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Ye’r Mans for Tea

Ye’r Mans for Tea

I wrote in a recent article that my friend, Paul Waites, composed a poem for my birthday. I said it was so good I entered it into a competition. Many of you have asked what happened next. Well, he didn’t win but poetry judging is obtuse – and I’m a bad loser! But back to…

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Big Poetry Weekend

Big Poetry Weekend

Every year Poetry Swindon runs a weekend with local and visiting poets. This year it’s branded “The Big Poetry Weekend” and there are some good names. What to recommend to my regular readers? Poetry has many channels and sometimes it’s difficult to navigate. Some poets wallow in complexity with no consideration of an audience, some…

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Hash: The George @ Kempford

Hash: The George @ Kempford

The hare today was our hero, Navy Mike. No doubt about it. Any man who can woo and marry his future carer deserves our awe – and what a cracker Annie is. And the secondary reason for being our hero is that he had his second knee replaced, on the opposite leg of course, on…

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A Poem from Bhutan

A Poem from Bhutan

I’m running a Marathon in Bhutan and, believe it or not, a postage stamp was the catalyst. When I was young I came across stamps from Bhutan, which were colourful and all shapes. My favourite was a circular stamp that looked like an old penny. In the centre was a hole so you could put…

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Hash: Peterborough Arms at Dauntsey Lock

Hash: Peterborough Arms at Dauntsey Lock

So who was the hare in all this? Was it the elder, Colin, whose last hash as hare had us run over 9 miles and finish through a slurry pit, including walkers, including Kathy for crying out loud? Or was it the lovely smiley, Elena, daughter of Colin of Chiseldon and grand-daughter of the driver…

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Memory

Memory

I read at a Swindon Alzheimers Society event recently. I’ll admit to some concern about my choice of poems beforehand. I need not have worried. The audience was delightful and we had great fun. I’ll be a big 70 on my birthday in April. I suppose the conflation of the two events set me on…

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