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The Buoy of Orpheus

read extracts from all my own work by richard cooper stephen miles



poetic exhortation

Whether beggar

or billionaire

The most valuable

thing you own

Is this moment

Use it wisely...



ears pricking


kd lang - hymns of the 49th parallel


eric clapton - me & mr johnson


rem - around the sun


omara portuondo - flor de amor


david bowie - best of bowie


tony penultimate - soppy & the sentimentals


leonard cohen - dear heather




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noel gallagher reads the submissions to the noel gallagher four-noun autobiography title game*






prick up your ears to how people really speak






a rather nicer hamburger than was generally served at the restaurant thoughtcat worked in during the late eighties






an account of a trip to (and a wedding in) thailand






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liner notes


richard cooper - all writing except where otherwise indicated, guitar, bathroom vocals, tambourine and biscuits


auntie elizabeth - ukulele, backing vocals and tiny tim collection


chris bell - bass and glockenspiel


francois de ronneaux-bradbeer - mouth harpomarx


peter gibbons played sousaphone on track 4


gareth-vernon roberts - hyphenophone overdubs on track 12


uncle russ - rhythm section, sarod and ongoing support


dave awl - awl other instruments


auntie fiona is (probably) on holiday


big sis yvonne is an angel


michael jackson is f***ed


keir fawcus would like it to be made clear that he has nothing to do with this website


those invited to appear but unable to make it include mister universe, joe hill, wolfgang amadeus jolson, ethel rosenberg, uncle tom, little boy blue and rabbi sigmund freud


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