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Books previews and reviews start on page 2 of my journal, the most recent book being: Objects in the Ashmolean, An Art and Poetry Resource

A visit to the Faringdon Cobbler 15/07/2021

How often do we visit a cobbler? With millions of flip flops washing up on shores and many shoes discarded without repair, is it time to review materials -  both in making and mending footwear to retain traditional craftsmen?

Cobbler cobbler mend my shoe
Can I collect at half past two?
And what’s that etched in your tattoo?

Chains, sprockets, piston parts
Scrambling bikes are in my heart
It’s Motocross that most appeals
When I’ve finished mending heels

Cobbler cobbler my sandal is split
Can you fix it pretty quick?
I like the style, comfort and fit
But I don’t want to trip

The problem is it’s composite
Glue won’t stick
I’d like to mend all kinds of shoes
Leather or rubber go well with glues
But what is on the shelves to choose?

 I’m left to muse on throwaway shoes…

Back here my leather boots renewed
A job well done brings happy mood
Now I’m well-heeled
I’ve got new sole
Thank you cobbler
For your role

Published in The Advertiser Magazine  August 2021



My un-lockdown project was cycling in the countryside.  Today I completed 1000 miles of local cycling, taking in pretty views of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside.

Ashmolean Poetry Tour 28/02/2019

 29th June 2019
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Meet in Gallery 21

A Fishy Coat Tale, A Visitor to the Forest, and Objects in the Ashmolean - all available from bookstores, and via Amazon
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