My mother will be devastated when I tell you that I was brought up on a council estate. Last time I mentioned it, in company, she immediately dismissed it as my vivid imagination. Did I imagine all this too? Mother's birthplace, Springburn, Glasgow. Childhood. Canning Town, East London. Teenage Years. Roundshaw, Wallington. Here comes Keef! Spital's … Continue reading Just call me Keef.
It all started when I decided I wanted to share stories from a cross-section people who'd spent Christmas in Jail. My aim was to highlight the positive and funny side to let loved ones know that it might not be as bad as they think and have a much-needed giggle. Mission accomplished and some, because I … Continue reading Give it a rest.
Over the last few months David and I have become very good friends with ex-screw Neil 'Sam' Samworth (or as I like to call him, Samantha). There are people who judge me on our friendship and avoid me because I'm mates with a screw. I'll tell you what, there's a whole lot more people judging … Continue reading One Decent Screw at Christmas.
By Ray Ray Bishop Here's an extract from Inside Times, by the legend Noel Razor Smith. Coincidently Razor's blog about Christmas in Jail is coming up next. (Nicely done, Keef) Once an outlaw, Ray’s living the high life after years spent in and out of prison Ray Bishop has had a somewhat chequered life. He … Continue reading Christmas Most Wanted
This bumper Christmas compilation special edition is packed full of quotes from ex-cons, their loved ones, prison staff and ex-prison staff. All quotes are as written without censoring, spell checking or correcting grammar. A straightforward copy and paste from online comments and no names. The language used is colloquial and specific to the prison environment. … Continue reading Christmas Compilation
by Dr Lukas Carey Dr Lukas Carey completed his Doctorate in education and has worked in the field for most of his career as a coach, teacher, trainer and educator. While filling a role in local government he was charged with and convicted of receiving secret commissions and served time in prison. During and since Lukas’ incarceration, … Continue reading Christmas Down Under
By a mystery man. December 25th, means so many things to so many people. Growing up it was a magical time of the year, something to look forward to, and something to be excited about. As we grow the magic wears off but it’s still something to look forward to and get excited about. Coming … Continue reading Christmas Behind Bars
My First Christmas. My name is Katie, and my partner is currently serving 10 years in Prison. As I write later on , we were only together a few months before he was sent to Prison and it was the most scariest time of my life. I met him in March last year soon after … Continue reading This side of the wall.
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
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’