Paper Aeroplane

I see a boy,
Out on the plane,
With a toy,
A paper aeroplane.
Who knows
Where it’ll fly to,
Its paper nose
And its paper crew.
They’ve closed the door,
Their backs to each other.
They’re at war,
No care for one another.
Jokers in the moonlight,
Batman meets his doom.
Why do they fight
Over the mushroom?
Is this the end to all we see?
Finishing all this endless misery?
Is this how God wanted it to be,
When he formed the earth
And surrounded it with sea?
Lions in the mirror of parliament,
People drinking whiskey
And bathing in milk.
Lions in the mirror of parliament.
This is how it will end.

~ Simon Jepps, 1994 (Aged 15)

Jeppscotch Chalkboards

Jeppscotch ChalkboardsI personally find the portable chalkboard to be the perfect accompaniment to Jeppscotch.

Whilst one may always have their dice and chalk to hand, there is not always an ideal location or environment in which to play matches.

Besides there is so much more one can create with a chalkboard than say for example, a Chess board, and it is for this reason I will always favour Jeppscotch over any other game.

There are numerous companies manufacturing and selling chalkboards of various sizes and these can be found all over the world wide web.

Most of these companies have a storefront within the Amazon network, so get over there and grab one today!

Jeppscotch ~ The Roll & Scratch Dice Game

Jeppscotch Roll & Scratch Dice Game
Jeppscotch Roll & Scratch Dice Game
Jeppscotch is a mesmerizing strategical dice game for 2-3 players, best played with three.

There are traditionally two kinds of modern standalone strategic dice games and they are:

  • Roll & Write
  • Roll & Draw

These kinds of games require the basic equipment of some dice, some paper or marking cards and some coloured pens or pencils.

Jeppscotch is a new third kind I have developed for this particular genre and it is known as:

  • Roll & Scratch

This third kind, Roll & Scratch, is actually the oldest of all dice genres, yet bizarrely it has never yet been awarded true status. So hereby, it is my duty to enthrone the oldest of pastimes with this, my monumental debut game, Jeppscotch.

Roll & Scratch does not use pens or paper, but:

  • Chalk and a chalkable surface, or;
  • Sticks and a scratchable surface

So for example, you could play this in a playground, on a beach or even in the streets.

If keeping score is awkward given your particular environment, then a pencil and paper may be used for this one element. The game in proper however, should still nevertheless be played with either chalks or sticks.

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Stranded In Sweethaven

This is a song I wrote for Blues Harp, composed to the tune of Popeye. It is completely Ad Libitum, as most blues harmonica songs are.

Chorus

Well I’m stranded and I’ve got the blues,
Well I’m stranded and I’ve got the blues,
Can somebody ship me over to Sidney,
‘Cos I’m stranded and I’ve got the blues.

~ 4 bar harp solo ~

Vrs 1

Well I’ve met Dwongo d’Orangutan,
Well I’ve met Dwongo d’Orangutan,
He don’t need pyjamas ‘cos he eats bananas,
Yeah I’ve met Dwongo d’Orangutan,

~ 2 bar harp solo ~

Well I’ve met Isac The Third the Parrot,
Well I’ve met Isac The Third the Parrot,
He keeps all his feathers whatevers the weathers,
Yeah I’ve met Isac The Third the Parrot.

~ 2 bar harp solo ~

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Psax Advice: Low C & High DEF Resonance

Xaphoon Fingering Chart
Xaphoon Fingering Chart
When learning to play any reed instrument, inevitably one will stumble into obstacles like squeaks, silences and unwelcome vibrations.

Most of these things are regular novice issues which can be researched and remedied easily enough.

When it comes to the Pocket Sax however, there are a handful of hurdles remaining on the horizon even whence one has acquired a good grasp of the instrument.

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Through The Looking Glass

I saw you today through the looking glass,
Your world seemed more beautiful than mine.
The flowers behind me were made of brass,
But the tulips you scented were divine.

I know I’m stupid but that’s because I’m sad,
And the world doesn’t listen to my screams.
I get frustrated because others are more glad,
In this disputed world of broken dreams.

My soul has been poisoned and played on by fools,
I don’t like this trauma, this insanity of mine;
A broken equilibrium because I want to break the rules,
And show the world it’s possible
To command the sands of time.

I saw you today through the looking glass,
Your beauty, God’s reflection in my eyes;
And how quietly a memory returned from the past,
Of the time we saw God make the skies.

~ Simon Jepps, 2002