Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit


via Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit For many of us, the political protest, music, and fashion of the 1960s and 1970s are the most recognizable aspects of the countercultural revolution. But the literature of that era can provide a window into that movement’s values, its struggles, and the society it was … Continue reading Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit

Hunter S. Thompson – Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride


via Hunter S. Thompson - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride “Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride” is a 2006 personal, intimate look at Hunter S. Thompson with a special emphasis on his Hollywood relationships. It captures the legacy and “gonzo” spirit of one of this century’s most notorious figures – a man whose life … Continue reading Hunter S. Thompson – Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

It’s Your Funeral: Write Your Own Obituary


Monday morning, 7.30 am: shower, shave, make coffee, check emails… write your obituary. What? I’m sitting at my desk, two floors up, smoking a cigarette and staring out the window at a plump pigeon perched where it’s always perched, wondering why my father sold his guns rather than let me inherit them. Three shotguns: two … Continue reading It’s Your Funeral: Write Your Own Obituary

Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research


Volunteering for clinical research trials can be a rewarding experience, not least financially – or so the research companies would have us believe. To offer oneself as a guinea pig for the future benefit of others is undoubtedly a selfless act, but under what safeguards are these studies conducted? With the clinical drugs trial disaster … Continue reading Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research

If You Go Down To The Woods Today…


Exit my back door at speed (so many have), turn left, hotfoot it past the school, take another left and slide on down to the nature reserve... and you’ll find yourself at a gay cruising area. In a city, you’re never more than a hard-on away from a cruising area, but this is the big … Continue reading If You Go Down To The Woods Today…

Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer

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Time speeds along the straights, slows at the corners, smashes through the gates. Unknown destinations broaden the mind. Brakes scream where they must. Under the Counterculture is a celebration of left-field thinking, mad ideas and strange truths from the underground - music, literature, art and philosophy, science, sex, drugs and technology -back-projected from the past, … Continue reading Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer