Terence Brady - Playwright, novelist, actor and painter.
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PUPPY FARMING

PUPPY FARMING

I wrote this piece in 1994. Now in 2015, when I find myself looking for a new puppy to replace our much beloved and recently departed Dikon, by the grace of God and St Francis, because I have been asked to republish some of my old country pieces, I find myself given a timely reminder into the state of 'puppy production', a jolt perhaps weneed more than ever now that this wretched industry has taken off - thanks to the Internet and all those whimsicalpuppy sites.

I was going to tell you about puppy farming, Particularly if you're about to pop out to the pet shop or answer an advertisement in your local paper for a puppy.

The Hare

HARES
 
This was written when hare coursing was still legal in this country - buit although it has been outlawed it still continues in secret in many places in the UK and IRELAND.  It is worth remembering this is what we have done to one of our most beautiful creatures and if they repeal the Hunting Bill who knows? Coursing may well return.  What ever happens we MUST preserve this gentle, beautiful animal.


 


It appears there aren't nearly so many hares about as there used to be.

BROADCHURCH The most talked up nonsense of the year



BROADYAWN

Episodethree

Opens in flashback with Doctor Who mumbling very loudly about losing someone or other while Rev’s wife shouts back tearfully saying it was the fault of the woman who was about to give birth to her pregnancy padding in the street while the man with small eyes who is meant to have murdered these children in the next door garden to his makes his escape from Doctor Who who is ( that is Who is) driving a car he is not allowed to drive while possibly fighting off a heart attack in pursuit of somebody or other.

THE FACE IN THE PAINTING


      This is not and was not what is called a case of Pareidolia,  that is seeing faces in things – the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast, Mother Theresa in a bun, etc – this is and was a case of actually seeing a face that is a face and the face has just appeared in a painting on which I am working.  Suddenly. Out of the blue. Out of the the everywhere.

      I’ve just written about this on my Facebook page so forgive me, friends, for my repetition but I wanted this to reach a larger audience because I can evidence this and I can show you the photographs of the painting and you will be able to see the face for yourselves and judge, as some of my Friends have done, as to the disposition of the features and the extraordinary detail and character of the image.

THE DOG'S WHATEVERS



THE DOG’S WHATEVERS 


It was the moment every dog owner dreads – no, I have to refine that. It was the moment every male dog owner dreads – the time when you are told by your vet They have to come Off. The reason They had to come Off apparently was because all that testosterone was making the boyo a little aggressive. But then not really.  The vet might have found him a little aggressive because he sunk his canines into the vet’s derriere when the vet shoved a thermometer up the boyo’s derriere and I must say I can’t blame the boyo for that, having recently had one of those male moments myself with a doctor - however.

Loud Mouths and Not very Ragged Trousers






The 2nd Viscount Stansgate was alas a political hyperbole. More famous for his insistence on being called Tony than for any worthwhile political notions, how he has handed in his dinner plate he is being lionised for his pantomime ambition to turn Labour into some sort of Eastern European socialist party. in fact possibly his greatest ambition would have been to see Britain turned into a satellite of the USSR. He was a deluded Leninist who seemed from his rhetoric to have been more consumed by hatred than by compassion, (he 'loathed' the EEU - his words - and had little time for Germany either) which is hardly a good base for true socialism, two of his earliest and most burning ambitions being to remove the Sovereign's head from postage stamps and to ban off shore radio stations.

A size three hat








This is a difficult one for me, as someone who has owned National Hunt horses and trained some as an amateur. But. (a) What Ruby Walsh said - if this is what indeed he said - it is not just way out of line it is utterly and entirely disgraceful and reflects ill on a man who is one of the most talented and bravest of jockeys.

OF TWO CLOWNS




                                                           OF TWO CLOWNS 

I write of two clowns. One is called Paterson, the other is called Kaye. Of these two comics, one has already earned immortality through his work while because of his foolish recklessness the other is fast gaining notoriety and with a bit of luck will soon hopefully be gone and long forgotten.

ADVICE TO THE LOVELORN

                                              ADVICE TO THE LOVELORN



       The essence of happiness is that it is not visible. It is not a material thing. It is an intrinsic thing, an abstract, and as soon as people try to analyse it, it becomes even more invisible.

GRASS REPUBLISHED!





CORONET AMONG THE GRASS
REPUBLISHED


           I remember so very well when this delightfully funny book was written. Being Clever Drawers, I should do, but I’ll resist making any Clever-Drawer-ish sort of remarks here. All I will say that having just finished preparing this second volume of my beloved wife and partner’s youthful autobiography to me it is still as fresh and totally original as the day it was written. The one thing it is not is one however, is one of the things it was claimed to be when it was first published, that is brilliant.
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