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  • Latest: Sharon - ages ago 2nd December 2009, 4:37am

    Hi just an update on Bubba,he is doing well and has now been transferred to an open prison,stil in Doncaster as still waiting on a trasfer to a prison closer to home…..he is still remaining positive and getting on with it.
    He is a real soldier and from talking to him is definately not going back to prison but may want a job helping others before its too late…
    Thank u everyone for their best wishes,cards and letters for those that took the time to write.

    Thanks again,Sharon (Bubba’s mum)

  • Luke - ages ago 28th April 2009, 1:57am

    Hi i dont know you but i really enjoyed your poem it was really good hope you can make that best of situation. :)

  • Dave Liversidge - ages ago 25th January 2009, 12:07pm

    Still into hippi-hoppi-crappy (I mean) rappy Bubba? When are you gonna get sensible and get into country. Only joking. I wish I knew as much about modern music. Keep rocking mate!

  • katie - ages ago 30th December 2008, 4:56pm

    Hello everyone,
    i sent bubba a letter before xmas and he wrote straight back to me, a really nice letter. i’ll send another one to him soon, but he really does seem to like getting letters and writing back, so please do write to him! this is such a busy time of year for everyone, i can’t imagine what it would be like to be inside and not out visiting family and joining in all the festivities! so if you didn’t send a christmas card, send a happy new year card now!!
    katie x

  • Caro - ages ago 24th December 2008, 6:27pm

    I got a lot out of your poem, especially the part about choices and how we think. Its often hard to see the choices at the time things are happening. I’ll send a new year card. Take care bubba


  • codey - ages ago 24th December 2008, 12:28am

    Eazii Bubba

    i dont know you but that was a sick poem(meaning good lol) but yeah just keep it real in there and i hope your life turns around and heads the right way .xx. by the way ive never heard of this website and id like to get in with it .x

  • jane - ages ago 22nd December 2008, 5:48pm

    just read your poem Bubba, went to visit my son in prison yesterday, its awful, i didnt sleep all last night with worry about him. Your poem is great,write some more. We should get a prisoners book of poems published, My son has done some too. Take care my love and keep chin up. x

  • Adrian - ages ago 13th December 2008, 8:05am

    Me and Ed went to visit Bubba the other day. He’s doing well.

    We both returned home knackered. It’s a long journey and then there’s a two and a half hour wait between getting there and actually getting to see Bubba. We talked about the possibility of trying to get him moved to a prison closer to home and we’re going to have a chat with some of our prison contacts to work out how we can help make that happen.

    The first Christmas card has arrived – and Bubba was a little bemused but very pleased. But he reiterated how important letters were to him. To receive but also he wants to write back to people.

    Thanks for your support everyone.

  • Adrian - ages ago 8th December 2008, 11:30am

    I received an email the other day from Sharon – Bubba’s mum:

    Hi Adrian,

    Nice to hear from you, thank you for going to visit Bubba. I’m sure he was well pleased to see someone with a interest in music and him. I read his poem and it was very moving, it brought me to tears and after reading all the responses I was even worse but happy that so many people are taking an interest in him.

    He is not a bad person,he just got mixed up with the wrong kind of people…I have told him since he was young about the company you keep as a person has a bearing on the kind of life you live. I never ever wanted any of my kids to see the inside of a prison, (I used to work for the probation service and had that experience but knew I could leave at the end of the visit). It’s true what they say you learn by your mistakes and I know Bubba wont be going back inside but we need to get him thru this long and sad time…I have been worried about the isolation he may feel of go thru but have to thank you in advance for what you are doing for him.

    It hasn’t helped him non as i have been very sick the last 18 months and I know he worries, but Ash doesn’t always talk about things close to his heart.
    That’s why its good that he writes about it, as i know he must miss his spitting and his music to the max.

    I hope he takes a positive path on his release, i feel he will….as I truly believe he has more than learnt his lesson in the short time he has been in prison, actions speak louder than words.

    Adrian thank you for all your doing for Bubba, and can you please keep me posted on his writing, I think its good for other young people to read and learn from others experiences.

    Thanks again and look forward to hearing from you…


  • Laurelle - ages ago 3rd December 2008, 12:05pm

    Hi Bubba, I am a student from Brisbane in Australia. I hope all goes well for you. Keep up with your music and hopefully I and my daughter will be able to hear some of your work soon. I am lucky enough to have had some contact recently from Adrian , it seems you have a good man there. Take care and i wish you all the best. I guess those that scrutinize this before you get it will let me know if I can send additional hello’s. I hope you and yours have a peaceful and safe festive season ( I do not want to presume any faith/ beliefs. If so i send this as a Christmas hope and wish if not I just send it anyways.
    From Laurelle Student In OZ

  • Kirsty-Lou - ages ago 29th November 2008, 1:27pm

    Hi Bubba

    Kirsty-Lou Here, its been a while. I was really sad to hear what’s happened but reassured you’re being positive about every thing. What courses are you thinking about doing, I think that’s a really productive use of your time there. I was hoping you’d be ok with me writing to you and staying in touch. Stay positive. xx

  • Alex - ages ago 29th November 2008, 9:05am

    very inspiring. I will send a card – much more important than going through those meaningless lists of people you never see…

  • Daniel - ages ago 28th November 2008, 10:58pm

    I don’t know you but from the poem I have read I give you my respect because you have shown the understanding of the crime you did and you will accept that you have to do the time.
    The best thing for me is that you are willing to take responsibility and I know that when you come out all the ELFM crew will be there to support you and I look forward to meeting you.
    Good luck mate and all the best for when you come out

  • Anna - ages ago 25th November 2008, 12:14pm

    Hi My name is anna and i am currently running mothers against violence in leeds i am really impressed with bubbas words and am wanting to speak to him more about supporting our cause , i feel he and his great honesty will be great, if you are interested please email me and let me know and the address can be found on the email should you wish to get in touch, please pass on my message and address so we can speak in person if this is something he wants to do….

    Thanks and keep up the great work and blog


  • Linda - ages ago 25th November 2008, 10:50am

    Hi Bubba. I agree with what everyone is saying – this is a moving poem. And it is only someone with your positive outlook on life that can turn this into an opportunity. Many others would give up and play a victim role. You have already impressed my son with your positive outlook. I hope that you continue your message and that it makes a difference to someone else’s life. I’m off to find the cheeriest Christmas card I can find!

  • Carol - ages ago 24th November 2008, 1:11pm

    I’ll certainly send Bubba a card.

    Carol – Prison Employment Officer at HMP Leeds (and one-time ELFM presenter)

  • andy - ages ago 24th November 2008, 11:52am

    Really moving poem, you can expect a card from me as well.

    Look forward to working with you at some point in the future.

  • Jonathan - ages ago 24th November 2008, 9:01am

    Great writing Bubba. I remember you being around when I was doing the Eastern Promise programmes a few years ago- I think your grime prog was on after ours. I’m sure you will use your experience well and be an inspiration. Just keep writing like that and keep connected.

  • Helen - ages ago 22nd November 2008, 9:44pm

    Hey Bubba,
    I dont think you’ll remember me i wasnt that involved with elfm when you were around, but i did see you a couple of times.
    I just think that poem was really good, very moving.
    Youve got my respect for making the best out of what you got :)
    from Helen

  • Abigail May - ages ago 22nd November 2008, 12:25pm

    Hello Bubba,

    I was really pleased to read your poem, good to hear your voice, as it were.
    I was so sad to hear the news from Ed that you had gone to prison, It never occurred to me to lose respect for you,that would wipe out all the good stuff that we did together and all the people you helped and the number of times you made me laugh.
    I was just sad that that this happend. BUT good to hear that you are continuing to inspire others as well as studying. You are certainly not forgotten.

    I will sort a card for you shortly as well as piccy’s, its always nice to look at a picture and news of some of the people you know .
    I’m sure you will be ok and hope fully come out with a brain full good stuff as well as the hard times.
    A man who can carry of an all white tracksuite is capable of anything.

    thinking of you Abigail xxx

  • Emma! - ages ago 21st November 2008, 11:30pm

    This is probably THEE most moving post i have ever read!
    I am deffo going to write to buba
    but adrian tell him that :
    Keep beliving.
    Even though he might not feel like it keep smiling cos it will be worth it.
    And he probably doesn’t remember who i am but his poem has moved me and i am sure it will have an effect on everyone who reads it.
    love emma xxxxx

  • edheaton - ages ago 21st November 2008, 7:39pm

    Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks soon Bubba. I will also send a card. Although anyone who knows me will know that I am rubbish at sending them. Keep Your Head Up.


  • F on the Groove - ages ago 21st November 2008, 6:47pm

    Bubba! easy no rasta!

    I’m going to send you a Christmas card and its going to be the Koolest one you have every recieved. When you are 95 and looking back at this minor blip in your life, you will still have the card and it will bring a smile to your face.

    Take care and God Bless you…


  • Eugene - ages ago 21st November 2008, 5:54pm

    Cool poem Bubba – I’ll send you a Christmas Card

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