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.
It’s time to shift the focus from the negative, what was and what is, and concentrate on What Can Be living crime-free.
When your loved one is in prison it's shit and Christmas is a million times more shit. It's absolutely the shittiest time of the year. I've been through Christmas with a loved one in jail, I know how shit it is and I want to help others make it less shit. The best help and … Continue reading Christmas in Jail 2020
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 Charles Salvador Charles Arthur Salvador, better known as Charles Bronson, is a British criminal who has been referred to in the British press as the "most violent prisoner in Britain" and "Britain's most notorious prisoner". First arrested in 1974, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment for armed robbery. Additional time was added due to … Continue reading Charlie says Happy New Year
Noel "Razor" Smith (born 24 December 1960) is a British writer and former criminal with 58 criminal convictions, ranging from theft of motorcycles to armed robbery and grievous bodily harm, and a prison record of adjudications that included causing "gross personal violence" to prison officers, inciting a riot, manufacturing weapons and alcohol, and prison escape, among … Continue reading Christmas in the boob
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
Neil Campbell has been a Chaplain in the Scottish Prison Service since 1996. He's based at HMP Dumfries but has also worked at HMP Penninghame and HMP Greenock. No Room At The Inn. by Neil Campbell. I don't look forward to Christmas which is ironic because Christmas is a bit of an occupational hazard for … Continue reading Goodwill To All
It was a Marvellous time. As you know, the blogs I write are based on David’s experiences between 1985 and 2017. On this occasion I’ve had to call in the experts who were in prison prior to 1985. There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard anecdotes of people in prison ‘cooking in a kettle’ and the … Continue reading 1. In-Cell Cuisine 1960’s – 1980’s