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Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Withnail, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. BobClay

    BobClay Well-Known Forumite

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    The soldier's poet.
     
  2. industryarch

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    Bring back Woodbine Willie
     
  3. BobClay

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    Prophetic verse from Kipling when you consider what's been going on there for decades now: .....

    When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    So-oldier of the Queen!
     
  4. Tilly

    Tilly Well-Known Forumite

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    In 1377
    Sailing ships
    Had to wait
    40 days
    Before they could enter Venice
    This quarentena giorni
    Became the word quarantine
    A 40 day gap
    Not 14
    Peace and love
    Vegetable rights and peas
    Mind the Gap
     
  5. BobClay

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    1377 huh ? ... let's try 346 BC !!! :P

    Philip, King of Macedonia (and father of Alexander the Great) decided to march south in an effort to put an end to squabbling Greek states. He knocked over a one after the other (clearly Alexander was a chip off the old block) and eventually he crossed into the Peloponnese and approached Sparta.

    Now Phillip was aware the Spartans were a bunch of hardcase nutjobs, so he decided to offer them terms of surrender. He sent a messenger saying that if he came into Sparta with his army, he would raze it to the ground, surrender was the better option.

    The Spartans sent the messenger back with their own message, just one word: 'If.'

    Since Sparta lies in that part of the Peloponnese known as Laconia, this is thought to be the origin of the term 'Laconic statement.' That is, a lot of information in very few words. A blunt, terse statement that says it all.

    Phillip had pretty much knocked over all the Greek states, but decided to give Sparta a miss and moved on to easier conquests.
     
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  6. Glam

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    He didn't like the casserole,
    And he didn't like my cake.
    He said my biscuits were too hard,
    Not like his Mother used to make.

    I didn't make the coffee right,
    He didn't like my stew.
    I didn't fold his pants,
    The way his Mother used to do.

    I pondered for an answer,
    I looked for a clue.
    Then I turned around,
    And smacked the shit out of him.

    The way his Mother used to do.
     
  7. proactive

    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    There's just no pleasing Davey boy, is there...
     
  8. Glam

    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    WHEN I get me hands on him, I wunna be smacking owt out of him, unless he wants smacking that is ;) :twisted: ;) :twisted:
     
  9. Withnail

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    Covid reminds me of Corvid...


    Crow's Theology

    Crow realized God loved him -
    Otherwise, he would have dropped dead.
    So that was proved.
    Crow reclined, marvelling, on his heart-beat.

    And he realized that God spoke Crow -
    Just existing was His revelation.

    But what Loved the stones and spoke stone?
    They seemed to exist too.
    And what spoke that strange silence
    After his clamour of caws faded?

    And what loved the shot-pellets
    That dribbled from those strung-up mummifying crows?
    What spoke the silence of lead?

    Crow realized there were two Gods -

    One of them much bigger than the other
    Loving his enemies
    And having all the weapons.

    p. 1970

    TED HUGHES
     
  10. Glam

    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    AT POLL SALACH

    Easter Sunday, 1998
    While I was looking for Easter snow on the hills
    You showed me, like a concentration of violets
    Or a fragment from some future unimagined sky
    A single spring gentian shivering at our feet.
    (Michael Longley)
     
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  11. BobClay

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    He certainly got that right this Easter … notwithstanding all this 'social distancing' shit.
    I don't mean to criticise .. I'm well aware of the necessity, but I never believed say four months ago I'd be more sick of hearing a phrase other than 'Brexit.'

    Just goes to show: 'Just when I thought I was out …they pull me back in.'



    Poetry after a fashion, Mario Puzo style.
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    And I know just where they can shove that shiny badge!
     
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    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    He has done some great stuff...
     
  15. Withnail

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    Is this where @Glam chastises you for posting the same thing three times across three sub-forums?

    Or is it ok because something something?
     
  16. littleme

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    I was indecisive and couldn't decide where it should go, and it was beautiful.
     
  17. Glam

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    I shall vote with my feet and avoid @littleme at all costs when shopping later.................
     
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    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Well that didn't work....
     
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  19. Glam

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    I tried! :lolsmash::lolsmash:
     
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  20. Withnail

    Withnail Well-Known Forumite

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    Was?

    Once was?
     
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