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The frustration of Sergeant Pepper

Posted by Simon Parke, 20 Jun 2017

Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band is now fifty years old.

It tops most charts as ‘The greatest album ever’...a remarkable achievement of both song writing and production.

But for The Beatles, it was born out of frustration rather than excitement…

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Now that's what I call satire

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 Jun 2017

Some satirists deliver gags; Frankie Boyle also delivers gags, but they are hollow-eyed and bleak, with a back drop of existential terror and despair.

Laugh, by all means. But you may also want to shoot yourself.

His work reminds me of the 17th century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes…

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Peter the seagull ups his game

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 Jun 2017

Did Peter the seagull train in marketing?

There’s something about his ability to stay in my eye line, to keep the product - him - endlessly visible.

(He does have two small children to support.)

So I’m aware of him now on the woodpile looking at me through the study window, I have mentioned this before…

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Cover of The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover

My latest novel, The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover, is published on 17 February by Marylebone House. It is January 30th, 1649. England is not a country that wishes to execute its divinely appointed king. Yet Charles I finds himself shivering on a cold scaffold in Whitehall, an executioner by his side. Charles wonders: how did this happen? Read more and pre-order your copy.

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Mindful Lifebelts is an app to help when life is difficult; or preferably, to prevent it becoming so. The short meditations come in both written and audio form, spoken by Simon.