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The Underhill Journal

The Underhill Journal
Poetry, prose, politics and philosophy, as well as a smattering of my more mundane, daily life. Martial Arts resources also included!!!
Articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


A Covenanter's tale.
2011-10-06 17:11:00
This is a piece I wrote a while back for our local Free Paper, the Glenkens Gazette.  It is a dramatisation of real events that took place in our little Glen…
Invocation of a Dragon
2011-07-09 21:21:00
I call you forthFrom the long shadows of mythLord of TerrorLord of FlameLord of All, forthwith I write your namesConstruct you from ink and mindMade…
More About: Poetry
2011-06-13 15:28:00
I found this while looking for some other writing of mine.   Escape.Where am I running to today? What twisted alternate set of problems can I devise to replace my own…
More About: Poetry
The Secret Colour of Crows
2011-03-16 01:51:00
For Jolie!The Secret Colour of CrowsA wing shapes across a skyBlack as nightObscuring dayFeathers spanning while light leaks throughSparkling sunlightFlying closerSunlight sparkles on…
More About: Poetry
2011-03-14 01:32:00
Thinking of Japan and other things some people might get..... Disaster and pain I'm crying againThe weekend soaked in bloodLovers have diedWidows have criedThe weeekend soaked in…
More About: Weekend
Save our Libraries!
2011-02-05 12:25:00
Just a short piece of writing in support of Libraries to mark today's protests! Tesco sell books Why do we need Libraries? I've never seen a book by William Gibson Frank…
More About: Save
Burning Bright
2011-01-06 17:01:00
Here's to you, William Blake! Under a moon of iceAnd a sky sparkling with frostShadows cross himMerge with himLet his eyes burn through themAt first he…
More About: Poetry , Bright , Burning
Finalised Sai Kata
2008-05-16 17:36:00
This is the final form of my sai kata. My stances are off a little bit still and my head keeps dipping to my shoulder which is something to work…
More About: Exercise
My own Sai Kata
2008-05-10 20:46:00
I've been working on this for a competition. I'm still only practicing and I'll freely admit it doesn't look that great, but it's getting there. Feel free to comment.
More About: Exercise
Wine update
2008-05-01 13:20:00
It looks like the large bucket we were using had a small hole in it somewhere because we weren't getting any CO2 build up in the air lock, so we've…
More About: Wine , Update
Abs Workout
2008-05-01 13:10:00
The guy in this is a bit annoying but the exercises are good.
More About: Workout , Exercise
Wine Making!
2008-04-25 14:55:00
After a long spell of not posting I've decided to chronicle our home making and growing activities, mostly for our own reference (it's good to keep a record of these…
More About: Wine
Science of Jiu Jitsu
2008-02-21 22:57:00
This is a good video, showing some of the mechanics that make Jiu Jitsu so formidable. Unfortunately it's a bit short, but it's interesting none the less.
More About: Science , Exercise , Jiu-Jitsu
Sanctuary Gardens Blog!
2008-02-09 09:43:00
It's just gone up and is very much under construction. Hopefully within a few weeks there will be articles to read and pictures of the animals to look at! Eventually…
More About: Life , Blog , Gardens
Arbroath Abbey
2008-02-09 09:38:00
Found the following on the BBC website. Plea for Abbey world recognition Arbroath Abbey The Arbroath Abbey was founded in 1178 Abbey's powerful past A historic Scottish abbey is the…
More About: Politics
High Level Kata
2008-02-06 20:06:00
As you may have noticed, I've just gone on a made Kata video spree and have posted all the katas above Hangetsu to my site. They are all done by…
More About: Exercise , High
Gujushiho Sho
2008-02-06 19:59:00
Gujushiho Sho
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Gujushiho Dai
2008-02-06 19:58:00
Gujushiho Dai
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2008-02-06 19:58:00
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2008-02-06 19:57:00
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Shaolin Vs Karate
2008-02-02 01:05:00
I saw this and thought of you....... Sorry about the quality - you can at least make out how fast the monk is.
More About: Karate , Exercise , Shaolin
Fighting Course
2008-01-26 22:31:00
I attended a fighting course today run by my Instructor, which doubled as squad training for our inter-club competition England v Scotland shield. It was a really interesting course. Shihan…
More About: Exercise , Fighting
Martial Arts Edge and Fighting Course
2008-01-26 01:34:00
I went looking for a non-denominational Martial Arts forum and found a nice looking, newish one. It's called Martial Arts Edge and my profile for it is here. I'll be…
More About: Exercise , Fighting
Sanctuary Gardens
2008-01-18 12:21:00
Over the last few months (when I haven't been posting much to my blog.. oops) I've been getting involved with a local Animal sanctuary - Sanctuary Gardens . It's run by…
More About: Life
Wu Shu kid with 3 section staff
2008-01-05 23:30:00
I saw this and was blown away by the kids timing and technique. I've tried working with a 3 section staff - it's murder and it hurts, so this is…
More About: Exercise , Section , Staff
2007-11-14 00:11:00
I feel like a lab rat stuck in a huge hazy maze carried on scurrying panicky feet trying to find the reason reward way out rushing headlong with mindless purpose…
More About: Poetry , Short
Book Shop
2007-10-23 16:27:00
I've created my own online "book shop" for my own work at Lulu. My Book Shop can be found here. Enjoy.
More About: Life
Sweden bans religion in all schools
2007-10-19 09:40:00
According to an article in the Guardian today, the Swedish have decided to ban all religion in all schools in Sweden , even the Religious ones. From now on it must…
More About: Politics , Religion , Schools
Boycott Power
2007-10-08 18:38:00
This from the bbc: Argentines launch tomato boycott A couple buys fruit and vegetables at a market in Buenos Aires, 19 September 2007 Consumer groups say basic goods prices have…
More About: Politics , Power , Boycott
Karate Competition
2007-10-06 23:42:00
My son and I are going to our Inter-Club competition tomorrow. I'll be doing 4 categories: Points, Light Continuous, Kata (I'm going to do Jitte) and Weapons Kata (Heian Nidan…
More About: Competition , Karate , Exercise , Kara
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