Mark Niel is a bad dog! Bad, bad dog. In your basket and don’t move for a fortnight!
I have neglected both blog and website so a long overdue review has now taken place. 2012 was a fantastic year in terms of artistic satisfaction and happiness. It’s only that fickle mistress money that has eluded me. So now, I am a proper poet!
The end of the year was busy and culminated in fantastic workshops and Slam in MK schools (for the MK Dons Sports and Educational Trust); a great gig (supporting Jenny Eclair); picking up an engagement as a speaker on a Cruise Ship over Christmas and then finding I have made the final of the New Act of the Year Competition at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 27 January! (As I believe the modern vernacular has it: Whoop, whoop!
I'm thrilled to be representing Poetry on the big stage and I hope I don't let you down!
So I promise to be good and keep you better informed this year. Thanks to everyone who supported me. I hope you had a great Christmas and may you snog the face off 2013!
I should give more to charity.
I should walk and not drive the car.
I should really join Amnesty.
I should refrain from eating Foie Gras.
I should eat less cholesterol.
I should eat more greens.
I should drink less alcohol.
I really should avoid baked beans.
I should be better at recycling,
Use brown and green special bins.
I should pop less pills except for
Minerals and vitamins.
I should eat more fruit.
I should once visit the gym.
I should read more Proust
Well, at least one book by him.
I should watch more documentaries;
Listen to the Classics, not greatest hits.
I should visit more galleries
And try not to shout “But that’s shit”!
All these things I’ll try, my mind is set
To be the best I can.
Because, like Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets”,
You make me want to be a better man