Category Archives: notes from the shed

SEEKING THE SOUL OF THE CLAWED LOVELY

Has a cigarette lighter got a soul? Here in The Shed, where old men meet to swap small screwdrivers and smoke, we are contemplating that question, after having our hearts bruised by the Thorens Single Claw. The Shed is a … Continue reading

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Sex in Elmore Leonard, from soft focus to freaky deaky …

The sex and romance in Elmore Leonard books is usually pretty boring to be honest. It is there because there has to be a romance, like there has to be a fight. He is not the king of crime writing … Continue reading

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From dandelion wars to Memphis Slim …

The gardening season opened this year with a lot of gush about appreciating the dandelion for what is – a fine flower, much loved by bees. Here in The Shed, we tried love and tolerance for about a week. But … Continue reading

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On Elmore Leonard misfires and Hollywood before Weinstein fell …

Elmore Leonard was famously often exasperated with Hollywood, both in real life and in the commentary he gives to his characters. He got some of it off his chest in Get Shorty, of course, and that led to the film … Continue reading

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On Silicon Valley, the Communist Manifesto and the Old Crows

The Shed’s job description is to talk about Elmore Leonard, fishing, and music the Shed likes. But sometimes also the view of the world seen by old men in sheds. Watching politicians try to get a grip on what the … Continue reading

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On Elmore characters, Giles from Gogglebox and redneck rap …

Catchaser is an Elmore story, published 1982 – one of his potboilers on the whole but it has its moments. The first chapter has a great line thought by the hero, an ex-Marine, busted by divorce and running a motel, … Continue reading

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On comedy and musical mysteries in Killshot

NOTES FROM THE SHED On comedy and musical mysteries in Killshot On the subject of musical references in Elmore Leonard, which is where The Shed last was, there is an intriguing one in Killshot, which was published in 1989, Elmore … Continue reading

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On fishing and funk from Elmore Leonard

  The Shed is a place where old men become familiar with tools they should have mastered as boys. For the past four years, in small lessons, this has included fishing gear. Fishing starts with the art of imposing temporary … Continue reading

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BEFORE THE NEXT ELECTION – AND ANOTHER THING

All due respect to our own young ‘uns but The Shed’s next manifesto on education and training will be based on broad agreement with the points Simon Jenkins made in the following brave article in The Guardian, which naturally got … Continue reading

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HOW NOT TO BEHAVE IN CIVVY STREET

From http://www.horrabridgetimes.net/ – lifting from https://www.facebook.com/groups/314298425365768/ Horrabridge Combined Service Group are enjoying a list of advisories on adapting to civvy street on their Facebook page. Some examples … • Do not put creases in your jeans. • In the real … Continue reading

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