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Life in Laytonia:   “Ooh, Matron…”

Life in Laytonia: “Ooh, Matron…”

I may be entering my 60th year in The Profession– for some reason the acting trade has always been referred to as ‘The Profession’ implying it is above all other professions (including the oldest one).  Why actors regard their professional calling superior to all...

Life in Laytonia:  Game, Set & Tears…

Life in Laytonia: Game, Set & Tears…

As a writer, the question I get asked more than any other is: ‘What do you find most difficult when it comes to writing?’ I know that I have banged on (to a boring degree) about procrastination.  I have prattled on about searching for any ‘legitimate’ excuse to avoid...

Life in Laytonia:  A Kiss On The Bottom

Life in Laytonia: A Kiss On The Bottom

In 1960, in my first term at drama school, I wrote a short story.  Probably in my bedsit during a lonely weekend in the big city, I don’t recall. Short story shorter, I sold it to the BBC’s ‘Morning Story’ getting myself an acting job at the same time. Written an...

Life in Laytonia:  Write On!

Life in Laytonia: Write On!

Writing a regular column/blog/stream of consciousness, call it what you like, is very different to the kind of writing I did in a career that I “enjoyed” for many years The use of parentheses? Because writing for me was a reasonably successful second career that I had...

Life in Laytonia:  Words & Pictures

Life in Laytonia: Words & Pictures

It’s curious, but when I see words on the page or on the computer screen or written anywhere, to me they look like what they mean. Take the word ‘look’ that I have just written.  The double OO.  Two eyes, looking. The word ‘curious’ has a curious look about...

Life in Laytonia:  In Loving Memory…

Life in Laytonia: In Loving Memory…

As has been documented in previous musings, it is an irritating habit of mine to start the day with a rant.  Or to be more accurate, it was. I would regularly begin most mornings with a moan, a vent, a diatribe.  No. There is no better word than rant - ooh,...

Life in Laytonia:   What’s In A Name?

Life in Laytonia: What’s In A Name?

6th January 2021 So, here we are.  The 12 days of Christmas are over.  The first ‘Life in Laytonia’ of 2021. Yes, I’m back after the festive break and I’m raring to go!   But I have a dilemma. 7th January 2021 Well, that was a good day’s work.  I...

Life in Laytonia:  Farewell Methuselah

Life in Laytonia: Farewell Methuselah

Addendum: No, that can’t be right.  An addendum must surely come at the end, after the piece has been read.  Perhaps, 'explanation' is the more apposite word. Explanation: Why this week’s ‘Life in Laytonia’ is so late coming online.  2 words: ...

Life in Laytonia  26

Life in Laytonia 26

George: (into ‘phone):  Oh, dear.  I’m sorry to hear that.  Listen mate, one man’s meat is another man’s poison…   I was chatting to my friend of over 60–odd years and never once during our long friendship have I ever called him mate.  In...

Life in Laytonia  25

Life in Laytonia 25

Week 25.  A quarter way to 100 ‘Life in Laytonias’.  If I include the pre-cursor to ‘Life in Laytonia’, the 7 ‘Layton on Lockdown’ articles, commissioned by the Telegraph Online back in the March of this torrid Covid year, that makes 32. Goodness me! ...