‘The Mogg Conga’: Silly-Savvy Art

A piece inspired by the idiocy of Jacob Rees-Mogg, when he insisted MPs travel from far and wide, to vote at the House of Commons – in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic! As the lesser mortals queue to vote, Rees-Mogg peers down at them, sharing out the virus to promote the Tory version of…

Whatever Takes Your Fancy: Silly-Savvy Story

‘Select something,’ he said. ‘Yeah, I know, you said that before, but I just can’t think. It’s so hard to choose.’ ‘Just go for it. Whatever. Anything that takes your fancy!’ ‘But why? And if I do this, this time, what will you ask me to do next time?’ ‘Who knows – might be something…

Storm Diary 45 – Outcrop

Storm Diary 45 – Sun 19th April Still ploughing and plodding my way through Mary Webb’s Shropshire. Liaising with a mythical golden arrow, beats a spell in the company of Harry Potter’s magic wand any day! J K Rowling, stand aside – the late author, Mary Webb, is making a comeback! Not that I’ve really…

Storm Diary 11 – Home-School

Monday 16th March 2020 Keep calm and carry on. Due to my mistrust of the government’s advice, with regards to limiting (accelerating!) the spread of Coronavirus, I’m choosing to withdraw Non-Sick Sprog from school for the time being. But, if she thinks she can have a lie-in, she can think again. Three yells from me,…

Savvy-Storm Poem – Priorities

This poem is based on a painting I created during the Coronavirus lockdown – as, unable to go beyond the boundaries of my family and garden and home, I sought to marry up the mish-mash of colours outside and within.   Priorities Locked in, I find myself, in the place that is the part of…

Storm Diary 9 – Cancelled

Saturday 14th March 2020 Cancelled. Forced myself to get up at 8am on a Saturday morning to take Non-Sick Sprog to football training, only to be trapped at the gateway to the F.C. grounds, by a car attempting to reverse back into the road (back into my precious DD (Daredevil Dacia)). This should have been…

Savvy Poem – Questions for Rishi Sunak

Written in response to the UK government’s daily press briefing, 8th April 2020, as delivered by Rishi Sunak MP.   Sir? Can you level with us, Sir? Can you spell out your intentions, guarantee retentions, put in more preventions, end asphyxiations, exceed our expectations? Can you, Sir?   By Jay Cool, The Silly-Savvy Salopian   UK…

Storm Diary 8 – Somethingness

Friday 13th March, 2020 Gave Non-Sick Sprogs lifts to school and work, avoiding all temptation to stop for a shop; have no wish to be coughed upon by the folk of Sudbury, whether they be the clientele of Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, or Waitrose! Returned home and washed my hands. Delivered Sick Sprog’s usual breakfast of…

Storm Diary 7 – Mountains

Thursday 12th March, 2020 This morning, reticent about a second encounter with the cough-all-over-everyone ladies of Aldi, I braved the alternative, and ventured into Tesco to seek out some Dettol Anti-Bac Spray. No Anti-Bac Spray left! Considered purchasing toilet rolls instead (still available!). But figured that, failing a very long stint of diarrhoea, I would…

Rainbow Frowns: A Storm Poem

A response to BBC News (25 March 2020) reports about children, in the UK, displaying their rainbow artwork in their windows: symbols of hope during the Coronavirus pandemic.   Frowns stuck in windows dressed up colour palettes red, yellow, pink, green, orange and purple looking out at birds soaring in the clear-blue ceiling of an…