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I'm a writerillustratorartistcartoonist and I live in a quiet north London valley with my very loud family.
Interests: gardening, painting, still trying to play the guitar after all these years, walking in the park with small children, watching cbeebies, completing grand creative projects in my head while i'm lying in bed
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Yesterday I went out onto Blackstock Road with the specific task of buying a replacement blade for my hacksaw. A nice, simple, job - there are three hardware shops within half a mile or so so it shouldn't have been too difficult. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
Thanks, Generic Viagra person. Very generous comment, there and I'm glad you are a fan. However, you started to repeat yourself a bit towards the end (in a manner not-dissimilar to another commenter recently who I shall name Extend Your Manhood person.)
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A few years ago I read a book about medieval herbalism and, as I am wont to do, afterwards decided to make it a part of my life. I could be a herbalist! So I sent off for a load... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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Urban Country Diary - Seagulls are extrovert birds. In fact they are very annoying. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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Most people, if they pray, pray for material things – cars, houses, holidays, cash – or stuff like getting someone nice looking to love them/world peace. I’ve always prayed for one thing (and when I say prayed I mean hoped... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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For years we looked at the crazy modernist building at the end of our street and said "What a fucking dump!" (It's not exactly Nikolaus Pevsner, I know.) It was either sheltered accomodation or an athletes village for a joint... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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Had to go into the City on Monday - around Mansion House - and was reminded how beautiful the old streets can be. You have to look along the curve and twist of the lanes, squint, then try to ignore... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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© 2008, Tony Bradford Acrylic on paper info@tonybradfordart.co.uk Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Tony Bradford Art
I agree about the Brown Sauce, Stay-At-Home. I've experimented with all kinds of combinations in the past and it often depends on the kind of bread used. At the old Arsenal Cafe on Blackstock Road the bacon sarnies were made with thick crusty white bread and were fantastic.See http://thesmoke.typepad.com/urbancountrydiary/1999/09/index.html Funnily enough I only really learned how to cook bacon properly after watching you make a big German breakfast in DC back in 2000.
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There are seven tables in the workers Café. Apart from me there is just one other customer, a little Irish lady called Mary sitting in the corner eating meat and two veg. My coffee comes – it’s weakish and very... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
As usual on a Saturday late morning I’ve dropped 7 year old off at football then rushed to grab a coffee and continue my ongoing Great Lincolnshire Novel. But I can’t get a seat anywhere. It’s Arsenal v Spurs today... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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I was passing this when I saw the chalkboard sign “The best coffee in London”. There was no mention about who had bestowed this accolade – possibly the owner – but it certainly made me curious. Noo Noo and Bebo’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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I had a dream last night that I was in the west of Ireland and had left a pub to go in search of a mandolin so I could join the session. (This is dream bravado, of course - I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
I've got wheels and a full tank of gas. To be more specific, it's a full tank of high performance unleaded petrol. I drove out of the garage on Hornsey Road thinking to myself "I could go anywhere, do anything.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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The writing of Jack Kerouac had real relevance to early 80s teenagers growing up in the East Midlands. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Small Town England
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I still find it hard to play proper chords because I learned to play the electric guitar by copying Gang of Four's Andy Gill. Chakk chakkkk chakkaaa tk tk tk chaaaannggg!!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Small Town England
Tim Bradford is now following Ianplenderleith.blogspot.com
May 26, 2010
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My son no longer loves Leeds United Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at The Smoke: An Urban Country Diary
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I read Small Town England at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it, I just wanted to give you my thanks for an eventful trip down memory lane with all the trials, tribulations and laughs of those teenage years. The cartoons were a really great addition too. There’s a fair bit of common ground between us, I was born in ’62 and brought up in Grimsby; yes, a metropolis compared to Market Rasen but we must have crossed paths at some point. I recall seeing Another Pretty Face at Meggies Winter Gardens - my skewed memory had them supporting the Skids,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Small Town England
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I was in a punk band when I was 15. We weren't very good. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at Small Town England