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Herein lies the musings and moanings of an insignificant human being.

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Friends Or Fiends...

Posted by Barnaby on January 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a perpetual problem of wanting to be liked. I may have spoke about it before. If I did, I hope I didn't offend you. You see? Can't help myself. This has caused, in the past, me to often become somewhat of an inveterate apologiser. Seriously. Some of the nasty crap that's been thrown at me by people who I've tried to help and support (and, in fact, *still* try to help and support - because I so desperately don't want anyone to dislike me) would have your ears falling off with stress and...

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Dead And Gone

Posted by Barnaby on August 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Life's a metronome, forever ticking on,

Who's going to remember you, when you're gone?

Oh sure, they'll be people paying respect,

Updating their status with a sad face text.

I think of my Dad, just a mere 64,

Not there to see my kids grow up anymore.

And when they have matured and grown,

He'll just be a fuzzy face in their memory and a marble gravestone.

And will my daughter's children even attempt to recall,

Or will that gener...

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Off The Cuff

Posted by Barnaby on August 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of you may know that I set-up and ran a monthly improvisation show from 2007 to 2013, called 'OFF THE CUFF'. During the course of that show, we settled on a stock set of performers who became my regulars and were incredibly talented within the format of the show. All of them came from theatrical backgrounds, which helped immeasurably, and we formed quite a tight-knit group. However, I don't agree with 'rules' when it comes to improvisation. I like 'structure', which is entirely different...

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Pour A Glass Of Whine...

Posted by Barnaby on April 25, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Blimey, I whine.

I've just re-read my entires in my blog and, far from being the lively and fun self I like to be, they're just "wah-wah-wah!", "boo-hoo-hoo!" and "self-pity, not-witty!".

I think I viewed my blog as like a personal diary and, to be honest, nobody wants to read a personal diary unless there's juicy scandal in it. All I've done is be introspective and ask you, the reader, to feel sorry for me and - at the same time - marvel at what I've achie...

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The Parent Trap...

Posted by Barnaby on April 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A friend posted this link on Facebook. I think people assume it's 'brave' to write these sorts of things. It isn't. So, here's the link to read and then below is my response to read afterwords...


Totally disagree. Not with everything but with the main ...

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Calling The Capital, Calling The Capital...

Posted by Barnaby on January 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I've just read the news on Facebook that a friend of mine has become an Associate Playwright at the Old Vic theatre in London. My heart sank. But not for him. His name's James Rushbrooke. Check him out. He's going to be huge, I guarantee.

You know what, I'm not a competitive person. At all. I believe in helping others and that's what I've tried to do. I spend my time passing on projects, bigging up friends and making sure that - if I'm ...

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The Write Stuff...

Posted by Barnaby on March 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (1)

I've written since I could write. Obviously.

But, I haven't stopped. I love to write. Even when I was bed-bound and exhausted with the start of a very long-term illness, I would write letters to people, poems about my surroundings, and stories to entertain me. I couldn't actually stop.

I had a 'purple period' in the mid 1990s. This wasn't the point where I started swanning around in purple clothes and claiming I was Oscar Wilde. No, this was when I wrote an...

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The Importance Of Perserverance...

Posted by Barnaby on February 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I've done a lot of things and I've never felt I've broken through that 'Brilliant' barrier on any of them. You know the one. The invisible line which turns something from being 'Good' to 'Brilliant'. So brilliant, in fact, that you could make a career out of it.

This is mainly due to my brain's ability to flit between projects even during doing them. If I have 'success' in one thing, my brain says "Well, you've proved you can do that, on to the next thing!". It's why I get f...

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About Face...

Posted by Barnaby on February 12, 2012 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This weekend, with a few fleeting hours to myself when my little daughter was napping, I was perusing the endless parades of conversations and congratulations on Facebook. It was like being surrounded by friends at a party for themselves and being stuck in a conversation that I had no reason to be involved in.

Social networking is a fantastic bonus for promoting yourself and your work but it's also a dangerous tool for abuse and upset. Even something as simple as just seein...

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Chuffed About The Huff...

Posted by Barnaby on December 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, well, well (three holes in the ground)! I didn't start getting into Twitter until a few months ago and, once on there, I realised that it was the perfect place for silly, quick one-liners and surreal musings. Also, like everyone else, it is also very good for promoting things that you're doing.

However, I mostly just do silly jokes. Not always funny but I try my best.

I am rather chuffed to have been included in The Huffington Post's top Twitter jokes...

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