All posts by Marc Latham

About Marc Latham

The Folding Mirror poetry form emerged from the haiku structure in 2007, and the first published poem by Marc Latham was in January 2008. Caroline Gill clarified the form in 2010, while Wendy Webb and the Norfolk Poets have been very supportive in publishing and publicising the form. Claire Knight and Sarah James have also been instrumental in the form's evolution.

Akureyri Lady Triple Apology

Akureyri is the second biggest population city in Iceland, but the greenYgrey and fellow travellers didn’t make it to the north in XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. Then I didn’t make it when I went to Iceland in January. I thought about it, but the winter bus service was more expensive than comprehensive, and it was quite a long way to Akureyri from Reykjavik.

Thor v Wolfsburg

Then it was a bittersweet (greenYgrey bitterYsweet) moment last week when I saw Wolfsburg women had beaten Akureyri’s Thor ladies 1-0, with none other than Pernille Harder scoring the winner!

At least you’ve now made it to a special Akureyri 3, and by way of consolation, I would like to suggest a song for you when returning from your next football trip: adapting It’s a Long Way to Tipperary to Akureyri. I don’t think it will outdo the thunder clap, but maybe it could be an accompaniment.

Mark Knopfler Back on The Road

Talking of special threes, I’ve got another two relevant stories to make this a triptych trilogy thingy! Similar to my 31st anniversary blending of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road with The Talking Heads’ Road to Nowhere, Mark Knopfler’s new album is called Down The Road Wherever, with travel a metaphor for his music, as explained in this Louder Sound article. Moreover, it also has a great greenYgrey road to the horizon image:

The photo could be Iceland, but is probably towards the wild west of the USA.

I also heard Still Corners’ The Trip for the first time today, and really liked it, reminding me of Mazzy Starr. It also has a nice POP (PinkyOrangePurple) celestial object in the cover picture… and a greenYgrey car in the foreground!

Risking making this blog post a quartet, I went back on the road last week, for a couple of hours each way at least, for a nice journey to my gYg of the year, as described in sister site fmpoetry.

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31 Years Anniversary

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Thirty-one years on the road to nowhere
searching for somewhere without a care
think I found some times and places
looked like I could only understand faces
looking back at the sun
with summer wind on my back
wish they’d been wolf, lynx and bear
if I’d really been a-were!

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marc-Latham/e/B004SP40J0/

Us metal monsters see ourselves and the other critters as the innocent victims of gross humanity really, as seen from these nice videos, with Elliot’s parents present:

Pernille’s Professional PR Amateur

I included a Wolfsburg women’s football team story in my last of a fantasy trilogy travel quest XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. That story starred Alexandra Popp, whose name fitted in with the pop art theme of searching for the lost Andy Warhol of the greenYgrey world: Andy Wolfhol.

Flag of Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg coat of arms

I also included a Doro Pesch of Warlock story to criticise women’s historic persecution through witchcraft/magick accusations.

Wolfsburg Magic not Magick

Watching some of the women’s European Championships last year, Denmark’s captain Pernille Harder was one of the standout players. So it was like the arrival of a prodigal daughter when I found out at the end of last season that Harder was now playing for Wolfsburg. They reached the final of the European Cup, but lost to Lyon, who’ve won it three years in a row now.

Another standout player at the European Championships was Lieke Martens. So when I named my Fantasy Football team for the 2018 World Cup I chose: 2 Lieke Pernille, with a few wordplay meanings to play with.

Only afterwards did I look up Pernille Harder on Wikipedia, and found she is in a relationship with fellow female footballer, Magdalena Erikkson.

My Feminism ‘Beyond Humanity’

Those who think I’ve just been supporting women such as Popp, Pesch and Harder for my own selfish reasons would probably think I’d be horrified at finding that out, but in fact I’m very happy for them, and hope they’re relationship remains happy forever.

Moreover, I called my main fantasy team for the next Premier League season PerNILle 10is Love, wordplaying love standing for nil in tennis scoring.

So if women have been put off supporting me or buying my books by people who claim anything other than the greenYgrey years were supportive of women, then they were misled.

Pernille would have been an ideal woman for me, but the next best thing to being with her, is to think that she is happy… especially at Wolfsburg!

That might sound ‘creepy’ to those who only base relationships on sex, power and money, but like I said in the greenYgrey years, they were an attempt to form a ‘higher form of love’, inspired by my years in the rave/clubbing scene, and as a reaction to seemingly more and more grooming… in dear ol’ Blighty at least!

I always said I did it unconditionally, and that’s the way I still feel, but now after a decade I’m probably going to move onto something else, unless there’s a lot more positive activity in the near future.

XaW Files: Beyond Humanity (Fantasy Travel by Google Maps Book 3) by [Latham, Marc]

 

Yorkshire Rose, Cherry Tree, Red Lion: Tour de Yorkshire

Huddersfield was the closest pick-up point for the Urquart Lochs and Glens holiday. In addition to yesterday’s blog post, it’s about £170 per person so not so much of a bargain for individuals. Sometimes they have single surcharges, but I don’t think they had one for that holiday. I’ve already posted a review of Huddersfield Travelodge on Trip Advisor.

There was lovely food in the Yorkshire Rose pub just below the Travelodge, as there was for breakfast in the Huddersfield Cherry Tree Wetherspoons and Red Lion in Skipton. In the Yorkshire Rose I had the added bonus of being there at the best time of day to sample the excellent Boondoggle and Wainwright’s golden ales.

Tour de Yorkshire

I relived travelling through Yorkshire in hot spring sunshine last weekend, as the televised (ITV4) Tour de Yorkshire enjoyed glorious sunshine. On the last day it passed nearby, and it was great to see them clear and close-up, after not really seeing them through the crowds during the Tour de France in 2014.

Moreover, breakaway winner of that day’s stage, France’s Rossetto, reminded me of me when I was thin from travelling in the 1980s/90s; and leading from the front like his epic 100km breakaway was my favourite kind of running style when young… it would have been when I was older if I could’ve done it!

Stéphane ROSSETTO

Here’s some photos and a video.

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Lochs and Glens Holiday Real Bargain

We stayed at the Glenmorag in Dunoon, which was a nice old characteristic hotel, with good organisation and delicious food; reminding me a bit of The Shining, which was shown on television that week and featured on Gogglebox! Also had the bonus of seeing a deer in the greenYgrey grounds.

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I don’t have any connection with David Urquart coaches, and lots of other firms provide similar holidays, but I think the value for money promise of their advertising is shown by the four nights holiday only costing about £170, and normally one night at the Glenmorag costs £65.

Apart from all the coach travel, we also had a nice hour-long cruise on Loch Lomond:

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While it had been a nice holiday, and quite lucky to have mild temperatures, and dry sometimes sunny weather when out and about, never getting wet, it was also nice to head south to the tail-end of the heatwave going on south of the Clyde.

It’s also been great to spend some quality time with the Sun again this week, after our busy schedules meant we haven’t seen each other much since our Sunnymoon/Honeysunny!

Tighnabruaich great greenYgreyish

On the morning of our final day, we travelled west to Tighnabruaich, which is kind of pronounced tea-an’-a-brew-ish, which was apt, because the region had a lot of nice cafes etc. The island of Bute is across from the mainland town, beyond Loch Riddon in the patch of sunlight on the horizon photo and the Kyles of Bute in the green park close-up. The other photo is of a loch while travelling west.

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