Tales of (and from) Tequila

At the age of eighteen I travelled to Mexico alone in search of a holiday and to have some fun. I never imagined this experience would be any sort of transformative or life-altering… Continue reading

The Bird Cage by resident poet Tim Wells

She was saying we don’t communicate, that I don’t really listen, that she wasn’t sure what she really wants. But I wasn’t paying attention ‘cos I was hungover. I was hungover and it… Continue reading

My Dad encouraged me to drink…

Before, I used to think alcohol was cool but it actually really isn’t. My parents let me have whatever I want with them, at first I was like “really?!” but having drank breezers,… Continue reading

I encourage our daughter to drink…

When I was growing up, Alcohol was lot as freely available as it is now. An off licence was the one and only place that take away alcohol was purchased, other than if… Continue reading

Painbirds. A poem

Paul Hawkins Paul, 49, Bournemouth Poet and Curator of Untold Boscombe Drinking Habits: Recovering Alcoholic

The Unbearable Shortness of Pudding

I haven’t eaten a Yorkshire pudding in more than a year. They’re in short supply where I live now, and that’s a shame because, for me, that little pudding was the crisp full… Continue reading

What are schools teaching our children?

We asked an anonymous teacher for their perspective… The whole issue is funding. I don’t know what it’s like in other schools but ours is really suffering. I think we also had a deficit… Continue reading

I’d miss building careful, grand, drunken plans…

Growing up in Manchester and my early days of socialising being played out like more a competition of consumption, I don’t know if I have now found myself in a place where I… Continue reading

A rather northern Western

There was in times past a bar in Grasmere which could on reflection have been a perfect setting for a Western movie. It had a boardwalk the length of the outside, in the… Continue reading

Mental Health Practitioner – Korsakoff’s Syndrome

My current role is as a Mental Health Practitioner in a rehabilitation team that provide therapy input for elderly community patients with physical disabilities e.g. broken bones from falls. The role is to… Continue reading