Little Miss Manager

I've just woken up in Paddington Station after a whirlwind tour with two bluesmen. That sounds weird, I know. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Robin Henkel & Ric Lee, headlining the Plymouth Blues Society gig this week"][/caption] The good news is that its 'good tired'. Together, we had a musical riot…

Tokus-poem: Inappropriate Aunty

Lines written after Christmas visits to various members of my friends-family.   Like this? Like me at www.facebook.com/mamatokus or follow me @MamaTokus   INAPPROPRIATE AUNTY   I'm your Inappropriate Aunty The sister your mum never had When I arrive I kiss too hard Rub up against your dad I call…

Tokus-poem: The Caffeine Age

The Apercalypse is coming (geddit?), thanks to all us coffee addicts...read on for my latest poem, inspired by research by Plymouth's Marine Lab on the caffeination of our oceans. Like this? Like me at www.facebook.com/mamatokus or follow me @MamaTokus   The Caffeine Age It's the '30s and prohibition is in…

Mama Tokus blogpost: Fly Spanish

I've been given the Spanish inquisition in a hip online magazine that publishes online. Read the interview in Spanish here, which covers punk rock, rude women, gospel, fighting fears and living large. And it starts off calling me a Mestiza (translation: "Of a mongrel breed, hybrid, hybridous"), which I LOVE.…

Mama Tokus blogpost: Blessèd Birdsong

As I cycled up to Schumacher College for the first time, I felt blessed to be commuting along the riverside path that accompanies The Dart. Blessed again to see balaclava-faced goldfinches fly up from the floor. Treble-blessed to watch seagulls divebombing an unfamiliar river visitor: a red-headed duck or grebe…

Mama Tokus blog-post: Harry Belafonte

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="134" caption="My Song"][/caption] Excuse me quivering but I'm still reeling from meeting Mr Harry Belafonte. And it ain't just his stunning looks nor his tight trousers. I've just turned the final page of My Song, Harry's "memoir of art, race and defiance". And I'm staggered by the…