On the day when it mattered
They weren't going to be sold a pup;
The Champions' double was shattered -
Arsenal were up for the Cup!
Sunday 28th May 2017 4:13 pm
Thursday 25th May 2017 5:01 pm
I dare to dream my favourite dream
And I see my Holy Grail
Whenever I pass the sight of a sign
That says "Woodlands for Sale".
By a West Country road or Scottish loch
It offers a personal heaven,
A refuge from a tiresome world
In the highlands or dappled Devon.
I drive on by yet always look back
As the green hued mansions pass,
Their secret pathways tempting...
Monday 22nd May 2017 4:56 pm
Another bit of inspiration following a pre-waking dream that brought me a tune and the song title.
A completed CD song demo followed!
I was sitting alone long after you'd gone
Wondering how love had gone wrong
When in my mind your face I'd find
And with it the words for this song
That night before Christmas
All on my...
Saturday 13th May 2017 4:06 pm
Monday 1st May 2017 1:37 pm
There's a presumptious impertinence I look on as theft:
The acquisition of "liberal" by those on the left.
How often it irks when they're used together,
With no mind to give any thought as to whether
It might well be the case that "liberal" might
Be perfectly suited to those on the right!
Wednesday 12th April 2017 1:55 pm
And with each breath
He sent a breeze of breathless death.
Monday 10th April 2017 3:42 pm
In the years following World War Two
Films fought it again for me and you,
And in their battles they employed
Two famous names in celluloid.
Enthralled, we watched and cheered on
The daring deeds of Jack and John,
Exciting us with their wartime thrills,
We acclaimed Jack Hawkins and John Mills.
They fought the good fight on land and sea,
And in the air - occasionally....
Friday 7th April 2017 5:36 pm
I remember Croydon - on the way heading out of town;
What did it ever do to make morons want to burn it down?
I remember Croydon - suburban in each drawn breath;
What did it ever do to become a stage for death?
I remember Croydon - a place to be passing through;
What did it ever do to change from the place I knew?
I remember Croydon - far removed from airs and graces;
Wednesday 5th April 2017 6:46 pm
Least said...soonest mended
Does not appeal to the easily offended.
They look around eagerly, seeking to get
On the unctuous side of being upset.
They trot out the "isms", (their bible in life),
Ever pious of pose, they'll disguise the knife
Of righteous riposte till the time is thought right
To drive home the blade in sanctimonious delight!.
They are found all ar...
Wednesday 29th March 2017 5:50 pm
I was idly contemplating the passing of Martin McGuinness when it came to me how much his
existence resembled the famous Dublin drink that his own name so nearly replicates.
In his life's glass was poured the black swirling mixture of the horror of the bombings and
shootings that butchered and brutalised so many lives; of the terror at the knock at the door,
the bundled body into a car...
Friday 24th March 2017 5:24 pm
Take me back to Rockn'Roll
To that music of my soul...
To the music that was ours
When we were young.
It hasn't left me yet,
Gee - how could I forget
Any rockin' song
Played or sung!
With Chuck and Jerry Lee,
That's the beat for me
And I know it's true
That you want it too.
With Fats on Blueberry Hill
He sure knew how to thrill,
Like Buddy a...
Monday 20th March 2017 6:59 pm
Once upon a time
We had that magic thing called love;
It shone into our lives
Just like the stars above.
And with the stars came heaven too,
But storytellers know -
Once upon a time was long ago.
Once upon a time
Love was "Happy Ever After",
In a word: Eternity,
Filled with joy and laughter.
Love was always - Love was true,
But little children know -
Saturday 11th March 2017 1:38 pm
Back in the day, this team held sway and Highbury Stadium saw them play
And we'd watch the magic on display on each "at home" Saturday.
Hard playing, supreme in grace and pace, that Praetorian Guard of players
Were legends of their time and place, confounding all naysayers.
Today, pale shadows of that past, contemporary players fade far too fast;
The English core has since been cast...
Thursday 9th March 2017 1:19 pm
It is reported that the new live Disney version of "Beauty and The Beast" is boycotted by
"Christian" elements in the South of the USA because it features a gay character as the best
friend of the male lead character. The selective choice of reasons for religious objections are a
matter of interest because I recall from my own brush with religious instruction that one of JC's
Saturday 4th March 2017 4:28 pm
Today marks the official first day of Spring,
(The Met. folk like a three-month thing).
March, April and May light the way ahead
To when Summer keeps us out of bed.
But when June, July and August are done,
And we say goodbye to their seasonal sun,
September, October and November
Soon fall due - with Autumn's stuttering ember
To lead us to wan Winter's chill
Wednesday 1st March 2017 12:45 pm
In Thiepval's rows in line abreast
Subaltern Venner lies at rest,
With those with whom he died in war,
Sacrificed - aged twenty four.
Not for him whispered words of love,
Instead, it's hoped he dwells above
With his pals, the angels among,
In timeless kinship ever young.
Today, of mind, he comes to mine,
My uncle - Ernest Valentine.
Tuesday 14th February 2017 7:35 pm
A young man armed himself with a knife and attacked without warning a number of people, one of whom
- an American lady due to fly home the foillowing day - died as a result. Following defence claims of
his mental condition - allegedly suffering a psychotic condition affecting his actions, the CPS
proceeded on a charge of manslaughter, plus the wounding of the other victims.
The CPS sp...
Monday 6th February 2017 10:14 pm
The world and its dog seem determined to dump
All the guilt in their world on President Trump.
Yet it was the saintly Obama - looking back -
Who placed SIX month exclusions on folk from Iraq.
And the list of proscribed lands he handed on
Has been taken up by the much maligned Don.
Whose position as president duly elected
Entitles him and his office to be respected.
Tuesday 31st January 2017 5:39 pm
I don't recall meeting my father
Except in a photograph;
I was barely four years old
In this family epitaph.
My mother, sisters and brother
Are stood and sat around,
While my father gazes at me
From a chair close to the ground.
Already gaunt and painfully thin,
I wonder about his fear
That TB would see that rictus grin
Gone within the year...
Wednesday 25th January 2017 4:04 am
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The tune and title came out of a dream, obliging me to get up and put them on tape or risk
going back to sleep and forgetting. The completed lyric followed within the next hour or so.
LOOK AT ME (C)2016
Look at me happy
Look at me sad
Look at me laughing
Look at me mad
Look at me watching
Whenever we part
And you'll find me waiting
Right there in your hea...
Sunday 15th January 2017 6:17 pm
It was dispiriting indeed to read of the physical and verbal intimidation in Birmingham City Centre
that forced a group of Morris Dancers in traditional garb and black-face make-up to abandon their
performance. Even more so, to read that the Shrewsbury Folk Festival seems to encourage this
ignorant behaviour by its decision to refuse to book such acts at the said Festival for 2017.
Thursday 12th January 2017 6:37 pm
With a new year now in force
No future found in false remorse
For what has been and gone before
Let us smile and shut the door.
With resolutions based in hope
And our ability to cope
No more "for crying out loud" cringing
At self-serving self-pity and why me? whingeing.
Instead, face up and vow to fight it -
Whatever's wrong, let's get on and right it,
Monday 2nd January 2017 6:13 pm