Author: maintenantman

My blog is named after the central character in Pick Up the Pieces, my novel based on a 7 month journey through British Columbia, The Yukon and Alaska. If in doubt as to the origin of the name, dredge up a memory of your school French, unless of course you are actually French.

“This Might Be Your Last Chance”

New blog post at the NEWS tab at

A new 3-D collage on the theme of climate change.

Ted x


Website Goes Live!

Click on :

This is my new website. The blog archive will remain up here on WordPress, but all new blog posts will be included within the website above (in the NEWS tab).

The website has poetry, prose, collages and cards. Just click on the headers on the home page and follow the dropdown menus.

Please share the link to the website on social media and with friends and contacts.

Big big thanks to Jack Eames and Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway for making this transition possible.



“Ch-ch-ch-ch changes…”.

So sang David Bowie out of the Konrads, the Mannish Boys and the Lower Third.

Maintenantman emerged from the wilderness beyond the volcanic ridge on the horizon, strode out onto the glowing sands and slipped out of his costume (and his walking shoes).


Where he went next will remain a mystery until November 1st.

But one thing is for sure: “A Change Is Gonna Come”. So sang Sam Cooke out of the Soul Stirrers. Souls will be stirred.

Ted x

Sing a Song of Cinderloo

By scrolling back to the post on here dated 2nd April 2018 you will see a brief summary of the Cinderloo Riots that took place in what is now Telford in 1821.

The text of my ballad Farewell Tom (Sam Hayward’s Blues) is in that post, along with a link to a recording of it by Mary Keith.

I have since smoothed out the syllable count at one or two places in the ballad, and Mary has kindly done a second recording at a slightly slower tempo.

So here are the links to both versions. Let me know which you prefer, via email, Facebook message or the comment / message box on this post!

Mary Keith has a band called Mary and the Mudlarks, they do a great live show and Mary has a rich background in music, including direction at the New Vic in Stoke and at Birmingham Rep.

Mary and the Mudlarks

Mary (with the accordion) and the Mudlarks

The Cinderloo project featured a well attended walk on August 11th, along part of the original marchers’ route in Dawley. Sainsbury’s car park now covers the site of the old Cinder Hill slag heaps, so I declaimed the ballad just before a jobsworth security man threw us off the site…not quite Colonel Cludde and the Shropshire Yeomanry but it was a nicely timed reminder that when it comes to power relations the more things change the more they stay the same…

Ted x