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Clinton Lopez

31/10/1974-2/11/2022 By Simon Downham-Knight Twenty days ago, my heart was broken when I heard that my best friend, Clinton Lopez, had been killed in a road traffic accident in his home country of Canada. I was asked to speak at his Memorial Service and the following is a transcript of what I said: The minuteContinue reading “Clinton Lopez”

Get Thee Behind Me

Found By Simon Downham-Knight * The following is a transcript of a letter I found amongst post cards, trinkets and jee jaws in a shoe box under some fibreglass insulation during some recent works in my house. Posted : 6/6/06 Dear Mother, By the time you read this, I am sure you will have heard aContinue reading “Get Thee Behind Me”


By Simon Downham-Knight I strolled over to Mike Jones’s flat on a grey, early November evening in 1991. As I walked round the corner into Gloucester Street, I had an enigmatic feeling of excitement and trepidation. Mike’s flat was in one of those big white town houses in Pimlico. It had black railings, stairs thatContinue reading “Alison”

Bring on the Lucy

A Short Story by Simon Downham-Knight “Alright, boys. This is it. Over the hill.” John Lennon – Bring on the Lucie (Freda People) I’ve been a vegetarian since I was eight years old and a vegan since I was fifteen; I fucking hate meat: the smell of it, the taste of it, the feel ofContinue reading “Bring on the Lucy”

What’s for Dinner?

By Simon Downham-Knight It was nineteen eighty-one and I was ten years old when my mum came home with Bandit and said that she was mine. She was a tiny little black and white kitten with a black stripe across her eyes that went up at the nose. This gave the appearance of a dominoContinue reading “What’s for Dinner?”


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