All about Duffncustard

FFS! It's just a pudding! I received some fantastic feedback from my previous blog In-Cell Cuisine 1960s to 1980s. Thank you all very much. But, absolutely no mention of my extensive research or my newly found gift for silly memes and not a word about my imaginative writing. Without exception, it was all about the … Continue reading All about Duffncustard

Be my guest.

When I write a blog my first priority will always be to offer information, help and support to the loved ones of men in our prisons. Because that's what I know. One of the ways I do this is by sharing real life stories from real life men who have been in real life prisons. … Continue reading Be my guest.

The history of ‘Porridge’

When I am asked what television documentary portrays our prison system with the most accuracy, my answer always takes them by surprise. With no shadow of a doubt, the best documentary, which is not even a documentary, is the 1970s sit-com, Porridge. I’ve yet to see its accurate portrayal of prison surpassed. Don’t just take … Continue reading The history of ‘Porridge’

Breakspear Breaks Into Europe

For the past three years, David has taken every opportunity to speak publicly about the importance of education in prison. Podcasts, radio shows, AGM's, conferences, schools, pupil referral units, universities and every conceivable platform all over the UK. Not only within the criminal justice system, but to the wider audience of the general public and … Continue reading Breakspear Breaks Into Europe

How to love a prisoner. Part 3

Self-care for #LoopyWarriors. My previous blog was all about supporting your man through lockdown. The attention was solely focused on his wants and needs. Is that sexist? Does it fly in the face of equality? Not at all, it's expressing love, care and compassion for the man you love while he is forced to endure … Continue reading How to love a prisoner. Part 3

How to love a prisoner. Part 2

Lockdown conditions for our prisoners are barbaric and inhumane. Two weeks isolation banged up 23 hours a day would have made sense and we would have been overflowing with gratitude for HMPPS for protecting our loved ones.

Why my message is clear! – #WhatCanBe

My hobby, and other passion, as an organised crime historian, began whilst I was still a child, many years ago. It was a passion that became a dream which became a goal. Because of the power and beauty of the education I received as a resident in many of our majesty's detention centres, youth custody … Continue reading Why my message is clear! – #WhatCanBe

Castle Huntly revisited

In A reflection of Perth et al. I detailed the history of HMP Perth in Scotland. In this blog, I will look back at the history of HMP Castle Huntly, which among other uses over several centuries was a former probationary school for girls, a borstal for boys and a young offenders' institution. In 1452, during … Continue reading Castle Huntly revisited

Why did I choose to go on hunger strike?

*TRIGGER WARNING* - I discuss mental health and suicide in this blog. In a comment to a post, I replied with the following: "Knowing oneself is a powerful feeling. Doesn't mean life gets any easier but it allows you to appreciate it more. The negatives in life, I've found anyway, only have longevity if you … Continue reading Why did I choose to go on hunger strike?

Rehabilitation is an attitude

I wrote a post earlier today which can be seen below as it is one that indirectly brought the term rehabilitation to the forefront of my thoughts once again. '#labels. Our priorities change as our years progress and I'm sure there's no need for me to list examples. #parenthood Over the last three years I … Continue reading Rehabilitation is an attitude