All posts by Gordon

February 2015

1st – 14th February 2015 Hello Friend If you have read my previous blog, you will be aware that I had a heart attack about 15 months ago. Up until now, I haven’t gone into too much detail about the circumstances surrounding the incident. However, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman ( PPO ) have just
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DECEMBER 2014

Hello Friend, Well, as 2014 comes to an end, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported and assisted me throughout the year. In particular: thanks to my Mother and Father for their love and putting up with my occasional periods of melancholia; to Gordon and Steve for their loyalty and
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November 2014

Hello Friend, when I first started this blog I was, for several reasons, extremely hesitant. I’m a very private person and don’t invite many people into my life. I don’t get into other people’s business and hope for the same respect for my privacy. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, my personal privacy no longer exists. I
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OCTOBER 2014

Hello Friend, Have you noticed just how cheesy the songs are that TV adverts are using at the moment? If it’s not some guy with his ukulele dum-de-dum-de-dumming his way through hackneyed rhymes that have been shoehorned in, it’s the slowed-down minimalist cover, with a fragile and ethereal girls voice. The new low point is
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JULY 2014

Hello Friend, Not a great deal happening at the moment. The prison band collective are already preparing for the Christmas concert.   I also help out on the guitar classes and I am writing a course on different strumming techniques. Over the past few months there has been a high-profile campaign to reinstate steel guitar
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September 2014

Hello Friend, Following on from my comment last month on the violence at HMP Wakefield-there was yet another serious assault. This time it was on the exercise yard with at least 6 assailants attacking one prisoner. The fact that this prisoner is one of the biggest guys in here was of little consequence. It appears
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AUGUST 2014

Hello friend, One of the most challenging aspects of prison is dealing with the secrecy. Issues arise, actions are taken, your life is thrown into turmoil but little to no information is forthcoming. All you can do is attempt to ‘join the dots’. Occasionally you get told something that throws all your theories and assumptions
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JUNE 2014

Hello Friend, The recent conviction of Andy Coulson for corrupt activities raises some intruiging questions.  The period in question was from 11 years ago (2003).    See ‘Part 2: Phone Tapping and Payoffs’ on the Concealed Evidence and Disclosure Difficulties page. ————– On a more positive note, I am heavily involved with the music based
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