DISRUPT GIRL

Well a girl’s always being interrupted

just when she’s got something to say

you say you can’t help it you’re corrupted

but you’re dragging us all down into your death

i shall use all my strength to disrupt this

& tell the truth till my last living day

_

I have heard all your stories, all your reasons

you need what you take and we should take it

to keep up with the Jones or go under

build up a thirst so we can slake it

_

And a girl’s always being interrupted…

_

I got more sympathy for the other guy

the one you were when you were young

but now that other guy’s ten thousand miles away

losing his right arm to the sun

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And a girl’s always being interrupted…

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TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE……

You scowl from the wheel as you see me stand

the kingdom of Devon is in your hands

but it’s not too late to edit your dreams

find a new way to make custard creams

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And a girl’s always being interrupted…

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20th June 2019

DISRUPT GIRL

FESTIVAL GIRL

He’s not a young boy

he’s been around the block

he’s not a greenhorn

he know’s what’s comin’ down

and yet she leads him

out into the fields

and tries to show him

something else that’s real, and he says

 

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

BUT SHE’S HOLDING ON TO HER DREAMS

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

BUT SHE’S LOOKING AFTER THE STREAM

She’s for the best of all worlds

she is my festival girl

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What was she doing

while he was running round

learning her sewing

tilling the stony ground

watching the birds fly

seeing where the bees suck

keeping her wings dry

waiting to run amuk, and he says

 

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

BUT SHE’S HOLDING ON TO HER DREAMS

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

BUT SHE’S LOOKING AFTER THE STREAM

She’s for the best of all worlds

she is my festival girl

_

She loves the hot sun, but she

hates her sticky clothes

she gives him warmth and

everything she knows

she’s got a question

for everything she sees

she’s got an answer

for everything he needs, and he sees

 

SHE’S GOT HER EARS WIDE OPEN, AND

HE’S TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH HER MIND

SHE’S GOT HER EARS WIDE OPEN, AND

HE’S TRYING TO KEEP IN WITH HER TIME

She’s for the best of all worlds

she is my festival girl

_

She flies the hour glass

from the side of her tent

was it worth waiting

till it’s nearly too late

he says: you could feed a family

on the cost of one of these

she says: you could feed a country

if you plant the right seeds

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SHE’S GOT HER EARS WIDE OPEN, AND

HE’S TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH HER MIND

SHE’S GOT HER EARS WIDE OPEN, AND

HE’S TRYING TO KEEP IN WITH HER TIME

She’s for the best of all worlds

she is my festival girl

she is my festival girl

FESTIVAL GIRL

THE DENSITY MYTH

(from letter to local press June 2018)

As an architect working in the residential sector over the last 30 years I have seen the argument for “high density” used to justify some very destructive redevelopments. At first the justifications seem compelling – we need homes, more people could support more shops and (in theory) other facilities, we use less green land, and “we can provide more affordable housing” (as Urbis are arguing in Bristol).

But in practice these arguments have been used falsely, to justify greed. High rise developments where common areas are mean, amenity space is minimal, and connection to the ground or neighbours limited, have become the new norm. Either expensive, aimed at childless people working long hours or out a lot, or if “affordable”, very unsuited to people with children and ordinary jobs and family networks. Not a “forever home”, for sure. And the biggest con is using the need for affordable housing as an excuse to cram.

The cost of land is linked to what you think you will be able to squeeze on to it.

If we had properly enforced standards about the quality of new homes and the impact on the neighbourhood then densities would generally be limited, and if the amount of affordable housing was also enforced then landowners would have to sell at a price that works for such developments. Better still would be democratic or community ownership of land.

But right now it’s the wild west – if I own a plot I wait till someone gets planning permission for the tallest, meanest scheme they can market, and sell the land to them.

We should not be conned into allowing unaffordable anti-social housing to use up valuable land in our community, which could provide better.

THE DENSITY MYTH