Fri 22nd Feb 2013 07:09
When I say Stilton it was just some home made stuff my dad made from milking the cat.
We used to get terrible problems with the horizontal hold. Just getting to the jackpot in Double Your Money and Hughie Green's head would be below his body. Then the screen would start rotating till you twiddled the knobs.
Comment is about Progress and The Diggy Box (blog)
Original item by John Coopey
Fri 22nd Feb 2013 06:53
Well said. And the victory is won quite decisively. Thanks for sharing.
Comment is about The easiest way to a mans surrender (blog)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 23:03
How to tell a joke
Advice to be given to a Lady
Know your audience
Know your subject
Write out your joke in full
Read it aloud many times
Remove all diversions
Check for confused references
Ensure you have a command of the required terminology
Try not to get out of your depth
Avoid sporting, scientific or technical references
Limit your choice to sex and fashion
Political issues may only result in your being confused
Remove 50% of what's left
Practice eye contact
Learn to lower your vocal pitch
Avoid staring continually at the same person
Remember to blink
Do not wear checked shirts, dungarees or men's boots
Do not mumble
Do not rush delivery
Remember to breathe
Remove 50% of what's left
Ask a chap about posture
Ask a chap for advice
Ask a chap for his approval
Turn off your mobile 'phone
Do Laugh at other peoples's jokes before attempting your own
Get the round in before attempting your joke
Try to relax
Avoid tearing-up beer-mats
Do not under ANY circumstances cough - burp - stammer- pass wind
or giggle hysterically during the performance
Do not fidget
Try not to look nervous
Do not apologize for your effort
Do not sweat
Do not show signs of fear
Do not cry
Do not attempt an encore.
Comment is about Cathy Crabb (poet profile)
Original item by Cathy Crabb
Thu 21st Feb 2013 22:03
oh Tom! you could have 'popped' in a 'tart!!'x
Comment is about Cereal Killer (blog)
Original item by Tom Doolan
Thu 21st Feb 2013 21:55
Comment is about when roses bloomed (blog)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 21:52
Glad you enjoyed Cynthia.Thank you.x
Comment is about An effin poem (blog)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 19:04
Love this. Well done. Take care, Tony.
Comment is about Things Half Said (blog)
Original item by Tom
Thu 21st Feb 2013 17:28
Monkey Poet? I wonder what he's getting paid . . . ?
Comment is about Monkey Poet to warm up Huddersfield literature festival (article)
Original item by Greg Freeman
Thu 21st Feb 2013 17:18
Like it Tracey, great last 3 lines Jeff XX
Comment is about As it flows (blog)
Original item by Tracey bucknell
Thu 21st Feb 2013 17:17
Like the intense atmoshpere of this mate
Comment is about Almost from the beginning (blog)
Original item by Andy N
Thu 21st Feb 2013 16:40
Really well written Dave. Thank you. The poem is many many things but the word at the top of the pile for me is 'truthful'.
"He took the can, contemptuous, unhurried
and cleared the nozzle and prepared to sign
the UNITED sprayed where mam and dad were buried.
He aerosolled his name. And it was mine."
That was a reminder of Doppelganger by Dory Previn - 15 or so year's previously. A sung poem in which the writer is dismayed to find she is the source of obscenities in her own bathroom. It's got something to do with fascination with one's shadow side....how it reflects and interacts with the dark side of the world around us.
But perhaps one shouldn't be too cerebral about it. Maybe the emotion, the anger, the longing, the ?love are the most important elements of a v v complex poem.
Comment is about Tony Harrison's v. and the commodification of outrage (article)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 16:19
Many thanks for your critique...I was very mindful whilst writing this short sketch that it was musical ...almost visual..
once again many thanks
Comment is about Cynthia Buell Thomas (poet profile)
Original item by Cynthia Buell Thomas
Thu 21st Feb 2013 16:18
thank you for this interesting article. nice one.
Thu 21st Feb 2013 16:10
I think your little bobble is well buried beneath the sepia shadow of yesteryear. As ever thank you for reading....
Regards Gus x
Comment is about John Coopey (poet profile)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 16:08
Thanks John and Cynthia....
John I think your little bobble is well buried beneath the sepia shadow of yesteryear. As ever thank you for reading....
Cynthia many thanks for your critique...I was very mindful whilst writing this short sketch that it was musical ...almost visual..
once again many thanks
Comment is about My Cousin Rosebud (blog)
Original item by Gus Jonsson
Thu 21st Feb 2013 14:03
Crumbs, that was a hell of a long poem to read, with so many layers to it. I think Harrison could probably have made his observations more concisely - but then I don't suppose it would have been the same poem :)
This is a wonderful article Dave. It took me a long time to read and think about the poem. Reading your review afterwards was affirmation of some of my thoughts, plus extra ways of looking at it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Thu 21st Feb 2013 12:49
Thanks for this excellent article Dave. Much to adsmire and consider.
Thu 21st Feb 2013 12:41
I heard Tony Harrison read V at Bradford Library years ago. One misses his intellect.
In the poem he depicts both violence and lyricism at the same time. It makes art eternal.
Thu 21st Feb 2013 10:23
Really enjoyed reading this Mr Morgan. Thanks for sharing.
Thu 21st Feb 2013 10:21
Really interesting and thought provoking review in regards to how v could be considered today.
The children playing football, kicking the Hawthorn tree both joyous and heartbreaking.
I had never read nor listened this poem before but will be revisiting as there is so much to take in consider and possibly respond to.
Thu 21st Feb 2013 10:15
many thanks for your kind comments regarding ' Beneath The Watch Tower' much appreciated mate
Comment is about Andy N (poet profile)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 10:13
many thanks for your kind and insightful comments on 'Beneath The Watch Tower'. I hope I do know what I'm doing, but day by day the doubts grow :-) I notice you give very positive feedback around the whole of WOL and it's a genuinely commendable gift that you deliver
Thu 21st Feb 2013 07:53
They sure do! Still stinging now as you can probably guess!!
Comment is about Nigel Astell (poet profile)
Original item by Nigel Astell
Thu 21st Feb 2013 01:49
I see your point Andy and I will experiment with it, thanks.
Comment is about Quieter (blog)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 01:48
Thank you Tony, I had fun writing it.
Comment is about Polishing a Turd (blog)
Thu 21st Feb 2013 00:31
Snooker in black and white there's a thought to conjure with. As good a a ventrilquist on the radio!
Wed 20th Feb 2013 23:46
Yes, Julian - it's back.
Nice work from the tech guys.
Comment is about Poetry profile heist – case solved? (article)
Original item by Julian Jordon
Wed 20th Feb 2013 23:42
Ah ha! It is you, Bonny!
I knew it. I knew it!
This had to be you - it had your scrawl all over it, but no name to it.
Anyway, it's nice to be able to get at you again.
You've commented on so many of mine recently that I haven't been able to acknowledge and then there was this. But I was handicapped to comment.
Like the bar code idea and "Quarter-panda"? That's awful! (But I like you).
Comment is about The Great Burger Stakes (blog)
Original item by Yvonne Brunton
Wed 20th Feb 2013 23:17
I liked this Yvonne. Unbridled enjoyment
Wed 20th Feb 2013 23:12
I love this! Yeah let's throw down some beans on toast, leave the mess and get up a mountain!
Comment is about Not over til the pinny strings ping (blog)
Original item by Alison Smiles
Wed 20th Feb 2013 20:05
Never mind high street, I am the spiv on the corner with poems inside his copious overcoat looking for a quick sale before the rozzers round the corner
Wed 20th Feb 2013 20:03
Wonderful broadcast and a cool headed thoughtful write Dave
Wed 20th Feb 2013 19:56
Love this! I relate to it. Great punchline! Take care, Tony.
Wed 20th Feb 2013 18:20
Grandstand in black and white featuring vintage cars being driven up a muddy hillclimb by a husband and wife team in victorian costume. She would sit and bounce on the bonnet for extra purchase. Meanwhile, on itv, wrestling with jackie pallo, mick mcmanus and billy two-rivers. They don't know they're born.
Wed 20th Feb 2013 15:51
I think the rental for our TV was 7/6d - less than 50p - per week. Ah...those halcyon days when "Grandstand" was in B/W and snooker wasn't featured!
Wed 20th Feb 2013 15:45
A store tec who detains you on suspicion
Is acting beyond their legal position.
If anyone's ever "invited" to stay,
You can always decline and go on your way.
Of course, if they've caught you in the act,
They CAN detain you - and that's a fact!
Comment is about Getting Frisked at Selfridges (blog)
Original item by Daniel Smith
Wed 20th Feb 2013 15:17
Julian, they don't know they're born! Why, in my day...
Wed 20th Feb 2013 14:13
Looking every bit the French Lieutenant's woman, Yvonne Brunton returns to our shores as a visible poet!
Wed 20th Feb 2013 12:02
Really good this, Dave. Excellent in fact.
Comment is about The 3D Printer (blog)
Original item by Dave Bradley
Wed 20th Feb 2013 12:00
Which came first, Dave, the wheelbarrow or the Williams which, as we all know, is a formula one racing Carlos. And, who is the wheel nut here?
Comment is about Depends (blog)
Original item by Dave Carr
Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:56
If WriteOutLoud is the "high street" of the poetry world, to continue the precious stones analogy, I am the "Ratners." Not even worth the insult of a brick through the window . . . boo-hoo . . .
Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:54
You had Stilton? Luxury!
All we got was Fanny and Johnny. Note to our younger viewers: I am not making this up.
Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:49
Hey Anthony, you are so wrong. You are a diamond geezer, a cut above the rest. It is out of respect for your oeuvre that your work has been left alone. Trust me, I know of what I speak. I have been making this sort of stuff up for years.
A. N. Twerp
Wed 20th Feb 2013 10:53
I sit here now, after reading this, sobbing into my tepid coffee and contemplating whether my life is worth living. Plagiarists avoid my work (like the plague) and no one thinks my profile is worth stealing. Goodbye cruel WOL . . .
Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:47
Our neighbours had an original pay-per-view set. You put a shilling in a slot and it gave you an hour or so of telly. Forward thinking or what? This predated Sentanta, ESPN and Sky by half a century!
I think these should be re-introduced to see how the viewing figures for cookery, house renovation, holiday, celebrity, and "talent" programmes would stand up if you were spending money on them directly.
Wed 20th Feb 2013 08:20
Haiku is good, whatever season. Thanks for sharing!
Comment is about Angry Autumn (blog)
Original item by David Blake
Wed 20th Feb 2013 08:17
Sweeping verse and amazing visual. Is that one of your photographs? Loved the composition of it, the receding triangles is like the golden mean projecting into the horizon, layer by layer. Thanks for sharing.
Comment is about Way Out By the Rapeseed Field (blog)
Wed 20th Feb 2013 08:11
lovely stuff, tracy. both me and cathy really like this - one of both of our favourites of yours so far. very skillfully told. be proud of yourself here as it is very good stuff.
Wed 20th Feb 2013 08:09
really enjoyed this, Jamie although i am wondering whether you need both the second and third stanza as removing one may sharpen it's impact even more but good stuff either way, m8
Wed 20th Feb 2013 08:08
good structure here, John is dead right with this. Clearly a skill here at work with this piece. good stuff, m8
Comment is about Beneath The Watch Tower (blog)
Original item by Ian Whiteley
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