Cathy Crabb

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 11:52

Thanks Steve. I love the camaraderie and the high concentrate of femininity in the hairdressers. They work really hard and people walk out feeling great. I love hairdressers.

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Cathy Crabb

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 11:47

Thank you you's. I am pleased with the meter of this, it staggers like the protagonist.

Sadly Solar, this is more an ode to my weak willed guzzling than a comment on the drain of the emergency services (and since you are of the stellar persuasion did you know that everything is worse for those on the over-festive frontline when it is a full moon?)though I can tell you no paramedic was pestered during the writing of this poem!

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John Coopey

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 11:41

How on earth did I miss the chance to use that line, Starfish? You've embarrassed me.

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Starfish

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 10:52

An enjoyable read!

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Starfish

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 10:47

And their promises are a pocketful of mumbles too. One of my favourite songs incidentally.

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Starfish

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 10:43

This is so sweet. I can never get my dogs to pose for a photo, they always shoot off - something to sniff, something to chase.

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Starfish

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 10:34

Hilarious. Hope you aren't writing from personal experience!

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Dominic James

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 09:45

My reaction is the same as MC Newberry's, and for access to particular books there are clearly alternatives to having them sent directly from home.

That aside, it does seem even from the occasional media coverage that our prison system is in serious trouble. For instance, I find it deeply disconcerting services are being tendered out to private companies.

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Laura Taylor

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 09:15

Morning Steve

I'm chuffed to have helped inspire you to write more, and on such a lovely subject too.

I haven't had the rules through yet for the slam, so it may differ, but as far as I know, it's done in rounds. You get 3 minutes to do your poem. If you go over, you lose points or are disqualified. I went over last time - won't be bloody doing that again!! Grr! You get scored on the poem, and the highest scores go through to the next round which is probably the final round. Then scored again and whoever gets the most wins. I'll be honest - it's a money thing for me. I loathe the thought of competing in such a subjective area, but we are arse-bones skint, and could do with the dosh.

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John Coopey

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 07:43

Yvonne, I suspect this entry will pass off with less vitriol than my previous take on Benn!

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John Coopey

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Wed 2nd Apr 2014 07:37

No wonder you've been under the blankets for so long, Bonny. You've been composing this magnum opus.
I can completely relate to your hero but would suggest he invests in that useful tool of bodgers, the rackate'een.

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Steve Rudd

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 23:22

Hi Yvonne

Freedom of Spirit Trust for Border Collies

www.fostbc.org.uk

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Yvonne Brunton

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 22:54

Ah so true - and the list of extra verses could be as numerous as all our MP's xx

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Yvonne Brunton

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 22:50

Hi Steve,

love this and second your emotions. By a weird coincidence I am looking for a rescue dog - a border collie. xx

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Graham Sherwood

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 20:50

Hello Pat and welcome to Write Out Loud. I’m really looking forward to reading some of your work. I know that you will be warmly welcomed by fellow WOL-ers on the site. If you haven’t already added a picture to your profile please try and do so. It’s good to see what our fellow poets look like.
Have a good browse around the site, there’s lots going on and if you have the time make some comments about the work of other poets please feel free. It’s the best way to get some constructive feedback about your own work too.
Any problems, please ask. There’s always someone who’ll get back to you. It’s a friendly place, so welcome once again.

By the way, I'm going to see Pam Ayres in Kettering tomorrow.

Graham Sherwood

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Julian (Admin)

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 15:58

I own up that I had never heard of him, but shall read him now. Thank you Frances.

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Yvonne Brunton

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 15:11

Hi Steve
that sounds like a good project for when I retire - I'll just have to get to grips with the scanner now!
My mother used to tell me the names of relatives in her old photos but sadly I never wrote them down.

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steve mellor

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 12:33

Hi Bessie
Thanks for making me reflect.
My Mum was really good with a needle, but she was very talented (artistic) at colouring black and white photographs
I actually enjoyed writing this (which isn't always the case)
I've seen you're doing a slam in Warrington. I won't be going, but what are the rules? I'm always intrigued at the various kind of slams

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steve mellor

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 12:29

Hi Yvonne
Thanks for taking the time to comment on my little piece 'Snapshot'
I found a couple of old photo's of me when I was a tot, and realised (from the snaps) how different life was for me, compared to what my Grandchildren are ploughing through
I've started scanning the important photos (with ancient relations etc) and noted the names of those who will fade from memory in another generation, and put them into a Powerpoint slide-show

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Julian (Admin)

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 12:29

Indeed, Frances. What is the point of these people reading, they asked when the idea of educating all children was mooted in the early nineteenth century. As for prisoners...

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Julian (Admin)

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 12:05

It is inspiring to read all of this. what brilliant folks there are about. Poetry is alive and well, and being reported here.

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 11:21

What a fascinating story Greg! Intrigue still surrounding those two poetry giants.

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Noris Roberts

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 00:40

Thank you for the comment that you left in my poem. I love to read your work xD

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Dave Bradley

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 00:10

Hi Greg. The Tudor is always a possibility and more so if you'll be there. Hopefully......

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Dave Bradley

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Tue 1st Apr 2014 00:04

I've been in the city since '74 Barney and your poems do hit a lot of nails on the head as well as being well written. Please don't write off all the grants though. Some of them have done a lot of real good.

Keep 'em coming.

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Graham Sherwood

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Mon 31st Mar 2014 21:13

Hello Barney and welcome to Write Out Loud. I’m really looking forward to reading some of your work. I know that you will be warmly welcomed by fellow WOL-ers on the site. If you haven’t already added a picture to your profile please try and do so. It’s good to see what our fellow poets look like.
Have a good browse around the site, there’s lots going on and if you have the time make some comments about the work of other poets please feel free. It’s the best way to get some constructive feedback about your own work too.
Any problems, please ask. There’s always someone who’ll get back to you. It’s a friendly place, so welcome once again.

Graham Sherwood

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Greg Freeman

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Mon 31st Mar 2014 20:51

I know from social media that there has been a great deal of interest in this article, Frances. It has made me want to read more of Rosenberg's poetry. Coincidentally, there was a BBC4 documentary the other day on another "forgotten" war poet, Ivor Gurney, who survived the war, but who sadly died in an asylum http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03zq4cb/The_Poet_who_Loved_the_War_Ivor_Gurney/

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Greg Freeman

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Mon 31st Mar 2014 19:42

Two marvellous poems about Liverpool, Barney, full of memorable lines and phrases.

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Laura Taylor

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Mon 31st Mar 2014 15:54

:) Nice snapshot Steve.

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Julian (Admin)

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Mon 31st Mar 2014 12:32

For me this what poetry is and does, snags you emotionally or intellectually, or even amusingly. It might be classic lines or just someone reading their own poem at an open-mic night that has resonance, touches me in some way.

On the Today programme last week, I noticed that, when the young woman could be heard reacting to hearing her first sounds in 40 years of life, John Humphreys took a minute before he could introduce the next item.

And I am old, Father William.

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Mon 31st Mar 2014 11:27

A superb review Greg which I found moving in itself, so the play must have been something else. Hats off to Simon Armitage.

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Greg Freeman

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Mon 31st Mar 2014 09:10

I hope we meet one day, too, Dave - and it could be sooner than you think! Will you be at Write Out Loud Wigan in May by any chance? I'm planning a lightning tour of the north that week.

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John Coopey

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 23:16

Hello Yvonne,
Thankyou and Thankyou for reading this twice. The story is 95% true but I'll leave the boundary for you to identify.

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Yvonne Brunton

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 22:44

The advantage of Google is that it reminds us that machines can be as falible as humans and your brief encounter with the Thurgs reminds us there's nowt so queer as folk. I enjoyed reading this so much I read it again.( or was it just my laptop playing up again?)xx

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Yvonne Brunton

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 22:38

I enjoyed this and it brought back similer memories of the jungle I inherited when I moved house. Some really good phrases like 'thorn whipped' and 'elaborate as candelabra' A well observed piece. xx

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Yvonne Brunton

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 22:32

Yes Photo collections hold so many memories but soon picture galleries will replace them and who will have time to wade through the plethora of shots that can be held electronically? The tactile element of holding the photo and maybe reading a cryptic annotation whilst trying to remember the event will be lost. This lovely, nostalgic poem will be a 'snapshot' of a bygone era.

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Yvonne Brunton

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 22:25

surreally intersting

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Yvonne Brunton

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 21:45

Hi there J C, light of my darkness. Time flies when you're having fun they say so I guess it's been dragging for me as the mundane minutiae of daily life make ever more calls upon my time. Time I retired methinks ( oh no that means more grandchildren sitting!!)
I must sharpen my biro, muster my words with sharp threats to put them back in the dictionary if they don't behave, push the cat off my lap, drag myself away from the cosy log fire and work out how to switch the laptop on.
xx

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 21:35

M.C. Newberry

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 16:05

I am always wary of protests which appear to
indicate official error yet may, in fact, be
ignoring the complete picture.
What of prison libraries? Are these now out of
bounds? If so, then the error is indeed wrong-headed.
Chris Grayling MP mentions packages from outside
prison walls. Are these being used to include
otherwise innocent items that serve to smuggle
less educational content? Books have a history
of being used for this purpose...often with
great skill.

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Frances Spurrier

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 15:58

Remind me which century we are living in again ...

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John Coopey

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 13:21

There you are, Yvonne! I was getting Lover's Balls waiting for you to re-appear.
I hope you are keeping well and you mysterious disappearance was not caused by anything serious.
Have you dried up? You haven't posted any poems for quite a while.

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Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

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Sun 30th Mar 2014 12:20

I listened to the the radio play and the repeat twelve months later, and must admit I have never been effected so much emotionally, before or since.
it reduced my daughter, and several other friends I know to tears. A masterpiece born of a terrible tragedy.


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Louise

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Sat 29th Mar 2014 21:21

Hi Yvonne. Thank you for liking my Disturbing Verse. It's very encouraging.

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M.C. Newberry

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Sat 29th Mar 2014 16:12

Thank you, Yvonne. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

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Sat 29th Mar 2014 14:50

'Poems about our children' is a topic currently in the Discussion Arena. I would like to see more on site. I do not consider them 'schmaltzy'.

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jan oskar hansen

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Sat 29th Mar 2014 10:25

I better not listen cry like a river over little,
like a child´s laughter

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Graham Sherwood

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Sat 29th Mar 2014 09:59

Hello Chilangwa and welcome to Write Out Loud. I’m really looking forward to reading some of your work. I know that you will be warmly welcomed by fellow WOL-ers on the site. If you haven’t already added a picture to your profile please try and do so. It’s good to see what our fellow poets look like.
Have a good browse around the site, there’s lots going on and if you have the time make some comments about the work of other poets please feel free. It’s the best way to get some constructive feedback about your own work too.
Any problems, please ask. There’s always someone who’ll get back to you. It’s a friendly place, so welcome once again.

Graham Sherwood

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Graham Sherwood

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Hello Denita and welcome to Write Out Loud. I’m really looking forward to reading some of your work. I know that you will be warmly welcomed by fellow WOL-ers on the site. If you haven’t already added a picture to your profile please try and do so. It’s good to see what our fellow poets look like.
Have a good browse around the site, there’s lots going on and if you have the time make some comments about the work of other poets please feel free. It’s the best way to get some constructive feedback about your own work too.
Any problems, please ask. There’s always someone who’ll get back to you. It’s a friendly place, so welcome once again.

Graham Sherwood

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Greg Freeman

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Sat 29th Mar 2014 09:26

Daisy Behagg, winner of last year's Bridport prize, has won the first award http://mad.ly/ad47a4?o=tm

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