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Name: Brett Evans

Birthday: 28th December

Place of Birth: St Asaph, North Wales

Marital Status: Thankfully not.

Occupation: Steel fabricator at times, editor and publisher at others.

Star sign: The goaty one.

Hair: My own.

Eyes: Two. Green (or too green?)

Height: 5'10"

Weight: You bet your life!

Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: If I have no-one has addressed me by it.

Q: How long have you kept a weblog?
A: I don't really consider that I do.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Abergele - the Las Vegas of North Wales.

Q: But were you born there? If not, then where?
A: Who sets these daft questions? See earlier question re place of birth.

Q: Tell us about your family
A: I have two parents of opposite sex and a male brother.

Q: Describe your looks?
A: Right now? Horrific.

Q: Tell us about your partner (or ideal partner if you haven't got one)?
A: I'll describe her if I ever meet her.

Q: For a day out would you prefer, a theme park, a football game or spend the day in a bar?
A: A day in a bar is always good but it depends on mood - reading or writing always satisfies me.

Q: What do you do for a job?
A: Well done again - see 'occupation'.

Q: Who would you sound like if I called you on the phone?
A: A bloody annoyed version of myself.

Q: Religion - do you do it? If so what?
A: I most certainly don't.

Q: Politics - right, left or centre?
A: Left. Left. And left again.

Q: Do you like it hot or cold?
A: I like it to alternate, I am neither lizard or penguin.

Q: What book are you reading at the moment?
A: 'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick Dewitt

Q: What was the last song on your Ipod?
A: Don't have one - my cd is playing Billets Doux by Django Reinhardt right now.

Q: Describe your music collection?
A: Mainly blues and jazz (early 20th century - lots of Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton etc) sprinkling of country, Dylan, Tom Waits.

Q: SPORT - Yes or no?
A: As a spectator - rugby. As a participent - you must be joking.

Q: Do you have a website/homepage? (leave link please)

Q: Do you have a celebrity crush?
A: If I did I would glady crush them in it!

Q: Do you have a celebrity hate?
A: Yes - the word 'celebrity'. But I admit it is only a psychotic hate.

Q: Beer or wine?
A: Please.

Q: Home or abroad?
A: Home.

Q: Toothbrush - are you electric or manual?
A: Scraping the barrel for info here! ManuaL.

Q: Type of the property you live in?
A: Brick and mortar thing with neighbours.

Q: What were your best subjects at school?
A: Truancy and English.

Q: Spender or saver?
A: Definitely a spender.

Q: What newspaper do you buy?
A: I don't like to encourage them.

Q: One of life's regrets is?
A: I don't know - ask Life.

Q: Coronation St or Eastenders?
A: Castration.

Q: Do you like questionnaires?
A: Well I've got this far.

Q: Where do you buy your clothes?
A: From anywhere that is considered unfashionable.

Q: Cat, dog or goldfish?
A: Dog. See user pic - she barks in iambic pentameter!

Q: Rare, medium or well done?
A: Well done - just like anything should be.

Q: Do you drive?
A: God, no - that would involve sobriety.

Q: Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
A: No

Q: Is there an afterlife?
A: I doubt it very much.

Q: Tell me something that scares you?
A: Tories.

Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: Warm yet acerbic.

Q: Tell us about some jobs you've had that you've loved?
A: Picture framing - interesting and therapeutic.

Q: Name some places you've lived?
A: Earth - don't think I'll move to be honest.

Q: What kind of things do you enjoy on TV?
A: Not an awful lot these days. Pass me my book.

Letter from the editor

During my time as a member on LJ I have rarely posted anything but replies to others. The reasons
for this being that I have either been too sluggish or too busy. I certainly did not want to use LJ as
a platform for my alcoholism (for which I am now in counselling with aims to control it) nor did I
wish to display matters of a personal nature that involve nobody on here.
So why the sudden change? I thought I would dip my toe in LJ's lapping shallows and see if there was interest in what I hope to record.

Anyone here ever met up with someone they met online? A strange feeling. Initially. I recommend, before reading
any further, that you read the tale written by the man I met up with (I never believe in paraphrasing when the
original cannot be improved upon)

So there you have it. Prole - a journal of short stories, creative non-fiction and poetry. Sounds a poncey doddle, what?
Wrong. It takes energy, enthusiasm, dedication and hard work. At times it takes the patience of Job dealing with writers who don't read submission guidelines or those who swear they have not submitted a certain piece elsewhere only for you to read it in another publication a few weeks down the line. I've always had a mane of hair but there are times when I think I should have a head like a dinosaur egg. But perhaps the mane remains as co-editing Prole with Phil is also great fun.

I also hope that this would act as somewhere where I could reflect a bit more on what I am doing and where I wish to be heading.
Worthy of sharing? I hope some of it may be.

Writer's Block: Subtitles please

What is your favorite foreign film? Do you think there should be an American remake?

Wah! Too many to consider - and an awful lot of them have already been remade by Hollywood (and mostly inferior to the originals): just Kurosawa's films alone - Seven Samurai (The Magnificent Seven) Yojimbo (A Fistful of Dollars)Rashomon (can't even recall the title of the remake with Paul Newman) The Hidden Fortress (Star Wars). While the remakes of SEven Samurai and Yojimbo leant themselves so well to the western (Kurosawa greatly influenced by John Ford) and both films being admirable they still don't live up to the originals. Godard's wonderful A Bout de Souffle was remade disasterously.
In my top few I would have to choose Renoir's La Regle de Jeu and La Grande Illusion, along with Keislowski's Three Colours Trilogy, and Carné's Les Enfants du Paradis - no I don't think there should be any American remakes of them.

Writer's Block: Peace of mind

What kind of spiritual or meditative practice keeps you feeling zen?

Not a very eastern practice but one which always manages to make me relax, recognise my inner self, relate to both the physical and metaphysical: after a hot bath, a relaxing one, I place lots of ice in a tall glass, I pour over 25mm minimum of dry vermouth over the ice - stir, then strain from the glass keeping the ice within. Next, I pour a minimum of 150ml of decent gin (no rubbish will do) over the vermouth coated ice. Stir (I stir 17 times - must be mad) then strain into a frosted cocktail glass and plop in an olive (those stuffed with pimento are nice).
Repeat - it seems to work very well.

Writer's Block: Smells like teen spirit

Are there any scents that invoke childhood memories?

No, but I have an LP of Howlin' Wolf that when I first played about 25 years ago my mother
wa cooking chilli con carne and that cheap vinyl record wa packed away when I moved out of my parents' house. When I slid that thin thing from the stack of other albums a decade or so later the smell of my mother's cooking hit me for a second.

Writer's Block: Where I want to be

What was your childhood dream? Did you ever accomplish it?

I used to hear, sometimes see, my mother's neighbour coming home
drunk at night - he was always singing, laughing, and, when I saw him,
smiling. I got that far.
I also had stories read, knew I wanted to be a poet before I bloody knew
what a poet, or poetry, was - still trying to get there.