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The Machine by Alan Dudman

This is the home of some of my artwork, photography, short stories, media work, sporting tales and other nonsense. Enjoy!

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The Arsenal Experience

Many celebrities will often mention and boast how they had a 'football trial' somewhere. It gives them some extra street cred depending...

Cowboy boots and hat

Everytime I mention the name of Bella, my best friend shudders. Beautiful, but mildly unhinged. She told me she didn't like what I did...

Am I a clairvoyant Bob?

A slightly misleading headline maybe, but a few things have happened to me with a sense of deja vu, and certainly events have happened of...

The speedboat near death experience

It came in 1992, a great holiday with my mates from school after the first year of A-levels. Memorable in so many ways, when Guy decided...

Howard the master

The first real influence on my own cricket career was Howard Masters. A brilliant captain. 'H' as he was known, was a hugely successful...

A bit part actor

I used to date one actress who vanished into thin air, then managed a date with someone who appeared in Sliding Doors. That failed to go...

The talented ghost

Legend has it that actor William Terriss haunts Covent Garden tube station, so too the Adelphi Theatre. Terriss was seen in 2005 at the...

The best teletext headline in the world

Teletext was a thing of beauty. That was our number one news source in the 80s and 90s. I worked for Clubcall, the premium rate telephone...

Pete and Dud

Sorry, another cricket matter. But the story of Peter Sogbodjor needs telling. We've all read the book "The Best Player You Never Saw",...

Go on then, Sir Peter O'Toole

This is perhaps the weakest anecdote ever told, weaker than all of Sir Peter Ustinov's entire back catalogue. In fact, there's no...

Hypochondria or is it cyberchondria?

Being a hyprochondriac can present its problems. I am a fairly studious character, a fault some may say, but my fascination with health...

Can you beat the drinks machine?

When I started out in journalism, the landscape was very different to what we see today. It was 'old school' with ashtrays at desks,...

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