used to have one, rather
robotic, but this one is much better.
We now move into the poetry section and meet April Salzano for
the first time. [Bio]. Here we have "Sims 3:
Ambitions," "Yesterday's Fiasco," and "Love Affair."
Also new this time is 19 year old poet Andrew J. Stone. This one
is called Ode to a boy in Texas.
Returning to the fold next is A.J. Huffman. Here she touches on
the tricky subjects of a unicornised show horse, an enraged chicken-eater and a
Next it's time for another fine poem from Montucky Review's A.g
Synclair. This one is called Static.
We move seamlessly now from poetry to photography via a piece of
visual poetry, which combines both, from new contributor Vinca Andre.
And we finish with a piece of photographic art from Sarah
Edwards. She is an experimental / street photographer living in Montreal,
Canada; mainly working with 35mm film.
That's it for this month, I think we covered all the bases:
stories, poetry, art and in-between. Let's hope we can do as well next time! So
to those of you with an artistic streak, a head full of stories or a poetic
muse; I want to hear from you...
Our glorious summer continues with rain, wind and floods. If
you're planning a lovely holiday in Great Britain I should bring some
Still, it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. The
inclement weather means that I'm not tempted to go outside which leaves me
plenty of time to sit here preparing this super edition of Winamop.
This month it's small but perfectly formed.
We start with Magic Moments, a story by new contributor
Harry Downey [Bio] What do you do if you find
yourself growing up with the name Arbuthnot? Change it of course!
What would we do without Martin Green? We'd have a lot less
stories to read that's for sure! This one is a tale of infidelity and violence
in suburbia. It's called A Suburban Story.
Another story from Donal Mahoney next. He's becoming a regular
contributor with many good pieces to his name. This one is Behind The Barn
With Carol Ann.
Now it's the welcome return of Bruce Harris. He has given us
some original stories in the past but this time he waxes all poetic and muses
wryly on the environment, tourism and a certain film...
A pretty fine selection I hope you'll agree? But we need more
for next time, our stocks have run dry... if only the weather would follow
It's Jubilee time! The British Queen has been doing her stuff
for 60 years. People have been making the most amazing fuss about this and the
bunting salesmen are all expecting a bonus. Still, it's a good excuse for a
party, and a holiday, so let's celebrate with a truly giant Jubilee edition of
Before we begin I must say that I'm very proud of this edition -
the quality of work sent in recently has been exceptional - so to all our
contributors I say "Thank you, and keep up the good work!" (Sorry to sound like
a school teacher, but you do all get gold stars..)
Let's get started with story from Winamop regular Donal Mahoney.
This time he brings us the tale of a chance meeting in Peoria. I don't know
where that is, but evidently the price of pork is important there.
Now we go back to 79AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted covering
Pompeii and Heraculaneum in pyroclastic flows (thanks Wikipedia). Samantha Memi
imagines what it was like for those caught up in the wrath of The Angry
Martin Green returns now with another swashbuckling tale in his
Retired Knight series. This time Sir Landry has to deal with a power-mad
prince and his beautiful sister.
There has been a spate of arson attacks on bakeries, and who
could benefit from such a crime? Maybe a property agent? But how was it done?
Call in Lieutenant Lisa Kalback, she'll find the critters.. A new "tail" from
KJ Hannah Greenberg.
We are now entering the poetry section, and I am delighted to be
able to share this latest poem from A.g. Synclair with you. It is good. It is
Finally a little ditty from new contributor Phil Robertson
[Bio]. I'm guessing that Phil is a Scot, and
that he has a fondness for "uisge beatha". This is called £10.97
Top stuff, I hope you'll agree? We'll be back again in about a
month, if you feel you'd like to contribute then please use the e-mail link on
the home page.
Long live the Queen! and all that sort of stuff...
Here in England the rain is lashing down relentlessly whilst
much of the country is under a hose-pipe ban due to "drought conditions". It is
the wettest drought I can remember since the days of Denis Howell in 1976.
Never mind eh? It's a good time to sit indoors and bash the May
edition of winamop into shape. So here it is, suitably bashed.
First a news item from KJ Hannah Greenberg who has a book out at
Bards & Sages Publishing called Dont Pet the Sweaty Things. As
a Winamop reader you can get a 10% discount on it if you order from
Createspace and enter
the discount code WLJS8U8. You can also order the print version from Amazon and
get nice T-shirts
etc from Bards and Sages.
Right, let's get down to business. This month we have had plenty
of poetry sent in but a severe lack of stories. So much so that I've had to
write one myself, and nobody really wants that do they? So come on you story
tellers, get writing!
We'll get my story out of the way first. It's a very short tale
about a man and a box. It's called Curiosity. You're curious now aren't
Next we have the journal of MH's Japanese theatre trips which
she made before the Kabuki Za Theatre closed in 2010. She took in as many
performances as possible in a short time. This is only the start...
Maranda Wimmer is still at high school and wishes to pursue a
career in writing. On the basis of this poem My Past Always Follows, she
could have a bright future.
Now something a little different. Poetry in a visual form from
Christopher Barnes [Bio]. He has contributed
several pieces to Winamop and this selection of six poems starts with
Psychological Film Making.
Back to KJ Hannah Greenberg and this time she has three poems
for you. Rubricing Life is the first and it concerns a relationship gone
And that's your lot. If you enjoyed anything please click on the
ratings and, most importantly, if you have a story in you get it written and
send it in. We need more!
Bye for now.
No, it's not a joke, Winamop returns with a spring in its step!
It's time for our Joy Of Spring collation. We have bubbly girls, naughty shoes
and nonsense to keep you smiling, but we contrast that with a little
bitterness. An excellent recipe which I hope you will appreciate!
On to the first course:
Prolific author and regular contributor Martin Green is back to
tell us the story of a romance, or was it just altruism? It's time to meet
The Bubbly Girl.
A warm welcome now for Samantha Memi who has been having a
little trouble with her shoes. For one thing, they are uncomfortable, but
that's not the half of it. We present: Rebellious Shoes.
Now three excellent new poems from Esther Greenleaf Murer. [Bio] In true Winamop style, she has also sent in a
"round robin" poem from her family collection which is well worth reading.
Just coming up to the top of the hour and it's time for the
news. Winamop's unreliable news service has been dormant for too long, so I've
decided to revive it. Unwise? Maybe.
Next we darken the mood a little, with a poem from new
contributor A.g. Synclair [Bio]. It is called
Bruce Harris first appeared on Winamop in January with
a story, now he's back to cheer us up with some
poems which he describes as comic verse; but there's more to them than that.
That'll do for now. I hope you've enjoyed it and will join us by
contributing to the next edition?
Oh, and now you can follow me on Twitter, not that I've anything
interesting to say - as you've probably realised! It's @winamop.
Nearly Easter already! Spring is about to spring and the sap is
rising, at least it would be if it weren't so blooming cold. Best huddle up to
your nice warm computer and read the latest edition of Winamop, which is
fortuitously, right here.
Have you ever been in a situation where you suddenly realise
that everyone around you appears to be from another planet? No? Must be just me
then.. and possibly Kate Alexander-Kirk. Say What You Mean Please.
Welcome back KJ. Hannah Greenberg, with a tale of two sisters,
and their not entirely happy relationship with one man. It's called To
And now to Poetry. Donal Mahoney has written a new poem, his
first for us, concerning a lady of the night and an officer of the law. Enjoy
Next it is my pleasure to introduce a new contributor, A.J.
Huffman. She is a poet from Florida [Bio] and
here are three of her poems.
We finish with some more short poems from JBP's latest annual
collection which is called Enough? "More!" I say!
A short but enjoyable edition I think, but in order to make the
next one full and fruity we need more! Contact me by using the e-mail link at
the bottom of the main page.
Until we meet again.
January 30th 2012
Well this is impressive, two editions in one month! (just) I am
very pleased to be able to start 2012 in such splendid style.
It's even more satisfying because I can introduce to you,
faithful reader, four new contributors. With this infusion of new blood, and
more good work from our regulars, I have high hopes for a great year for
That's enough effusiveness, let's get down to business...
We'll start with a story from KJ Hannah Greenberg. We find that
her gentleman friend, although admirable in many ways, is inclined to drop the
odd cheese related clanger. If committed at an important event this can be "A
Grande Faux Pas" indeed...
Now I'm very happy to introduce a new contributor, Bruce Harris.
[Bio] In this story, "Letting Linda Go", it
appears that Bruce has intercepted an e-mail exchange between an ambitious boss
and his long-standing P.A..
Another writer new to Winamop is Barbara M. Fried. She describes
herself as an unpublished writer living in Denver, CO, and working as an
anesthesiologist in private practice. On the evidence of this fine story
"Occupy Me", I can see no reason why she is so far unpublished!
To poetry now, and a first contribution from Tameka M.
Sharrette. [Bio] In this poem she's suffering
from a bad case of unrequited love. It's called, "And It's All Because Of
Completing this edition we have three poems from Christopher
Barnes. [Bio] He's a British poet who has written
many poems in his "Electric Chair" series. Here we have "A Good Execution?"
from that collection, plus a couple of others.
That's all we have this time. Remember that there's plenty more
to explore here, I never delete anything from the site (unless requested by the
author), so rummage through our archives to your heart's content.
January 16th 2012
It's a brand new shiny year, we've all made resolutions (and
probably already broken them) and we're all hoping against hope that it'll be a
good one. It's certainly started off that way here at Winamop towers. The
e-mail in-box is bulging with new material, so I'm all ready to present to you
the first edition of Winamop in 2012.
Let's start with a story from new contributor Martin Jaeger.
[Bio] Martin actually sent me this story last
year, but due to monumental inefficiency on my part (cue another New Year's
resolution) it didn't get published. Now the wrong is righted and you can read
this short humorous tale, "The Worst Thing About Surgery".
Martin Green has been with us for a long time, but this story
goes back even further; to the days of the Knights of The Round Table and
Chivalry at its best. The Retired Knight returns to do the right thing, when he
meets the Young Baron (who isn't a very nice chap).
I'm pleased to be able to welcome Gary Beck to Winamop
[Bio]. He introduces himself to us with a tale
of two young men out to have a good time in "Wild Times in 1957 San
Donal Mahoney is becoming a regular contributor and we are
grateful for that. This time we find him musing on the difficulty of writing
poetry which is all meat, no gristle, no fat. It's called, strangely,
"Kaleidoscope and Harpsichord".
KJ. Hannah Greenberg is often to be found here on the site. This
time she brings us three new poems which you can read here, and news of a
new book which you can
Frank C. Praeger is a poet. He is also another victim of my
tardiness, having sent these poems to me in August. I thank him for his
patience and present to you "Large and Ignoble" and "Not to be an Ex-".
Well that's all for what has turned out to be another packed
edition of Winamop. If this keeps up we'll be able to get another edition out
to you within a month. Remember that all you have to do to contribute, is to
e-mail me (the button is at the bottom of the home
page) and I will reply promptly...
Well, that's what my New Year's resolution states anyway.
All the best.
We're back! Somewhat late, as seems to have
become the norm round these parts, but at least we're in time for
So let's declare this the Bumper Christmas Edition of Winamop and go for it good and
proper in comic sans!
Actually I hate comic sans so we'll make it
The Bumper Christmas Edition of
Winamop in some weird font that is incompatible with most
browsers instead. Great idea.
But I digress, the point of all this is to present to you some
really good stories and poetry that you can enjoy for nothing in the comfort of
your own home. Enjoy Winamop on your new iPad when the mince pies have all gone
and the sherry has run dry and you will feel fulfilled once more and ready to
face the new year and all its wonders.
So here it is.
Firstly we have a story from Bobby Morris which features a
motivational speaker and a mystery cat. Intrigued? Well check out "The Big
White Cat", but take care...
Martin Friel is back with "And in the end there is nothing". Now
you may think that this isn't going to be a very cheery tale, and you'd be
right, but it's good and that's what matters.
T.R. Healy is a newcomer to Winamop who has written a piece
called "Strokes". It tells of a knife sharpener who has a nagging feeling that
there might be something bad about to happen.
We first heard from Donal Mahoney in the last edition and he's
back this time with a new story called It's best to leave Cootie alone. I think
we now have a new catch phrase "Damn the vernal equinox! Full speed ahead!"
Well that's a lot of stories, we usually have some poetry too
don't we? Yes we do. At the end of each year our elder statesman JBP, publishes
a little book of short and witty poems. This year the collection is called
"Enough?" and here are some of the poems.
Lastly a single poem by Joel Hardin from San Antonio Texas. It's
not really Christmassy, in fact it's quite bleak, but not everyone is jolly at
this time of year are they? It's called "Surreality"
Well that's "Enough" for 2011, we've had a good year despite
capitalism crumbling all around us and we intend to have another one in 2012.
See you there!
Oh dear! Missed my own deadline again, only by a few days, but
missed it I have. What can I do to compensate you, oh faithful reader?
Provide you with some jolly fine stuff to enjoy, that's
So let's start with something a little different: Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a young photographic artist
who is causing quite a stir with her striking pictures. Here is a small
collection of her recent work.
Martin Green is back once more. This time he presents a story of
passion, and maybe even love? But who is the mysterious girl next door?
Now to poetry. Yvette Managan,
when she's not tending the Banana River, makes poetry with wit and variety.
Back to prose now, and we introduce Donal Mahoney. Donal's
father was a hero of the Irish Republican struggle and here he recalls a story
of his own school days, a coal yard and his father.
Finally let's hear from KJ Hannah Greenberg who has sent in two
poems. In the first one I believe she is referring to what we call over in the
UK a "pad". (No, not an iPad.. a paper one!)
That's about it for now, I've paid the hosting fees for another
couple of years so we'll have to continue! That means you'll have to send in
some stuff or I'll have to write it myself, and that would never do.
Back with a wallop, a crash and a bang! The August edition of
Winamop just managed to squeak under the wire before it became the September
Part of the reason I've been delayed is that I've been far too
busy enjoying the wines and cheeses of France, the festivities of Edinburgh,
and the company of friends... sorry about that, but these things make life
I'm back now, and thanks to a bulging in-box we have lots of
excellent stuff for you. First up a new contributor, Tom Sheehan, has penned
this piece about a bus driver who knows his passengers only too well. It's
called Driving on the Sausage Run, it's good.
Next, one of our regulars returns with a new story, it's KJ
Hannah Greenberg. She has some publications scheduled to come out soon, we'll
keep you posted; meanwhile here's a story that proves that it really can be
tough to be the king.
Now to poetry, or are they short stories? You decide. Either
way, you are going to like the work of Kyle Hemmings, (Bio) and the ideas he puts down.
More good poetry which is new to Winamop comes from the mind of
Valentina Cano. Bio. She is a student of
classical singing and lives in Miami. I like these poems for the strong
feelings they convey.
Finally let's lighten the mood just a little and welcome back G
David Schwartz with some new short nuggets of poetry.
That's about it for now, I have lots more new contributions
ready to go up but I don't want to overload you with too much at once. I do,
however, promise to get the rest of the new stuff up on the site before the end
of September.. Do check back soon to see if I've kept my promise.
Seems unlikely on past form.
Free at last, the publishing magnate at the helm of our evil
empire has finally relented and allowed Winamop to be sold off to a
fish-packing cooperative in Grimsby. So we're back and only slightly smelling
We do have some interesting items for you this time, freshly
packed in ice and full of goodness. First up is a most unusual one: John Burns
has been working for some time rendering the work of the bard of Avon into the
language of Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son. In other words he has
transcribed Shakespeare into traditional Scots. Here we present "A Midsimmer
Martin Friel has a story to tell, a story of caring love between
a husband and wife. Someone to look after you when you're not feeling well,
what could be nicer than that?
We turn to poetry now and the work of Michael Estabrook. Michael
has written many poems for us in the past and it's great to have him back on
board. Here are five new ones.
Another regular Winamop poet returns next; Clifford K.Watkins
jr. This poem is called "Not a One-sided Death!"
KJ Hannah Greenberg is back with the story of Roger. He has his
faults, his hair gets everywhere for a start, but he's less trouble than most
Finally we go back to the days of legend, King Arthur's reign is
over, but not all the heros are gone. Martin Green intruduces us to "The
Well that was worth waiting for wasn't it? Many thanks to all
those splendid people above, without whom there would be no Winamop. If you
feel you'd like to join them on one of the few remaining independent web-sites
for stories, poetry and what-have-you, then contact us by using the e-mail
button on the main page.
June 28th 2011
The lack of a recent update is regrettable I know, but we're
still here, sorting through the piles of contributions to the site and
preparing the super summer holiday "cut out and keep" edition of Winamop.
I promise to have it here waiting for you within a week or
two... all things being well...
March 4th 2011
Well I'm chuffed! (colloquial - very pleased)
My pathetic appeal for material has bourn fruit and the following
contributors have rallied round, allowing me to present to you the first
edition of Winamop for 2011!
First into the in-box by a mere five minutes, is Martin Green.
Being of a certain age (sorry Martin) he was brought up with Westerns on TV.
Here is a story inspired by those rootin' tootin' gun-totin' adventures.
Next onto our virtual doormat was Martin Friel, he has a book
out, and it's only £3!
His story concerns the modern politician's desire to consult the public at
every turn, just as long as they get the answer they want. What could possibly
go wrong with that?...
Poetry now, and we return to the work of Vivekanand Jha, a poet
and research scholar from Darbhanga, Bihar, India. Here we have seven of his
Finally to JBP, our elder statesman. Every Christmas he
publishes a limited run of a little book of poems, this year it's called
Looking. Here are some excerpts from it.
That's it then, we're off and running into another year (our
ninth if my arithmetic is right). Keep spreading the word and we'll keep
publishing new stuff, and all will be well with the world.
Come on you writers, poets, artists and raconteurs we need
A new edition of Winamop must hit the web soon and, to be quite
honest, I don't have very much to put in it, so get typing, click the e-mail
button below and send it in... you know you want to.
It's Christmaaaas! (As Slade insist on putting it, over and over
again) and here is the festive edition of Winamop. What a cracker!
Firstly, I'd like to introduce you to a new contributor, poet
Ben Nardolilli. Ben is a 25 year old writer currently living in Montclair, New
Jersey. He was poetry editor for West 10th Magazine whilst at NYU and now
maintains a blog at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com. His
works have been published in many journals and now it's our turn!
Martin Friel has penned a few stories for us over the last year,
and he comes up trumps once again with a tale of a summer trip that went awry.
People can get on your nerves a bit can't they?....
Whilst we're on the Martins, Martin Green makes his last
appearance this year, and this time it's with a short play. So ladies and
gentlemen please turn off your mobile phones and take your seats for "Phone
It's all getting rather confusing. Martin (who usually writes
stories) contributes a play, and KJ Hannah Greenberg (who also usually writes
stories) has taken to poetry. See what you think of her new direction.
Now we welcome Peter Ray back to the fold. His poems are
inspired by historical events, this time it's all about war.
Lastly, we catch up again with the Glasgow girls and their trip
to Switzerland in the summer of 1908. It's a fascinating insight into the
manners and behaviour of a group of well-to-do girls on a "European Tour".
Well, that about wraps it up for now, and for 2010. We've had a
good year with 27 new pages added. Nothing gets deleted (unless specifically
requested) so it's all there for you to enjoy if you've only just found us.
Here's to 2011!
Misty mornings, turning leaves, abundant fruit, it's getting
autumnal round these parts. We've done the holiday thing - very nice thank you,
how was yours? - and now it's back to work; time to snuggle up with a nice warm
lap-top and kick Winamop into shape!
Happily, a good number of our regular contributors feel the same
way, and have been busy at their keyboards. First to rise to the challenge is
Rebecca Johnson with a new collection of poems. You may remember her
Rock 'n' Roll Toad from last year? That was fun, but
this time she is in a more reflective mood.
Now to Martin Friel. What can I say about Martin? He's one of
our stalwarts, that's what! His stories are always a pleasure to read although
the subject matter is sometimes uncomfortable. No "Parental Advisory" this
time, here we have a straightforward case of rejection.
KJ Hannah Greenberg is another prolific story teller. We have
published quite a few of her Chimera Tales over the last few editions. She is
planning a change of direction, so this may be the last from her for a while.
It's a short piece concerning the changing relationship between two
Next it's the turn of our other favourite Martin. Martin Green
has also been with for ages (thanks Martin) and he is an accomplished
short-story teller. Here we have a tale of a hard-nosed tycoon who's been
trying to toughen up his son and heir.
To finish on, we have a treat from Wayne H.W Wolfson, a friend
of Winamop from the early days. He has recently been gaining a good reputation
for his art work and here are two beautiful watercolours from his new work.
Not a bad selection, I'm sure you'll agree? Remember to rate the
articles as it gives us some feedback and tell your friends about Winamop. If
we are to continue we need support; not money (we do it for love..) but
stories, poems, artwork - anything! Contact me by e-mail using the button at
the bottom of the home page.
I'll be back.
I've just made it with the July edition before there was no more
July left. I'm afraid that it doesn't look very likely that there will be an
August edition due to holidays being upon us, so make the most of this one!
Thanks to our small band of faithful contributors we have some
splendid entertainment on offer this time, and I'm going to kick off with a
story from Martin Green, a story of infidelity...
Now to poetry and Andy Bate is a great observer of life, as most
poets are, and this time his poems seem to be transport related in one way or
another. The set kicks off in a different vein though, with thoughts of a lost
Another story next, and it's back to KJ Hannah Greenberg who has
brought us a tale of a cantankerous university professor and his daughter. It's
called Elluvium, not Alluvium.
Finally to rob plath. His poems usually explore the darker
aspects of life. This collection is no exception but it's well worth the
That completes the compendium for this time. Please spread the
word about Winamop, and contribute an article yourself if you feel so inclined.
I'd be delighted to hear from you. The e-mail button resides at the bottom of
the home page as always. Remember to rate the pages
Until we meet again...
Here we are again, happy as can be; Winamop continues to plough
its meandering furrow through the literary pastures whilst the main-stream
Watch out for the divots...
This time I am actually ahead of schedule(!) thanks to some
splendid work by our contributors, thank you one and all.
First up it's Linda Allison who used to be a critical care
nurse. Here she has taken some experiences from her time in an "emergency room"
(or A & E as we know it in the UK) and fictionalised them. She says: "Most
of the situations are real, the emotions most certainly are real and mine."
This story will become part of a future novel if all goes well.
We first met Vivekanand Jha in the January edition. This Indian
poet and research scholar is composing poems on "contemporary and relevant
themes". He is the son of noted professor and award winning poet Dr. Rajanand
Jha. I particularly like his "elegy to the poem".
Back to stories, or is this a kind of poem? Either way it made
me chuckle! It's KJ Hannah Greenberg's take on the process of home birth.
This time we have something unusual to finish on. J.H. has been
exploring piles of dusty old books and has discovered a hand-written diary from
1908. It's by Margaret Wilson McNee, who was born in Glasgow in 1881, and it
records a trip to Switzerland with four friends and relations. A fascinating
window on the world of 102 years ago.
Don't forget to rate the articles when you've read them, and if
you feel you could contribute to Winamop too, please do. The e-mail button is
at the bottom of the home page.
I have just wasted an hour sorting the stories index alphabetically so that you can find your
favourite author's stuff more easily. I hope you appreciate the sacrifices I
make (I could have been down the pub..).
I'm off to fuel-up the tractor now, ready for the next
With a bit of luck nobody will notice that we've missed April
altogether and gone straight into the middle of May... You didn't did you? No?
So let's just get on with it as if nothing had happened..
(nothing has happened) and invite you to read another story from Martin
Green. It's a life-changing moment for Fred the delivery boy when he embarks on
an unfortunate liaison.
Another returnee is KJ Hannah Greenberg who's
new book, Oblivious to the Obvious: Wishfully Mindful
Parenting is out now. Here we have one of her "Chimera Tales". This one
concerns Charles, Doris and... could it possibly be a dragon? No, surely not!
Poetry now, and I'm very pleased to welcome Joshua Coetzee back
to the Winamop fold. Josh is a South-African poet who has penned many odes for
us. This one is called "Legacy".
Lastly it's the debut of Bobby Morris, a new writer from
Leicestershire (my home county); his gruesome tale is called "A Five-Leaf
I hope you find something you like amongst them. You will notice
that there is now an opportunity to rate each new article on a scale of 1 to 5.
We'll see how this goes and if it's a success I'll roll it out over more
Thanks to our resident Weevil for the rating scripts and thanks
to all our contributors for the new stuff.
I've added a Page 94 regarding the
BBC and their proposed closure of 6Music. Help!
How did that happen... it's 2010!
In fact it's almost spring
here in the frozen wastes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland. Buds are budding, birds are twittering, and the sap would be rising if
it weren't frozen solid. Best get on with updating Winamop then!
As this is actually the "New Year" edition, let's start with one
of those ghastly letters that people put inside Christmas cards giving you
chapter and verse on how marvellous and successful little Johnny is.. etc etc.
We can often read a more interesting story between the lines. Cue Martin
Now Winamop can introduce you to Vivekanand Jha, an Indian poet
and research scholar, currently working on his Ph.D on the poetry of the noted
Indian English poet Jayanta Mahapatra. Here is a selection of his poems.
More poetry now, this time from regular contributor Andy Bate.
This time there is a little romance in the air, along with his usual wry
Len Bourret returns next. Len is a prolific contributor and we
don't always have space to include it all but I think these poems are worth
Finally it's another story from KJ Hannah Greenberg. It tells of
a "working girl" who has an unexpectedly positive effect on her clients and
those around her. Surely this one will end happily?
A fairly full edition indeed, but only because I left it for two
months before updating! If we are to continue this humble e-zine then I need
you to contribute. Stories are especially welcome, art, poetry, jokes and money
are also appreciated. Show us what you've got!
The festive edition is out, just in time for the big day. So sit
down with some mulled wine and a mince pie ( or coffee and doughnuts if you
choose ) and we'll begin...
First we have the story of Linda, whose unusual life was cut
short by jaundice. No hedgehogs were harmed in the telling of this story. KJ
Hannah Greenberg brings us "The Yellow Girl".
Next it's time for some photographic art from Jeff Crouch.
Always in search of the off-beat subject, Jeff has been out snapping some
modern landmarks: power lines.
Martin Green returns next, with a new story concerning a retired
man who might be having a little trouble letting go... The story is called "The
Every year our elder statesman JBP brings out a small volume of
poetry which he distributes amongst the faithful and some - usually
unappreciative - book-shops. This year it's called "Words" and here are three
wintry poems from it.
Lastly it's the turn of Wayne H.W Wolfson. He has been looking
into the lives of Satie & Cocteau - after a little dalliance with a
Not a bad collection I hope you'll agree? We'll be back in the
year 2010, sounds like a long way off doesn't it? but it isn't...
Gimme an Auld, gimme a lang, gimme a syne! Put 'em together and
what have you got?... err...
Here in the UK we've been letting off fireworks to celebrate the
fact that Guy Fawkes and his cronies didn't blow up the government in 1605.
400 odd years later we're wondering if he maybe had a point...
Still, that's not important right now. What is important is that Winamop has
We're still working our way through the work of the late John
Atkins and have come up with this gem. He was a well-travelled man and had
stories about many people who were, or went on to become, household names in
the literary world. He set some of these down in an unpublished work called
"Interesting people I Have Known"; here is an excerpt in which he remembers
George Orwell, Alex Comfort (later to write "The Joy of Sex" as I recall!),
John Braine, Walter de la Mare and others.
Regular contributor Martin Green has another story for us this
month. It's the curious tale of a terminally Ill patient, a Doctor and a Nun.
Now read on...
Also back again is K.J. Hannah Greenberg with some family
relationships which are in a sorry state. This story is called "Something More
for the Fireplace", one of many she has written about a pair of orphaned
chimerae (and you'd better look up "egodystonic" before you start!).
Poetry now, and we welcome back Clifford K. Watkins jnr with
five new poems, most exploring dark parts of the soul. Go carefully!
Finally a story from Martin Friel. This one concerns a
"Trade-Off". How will Gerald settle his rent? He has no cash but his land-lady
may have another solution... Don't read this if you're prudish, I don't want
you moaning on about how I didn't warn you that there is a lot of "adult
material" in this one! if you're over 18...
Well that's all for this edition. There's nothing in the files
for next time, so if you feel you'd like to make your mark in the Christmas
collection please contact me. As ever, the e-mail link is at the bottom of the
The October edition of Winamop hits the virtual news-stands
Worth waiting for? You be the judge.
Let's ease ourselves into it with a super little story from our
regular correspondent Martin Green. This one concerns a recently widowed man
getting away from it all on a European trip. Could it change his life? It's
called "The Program Director"
Another story now, from KJ Hannah Greenberg. "Wine Cellar
Confederates" tells of the life of Ralph, an oenophile who likes everything
just so. An oenophile is a wine-lover by the way... I had to look it up, my
ignorance knows no limits.
We'll turn our attention to poetry now as we welcome the return
of Andy Bate, this time with four poems written over the past few months. I
particularly like "The World Came To Me".
Are you ready for a little frivolity? Let me introduce Rebecca
Johnson. She's from Cheshire and loves writing what she describes as random
poems. Here's one about a Rock 'N' Roll Toad!
It's been a while since we've published anything from Len
Bourret but he's back now with a poem inspired by "The
Eye of a Needle".
Lastly we revisit the archives of John Atkins, hitherto known as
JA on Winamop. John died recently and we have been going through his
unpublished works, looking for forgotten gems. Here is one such; a reminiscence
on his father.
That's not a bad selection is it? Thanks to all the contributors
this month, keep it up and we'll be back in November.
Right! Back to it. Our contributors have been contributing, our
server has been serving and you've been browsing on by. The only person not
playing his part in the Winamop experience is me! I've been to the Edinburgh
Festival, I guess I can count that as a cultural trip, but otherwise I have
done diddly squat.
The big re-launch starts here. Firstly with a non-fiction piece
by Wayne H.W Wolfson, a friend of Winamop from the start. This time it's a
musical theme, as he takes a long hard look at Mozarts Cosi Fan Tutte.
I am pleased to welcome KJ Hannah Greenberg to Winamop. It says
here that "KJ Hannah Greenberg tramps across literary themes and genres to
please audiences who love: slipstream fiction, poetry, parenting crises, and
playing oboe from orchestras second chairs. Currently, shes a
poetry and fiction reviewer for Sotto Voce, a columnist for Britain's The
Mother Magazine and a blogger for Israel's The Jerusalem Post."
intergalactic story is called Buffaloberry and the Spacer.
Next we embark upon the epic saga of the Fat Challenger by John
Atkins and JBP. It is 1966 and our heroes Charlatan and Picklewit have, for
some inexplicable reason, decided to go to boxing match.
Now to poetry with G David Schwartz. David contributes regularly
(for which I am very grateful) and his poems always amuse and delight. Here are
three new ones.
Peter Ray joins Winamop with a couple of excellent poems written
after visiting the Purton Hulks near Gloucester in May. He also took some
pictures of the ship's "bones".
Finally a little sensuosity from Sensuous2000. In this poem she
has had an intimate encounter with a "Beast"...
That's all for today. Please keep the material coming in. In
these days of Tweets and Blogs it's hard for the traditional web-zine to keep
going, but I've paid for the hosting for two more years so we may as well carry
on. With our contributor's help we will. The e-mail button, if you feel you
have something to send in, is at the bottom of the home page.
Until the next time...
Dear dear dear...
Such dereliction of duty! Winamop not
updated for three months, it's unforgivable, but you'll have to forgive me
because I've been very busy being on holiday and earning money.
Rest assured a new edition is in preparation and should appear
in a week or so.
I said should...
Back again... a little behind schedule but still mopping!
It's mainly stories this time, so to maintain our reputation for
variety I'll start with a poem! Andy Bate is a regular contributor and touches
on many subjects; this time including prison, booze and the environment.
Right. On to the stories. First up is Wayne H.W Wolfson. He has
been mesmerised by the beauty of a woman just known as "Delphine".
Martin Green's turn again now, and Jack Hastings is about to
discover that sometimes it isn't worth hiding your light under a bushel. The
story is called "Just an Average Guy".
G David Schwartz has got it bad and wants to make it absolutely
clear that he really loves Gena Davis. Yes he does. Really!
Now comes regular 'moppist Martin Friel. He's been contempalting
those innocent days of youth. Why is everything so serious these days?
Last, but definitely not least, is a story from John Atkins, our
recently departed contributor. Thanks to daughter Jo we have a treasure-trove
of his work to draw on. This time it's a story called Marriage A La Garage,
sometimes those car-repairs seem to take a lifetime...
All good stuff, I hope you'll agree, but what with the
popularity of blogs and Twitter, traditional sites like this seem to be
suffering a bit of a down-turn. Why send us a piece when you can put it on your
blog? I'll tell you why, to bring people in to your blogosphere, that's why! We
are always happy to place a link at the end of your contribution, and if people
like what they read here, they will want to read more.
The e-mail link is at the bottom of the home page.
It is with great regret that I announce the death of Winamop
stalwart John Atkins. (Find some of his work on the Comedy and Poems
JBP has written this appreciation:
John Atkins was my oldest and dearest friend. We shared a
series of wildly unwise literary ploys, a weird collection of games, mostly
invented, and a stream of jokes which no one else thought funny.
He was brave, humorous, deeply honest, and had a natural
integrity proof against all his many disappointments. His critical writing was
perceptive and just, the novel "Rain and the River" fresh, true, and a pleasure
to read, while his letters are in a running and jumping category of their own,
and a joy for ever. It was a pleasure and solace to know
Late as usual, Winamop returns, but I think you'll agree that
it's been well worth the wait.
Top of the list this time is some beautiful art from a new team
consisting of previous contributor Jeff Crouch, with Margaret Atkinson and
Nicolette Westfall. Take a long look.
Next we have a poem of passion and confusion by new contributor
Sarah Engel. Sarah has been introduced to us by Martin Friel, more from him in
Now it's over to our resident story-teller Martin Green. This
time he tells the tale of an affair nipped in the bud by some marital
The aforementioned Martin Friel steps up to the keyboard now,
with two pieces. Firstly a story called "Work In Progress" about a man who's
rather busy enjoying himself.
We know Martin for his stories but he hasn't turned his hand to
poetry before. Now he has, and I think you'll be impressed by the results...
More poetry to finish with. Returning poet G David Schwartz has
collaborated with aspiring poet Jennifer Weihe to pen these three poems.
That's all the new stuff this time, and pretty good it was too!
Just time to bring you news of a new publication from friend-of-Winamop David
Mclean. Details are here on the guide page.
If we call this the April edition (fools that we are) then the
deadline for the next (May) edition will be April 20th. Gentlemen
(and Ladies) start your word-processors! I look forward to hearing from
February 8th 2009
What happened to January? Is it too late to wish you all a happy
new year? Well, happy new year anyway.
To take our minds off the rotten weather, the banking crisis and
the British Eurovision Song-Contest entry, here is the new edition of
Many of our regulars return in this edition, thanks to you all.
If it weren't for your continued support we would disappear from cyberspace
Topical stuff now - at least it would be if I'd put it up two
weeks ago when it arrived - Martin Friel worries about the expectations placed
on the new US President's shoulders. A new Page 94 at last!
Then a little taste of fiction from Wayne H.W Wolfson. As the
city awakes there's a breath of music on the air, in "The Song Thing".
Now a story from Martin Green. We've all had doubts when making
the big decisions in life, but what happened here? "Second Thoughts" is the
Poetry from Andy Bate next. I don't know whether it was
Christmas that did it, but Andy has been musing on the lot of the humble pig.
Music now, and having endured a long period of abstinence, JBP
recounts the tale of his return to the true spirit of New Orleans Jazz.
That's the lot for this time, tell your friends, spread the
word, write some stuff!
The next edition is scheduled for late March so
you've a while to think about it.
Yes, Santa's warming-up Rudolph and the gang ready for the big
night, the shops are crammed with people despite their complaint that "nobody
is buying anything", the revellers are staggering home after insulting the boss
at the Christmas party and I've finally surfaced from underneath a pile of
wrapping paper to bring you:
The Christmas edition
To get you into the mood, may I draw your attention to the
heart-warming Christmas story wot I writ a couple of years back? It's called
Now on to the new stuff, and I'd like to introduce you to KJ
Hannah Greenberg, who by her own admission is only infrequently abetted by her
imaginary hedgehogs, and regularly sloshes through the act of matchmaking
words. One of her cutest couples is balderdash and
xylophone. But here she tells us the short tale of the Misguided
Poetry now, and Michael Estabrook has been working on his "Patti
Poems". One woman, many poems. here are just a few:
A new story from Martin Green comes up next. Martin is a regular
Winamopper, and this time he brings us the story of a "guardian angel".
More "heart-warming" to finish on (well, it is Christmas)
from JBP. This concers a bird who lost his song in love.
Well, that's yer lot. Many thanks to all contributors over the
last year, let's meet again in 2009. Don't forget that without you, the readers
and contributors, there is no Winamop.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Ooh lummy! Less then a month to Christmas, and in the words of
the now forgiven John Lennon, "What have we done?". Not much really... but
Winamop's faithful have been busy writing stuff so that you, dear reader, have
something to read.
Good of them isn't it? If you'd like to join them, just contact
me using the e-mail link on the home page and
you may be in the bumper Christmas edition, which will probably be out in time
for Easter if things go on like this!
Right. On with the show and first out of the post bag is Wayne
H.W Wolfson with a new poem on the subject of Brahms.
Next it's Andy Bate who has been mesmerised by the U.S.
elections and has some thoughts on the challenges ahead.
Now dear old JBP shambles in looking for his glasses, pausing
only to hand me a story, he exits muttering. The story is good. It concerns an
astronaut who has just unexpectedly landed somewhere.
That's the lot for now, except to give notice of a few new
publications by Winamop contributors David Mclean, Jack Henry and Puma Perl.
Check them out on the Guide page.
Until next time, I'll be testing mince pies.
As you may know, Winamop is a labour of love, we get no income
from it and it costs us money and time - which I don't have much of at the
moment. Never the less we are carrying on. Full speed ahead! . . . what
Our contributors haven't been slacking like me, oh no! The
Winamop in-box is overflowing with new writing. So let's get started, you've
waited long enough.
We start off with a tale of derring do from AKA, it concerns a
wartime convoy torpedoed and sunk. Now read on...
Now a little poetry from Andy Bate who has been inspired by a
trip to Spain.
Maxwell Chandler is also back in action with another music
review. Here he auditions Holly Yarbrough and her particular brand of
That's all I have time for now, but there is more to add. Come
I make no apologies for the late appearance of the latest
Winamop. I've just been otherwise occupied with holidays and the Edinburgh
festival. I hope you have been having a good time too!
Back to the grind-stone then, and first to the keyboard is poet
Jack Henry. Four new poems here on love, war, rain and the government.. or was
Next it's a story from Martin Green. If only he'd done a deal
many years ago in Paris, maybe a literary genius would have been made?
A little more poetry now and we welcome back G. David Schwartz
with a collection of three new poems, one co-written with Jennifer Wiehe.
Now to art-work. Jeff Crouch has previously contributed some
stark monochrome images but this time the mood is
different as he collaborates with Diana Magallon.
That's it for now. Please send us your stories, poems, art,
music reviews... whatever! We'll show the world what you can do.
A whole month has gone by and what have I done?... Nothing,
It's a good job the Winamop faithful have been more productive,
the weight of my in-box has finally prompted me into action, and here it is:
The latest edition of Winamop!
It's a good one too; let's start with a super little tale from
Jared Booth. Jared has penned a couple for us and they are always good, this
time there's some trouble with graffiti.
Maxwell Chandler is now world famous. From his humble beginnings
on Winamop he now appears all over the place with his music (especially jazz)
reviews. I'm therefore very pleased to welcome him back to Winamop with a new
CD from Retta Christie clutched in his oh-so-cool hands.
A little poetry now, as Andy Bate ponders on the news,
especially a particularly "Bad Robert". I think you'll guess which one he is
More poetry comes from G David Schwartz. David has a nicely
humorous style, even when he has to visit the hospital...
And finally another story. Jerry Vilhotti whips up a stream of
narrative here as Johnny and Linda Ann take a train journey.
That's it for this time, just a reminder that Winamop poet David
McLean's new book is out soon from
Hello from Scotland. It's raining, so there's nothing else for
it but to stitch together the latest edition of Winamop.
This time it's mostly poetry, with contributors new and old
waxing poetical. But we will start with a story from Zack Wilson. The central
character is Ray Doyle, a truck driver from Ashby de la Zouch, and he has
decided to skip work today and go to the pub. There's always good company
Now to the first of our poets. I am pleased to introduce Puma
Perl from New York. If you like her stuff (and you probably will) you can check
out her MySpace
Next we have another selection from Ashok Niyogi's March 2008
collection in which he takes a slightly different direction from usual.
And lastly it's the turn of Clifford K. Watkins, Jr. Cliff is a
regular contributor to Winamop and this time we have six new poems from him.
That's your lot for now. See you next time.
At last! I return from Paris with a touch of je ne sais quoi, a
full stomach and an empty wallet. More importantly, I have a wad of new
contributions ready to present to you.
It's top quality too. Wayne H.W Wolfson has penned a new piece
for us, called West Coast Cool. He subtitles it an "improvisation for solo
More fiction, this time from regular Martin Green. Paul Lerner
is expecting the results of some medical tests. (Nip across to the
Guide page to find out about Martin's new
On to poetry now and I'm pleased to introduce Jack Henry to
Winamop. Jack is "a poet/ writer/publisher and lives in Southeastern California
scratching out half truths and lies on stolen bits of paper."
Another new poet to us is Justin Hyde. Justin works as a
"correctional officer" in Iowa. I'm on my best behavior!
We finish on a musical note (yes really) with JBP's review of
some British jazz revivalists from the fifties and sixties. Well worth a
Le directeur de la publication.
It's "Spring Bank-Holiday" here in the UK which means it's
raining.. I can't do all those exciting bank-holiday things like mowing the
grass, or digging up weeds so here I sit at the keyboard, putting together
another edition of Winamop.
It's not just me who's been busy.. indeed not! Our jazz
correspondent Maxwell Chandler has been sorting through the bargain bins and
has unearthed a treasure trove of jazz from the 50s and 60s. He is rather taken
by Don Byas.
Back in March, Ashok Niyogi decided to try something a little
different. These poems have not been seen before, only read to an audience in
Delhi, India. See what you think.
Also showcasing five new poems is David McLean. David has
updated his biog (which is on the "us" page here) and describes himself as "a wicked man"...
consider yourself warned!
Finally it's a poem from Len Bourret who has been imagining a
swim in the Niagara.. he's heading for a fall!
Thanks to all our contributors and remember, you could be on the
pages of Winamop too. Just send me some material, the e-mail link is at the
bottom of the home page.
As the "April showers" lash down and the freezing northerly
winds make us long for some global warming, it's a good time to sit indoors and
pore over the latest edition of your favourite e-zine - Winamop!
We kick-off this time with a story from new contributor Leigh
Pierce, his best friend is proving to be a real pain.. The story is called "I
Wish I Was Alone" (contains some bad language).
Next a poem from Len Bourret who's been watching the moon and
thinking of food. It's called "Angelic Dreams"
Now four excellent poems from Rob Plath who has previously
contributed stories to Winamop. They are: "changing my address at the bank",
"dead man waiting", "evening itinerary jotted in journal" and "just below the
lapels". You'll enjoy them.
Penultimately we have a story from Martin Green. Paul Lerner is
due to pay a visit to the dentist, not usually an uplifting experience. It's
called "Lest We Forget"
And lastly it's that old jazzer, JBP's turn. He'd like you to
experience the sound of The New Orleans Ragamuffins. Who? In order to find out
I'm pleased to report that the post-Christmas doldrums are
almost over and some of the Winamop contributors have been busy creating!
Maxwell Chandler (our man on the coast) has been investigating a
fine collaboration between jazz pianist Mal Waldron and The Steve Lacy
Poetry now, from Clifford K. Watkins, Jr. He's been busy again
and here is a collection of five great new poems including: If Only To
Smile, Humiliation Is An Art and The Ugly.
Also in our poetry section this time is Len Bourret who has been
finding out about a remarkable man called Kevin Michael Connolly. Kevin has no
legs, tends to travel by skateboard and finds he attracts a few stares.. He's
decided to turn a camera onto the voyeurs.
Lastly it's a mild Page 94 grumble. What's all this doom and
gloom from around the planet. I'm sure it isn't as bad as all that... is it?
We could do with some more "Page 94" sounding-off articles. If
there's something you want to have a good moan about then send it in! The
e-mail button at the bottom of the home page is
the easiest way to reach us.
Remember the contributors have to eat. Have a look at
the guide and see if there's anything you'd like
Bye for now.
This time I'm very pleased to welcome Wayne H.W Wolfson back to
Winamop with a short piece called "Water Song". Wayne has been a supporter from
the start of this foolhardy enterprise.
Now more good stuff from regular Winamopper, Martin Green.
Martin tells us about a time long, long ago when he felt as if he were "The
Poetry now from Davide Trame who has written for us before.
Davide is an Italian teacher of English whose poems started appearing in
magazines in 1999. Here are five new works.
And more poetry comes from Andy Bate who notes the end of an
era, goes on a trip to London and is having shoe trouble.
I maintain that music maketh man, and it certainly cheers JBP
who's been enjoying the French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band. He suggests
you try some too; it's invigorating!
Lastly it's over to Jerry Vilhotti and I'll leave you to make up
your own mind about his tone-poem "All In The Game". Strangely fascinating!
I've had a lovely time, see you all again soon when we'll have a
new Maxwell Chandler for you.
Missed the deadline again, but that always means your patience
will be more than rewarded by an impressive selection of good stuff from the
And here it is:
New contributors first, and this time we introduce Jared Booth.
He once worked as a "Support Worker" at a local college, and that involved
helping disabled students get around the place. He tells of the day he met
Now we pick up where we left off a couple of editions ago with
the new material from poet Lisa Zaran. This time we have "Affection",
"Malediction" and "Sincerity".
More excellent poetry next, with five new works from Indian born
Ashok Niyogi. Ashok has worked all over the world as an international trader
and, since retirement, has made a name for himself as a poet of some renown.
If it's music you're after, we have one of our occasional rock
reviews (we'd like more but nobody sends them in!). This time we see the return
of old rocker John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Surely he's not
still at it? He is... and to good effect.
It's film time now and Len Bourret takes a look at the career of
actor Glenn Ford with special emphasis on his early work.
That's yer lot for now. Back soon!
Oh dear, 19 days is nearer three weeks than two isn't it? I do
apologise. The advantage of leaving it a bit longer is that, when it does
arrive, the Winamop update is all the bigger!
This time we have so much material that I've had to hold some
over for next time.. so let's get cracking:
First we meet up with Maxwell Chandler who has been talking to
jazz saxophonist & flautist James Spaulding. James has been a prime-mover
on many great jazz recordings from the 60s to the present day, and now runs
Then we pop down to the Lescar, Zack Wilson's local pub, to meet
another of the weird and wonderful drinkers who inhabit the bar.
Suitably refreshed, we now join Martin Green for an election
update. He is called upon to give "Advice to the Candidates".
Jerry Vilhotti is back with another tale of life in small-town
America. This time the family is "Finding Hero".
Poetry now, and it was good to hear from Claudio De Luca again.
He has contributed many poems to Winamop in the past and these are his first
this year. They are called "Uttered Devotion" and "Unseen Reflection".
G David Schwartz has two more poems for us. They are a little
more serious than last time. Here we have "Aren't We Mean" and "My Dear
Lastly we catch up with Chris Major who appears to have gone
dotty with "Since You Left My Heart Feels....." Have a printer ready, remember
that the printer icon in the top right corner of the page takes you to a
That's all for now but I'll be back soon with more!
I didn't make any New Year Resolutions this year but if I had,
one would have been to update Winamop at least once a fortnight. Here we are
then, only ten days into the new year, with an update! Don't get too excited
though, this devotion to duty won't last.
Lots of poetry this time, firstly from Lisa Zaran who I was
delighted to hear from again. Lisa has sent in six new poems and the first
three are here for you now. You may need a tissue.
Now some of the latest work from regular contributor Clifford K.
Watkins, Jr. He has sent in a large number of good poems, here are 13 of
This next poem comes from cas. It was written one Christmas time
but isn't very festive at all. It's called "Happy Birthday Jesus".
Lastly in the poetry section, Len Bourret is concerned about the
weather. What is "normal" these days? He also has some links he'd like us to
Now it's time for a story. We're down the pub again with Zack
Wilson and his diverse band of acquaintances; they are distracted by a soccer
match on the TV and the usual pointless argument starts:
That's about it for now, you can contribute too. The E-Mail link
is at the bottom of the home page.
Well thank goodness that's over! As the rusting hulk of 2007
grinds to a messy halt we look forward to trying out the new and shiny 2008
which is still all glistening and fresh.
To keep us all entertained while we wait, Maxwell Chandler
brings us a few "B sides" which didn't make it into his main columns in 2007.
I'm pleased to introduce a returnee to the Winamop fold; poet
Joshua Coetzee. Josh has been working hard (when he wasn't on holiday) but now
brings us "Empty".
More poetry from one of our elder statesmen; John Atkins These
were written a while ago but the slightly jaundiced view of life is seems just
as appropriate today!
Finally comes another regular, Jerry Vilhotti. In this story we
go back to a childhood blighted by local industry.
All the very best for 2008.
Ho Ho Ho! and all that sort of stuff, it's Christmas! While most
people will be sitting around eating to excess and then having to go for a
little lie down, why not relax, pour yourself a port and thumb through the
bumper Christmas edition of this dog-eared e-zine?
First up is Maxwell Chandler who has been sampling the works of
multi-instrumentalist Dana Leong. As always, Max explores the genesis of the
music and here gives us the lowdown on the "loft" and "nu jazz" scenes.
Then it's over to JBP who has finally finished his magnum opus
"A Nest of Anarchists" and I've stuck all the chapters together into one
37,000-word article. Here you can follow the progress of some of the most
original thinkers of the immediate post-war period as they try to make sense of
their changed world.
Also remembering the past is Len Bourret, who reflects upon his
childhood in Manchester (no, not that one, the one in Connecticut).
Regular contributor cas is back, and he's been doing some
looking back too, about 459 years of it. Not a festive poem this, rather
Back to the Christmas mood now with Martin Green who recounts
the tale of a Christmas Eve service that failed to live up to expectations.
Next we meet "Magnificent Guffaw" for the first time, who brings
us three poems on love, life and late-night satellite TV. We hope to be hearing
more from this enigmatic poet in the future.
Finally it's over to Andy Bate to tie the ribbons on our
Christmas parcel. Unfortunately he's not too happy about the honesty of our
politicians... We can only hope for an improvement in 2008!
P.S. I've been listening to Sarabeth Tucek's debut album.
There's a short review on the music page. If you get a CD or two for Christmas,
why not review them for us?
Have a very happy Christmas and I hope you'll return next
Watch out! Christmas is coming. Not yet December and the lights
are going up everywhere. Humbug!
It's over to Martin Green first, who tells us the story of Danny
Birdman. Danny is the kind of chap who only ever seems to turn up when he wants
a little help. We all know them!
Next 'cas' returns with a little bit of machine code, or at
least, a poem inspired by technology, which is entitled Electronic
We wrap it all up with a story and a poem from new contributor
Paul Hawkins. First the story: Paul was working in Spain when he saw an appeal
for help fall on deaf ears. Spanish Water is the title.
Remember to check out Paul's work at
hesterGlock. His poem concerns some
debauchery to a soundtrack of screaming guitars. It's called Doctor
Until next time..
A little late I admit, but I've been away on holiday again! A
man cannot live on work alone you know..
Onward and upward. This time we have a feast of jazz, our "Man
on the coast" Maxwell Chandler talks to top jazz drummer Alvin Queen who
started his career at the age of 12 and has played with many of the greats.
Still with Jazz, but going back to the 20s, JBP reviews a
collection from the "mystery man of jazz", clarinetist Jimmy O'Bryant. Jimmy
didn't have a long career, he died aged 32, but was a very talented
Moving on to fiction now, and I'm very pleased to be able to
bring you a short piece from Wayne H.W Wolfson called "Left Bank Valentine".
Wayne has been a supporter from the early days of Winamop but recently his busy
schedule has kept him occupied on other projects. Welcome back!
The poetry this time comes from a new contributor who somewhat
enigmatically signs his work just "cas". See what you think of his "Poem
That's all for now. If you have anything you would like to send
in, please go right ahead, I'd especially appreciate some rock CD reviews if
you're that way inclined. The mail button is down there at the bottom.
As I look out from my window I see that the leaves are turning
golden-yellow and browny-red, it makes me feel like penning a poem.. thank
goodness I haven't had the time!
Our contributors, however, have applied themselves more
diligently and come up with this edition's selection of mind-food. Without them
I'd have nothing to tell you about. Thanks are due to all of them.
Martin Green has written many a story for us (don't forget
book) and this time it's the tall tale of a garage door opener.
G David Schwartz is a writer (find his
book on Amazon) and is currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in
Cincinnati. We find him in light-hearted mood in these new poems.
Jeff Crouch photographs everyday scenes in black & white to
startling effect. Here we have a small sample of his work on the art page. More
is always welcome from budding artists!.
Andy Bate has written several poems for Winamop and he takes his
inspiration from many places. This time it's loneliness and tattoos (not both
at the same time, although one might lead to another I suppose?)
Lastly it's another chapter of JBP's magnum opus "A Nest Of
Anarchists". We meet Wilfred Ward Coupe, an eccentric intellectual and find out
about Coupologues and the expressiveness of rhubarb.
30 days hath September and this is the last of 'em so I'm
scraping under the wire with this second September edition!
It's a good one though, well worth the wait.
It's always a cause for celebration here at Winamop Global
Holdings Incorporated, when a new piece arrives from Maxwell Chandler (Our Man
on The Coast). Max is our musical guru and this time he's found some very odd
stuff indeed; prepare yourself for the Transhumans.
Another regular, JBP, is back with part two of his reminiscences
"A Nest OF Anarchists". This time we get to meet some more of the residents and
there's an exciting sea rescue..
If that's not enough story-telling then Zack Wilson has a tale
that is probably more familiar to us than we'd like to admit. It's called
Now to poetry. David McLean is a Welsh-born poet now living in
Sweden. He has been widely published in on-line magazines and now he appears in
Winamop for the first time with four new poems.
Half way through September, that's most of 2007 gone and what
have we achieved? Personally speaking, not a lot, but our Winamop contributors
have been busy and you can harvest the fruits of their labours:
In this edition we start a new series of recollections from JBP,
"Nest of Anarchists". During the war many disparate characters were thrown
together for all kinds of reasons. Meet the residents of Westbourne Terrace,
John Atkins (otherwise known as J.A.) is next up with a story of
a war game. A war game played during a war; but which is more important, the
game or the war?
Joshua Coetzee is a South-African poet who has written for us
for some years now. This time he considers spreading the word from a soap box
instead, muses on mortality and tries a poetry reading.
More poetry comes from Len Bourret. He's been inspired by Bruce
Lee, the Yin and Yang and he urges us not to waste time. Wise words indeed...
I'm back from holiday with a healthy glow, an empty wallet and a
bag full of goodies for you.
I've changed the look of things subtly, if you don't like it I
can always put it back!
On with the show..
Our music correspondent Maxwell Chandler has become something of
a success, with ever more reviews published in prestigious places. He still
finds time to review for Winamop though, this time revivalists The Midnight
Serenaders get his attention.
Next we have another story from Zack Wilson, part of a series
he's writing. All was nice and friendly in the pub until an odd couple
turned up. (Contains bad language).
Martin Green then takes over story-writing duties but it seems
he's suffering from a touch of writer's block. If only he could get this
important story started..
Maureen Allen is a Scottish writer making her first appearance
on Winamop. This story concerns the death of a favourite cat, some friends from
abroad and a mysterious woman.
Poetry now, and first up the keyboard comes Andy Bate. He was so
annoyed by the unfairness of the UK's minimum-wage policy that he wrote a
Finally it's a poem from regular contributor Joshua Coetzee.
Josh tackles the thorny subject of abortion from a no-compromise standpoint.
I hope you find something you like.
Just a quick one today before I go travelling again (but packed
You can jump around your gramophone as JBP auditions the
Jazz O'Maniacs or scream and cry as
Rhonda Banton returns to us with a broken heart.
If you're feeling more thoughtful we are delighted to bring you part 2 of Ashok Niyogi's new collection, "Stories". His new book
"Tentatively" (ISBN 0-595-33935-2 published by
iUniverse) is available now.
If you are really very bored, you can catch up on the next
exciting installment of Captain Wozzo's
That should keep you going!
I'm off to lie in the sun for a week..
There's so much in this edition of Winamop I'd better crack
Not just one, not two, but - count them - three stories this
time. First off the keyboard is Simon Friel
with a tale of drugs meets religion (R
beware the swearing), then there's a heart-felt tale of childhood pain from
Rob Plath followed by a heart-warming tale from
Martin Green, "our man in the mall".
"Our man on the coast" Maxwell
Chandler is back with the 9-disc Jazz History (1895-1950) complied by
Allen Lowe, tucked under his arm. It has "very few clunkers" on it
Finally to poetry. This time we are delighted to welcome back
Ashok Niyogi with more excellent poems and regular
contributor Claudio De Luca has two fine poems inspired by love.
Quality and quantity!
A sunny Sunday and I'm sitting indoors crafting a new edition of
Winamop from the finest words. What a hero!
More deserving of medals (or mops) are our contributors: This
time we have poems from Joshua Coetzee -
reminiscing - and Len Bourret - on
We have stories too, from Zack
Wilson who relates an encounter with "Mayhem", Martin Friel who was enjoying a street party at
first, or we could go on a coach trip with John
Atkins but I wouldn't advise it!
That's it then, back to the sunshine!.. Oh, it's gone
Back so soon? Only a week or so has passed since the last
update, what industry, what devotion to duty!
We all deserve a reward, and here it is, the new edition of
Maxwell Chandler returns from
Paris, where he mused on the development of cabaret in the last century through
to a present-day project by Linda Kosut.
Poetry is well represented this
time with new work from old favourites Joshua
Coetzee and Claudio De Luca (those two seem to work as a pair)
and from new contributor (but experienced writer) Laurel Sparks.
To satisfy story lovers
Martin Green remembers the 1970s (but not very
Something for everyone!
Oh dear.. What a terrible editor I am! Three weeks without an
update, how can I make it up to you?
With a real top-notch edition that's how! Just feel the quality.
Max Chandler (Our Man on the Coast) is back with a new album from
Max Perkoff in his sticky hands,
Martin Friel brings us a salutary tale of a
young man who just isn't living right, and Andy
Bate is in melancholy mood in his new poem.
Finally, after a mere 3
years, Captain Wozzo returns with chapter 2 of
our children's story.
Better late than never. That's my motto all right!
See you soon.
Bouncing back onto your PC screen with a big bag of words.
In the poetry section I'm pleased to introduce new contributor
Karen McKenna with some excellent stuff, there
is new material from Stephen Chaleff and
Len Bourret who urges tolerance, whilst
Clifford K. Watkins Jr. has been busy writing
another ten poems.
The stories section takes a dark turn this time with
Martin Friel's tale, not for the faint-hearted!
("R "rated so keep the children away..)
We're off to Paris soon.. c'est bon!
Did you see Eurovision? Words fail me...
A quick interim edition of the 'mop in which we have an
exclusive recording of Pete Doherty's
latest court appearance, DA reviews the new
1990s album, and Len Bourret thinks of
Well now it's wet and windy. British weather, best in the world
(well, there's a lot of it anyway). But enough of this idle banter, it's time
for a new edition of Winamop! What's in it? Let me tell you:
Old friend Martin Friel has a
story that may be familiar (but I hope not), our "Man on the coast"
Maxwell Chandler chronicles the career of
pianist Herbie Nichols and Alex Wyte is in a
stale relationship and has turned to poetry. No such trouble for new
contributor Stephen Chaleff, he's in more
romantic mood. Finally we have some new art from cartoonist Steve Cartwright.
Whew what a scorcher, temperatures in the 20s C in April and
early May in Britain!.. What is the world coming to? This global warming
doesn't seem so bad at the moment (don't quote me on that!).
Lots of poetry this time, first off it's Davide Trame, an Italian English teacher who
writes in English with 5 new poems. Then there's Len
Bourret who's been paddling a kayak and Chris
Major who's been doing what he does best.. (illustrating thoughts with
letters, which form the illustration). Finally it's Weevil with his story about
Eric and the Book. Mysterious!
Thanks to all. Now where are all you short-story authors? You
artists? You music reviewers? Just click on the mail link on the home page and
mail it in. I will read it and I will reply.
Back to sitting in the sunshine.
Doesn't time fly when you're rebuilding a shed? That's what I
Meanwhile Joshua Coetzee,
Ed Case and Luis
Cuauhtemoc have been writing poetry and Martin
Green has penned a new short story. So, as you can see, we have lots of
poems but we need more stories, art, music reviews or what have you?
await your contributions.
Easter. Time of rebirth. And here is Winamop, re-born again,
born to boogie, born to be alive, born with a song in our heart... err... well
anyway, we're back. And we have a new Page
94 at last.
Maxwell Chandler's adventures in sound continue with another
star interview, this time it's international Jazz Singer Jackie Ryan in fine form in San Francisco. In this
edition you can also check out his examination of the music of
In Poetry we have new material from regulars Andy Bate, Claudio De Luca and Nancy Gauquier and the first from Colin James. What a feast!
I leave you with this final thought from Michael Estabrook:
Funny just a few minutes ago
I meant to say flashlight
but said washcloth instead,
so I wonder,
what the hell
Damned if I know, but it happens to me all the time!
You've waited patiently, and you will now be rewarded. Often you
have to trade quality for quantity, but this time you can have it all!
Stories: New contributor Alex Wyte is crawling somewhere whilst Martin Green is back with
the tale (not tail) of Ginger the cat.
Poems: What a lot we have got! Clifford K.Watkins jr. brings us a suite of poems to
the 3-Faced Muse, Joshua Coetzee has produced some
of his best to-date, John Sweet of "the
bleeding horse" has some beautiful poetry, Michael
Estabrook's new stuff is right up there with the best too, and finally,
Rob Plath is back with a story of family
Wow! (© Bill Gates...)
Last day of the month, just time to squeeze in a 3rd February
edition.. and it's a belter!
Maxwell Chandler gets an exclusive interview with trombonist
Max Perkoff, we have new
poetry from Claudio De Luca that's as good to look at as to read, and
two new stories from Martin Green and
Back at last! Did you miss me?
No? Oh well, there'll be no
Valentine's card for you then..
I still love you though, so I present for
your enjoyment the following material:
Len Bourret searches beneath the waves for Lifeboat number 2 and Rob Plath brings us
a story about possibly the most tedious job
in the world. We have excellent poetry from new contributor Changming Yuan, new material from Claudio De
Luca and Joshua Coetzee who have been thinking
up titles for eachother's poems (very confusing) and JBP is back, tasting some
rare cuts from the Jazz Crusade.
February 8th '07
Good morning Winamoppers! I humbly apologise for the lack of an
update for over three weeks. I'm doing it now.. honest. I mean I'll start it
any minute now, well, soon anyway. Thanks to all those who have contributed it
should be a splendid update when it happens. Check back at the weekend!
busy busy busy
January 22nd '07
It's been a while but I think that the new edition of Winamop is
excellent (but I would say that wouldn't I?)
Judge for yourself as you read five new
poems from Lisa Zaran, or maybe you would prefer Maxwell Chandler's exploration of the work of Lionel
Hampton, Stan Getz, Red Norvo and other exponents of the jazz vibraphone? It's
fascinating stuff even if you aren't a jazz afficionado.
the story of El Niño's Ancient Warning
by Len Bourret which is very interesting.
I've had word from Ira Joel Haber that his art is available in
mug, T-shirt and other forms at cafepress, see our
merchandise guide for the link. His work also features in the latest
edition of Eclectica
That's it for now. Remember, if you'd like to contribute to our
fine collection of words, art and general good stuff please feel free. The
e-mail link is at the bottom of the home page.
January 3rd '07
Welcome to 2007! Marvellous isn't it? At least until the bills
We haven't just been sitting around stuffing ourselves over the
Christmas break, we've been busy. Well, to be honest only four of us have been
busy. Maxwell Chandler gave up his New Year's Day to take a look at
oft-overlooked jazz master, Mal Waldron, I've
downloaded an unexpected gem of an Otis
Redding album, Len Bourret has been inspired by Christopher Marlowe, and G David Schwartz has penned
some amusing poems for us. He has a book out,
Amazon (and other good book stores!)
No doubt more contributions will roll in when everyone returns
from holiday.. (hint)
Oh, and a happy New Year to you all!
The "festive season" can wear thin pretty quickly so to keep you
amused we take the lid off Winamop's seasonal assortment.
The first layer contains two uplifting new poems from Andy Bate followed by some
rich sensuality from Rhonda Banton to warm you
up on a cold evening. We finish the poetry sweetmeats with Len Bourret's
tribute to Elizabeth Taylor and some
Underneath, the stories layer gets even more Christmassy with
Martin Green's Saving Santa silliness and my very
own heart-warming Christmas story.
Do enjoy your Christmas.
Back with a bang, the sound of bandoleons* ringing in my ears as
I sample the tango courtesy of Maxwell
Chandler. Before I put my back out I'd better sit down and tap my feet to
Sweet Emma Barrett, JBP has been
listening to her brand of New Orleans jazz.
If it's poetry you prefer, try
this from new contributor Mike Martin.
We also have a new page featuring
books and CDs that our contributors are selling in order to keep the wolves
from their respective doors. Ideal Christmas presents I'd say!
* A bandoleon is a kind of accordion, my spell-checker wanted to
replace "bandoleons" with "boondoggles". What the hell is a
It was my birthday last week, I got 7 cards and a CD. Not
impressive for an international publishing mogul.. Never mind, my lovely wife
took me out for a slap-up feast and - more importantly - there's new stuff to
read on Winamop.
Old friend Martin Green returns to the fold with a story of a
Christmas dance, Rhonda Banton supplies the
sensuality in poetic form and Len Bourret
wants us to remember some of the greats in his
poem dedicated to Doris Day and her ilk.
I've also copied a page of a
manual for a Chinese radio I bought. Highly humourous!
I wonder what I'll get for Christmas?
An overdraft probably...
Over two weeks since the last update; that's not very good is
it? I must try harder (as it always suggested in my school reports). The new
material is not ready yet, an update will follow in the next couple of days so
call back soon, there'll be something for everyone!
I also intend to send out some more mops to recent contributors,
if you have had something published in the past and haven't received one then
it may be because I don't have your address. I won't be offended if you remind
me!.. Or even if you don't actually want one.
In the meantime just keep scrolling down this page, you'll find
lots of good stuff.
Crikey! I got back from holiday in the rain to discover that the
e-mat was knee-deep in e-mail contributions. Splendid!
I'll start today with some poetry, firstly from Lisa Zaran who
resides in Arizona. She's an experienced poet and this is her first for us... very good it is too!
Coetzee returns with four new ones (and one very
old one that he didn't write!). Welcome back Josh.
Also supplying poems is a
newcomer Artemis Brown. Check her out.
a story you want, Lance Garrison Ballard tells of A
Fishing Lesson which is so pivotal for the boy concerned.
Finally, news comes from Clifford K.Watkins jnr. about the
publication of his book
Painter's Ghost" which we have featured excerpts from in the past.
What a lot we got!
A quick update before we travel North to the wilds of Scotland.
If I can see anything through the mist I'll take a photo for you.
"e" news-stand is full of music and stories, feel free to browse.
reviewer Maxwell Chandler's been re-assessing the work of
Wayne Shorter, Jazz saxophonist, whilst JBP has been tapping his foot
to Barry Martyn's Orchestra (but no so
much to Lanin's Southern
Sean McGahey on the other hand, appears to have
been sitting around in cafés forging letters to women's magazines. He'll get into trouble..
The lives we lead, eh?
First a public service announcement. A warning from Claudio De
Luca about Noble House Publishers, who promised to publish some of his poems
for a fee. They didn't, and, after a little research, I discovered that he's
not alone.. Be warned! Claudio has done what a poet should; he's written
a poem about it.
Now the good news: New
contributor Sheema Kalbasi is a human rights activist, poet and literary
translator now based in the U.S. (See biog.) She has
sent me some hard-hitting poems on the middle
east. Her book will be out soon (Not through Noble House!). I'll keep you
Also on the good foot is Maxwell Chandler, Music-meister
extraordinaire. His latest collection "Straight, No Filter" is published now,
and you can win a copy. Just send us a CD review or imaginative piece on a
musical theme (any genre). The best one gets the book!
How generous are we? (Well... Max is generous, I'm mean.)
Here I come, bounding down the sequined stairs with a golden
envelope in my sweaty hands. I pause to take the rapturous applause and then,
raising my hand modestly, I speak: "Ladies and gentlemen, Winamop has been
Yes! It couldn't be more exciting.. there are two excellent new
stories, one from regular Martin Green and one
from new contributor Zack Wilson (welcome
Zack). Despite our so-called "integrated society" Zack suspects that a bit of
racism may remain in GB. (Surely not?)
I have re-jigged things a little bit and there is now a tab for
the Art page which this time features new work by
ira joel haber, worth a look.
I'm told that the next edition of Maxwell Chandler's music
reviews is soon to be published (watch this space) and contributor Sean McGahey
points us to his new reviews and interviews site "Orthogonal Review" . Well
done Sean, I hope we can stand the competition!
That's it, now it's time for the
I've been busy; you've been busy; everyone's been busy. The net
result is, another big issue of Winamop. Well worth the wait I hope you will
We begin with Maxwell Chandler's
jazz column and he introduces us to.. well you'd better go and find
More for the jazz fan is on offer from JBP who investigates the
Jazz Crusade of Big Bill and his
friends in the wake of Katrina.
JBP (our tame poet) has also been reading
"Words", a poetry anthology by previous contributor Nancy Gauquier. He enjoyed
the book and you can read his review.
you return you can reflect on the interesting
photographs that Claudio De Luca has sent us. A reminder is due here;
please check out the Art page and feel free to
Still focussing on the pictorial, Chris Major has come up with
another of his clever text-art-poems which I
like very much.
Finally we offer a magnum opus from Clifford K.Watkins, jnr.
which tells the story of the unfortunate Simon, a young football star who falls
from grace. All for a Buffalo Nickel.
If that isn't our biggest-ever update I'll eat my greens.
We return from a period of cultural and spiritual refreshment in
Edinburgh (the spirit was Whisky) to discover a bulging e-postbag from our
So we'll crack-on with a new story from Martin Green about
a visit to London, and Sean McGahey has
discovered some disturbing e-mails concerning on-line dating.
Clifford K.Watkins Jr. has
some more poems for you and I have a new
page 94 about smoking (again).
least I've given up smoking, if not writing about it.
Lastly I must thank Nancy Gauquier for her poetry book and Big
Bill Bissonnette of Jazz
Crusade for sending us a CD sampler. Rest assured JBP is on the case
and we'll have some reviews soon.
Haway the Scots!
OK I give up, It's fortnightly at the moment. Life zooms along
at such a pace doesn't it?
It's a good job that our faithful contributors
haven't been so lax, I have a bumper bundle for you this time!
I must introduce new poetry contributors Jillian Reno and John
Sweet. Jillian has sent some heart-rending
poems on the loss of a baby and John has six of
his poems for you. We also hear from Nancy Gauquier again who is
ageing "dysgracefully" we're glad to say.
But it's not all poetry, oh no, JBP has unearthed some jazzy gems from 1928 or so, and Jerry
Vilhotti has written another of his Storellas,
or should it be Storelli? Who knows?
That's it. I hope you find something you like.
I'm back; refreshed, skint and sun-bronzed from holiday and I
have a bumper edition for you.
While I've been sunning myself in Devon, Maxwell Chandler has
busied himself reviewing Elmo Hope's "Quintet" which has been digitally
twiddled and is all the better for it!
Meanwhile, Joshua Coetzee is so
pleased to have received his mop that he has sent us more
fine poetry, and Martin Green has been inspired by the heat and sent us
I also have news from Nancy
Gauquier about her new web-site which is
here and Wayne
H.W Wolfson tells me that his new CD is now
available to buy from CDBABY and other fine
It's all happening here!
July 15th '06
Whoops! Skipped a week. Largely because I didn't have anything
I understand. You're all too busy preparing for summer holidays,
unless you're in the southern hemisphere where it's winter. Which, funnily
enough, is where Joshua Coetzee resisdes, in South Africa to be exact, and he
has been working busily on some new poetry.
Thanks Josh. Anyone else who feels inspired by their trips to
the Seychelles or Alton Towers can send in their stories, poems, pictures,
cartoons or profound thoughts. It's all grist to our mill.
It's still hot here. There's news
See you on the beach!
July 2nd '06
Back on schedule!
We have news from Wayne Wolfson.. In a spin-off from his Mars
Syndicate collaboration (new CD coming out soon) there is a single available at
Art Revolutionaries dot com. Worth a listen.
A new story arrived this week
from Martin Green. It's good. He tells me that his "Collected Stories" book is
Tesco dot com for ten quid. Jolly reasonable!
And last but not least, JBP has stumped up two more
record reviews, one of which features an
Italian Jazz band. Interesting eh?
All this and I could have been sitting in the sunshine, because
it's actually been hot here in England! (No, I'm not going to mention
the football... or the cricket...)
Off for a G & T!
June 27th '06
I'm late again. This "weekend" update is slipping to Tuesdays.
Must try harder!
Never fear, we have some fine stuff for you to peruse; firstly
"our man on the coast" Maxwell Chandler has veered off in another different
direction. This time he looks at opera, in the form of Beethoven's Fidelio.
JBP is also back with some poems from his latest little book
"By The River". Short and sweet.
A bit like me really (except that I'm tall and sour).
June 20th '06
Midsummer madness eh? Warm weather, everybody is outside doing
healthy things like eating under-cooked meat products from charcoal grills and
drinking lager. Nobody, it would seem, is sitting indoors at their PC sending
stuff in to us.
Just as well really, as our mail-server has been clogged up
with over 2000 spam messages that came in overnight, poor old Wilberforce Mackenzie's had a breakdown.
though, who do they think is going to read a message addressed to someone
called xzyfgxcy? I have changed the mail settings so that nothing gets through
unless it's to me! Megalomania has set in. Please re-send anything that may
have got lost in the process.
At least JBP has been busy, and his missive's aren't affected by
electronic fly-tipping; he uses the good old postal service. With election
turnouts usually around 30 to 40%, he's been considering why people don't vote.
Back to the barbie..
June 10th '06
The world didn't end on 6/6/6 did it? Well, if it did I didn't
notice, so I'm still here typing stuff onto the Internet.
Daniel S. Irwin
has also been typing and has sent us the fruits of his labour.
Three poems of a not-entirely-serious nature.
We hope you like 'em.
He wins a mop and so could you, check out the roll of honour
here and send some stuff in. If we publish it you
get a commemorative mop to put in your trophy cabinet. You do have a
trophy cabinet don't you?
The rules of football are explained in the news and there's lots more stuff to see
June 4th '06
Summer is here! Sunshine, blue skies, and here I am sitting
indoors at a computer.. (and so are you it would appear).
Well at least it's worthwhile because Maxwell Chandler is going
to introduce you to Fado, much beloved music
of the Portuguese-speaking world, and Martin Green is back with
a story from his army days which sounds all too
Better than sun-burn isn't it?
May 27th '06
Another bank-holiday weekend here in the UK. It's going to rain
of course, so it's an ideal time for you to get writing!
Someone who hasn't been slacking is Clifford K. Watkins Jr. who
has sent 7 new poems for your pleasure. There's
a link to his Myspace page on there too.
I also have news from Maxwell Chandler (our man on the coast),
he now also has a Myspace
site so we can all be his friends. He tells me he is busy writing a new
piece so we hope to have that soon.
There's a top news story
May 21st '06
Well it was every bit as good (or should that be "bad") as I'd
hoped. Eurovision I mean. So much so that I wrote a new page 94 on the subject. There's
We also have a new
poem from Michael Estabrook who is a happy man because his mop arrived
You could have one too. Send us some material and "Win-A-Mop"
(it's only small, nothing to get too excited about really...).
May 19th '06
I'm excited! Last night was the semi-final of the 2006
Contest; and it was just as ghastly as I'd hoped. Thankfully, the
Finnish Satanic heavy-rock band got through to the final as did the Lithuanian
vocal group who's "We are the winners of Eurovision" was a clear statement of
intent, or perhaps of ludicrously misplaced optimism.
We'll be reporting on the event as usual, and you can listen on
the BBC web site under "Radio 2" on Saturday evening. You'd be foolish to
listen... err... I mean, foolish to miss it.
May 16th '06
Interesting one today..
We have an interview with Wayne Wolfson in anticipation of
the release of his new CD.
Not only that, but you can hear a sample of the
new material as an mp3 download on the music
Give it a listen, at least twice.
I bet iTunes are worried, first they're attacked by the Beatles,
then rivalled by Winamop!
Dee Rimbaud tells me he's putting all his artwork up for
auction. Have a
look and bid on anything you fancy. "Everything must go"!
Then you could read the news
page, somebody has to...
May 6th '06
Thank you all!
After my plaintive cry last week you have
risen to the task. We have a new "storella" from Jerry
Vilhotti (welcome back Jerry), Michael
Estabrook has sent us some fun observational poems and
Martin Green has written a short story.
It's a corker of an edition!
By the way, don't forget the "About
Us" page which tells you... err... about us, of course. All those happy
mop-winners. If only there were pictures; (don't worry, it won't happen).
May 1st '06
Mayday! Mayday! Web-site in distress!
Well, not distress so much as limbo. Not one contribution
has come in in the last two weeks. If this goes on I'll be forced to write
something myself.. and you know how disappointing that always is!
Actually we did get one letter complaining about something but
that doesn't really count.
Instead I'll point you to some recent highlights that you may
Don't forget Page 94 and the
archive of past pages, they're usually good for
a laugh. The News page is (fairly) regulary
updated and not boring at-all. The Art page is new
and needs some more stuff, if you draw, paint or photograph send us a sample.
Wayne H.W Wolfson's latest story is worth
checking out, as is the debut poetic contribution from Pete Lee.
In fact the best thing to do is to scroll down this list until
you see something that takes your fancy. It's all free and made from real
words. And remember, it's also free to contribute (i.e. you don't get paid) but
you will get a very small mop if you do.
Now I'm going to clear out the shed.
April 19th '06
Well I hope you haven't over-egged your pudding over the last
few days? I know I have! Definitely no more chocolate for a week or two.
Console yourself with some wit and wisdom from
Chris Major (welcome back Chris!) and new
contributor Pete Lee. It's good stuff.
Must be time for another holiday... roll on May day!
April 11th '06
The Easter edition hits the virtual news-stand with such a heavy
thump that the legs tremble and several under-the-counter copies of Gay
Politicians Monthly slide under the carpet.
It's so fat because we have: A whopper of
a review from Maxwell Chandler, he's been
seduced by "Sugar Man" Stanley Turrentine's horn playing; Meanwhile JBP has
been boogying (if that's a word?) to The
Firehouse Five (Plus 2) and wants us all to know about it; He's also
thought up a new literary award for "The Great
Unwritten Novel" well, we've all got one haven't we?..
April 4th '06
Thank you! New stuff has flooded in (well, 3 things have) and
we're raring to go with this "almost Easter" edition of Winamop.
was great to hear from old friend of Winamop - Wayne H.W Wolfson. He's busy
working on a new CD but has found time to pen us this
new story. Thanks Wayne.
We've also asked Wilberforce Mackenzie to
look though our postbag and finally there is some
more of JBP's poetry which is new to the
March 29th '06
Are you awake out there? The Winamop inbox has been pretty empty
of late, hence the long wait for this update. In fact it's been so quiet that
we've had to write some stuff ourselves! (That's desperation...)
So we proudly offer you an old
story that JBP found at the bottom of a box (good though), a new
page 94 by me and (thank the lord) a
tale of mis-spent youth from new contributor
At least he was awake.
C'mon, you know you want to... send us some stuff!
March 12th '06
Aye it's back we are, with more
tales of a bygone age up in the remote highlands of Scotland, thanks to
the mysterious "AKA".
Lang may yer lum reek!
March 6th '06
Another fine story from JBP
plopped through the letter-box this morning. I commend it to the house.
March 3rd '06
Flippin' cold here again but I'm huddled up to my computer in
order to bring you more goodies from Winamop (and to keep warm).
This time Max Chandler (our Man on The Coast... must be cold
there too!) brings us word of a Kenny Dorham
disk he's taken a shine to, and there is some ASBO news.
Throw another 20% larger gas-bill on the fire!
February 20th '06
I've failed again! More than a week has passed since the last
update.. but once again the Winamop faithful have rallied round with new stuff
for you to read so it's been worth the wait!
This time P. L. George has been suffering something of a
mid-life crisis, read his biographical piece "Losing
Momentum" right here.
JBP has been spending all his pocket money on
jazz CDs, read his reviews of an unusual Jimmy
Yancey recording and one from 1933 by Joseph Robichaux.
Meanwhile here at
Winamop central, we've been listening to 65 Days
of Static. Must get that aerial fixed...
February 12th '06
Max (our man on the coast) reminds me that he wrote a wonderful
piece on Charlie Patton about 2 weeks ago which I then sat on.. I've attended
to it and you can read it now!
We also have another selection of
poetry from Clifford K. Watkins, Jr. to make you think, and a brand new
short story from JBP.
What good value for money!
Money? What money....?
February 4th '06
We have a new page! Inspired by the recent additions of
pictorial art I have created the Art page.
Original name eh?
For starters It features some work from Don
Swartzentruber, Dee Rimbaud, Peter Pick and Hilary Bryanston. Why not have a
Also new for us today is a poem from Nancy Gauquier,
Fantastic Lovers, ideal for Valentine's
day... or perhaps not?
By the way, the web thrives on links so if you enjoy the site
please link to us, then we'll all be famous!
"Infamy Infamy" etc.
February 1st '06
JBP's been busy! He has sent in a
review of a Red Nichols reissue of material from 1926-30 and some
news of an exciting development for
collectors of vintage jazz and blues recordings.
I expect we'll have to publish a lot more reviews soon...
P.S. There is a little news
January 27th '06
We have a new Page 94 at last!
JBP finds the government's plan to allow school selection on grounds of
aptitude not ability a little hard to reconcile.
It's lucky I had neither...
January 22nd '06
Tomorrow is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year,
cold, damp and not much daylight. I don't agree! I feel positively
spring-like... I've even washed the car!
As far as the web-site is
concerned, we have a new poem from Clifford K.
Watkins, Jr. He's been inspired by a blog... (well at least nobody will be
inspired by this one.)
Roll on spring.
January 19th '06
I've bought some new mops, just as crappy as the old ones but it
does mean I'm ready for new contributions. Send them in!
Or just sit and
read the news...
January 10th 2006
Max is back. Read his latest review of a Freddie Hubbard live set at
Club La Marchal.
January 4th 2006
How are the resolutions going? Broken yet?
Don't worry, the
sort of people who keep their resolutions aren't the sort of people who are
nice to know.. they're just too self righteous.
One of the resolutions I
have already failed to keep, was to update Winamop every week; but hey! It was
However, we do return with a splendid set of four stories from mystery contributor
"AKA" concerning life in the Scottish highlands many years ago, and reliable
old JBP (and I do mean old) has supplied us with a review of New Orleans
jazz CD Senior
Don't forget all the other stuff, have a good look around, It's
not often you get "owt fer nowt"...
Yes it's the Bumper Christmas
Edition of Winamop.
Firstly we have two new contributors to
introduce: P. L. George gives us his Paris Sketchings, an account of his recent honeymoon
(in Paris, naturally).
Then Clifford K. Watkins, Jr. is back again with
Jon's Quick Obsession ( R rated,
so don't read it if you're prudish ), and John Wesley introduces himeself with
a story about God (how appropriate). It's called Orientation.
And if it's music you're
after, JBP would like to introduce you to some
Louisiana Moonshine and to
wish the New Orleans musicians all the best for the future; whilst Max Chandler
introduces us to jazz pianist Sonny
Clark, gone but not forgotten.
Finally, I have to announce the winner of Maxwell Chandler's
book competition. It's Jim Houghton from Devon. The book's on its way down your
chimney in time for Christmas Jim!
It's almost an embarrassment of riches isn't it? Pass the
December? December?! Already?....
Christmas shopping, writing cards, untangling miles of fairy
lights (that won't work when you plug them in), relations, over-eating, parties
with work-mates, another mince-pie anyone?
No seriously I love it
Well, most of it anyway. Back to business. This time we have some artwork from Dee Rimbaud, and two quite different
new poems from Clifford K.
Now where did I put the indigestion tablets?
I've eaten all the chocolates and now feel slightly
Never mind, there's a new
story from Clifford K. Watkins, Jr. to send shivers up our spines.
There is also a new jazz review
from Maxwell Chandler: Donald Byrd's excellent "Fuego" from 1959 is
remastered and available again.
Now I'm off to make a snowman..
It's my birthday this week... socks welcome!
A special present has already arrived in the form of
three fine poems from new
contributor Eleanor Watson, we also have a short but
vitriolic poem from a contributor
just known as "Max", and you can still win
Max's book! (different Max!)
Not bad for an old 'un as they say...
Well the fireworks that have been enveloping castle Winamop in
sulphurous fumes seem to have finally abated and we have emerged into a bright
cold winters day.
It must be time for a competition! Max Chandler, our jazz
reviewer has kindly donated a copy of his anthology and you could win it. Just
pop over to the contest page and
Back from Scotland refreshed by Scots ale (Isle of Skye), Scots
food (Lochinver pies), Scots scenery (Ross-shire) and Scots weather (rain and
sun!). What should be waiting on the electronic mat when I returned but a
new review from Max
Chandler? He's unearthed some vintage Fats Navarro for us this time.
I've just received a
story from Clifford K. Watkins, Jr. which will warm your cockles on
these cold nights.
Good day to you all and to those in the Northern hemisphere,
welcome to autumn; season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Well, we've had a
few foggy mornings at chateau Winamop and the apples have dropped off the tree
so that about covers it... on with the show!
We have exciting news from our
jazz reviewer Maxwell Chandler, not only do we have
a new review of Ornette
Coleman's impressive Skies of America album but we have a copy of Max's
collected works to give away. More news on that soon.
There's also a
new page 94 in which Martin
considers getting a job but doesn't like the company incentive scheme...
Narrow escape eh?
action, this time Martin Friel wonders why there's all this fuss about Kate
I have added some new poems from Claudio De Luca
First we don't have a page 94 for months, then two come along at once! This
time Johanna Williams is objecting to Piers Morgan taking a swipe at C-list
Check out the politics news
Thanks to those of you who have sent in contributions over the
past month, Martin Friel, Claudio DeLuca, Clifford K. Watkins jr. and Max
Chandler to name but a few...
Rest assured you'll get to read all this good
stuff soon so keep checking back. To keep you going here's Martin Friel's
Page 94 on the subject of
Bush's lamentable treatment of the poor of New Orleans. Also check the
I had a note about Clifford K. Watkins Jr's new web site so I've
added it to the links page. Whilst
I was at it I checked the links... It seems that both Poetic Inhalation and
Moontown Cafe have bitten the dust whilst Marc Fiszman's "Teleport Chronicles"
page has been snaffled by "Go Daddy".
We're still here though! I've just paid for 2 more years of web
hosting too. So you'd better make it worth my while; send us some stuff and
Win A Mop!
and more. Scroll down... read... enjoy..
We return from Edinburgh all Festivalled out...
praise is due to Howard Read and
who were funny and to Miss Winamop who's a whore... (In Catch 22 at the C venue
on Chambers St!).
There's a news
Back to work on Monday... :-(
August already? Must be time for another holiday!
team heads for cultural refreshment in Edinburgh post haste..
Just before we go may I offer you a witty piece by new
contributor Nancy G and some
more poetry written by a
"gestalt" poet (at least it's not written by computer..).
Haway the Scots!
Did you miss us?... No, don't answer
You'll be delighted to hear that there's new stuff to read:
are two new jazz review's, Max checks out
Lester Young and JBP has
been to see Brian Carrick's
JBP has also provided us with a new story called
"Is You There Zomb?", well that's
JBP for you...
That's enough for now.
Wasn't Live8 an event eh? Pink Floyd back together, Pete Doherty
turned up on time and Madonna had chaps spinning on their heads! If that
doesn't influence the G8 summit I don't know what will..
Seriously though; sign the online petition at
http://www.live8live.com then read some stuff.. scroll
down, there's lots of it!
Contributions continue to pour in to Winamop central. We have
a story from Miss Winamop and
thanks are due to Clifford K. Watkins Jr. for sending in
6 more poems, to JBP who looks
back on the contribution of John
R.T. Davies to the trad jazz scene, and to new contributor Elizabeth
Switaj who has sent 4 poems for
your enjoyment. Her style is unusual and caused the type-setters here at
Winamop control (me, actually) some problems!
Well that's enough work for a sunny Saturday... where's my gin
and tonic gone?
Oh, I've drunk it all.
Tonight we present another
cornucopia of captivating chronicles from our clever contributors.
We have poetry from Claudio De Luca, another story
from Jane Wright, Max listens to
Sonny Criss, and we welcome
poet, Clifford K. Watkins, Jr. to the
You have to grin to get it all in!
It's Eurovision time again. We probe
Or you can read a disturbing story from Claudio De
Luca, Evil Petals, it's strong stuff.
Calm down with Al Baker's evocative
account of a day climbing in NW
or get stuck into a sample
chapter from J Buchanan's new book Penitentiary Pacific.
If you prefer
music then find out about jazz saxophonist
Sarah Spencer from JBP.
There's even news of a
poetry competion and a smidgeon of
How busy have we been?
A big thanks to all the new contributors.
(Going to lie down now).
Thanks are due to Jane Wright for sending us
a story, her first.
You could too!
Claudio De Luca, has sent in some captions for
our caption contest.
Or you could just read the
News... Or the Links (new ones
added)... Or if you know someone who keeps singing old Tony Christie songs,
send them here.
What a bumper edition!
Mayday Mayday! Send help! It's a bank-holiday weekend and it's
not raining! That means I've got to do some gardening...
Instead I've been sitting inside writing a
new Page 94.
It's done now so I've got
no choice but... I suppose I could finish that book I started the other
And the Sunday papers of course.
May-day approaches and we're all feeling spring-like (except
those of you in the Southern hemisphere I suppose) gamboling like lambs and
blossoming into unsuitable summer clothes too early.
Never mind if it's actually rainy and cold, sit inside and read
a new story from Jon Ware which will
amuse I'm sure. There's also good
news about those exloding toads.
At least I can't mow the lawn whilst it's wet!
I'm back! I cried.
So what? Responded a
disinterested world, and threw a tomato at me.
I don't know why I bother I
At least the team have been busy.. well, they've
been listening to the gramophone actually.
Max Chandler has unearthed some of Hank Mobley's finest work
whilst JBP has been sampling
All good fun. Perhaps we'll do some work one
What excuse can I give for neglecting dear old
Winamop for so long?
Dunno really... answers on a postcard please!
I'm here now though and I present for your perusal
a new Jazz review from JBP and,
err.. that's about it. (Except for the
news of course).
I'm off now, still got several Easter eggs to get
Winamop is fast becoming the premier jazz review
site! This time Maxwell Chandler lends his ears to
Alice Coltrane and her harp
(yes, a harp!).
We also have the final set of Ashok Niyogi's poems.
This time it's the beautiful "Love Poems"
Look out for news of his book "Tentatively" which comes out
And the sun has come out too!
Spring has sprung.
jazz review has trickled in from JBP.
Mother's day. Hello mothers everywhere!
treat for you, (and everyone else) we have the next set of new poems from Ashok
Niyogi; "From My Attic Window", a look at
life from a different viewpoint.
I had a mail from Dee Rimbaud, a Scottish writer
who runs his own
website. On it you will not only find his own work but the very useful "AA
Independent Press Guide", a guide to thousands of paper and on-line literary
I don't think I can stand the competition... but
there is a link to us!
Thanks are due today to Ashok Niyogi who has sent
us some fine poems. The first set of Ashok's new work is
More is to come.
You could too, you know!
The e-mail button is
bottom left for your comments, criticism and contributions.
Today we have a look at
New Orleans Jazz CDs from JBP.
Let's get stompin'!
The watchdog gets
updated and our news-hound
We let the Winamop Watchdog out. Let's hope he doesn't chase a
Only one Valentine's card yesterday... and that was
from the dog.
Never mind, we have excellent news. Winamop is proud to have
chapter 1 of the Teleport Chronicles, by
Marc Fiszman, for your pleasure, all 10,000 words of it.
Sorry.. just couldn't resist the old joke recycling
opportunity in this News item...
I will burn in Hell.
Another week gone? Never mind; it's pancake day
We've a new (short)
Page 94 for you, some
news and some
Where are my lemons?
Welcome to February. I know it started yesterday
but better late than never eh?
Max has been busy with a
new jazz review, this time he
looks at Miles Davis' controversial album Filles De Kilimanjaro which is
out on CD in remastered form.
We've political news too, and a
new story from Martin Friel (we still need your address Martin!)
Onward to spring! (slips over on some ice, sprains
wrist, staggers home to bed..)
Just added a News item. More to come.
If Martin Friel is reading this,
please get in contact. We owe you a mop!
Snow is on the way...
Me again! I just been reminded that I hadn't uploaded Max's
latest Duke Ellington
Sorry Max, it's there now. (I blame
Blimey! What's going on?
We are suddenly besieged with new
stuff.. There's a News item, there's
a new Page 94 where JBP gets his teeth
into the polititians and there's even more in the pipeline.
Could be good
You'all come back soon now.
Well that's that then. 2004 has finished and good
riddance to it.
War, pestilence *, tsunamis and Ant and Dec, or was it Dick
Our review of the year finds
out where we are now.
Also in the bumper New-Year edition we have
a new story from Martin Friel.
Onwards into the future!
* George W.
Christmas comes but once a year, and I missed it!
you all visited the site on Christmas day expecting my famous Christmas message
and were sorely disappointed...
Never mind, it would have been rubbish
On the other hand, you will be delighted to hear that one of my
New Year resolutions will be to lavish more care and attention on this very
organ of e-publication.
Great things will no doubt grow from that tiny acorn
(and pigs may aviate)
Nearly Christmas already?... Oh dear, I haven't
sent you a card!
Never mind. I've been busy preparing some new stuff for the
site. Trouble is, I haven't been quite busy enough, so it isn't ready yet.
Sorry. (There's a
news item just come in though.)
Where have we been?
We have been trawling the
literary backwoods for new material.
And what did we find?
So we twisted JBP's ears until he wrote us
a new story.
Just returned from the North of Scotland... oh
those autumn colours!
We've got lots to show you too: There's a few
more poems from Sean McGahey, a
new jazz review from Max
(Charles Mingus this time) and a story
(well nearly) from me and a bit of
Clocks have gone back, dark dark dark, let's hope
S.A.D. doesn't set in...
Just received a bit of a
story from JBP. It's the beginning of a mystery, but what is it all about?
We'll never know unless someone (could be you!) completes, or at least
continues, the story.
Now there's a challenge!
There is a new Page 94
and some news too.
My watch says it's the first, it can't cope with these 30 day
months, but I'm reliably informed that it's the second.
There's a bit of TV
criticism to divert you for a moment.
I've updated the News Archives so
that you can find the items from the
Waste of time really...
Now how do I change that date on this?....
OK, OK, I know.. 2 weeks without a word and now I turn up again
with nothing more than a feeble news
item and a review of Elvis
Costello's new CD.
Well it just won't do. I will try harder, honest...
That's fooled 'em I'm off to the pub
Feeling a bit autumnal? Weather getting colder?
Why not stay
indoors, write a short story and publish it on Winamop?
You know it makes
sense... and you can win a mop!
More stuff is in the pipeline and today we have another jazz
review from Max, this time Joe
Henderson gets the treatment.
Where's my thermal vest?
Bank-holiday weekend here in Britain so, of course,
the weather is rubbish.
Best to sit inside and read a couple of
new poems from Jeremy Gosnell and a bit of
I wonder what's on TV?
report has just come in...
That's all I'm afraid.
Send in your comments, insults, poems, stories,
jokes or W.H.Y. We're always grateful!
Well it's a bumper edition today!
We have, for your
entertainment and education:
New Poetry from Sean McGahey,
An appreciation of
comic-book genius Walt Kelly (Pogo Possum)
A new jazz
review of a Gerry Mulligan album from Max.
We've got some new stuff.
It'll be on the site
just as soon as I've dried out my socks.. What is it about Edinburgh and
We may even tell you about the mystery of Titian's
August already? Must be time for us to swan off to
the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and hang around in bars, shows, restaurants,
clubs, more shows (repeat until skint).
Before we do I'm pleased to be able to bring you
a new music review from Max,
(he got this one for his birthday) and a
short story from new contributor Sean Kilpatrick. There's also a
new Page 94 on modern manners. Enjoy!
Sean's story has some sexual content...
(that'll get them all reading
Back from our holidays on the "British Riviera",
more like a British river actually... but fun was had and beer was drunk (and
so were we). Thanks to Skinners Brewery for the raw materials!
nothing much has happened but some
news has come in.
Nose back to the grindstone now.
A new music review dropped through my e-letterbox today. It's
from Max and he's examining a John
I'm off on my hols for a week, hopefully inspiration will strike
and there'll be something exciting on the site when I return?
really... I'll probably just sit in the pub / on the beach as appropriate.
I'll send you a postcard!
Where have I been?
So I thought I'd return to the wild web and share this exciting
news with you!
It's not all lethargy though, we can offer you a
new music review featuring
the hot-off-the-press Ordinary Boys album and
Back to sleep...
Almost July already!
We didn't go to Glastonbury but I caught a cold anyway...
We're having a bit of a poetry-fest on Winamop today, check out
the Poems page for some new material from
Michael Internicola and some bean-related fun from Samantha McCulloch.
Thanks both of you!
Lots to report!
new Page 94 from JBP, there's a new
music review from Max and
there's a new poem on the way soon.
Oh, and there's
Peaks and troughs, peaks and troughs...
Evidently England has lost some sort of football
match, this appears to be the chief concern of the popular press and the
lager-drinkers of the nation. The man in the local off-licence reckons he's
going to have to sell off his remaining stock of England flags (made in Taiwan)
We don't concern ourselves with such
inconsequential things here though. Oh no. We have a new
Wayne H. W Wolfson story for you.
(Unsuitable for children.)
There's News on the Euro elections too. We only lost
We've had elections. Most exciting! Read
OK, democratic rights
exercised, now it's time for the football...
June already! Doesn't time fly when you're enjoying
Max has just got back from a European trip, loaded down with
jazz rarities. He has sent us a tribute
to jazz drummer Elvin Ray Jones who died on May 19th.
There is also some
I bought a new garden table and chairs and, as soon as I got
them home and set them out, the heavens opened.
There's a new music
review of Anne McCue's excellent new album (thanks to the nice people at
caiman.com for finding me a
good copy) and some hot diet
I hope my parasol doesn't shrink...
Sunny weekend in Britain shock!
I'm reporting live from the back garden, small flies are landing
on the screen and there's a spider in my drink.
Small news update
Geoff Hoon, the UK secretary of state for defence (who is
responsible for the armed forces), is not very popular with JBP. He sent us
I hope you enjoyed our Eurovision webcast last weekend, what a glittering event! I'm
all glittered out...
Some News has been
I'll be back!
Yes here we are live at
Eurovision. Keep us on for a full run down..
We have another
music review from our jazz
correspondent Max Chandler, this time Thelonious Monk gets the treatment.
news and the promise of the
excitement of the Eurovision song contest...
Not one card...
I have just received a copy of "Peace Love Death
Metal" from those fine chaps at Amazon, which I ordered after hearing a couple
of tracks on BBC
6-Music's Round Table last week. It didn't disappoint.
about it on the Music Reviews
There's news on a new security idea
Winamop is 1 year old today.
We started with about 30 pages and now we have almost 90, not
bad but we could do with more, especially with a British flavour. Short
stories, poetry, humour, news and
what have you? We are free to use and free to view. Come on in!
We have added a new
article, JBP has a warning about the proposed UK Identity cards.
Pass the Champagne.
It'll soon be our first birthday! I must order a cake...
I've rearranged the stories
page by author as it was getting a bit confusing.
News has been
updated, but not to any great effect!
4 days to go.
Maxwell's been busy again, a
new music review has appeared on
our fast-growing jazz page. This time he picks out a winner from the Duke
Thanks to Jerry Vilhotti for getting in contact, maybe we'll
have a story from him soon?
This week in Mop-land there's a
new page 94, (again!), JBP thinks he
has worked out Blair's modus operandi.
We've got a
bit of news too.
The Mop goes from strength to strength!
"If you want something doing, ask a busy man" said a wise man
What a burke!
Just don't ask me that's all, I'm really
I have had time to add some news though, and our
new music reviewer Maxwell
Chandler has come up trumps again with more Jazz remasters.
We welcome music reviews,
poems, jokes. Just send 'em in and Win-A-Mop. (We mean it...)
Busy busy busy....
Well, I've eaten nearly all the chocolate. It was a tough job
but someone had to do it!
Quite why all our religious festivals have been
turned into occasions to gorge ourselves I don't really know, but you have to
join in don't you? One doesn't want to seem ungrateful...
We have a conucopia of new and exciting material on the
There's News, and the
Doktor's written a new Page94 (danger;
contains IRONY (TM) and a rude word) and TEXTBEAK has sent in some weird and,
err, well unusual pieces. We had the Doktor look at "Nets the Si'ze of Souls"
(sic) and he said that it takes incoherence to an extreme...(possibly tierra
del fuego!) but demonstrates a high degree of 'coherence' . And then
there's another one which is almost a poem. [Later note; those two pieces
have been romoved at the request of TEXTBEAK]
So there you have it.
Loads of stuff.
Where's the last of that egg?
Where have I been?
Trekking across the Mojave Desert on a
Competing in the Lisbon Fado world series?
Eating sausages and beans at Sids caff?
Ive been here all the time, just staring at
the ceiling. Im bound to have an idea soon, just you wait!
That spiders moved a bit (and there's not
only some news on the "fight
against terror" but we review some
It's all going terribly well!
Many thanks to
THETEXTBEAK for his story, there's a new
Page94 in the offing and the news
page has been updated regularly. What value for money you get from Winamop!
(considering that it doesn't cost anything of course)
We need some more music reviews, so if you're at a
loose end and have just bought a new album...
Spin those disks!
We received a piece from a new
contributor, MH, today.
She has a few ideas for the next Harry Potter book
(and the next, and the next...).
We'll keep an eye out and see if J K Rowling uses any!
Where did I put my Every Flavour Beans?
Just a doughnut-inspired update to the
News page today.
We need your input!
Send us some stuff, however short.
A Mop (you know it makes sense... )
Time for another doughnut.
Yes, yes, I know! I haven't updated this page for
well over a week... sorry...
on our Olympic preparations has been creeping in and a
new article has just come in from The
Weevil who has been thinking about human consciousness. Or was he conscious of
One or the other.
Not really a story, more a
I'm off to get un-conscious!
There is some new news on the Lord of The Rings.
There is a new Page
What a busy boy I've been!
See you in Pound-Land.
It's leap year so we get this extra day. Good job it's a Sunday,
we wouldn't want an extra Monday would we?
Nobody's proposed to me yet.
See you in four years.
We return from a cultural weekend in Paris. Where
we managed to secure an exclusive picture
from the Louvre to show to you.
We learned that:
Paris is cold in
That doesn't stop the Café culture, they still sit outside
but under heaters.
The Louvre is massive!
The Palace of Versailles is
even bigger (and there's a couple of spares out the back).
The Eiffel tower
is tall, and even colder at the top.
Some French women have an uhealthy
habit of wearing lime-green clothing.
I'll leave you with this nice photo of the Eiffel
tower, twinkling with strobe lights.
I noticed today that "The Thought Cafe" is to close due to a lack of time on the
part of the webmasters / editors. I know how they feel.
Very sad though, as
they had built up a community, not really a facility we can offer.
can offer is an outlet to anyone who wishes to place thier work on the net. We
do not claim ownership of any of the material submitted, we merely try
to protect the copyright of our authors.
There ain't no profit made here I
can assure you!
A news item from JBP has been
Mine's a pint!
She's broken the record!
61 footnotes in JH's
Coriolanus Essay, I had to make some
It's very good though, honours standard I'm told...
I finally got round to sending Chris Major his mop, sorry
Apart from that there's just
Two e-mails have flooded in!
One from Wayne Wolfson,
congratulating us on the new look (much appreciated) and one from Dave Shoots
who enjoyed JA's "History of
We would welcome your feedback, the mail button is at the
bottom-left of the home page.
I hope you got a card today!
Have you noticed?
Yes, the new look is finally here. What an
age it's taken, and I bet there'll be some broken links in it....
lot of work has gone into this, I hope you find it easier to navigate. We'll be
tweaking it a bit more over the next few weeks but at least it's launched
We have a new
story from Wayne H. W Wolfson to start us off, thanks Wayne.
updated the news and we have some
music from The Weevil.
the start of "The Winamop Dictionary"
which will grow to 38 volumes... and some information on the less well known
aspects of grammatical families by
There are some more Shakespeare essays to go up
soon... but there are only 24 hours in a day!
I'm off for a lie down.
OK OK! Hutton is such an issue round these parts we
just had to include a news item
from JBP and a Page94 from The
Those of you outside the UK may not understand the
fascination but the light it shines on modern politics is revealing none the
less. Today we even find Bush setting up an enquiry into the "intelligence"
which encouraged him to go to war. Ah well, there's an election coming!
Positively definitely, no more Hutton....
Two submissions arrived this week! Thanks to
regular contributor Wayne H.W Wolfson and to newcomer
Chris calls his material
poetry so it's in the poetry section, but I think it's more "alt" material so there's a link from there too. The great
British art of compromise eh?
I'm saving Wayne's piece for the grand launch
of the "new look" in a week or so.
has been updated.
My snowdrops are coming through!
The "new look" is progressing... Weevil is working
on a new logo and the rest of the "creative team" (ha!) are squabbling over
layout and colour.
What is this season's colour anyway?
The only new stuff is
Send in some stuff....!
Greetings spam-lovers. Today I received the
"asterisk combinate assonant gave amply coin
gyrfalcon follicle abridgment coffeepot paunch improvise sedge defector ga
functionary nation bug grunt"
Profound, I think you'll agree!
We're working on a new look for the site as the
Winamp joke is wearing a bit thin. Winamp have just changed their look too,
which leaves us looking a bit silly... who said "No change there"? Come on,
nobody leaves until one of you owns up!
OK 100 lines then:
"I must show respect to my
In by tomorrow afternoon.
JBP has been busy.
Stung by my complaint that I
was the only one who wrote anything new, and bearing in mind that my stuff is
generally poor, he has written a poetic Page 94. That's in addition to the Orc piece of a couple of
I've been a bit poetic too in
the news page.
Where will it all end?
Seen the film have you?
You know, the three hours long conclusion to the
Lord of The Rings Trilogy "Return of The King"?
Well, whether you have or not, JBP has penned
a piece from an Orcs point of view. Are
they really all bad or have the books and films misrepresented them?
Apart from that, there's nothing new.
that's not bad for starters is it?
See you soon.
4th January 2004
Who'd have thought it eh?
Back in 1974 it was 30 years in the future...
1964 it was 40 years in the future...
and now it's NOW!
Makes you think doesn't it?
Oh well, I can't help if you have no imagination
Just remember to write 2004 on all your documents from now
It's a leap-year by the way.
27th December 2003
We survived Christmas!
I've even written a new
I've got loads of socks and a new jumper, I'm
wearing it now. Do you think it suits me?
Oh well, I'd better keep it on until aunty Irene's
seen me in it.
Bit hot though...
Ho Ho Ho!
Well it's Christmas isn't it? 'Tis the season to be
jolly, so jolly it is then....
Ho ho ho...
We have an exclusive
Queen's speech preview for
Merry festivities from the whole bunch here on
It's just one endless round of nosh-ups, booze-ups
and c*ck-ups at the moment!
That's Christmas I suppose?
I just mention
this, not to illicit any sympathy for my beleaguered constitution, but to
explain why there isn't as much new stuff on here as I would have liked.
There is a review of Joe Strummer's posthumous
album on the music page, but
It'll have to suffice, I'm off out to another
festive event now.. save me some bicarbonate of soda for later!
It's not 8 days since my last entry is it? Doesn't
time fly when.. err.. when ummm, well, I must have been doing something
I received a nice e-mail from Laura Hird last week
but as it was buried under a massive pile of spam I didn't unearth it until
Anyway, Laura has this site
carries links to all manner of material, including literary sites, and she has
listed Winamop amongst these.
Her reward will undoubtedly come in
Back here a little lower down, there's a
new Page94 and that
news just keeps on coming in...
I'm a bit worried about the veracity of some of it though!
Ah well, back to the Christmas shopping. Now what
can I get for aunty Edith?
Christmas is coming, the goose is looking
Well, we're in advent now so it's downhill all the
way to Christmas and have we got a bumper Christmas edition in store for
But we do have one of those "frightfully amusing"
chaps who tie knots in balloons in order to make effigies of poodles or
whatever. If anyone's got any idea of how to get rid of the tedious twit would
they please assist.
It's the squeaking I can't stand....
There's a new
News item or two by the way.
This is your editor speaking.
Welcome to planet Winamop,
where all is fine and dandy.
There is a new playstory
by John Atkins, OCR'd with "Finereader" which seemed to work fairly well and
the news is being updated every
couple of days.
Our pub-quiz team is doing pretty badly though.
Do you know where Fray Bentos is?
Rain and gales here yesterday. My dustbins have blown over!
Still haven't scanned-in J.A's playlet thingy. I'll get round to
it tomorrow, I have some new OCR software to try out, free on the cover of a
magazine, must be top quality!
Hold your hats on...
Just returned from Newcastle where we saw a new
play by Sean O'Brien at Theatre Live.
Of The Flame sees the pigeons come home to roost for a poet whose work
gave succour to the right wing in the second world war.
Even as an
octogenarian the repercussions continue and we were left with the rather bleak
impression that if you get in with a bad lot as a young man it's exceedingly
difficult to get out!
Watch out for miltitary-looking men in black
See it if your bottom can take 3hrs on a
94, and we're live at the MTV
Music Awards in Edinburgh....
Actually I'm just watching it on TV.
What a cheap-skate.
I've got a cold.
Large pack of stuff arrived today from John Atkins.
he describes as a playstory, he has written it specially for
The other is a play about oysters(!) we may record that as a "radio
play" for future use.
I will get the playstory scanned in (he types all his stuff) and
up on the site as soon as I can.
1st November 2003
Only one set of "trick and treaters" turned up at
Winamop Towers last night. They were happy enough to depart with just chocolate
bars too. At least I think they were happy, it was hard to tell through the
green masks, they didn't throw eggs or anything.
This Halloween thing never
used to be much of an event in England. Scotland took it a little more
seriously, but now it has gone big-time. Corporate interests dictate that we
must celebrate every festival by buying something. What suckers we
Fancy me giving away good chocolate!
has been updated by the way.
27th October 2003
Just returned from sunny Devon where we enjoyed
good weather/company/beer/food. Oh, those autumn colours!
Wayne H. W Wolfson has come up trumps again with
two little stories, Drugs and Symphony and Every Pretty Word.
Read them and wonder (and don't
forget Wayne's CD).
I have to do some work for the next few months (!)
so updates may become less frequent but I will endeavour to have something new
for you every week.
It's a hard life isn't it?
23rd October 2003
Some news items
Someone's nicked my idea for stickers you could
stick over the health warnings on fag packets saying things like "Smoking is
great!". I saw them as I was browsing through the "Boys Stuff" catalogue that
came through the door this morning.
Aah well, I'll just have to think up
another get rich scheme...
I see we have a few regular readers, judging by the
webstats (which are slowly improving) so lets have some stories, poems, jokes
etc from you eh?
You can do it. Write something!
14th October 2003
JBP has sent a poem. He's feeling
miserable because he has a cold, ahh bless!
Not much else to report, except that the world is absolutely
whizzing round; I'm doing 1000mph standing still!
Perhaps I should change my
Don't worry, I'll be fine...
9th October 2003
It's National poetry day evidently, so I'd better
write a poem... err.. let me see. (sucks end of pencil and stares up at the
There was a young lady from Brest... no that won't
Something more topical. Yes! Got it.
It's national poetry day
and poetry must be
I really have nothing to say
I'm writing it just for fun
But isn't it irresponsible
to bring a new poem
when its meaning is undefinable
and its existence all to
Well that wasn't very good was it?
Never mind. I
did my best, which as usual, wasn't good enough!
I've added some news today
and another music review to the Music page because
I was listening to Dido's album and it annoyed me.
Back to AC/DC for me then.
8th October 2003
A whole week since I last put fingers to keys on
this page? Shocking lack of dedication!
I have been updating
the News page regularly though, so don't be too hard on
Finally got round to writing a new
Page 94, couldn't resist a pop at Arnie. I know he's
very strong and rich but he is a long way away from here and he's probably very
busy at the moment.
Also way overdue was the review
of Wolfson and grenadier's album The Last Martini. That's done now
We now have the stats up and running so I can see
how many people pass though the site, all displayed in a variety of pretty
coloured histograms. Thanks Supanames!
However colourful the charts there
are still too few of you out there.. So let's have some publicity!
considered running round various televised events dressed only in a Winamop
thong but rejected the idea as the weather's turning cold and I didn't fancy
the trip there on the bus.
I think the best idea is just for you to tell all
your friends. They'll tell all their friends and... oh hang on, won't their
friends be the same people that you just told?
1st October 2003
Wayne Wolfson has sent in a review copy of "The
Last Martini", his album collaboration with Grenadier.
It's well worth a
listen, we shall be reviewing it shortly.
The banner ad on the home page
will take you to Wayne's site where you can buy the album.
News has been
We have painted the front door!
September 28th 2003
If you're reading this our new server must be
working. It seems much faster to me, I hope it's OK for you.
Updates have been made to News and Alt pages today.
September 22nd 2003
I read a lovely story of bureaucracy versus a dead
goldfish today, I wrote it up for the News
Having written our piece it occurred to me that nobody would
I have therefore added a classification to each news item such
as "T" for "True" or "L" for "Lies".
I will augment it as necessary with
"ST" for "should be true" or "UB" for "Utter B***" etc.
If only tabloid newspapers would do that!
September 19th 2003
The Doktor has been in contact again, twice in 3
He has sent a revised version of his "Medical
Notes" piece which now runs to 20,000 words.
This includes his second
visit to the operating table and the replacement of all the iron-work in his
A challenging read but the humour peeps out and surprises you just as
you're feeling depressed.
We are upgrading the site. This means we'll be able
to carry audio content soon. Whether that turns out to be a good thing or not
remains to be seen!
Until the next time...
September 17th 2003
A package came through the door today.. a CDR with
some of the Doktor's photographs on it. I've made small versions and
put them on a page for your perusal.
He does prints
mounted in frames if anyone wants one. Contact us (mail link at the bottom of
Wayne Wolfson informs me that his CD will be out
soon (Wolfson and Grenadier), full details when we have them.
I spent the morning trying to clean stickiness out
of a laptop keyboard, not mine thank goodness.
Basically, you can't!
you're daft enough to get stickiness into your keyboard your stuck....
going to cost £100 for a new keyboard!
September 14th 2003
Why's everywhere so crowded?
I went to the city: It was full of people.
went to the country: The roads were full of cars.
Must be the good weather making the British forsake
their TVs for the outdoor life. In fact I can smell a barbecue being lit
somewhere close by at this very moment!
Perhaps we really are becoming European and it was
only the weather that was holding us back?
Must go. I'm off to sit outside in my vest with a
hanky on my head!
September 11th 2003
Check out JH's essay on
Comedy of Errors, it's MA level evidently....
Hello Jim! (Just thought I'd surprise our
Bye for now.
September 7th 2003
We've been busy! (again)
There's a new page 94 from
Weevil and an exciting consumer piece on the new 118
services. We'll be getting a spot on daytime TV soon at this rate!
Trying to keep the news items flowing too.
September 4th 2003
September already? Foo, be Christmas soon, where
does the year go eh?
There's a couple of new news items... I promise I'll keep it more up-to-date
August 29th 2003
Well we're back at base, sore footed and all
"festivalled-out". Once again it didn't rain so we were able to hang around
outside various bars and cafes and take in the atmosphere (and beer).
We saw several pretty good shows and a couple of
so-so ones, situation normal there I suppose. The organisers reckon it was the
biggest attendance yet, everywhere certainly seemed packed, so I guess the
bars, cafes and venues will all be happy with their summer. I'll be pleased to
get back to paying £1.55 a pint for my beer!
Not much, in fact nothing to report on the website front. I'll
get my nose to the grindstone next week honest...
August 20th 2003
Hello from Scotland!
New page 94 added today.
Yes, culture-vultures that we are, Winamop visits
the Edinburgh festival in force.
Unfortunately, due to a small navigational
error, we find ourselves in the Orkney Islands. As soon as we've re-orientated
the Harry Moss motoring compass and returned South, we'll start hanging around
in the Pleasance courtyard drinking beer... no, sorry, I mean we'll assess the
cultural merits of fringe theatre, etc. etc.
By the way; having spell checked the above
paragraph, I find that we are bound for the Dingleberry festival and that we
are currently on the Rodney Islands.
To John O'Groats and beyond!
August 8th 2003
I mean... why?
Do you have any idea how tedious it is making up 54
little gif files and adding 54 popup text boxes to a page of text?
Well I can tell you it's pretty damn tedious that's what it is.... oh yes
All this can be experienced in our new contributor
JH's first essay for us.
It's part of our new
Shakespeare section which has quite a bit of meat in it
now, five essays with more to come.
I feel almost worthy.
August 2nd 2003
Shakespeare is here!
Our team has risen to the challenge (or at least
two of them have) and penned their Shakespearean essays. You can read them from
All this is excellent news of course, raising our profile as one
of the web's more intelligent written-word sites, but it's taken me ages
to add all the "Shakspere" buttons to the pages!
Weevil would no doubt tell me (too late) that I
should've used a modified cascading style sheet or somesuch gobbledygook.
I used Shakespeare's own spelling of his name
.a. because that's his name but mostly .b. because it's not so
I have also wasted a sunny morning creating a few
more "printer friendly" pages. I think most of them are done now.
know if you find anything wrong won't you?
July 30th 2003
At last some time to devote to dear old
There's a new page 94 and
some news items. It's not much but every little
helps, and it gets us to 50 unique pages (not counting the printer friendly
My thanks to e-mail contributor "Amptech" who sent
a missive titled "wow".
It read thus:
If only all my e-mails were as succinct!
More would be nice, I'm a bit bored with on-line
casinos wanting me to add them to the links page...
Send me your thoughts, your dreams, your innermost
desires... err. No scratch that last one. I forgot I was on the Internet!
Goodness knows what that may bring in?
July 18th 2003
Nothing much to report. The weather has been so hot
and sunny that rather a lot of time has had to be spent sitting in the garden.
It was awful not to be attending to this website but I managed somehow.
The occasional link request comes in, latest was
from someone selling blinds and shutters in the US, not actually offensive so I
put it on the links page.
Cross-linking helps get the web-site up the
pecking-order on the search engines.
That's all really.
Oh! - I did add a ditty and the odd news item but
it's hardly very exciting.
July 14th 2003
I have just returned to Winamop central
from an all-day drinking binge and I think I need a lie down...
new Page94 if you're desperate for entertainment but
nothing much else has changed.
I had a nice mail from Wayne Wolfson last week who
has received his mop. He gave me
link so that I could listen to his new single, made in collaboration with
Boston based producer/composer Grenadier.
This is a taster for the album
"The Last Martini" which will be released soon.
It is a dark and moody track
which takes quite a few listens but is somehow hypnotic.
I asked him whether
there was more "light and shade" on the album and he replied "The whole CD is
dark, I don't do light and cheery."
If it takes your fancy we'll keep you
posted as to how you can purchase the album on its release.
July 5th 2003.
JBP thinks we should have a Shakespeare section and has already
sent in his article.
We do have some of the country's leading Shakespeare
scholars on our books so it isn't impossible. What is rather difficult
is actually persuading them to write something!
I will pursue them with
threats and bribes. No, hang on a minute... bribes would cost me money, I'll
stick to threats.
July 2nd 2003.
A small package arrived today from John Atkins.
He has sent some "Twiglets", a hitherto unknown poetic form which appears
to consist of an inordinately long title-cum-introduction followed by an
inordinately short poem.
They have been duly placed on the site and are
there for all to wonder at.
The Doktor is still in hospital recovering from a
couple of long operations to insert yet more iron-work to support his damaged
spine. We went to see him, he stood up, we were impressed.
I hope he will
write a further chapter of his medical notes whilst
It has started to rain.
June 22nd 2003.
A little house-keeping to the site today. I added
an advert to the alt. page and tarted up the
about us page with some mops...
Talking of mops, which we often seem to be around
here, I have sent Wayne his mop so we'll see what the U.S. customs make of
I spent the day being a tourist in London
yesterday, most enjoyable. I paid a visit to the Tate Modern via the
no-longer-wobbly bridge and actually liked some of the stuff in there!
artist who's name I haven't forgotten is
Twombley, who could forget a name like that?
Sometimes it's hard to tell art from joke... One
exhibit was the image of a light switch, projected actual size, at point-blank
range on the wall, hence it was a very light switch! (geddit?)
I was still able to harrumph at the piles of bricks
and canvases with no discernible images or patterns on them though. A day well
I'll become a "culture vulture" yet.
As of June19th 2003.
Two days of no Internet connection! I had to "get a
life" instead... shocking.
Our tame Weevil has now sorted it and I'm back on
line. Bye-bye life!
Top news is that we have received two short stories
from Wayne Wolfson which are very good, I recommend that you read them. They
link from the "Prose" page and, now that we have a
reasonable number of entries, I have rearranged the titles alphabetically.
I have also added "printer-friendly" versions of
almost everything. What a hero I am.
I spoke to John Atkins on the 'phone, he had
received his mop. He may send some short poems.
Winamop is now listed on Webcrawler and, joy of
joys, today it appeared on Google!
I'm happy now.
As of June 13th 2003.
Searching for Winamop on Lycos and
Alltheweb.com yields a link to the site and the link via Linkpartners has been
picked up on the BBC search engine.
A month and a half since we set off on
this folly and we're listed at last, no thanks to "Ineedhits.com" who appear to
have achieved absolutely nothing.
Bitter? Me? Not at all, I like wasting money!
As of June 11th 2003.
I finally succumbed and paid a search engine to
list us... (sob!). Listing should appear on Lycos group engines in the next day
or so. If that's how you found this, it was worth it!
I received the disk of short-stories from JBP
yesterday and have managed to recover the files with the help of
There are four new stories
to read now and, best of all, "Ode to Tea" has arrived and is on
the Ditties page.
On the last few stories I have added a
"Printer-Friendly" version which I will carry on with and also update some of
the old pages with PF versions.
I'm off for a pint now!
As of June 7th 2003.
Just found a copy of a silly poem written on a
piece of cardboard, so I've put up a silly ditties page
to put it in. More soon!
I also typed out John Atkins' "History of Obscenity" which is another of his songs but
reads OK and is pretty funny if you remember the Chatterley case. I suppose it
has resonances today with some weirdos trying to ban Harry Potter for daring to
mention magic..... Plonkers!
Some stories are "in the post" so I'll be putting
them up soon, when I've figured out how to convert them from Brother
Life's just a series of challenges isn't it?
As of June 5th 2003.
I have a feeling the search engines will find us
soon, we're standing by for an onslaught!
I have added my story "The
Walk" (therefore proving I'm desperate!) and made a couple of small changes
to the index page.
Trial visitors still seem to have trouble with
navigation, only looking to the top buttons after clicking around randomly a
few times. I suppose we're stuck with the Winamp layout until the joke wears
As of June 3rd 2003.
Nice weather we've been having isn't it? I don't
like it too hot though, oh no, brings me out in a rash. I couldn't live in one
of those hot countries could you? Now they tell is it gives you skin-cancer
standing in the sun too!
Oh good it's started to rain again.
Sorry, don't know what came over me.
You OK are you?
Still no joy on the search front. Even the Hippo
Short stories are on their way, and the famous
paean to tea will be with us soon.
Y'all come back soon huh?
As of May 28th 2003.
I think we need more short stories.
Yes I do!
The Internet has many sites full of humorous
writing of various types (mostly American) but not too much in the way of good
stories. A couple of our regulars may be persuaded to contribute. Watch this
I registered the site with "Search Hippo"
yesterday. Let's see if that helps to spread the word.
Meanwhile there's a new Page
94 to keep you amused.
As of May 24th 2003.
Still not listed on any search engines, except via
another of our sites... thanks a lot "Ineedhits.com" a most effective service!
We are based in Birmingham UK, a city which has
re-invented itself over the past few years and is bidding for City of Culture
2008. It probably won't get it but I should point out that it has at least 5
theatres in the city centre, the best reference library outside London,
Symphony Hall, the ballet and a museum complex which tries but is hampered by
I found these web-sites championing Birmingham's
cause, I'm not sure that they'll help much!
It's not shit!" and here's a
lovely song about Brum.
As of May 21st 2003.
Missed a week, the novelty has worn
Well, I do have an excuse. I was out of the
Jet-setter that I am, I have just returned from the U S of A where
I ate good food and drank bad beer.
Back to matters Winamop.
I returned to find a package from John Atkins on
It contained extracts from his sketch show "On The Very Edge"
which never saw the light of spot, but made me chuckle.
I have included a
couple of items so far, one, a song, is in poetry and
the other, a sketch, is in fun.
A lot of the other material would be better
We have the talent(!), we have the technology, but do we have
the time to do it?
Should we do it?
The site is supposed to concentrate
on the written-word but on the other hand there isn't much British comedy audio
Other news from the team.
The Doktor is back in hospital (see medical notes)
because he has a screw loose... in his back.
It's going to be a while before
it's mended because the consultant has gone on holiday and, having heard the
news today, he'll probably be on strike when he comes back!
"Bummer". As they say over there.
As of May 11th 2003.
Missed a day, the novelty must be wearing off at
Still not listed on any search engines... I very
much doubt if anyone is reading this!
I could say anything I liked.......
If only I could think of something.
As of May 9th 2003.
Bought some more mops, the man in Bargain
Ave was delighted.
I have updated the Welcome page to include links.
It was a waste of space before anyway!
I've been having a look at the competition,
courtesy of the article in the
Guardian Online. It was helpful in finding the URLs for the
Only one site seemed to carry links so I contacted them, they
seem to be hooked up with "linkpartners.com" so we'll see what happens.
Received some Clerihews
from JBP and put them on the site. He is going to get John Atkins (an old
friend who is a novelist and essayist) to contribute to the site.
I wrote a story, it wasn't very good. I'll only put
it on the site if I get desperate!
As of May 8th 2003.
Received a new story from
Jim Bumgarner today, thanks Jim, our first submission since launch.
story has a couple of rude words and some minor sexual content so he gave it an
"R" rating. I don't think we have "R" ratings in the UK but basically it's a
I investigated the Internet Content Rating Association's guidelines and
got a rating for Jim's story and The Doktor's medical tale. I haven't bothered
rating the rest of the site as clean and wholesome, so I'm free to say "bum" at
According to the ICRA site, "bare buttocks" rate pretty high on
the offence scale... that's 60% of British humour banned then!
As my html software crashed for the 5th time the
other day I though I'd better get an update. I looked for Softquad on the net
and found that they'd been taken over by Corel.
It's usually bad news for
users of old software when a new company takes over, and sure-enough the patch
for HoTMetaL Pro 5 had disappeared from the net. In fact they have discontinued
the product completely. Thanks Corel!
Fortunately Dabs had a copy of HMPro6
in their bargain bin so I'm now updated beyond my wildest dreams (my dreams
haven't been very wild recently).
In The Guardian today the
Online supplement had an article on writing on the Internet.
It mentioned a number of sites but not Winamop. Hardly surprising since we
aren't listed on any search engines yet, but I will investigate them and add
links somewhere on the site. Then maybe I can persuade them to link back to us?
Worth a try eh?
As of May 7th 2003.
This isn't really meant to be a daily diary you
I have got other things to do.
(Nothing happened today).
As of May 6th 2003.
So far we have received 2 e-mails. One from Ian
of the purple elephants who makes indecent suggestions to Miss Winamop and
one from BBCi pointing out three (yes three!) spelling mistakes on the front
I have since found several more in other pieces I have written. I
am a buffoon.
As yet we have failed to get onto any search
engines. Things can only get better.
Mops have been sent out to the launch contributors,
numbers 2 to 5. I have number 1 here!
Having told a few people about the site and watched
them try to use it, I noticed that it seemed to take some of them ages to get
to the content. In order to help I have made a few more things "clickable" on
the front page.
I have also corrected some weird html errors that had crept
in and added the "Being Here" poetry page.
Must buy more Mops... It's not all glamour this
editing business is it?
Pass me that bottle.
As of May 5th 2003.
This will be the page where news of the development
of the site is posted. So far we've only just launched the thing so the news
is; "It's launch time!"
No. I said "Launch time", you can't have a sandwich
We have 32 pages at launch, not bad really, and
there's plenty more to add when I get round to it.
We have no sponsorship, it's all done for the love
of it, but we might get some T-shirts made soon. That would be exciting
Feel free to tell us what you think. The mail link,
as always, is at bottom right. [later note: No it isn't, it's
on the Home Page at the bottom centre!]
Until next time.