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Updated: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:18 pm

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Although a Brit I began writing poetry at Kalk Bay near Cape Town back in the mid-90s where I appeared on local radio and TV programmes. Though mainly self taught I later ran my own group in the village of Horsell my work featuring regularly in local magazines and radio. Willing to experiment with new ideas I mostly enjoy scenic moods having self-published 6 anthologies for charitable purposes.


(1)Blood Brothers. First an itch and then the irritation plus sleeplessness as I await the next raid of the Stuka Joy comes with a well judged swipe when I reduce my tormentor to a small patch of haemoglobin In an odd way we are now related but part of me also lies bludgeoned to the bedroom wall (2)Lakeside. Gantries encircled the lakeside hills where carriages empty tired urbanites wending their way home At the lake's edge shrubs send out fragrant aromas into twilight air At the station incongruous signs 'AK47s disallowed' (3)Ethnic Cap. The African boy aged 9 discarded by his family and the world at large He wears a hat several sizes too big his thin legs dangle on the low wall Yesterday he asked for tea and gulped it Tonight he will sleep again on the cold sand

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Greg Freeman

Sun 19th Feb 2017 13:29

Good to bump into you in Woking the other day, Phil - and thanks for buying a copy of Trainspotters at the Phoenix!

David Moore

Sat 30th May 2015 17:05

Hi Philipos,

Many thanks for your comments on 'Heroine' its always good to get feedback.

I look forward to having a look through your work over the next few days, hopefully I will get back to you.

Again, many thanks for your comments.

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Mal Foster

Tue 9th Dec 2014 12:16

Hi Phil, Have enjoyed reading your work, best regards, Mal

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Candice Reineke

Mon 25th Aug 2014 20:50

Thanks for your comment on "I feel Fall". I left you a response :)

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Sun 24th Aug 2014 22:46

Thank you for responding. It was a Steinbeck inspired poem but I think people like this are often around us or within us. Times change huh? But the people, not so much

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 24th Nov 2013 19:52

glad you liked M.I.A Philipos - your comments are much appreciated

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Fri 15th Nov 2013 11:42

thanks Philipos

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Harry O'Neill

Fri 25th Oct 2013 16:25

Forgive me for not thanking you for your comments on the `fERADI` thing.

I was quite surprised that anyone commented on it...(you were right about `different takes`)

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John Coopey

Mon 30th Sep 2013 22:36

Hello Philipos,
Glad you enjoyed "Cottage Sleaze", brought to you in glorious Smellivision.

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Steve Higgins

Sat 28th Sep 2013 20:37

Thanks for taking a minute to read 'disco nights' its not quite right but writing it and reliving the 70s was fun. Best wishes, Steve

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 28th Sep 2013 16:11

"NAUGHTY BUT NICE" - I was immediately - and
pleasingly - reminded of long-ago lines from the
poet who, when telling of hope that was gone, he
thought of (the name eludes me) in Holborn "with nothing on".
Now, I'll have to check my books to find it!!

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Greg Freeman

Thu 19th Sep 2013 17:54

Hi Phil, good to see you back on the site. Hope all is well with you?

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Greg Freeman

Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:45

Thanks, Phil, for your comments on Agapanthus. (South African in origin, I believe?) The statesman was Wilson, of course. On subsequent holidays we often used to see him with Mary and his son Robin, waiting on the quay at St Mary's to board a boat with the rest of the hoi polloi for one of the other islands with an enormous rucksack on his back - and rather unfeasibly short shorts, I fear.

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Neil Fawcett

Mon 31st Dec 2012 00:00

Thanks for commenting on my poem and Happy New Year!

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Greg Freeman

Wed 28th Nov 2012 18:06

Phil, I can't put a comment on your poem because of a temporary WOL glitch, so can I say here how much I like Undergound. I love "clam" and "abdomen". It's well-constructed, creepy and atmospheric; one of your very best.

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Laura Taylor

Thu 8th Nov 2012 13:01

Hi Phil

Sorry to be so tardy getting back to you re the Smart Card poem.

Well, if you know owt about me at all, you'll know that I take absolutely no notice whatsoever of what 'poets' or people or me myself 'should' do. I'll do what I like with my own words.

Anarchy is a much maligned and misunderstood term and idea and it's almost always used in a derogatory fashion, when I see it as a very positive political choice.

I know what you mean but this is a different story to last summer, and you don't want to get me started on that anyway or we'll be here all bloody week! ;)

We are coming to a crisis point with this goverment. I refuse to take it lying down any more.

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Greg Freeman

Sun 4th Nov 2012 19:53

Phil, thanks for your comments on The Black Beach. It is a striking statue, isn't it?

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Laura Taylor

Mon 29th Oct 2012 16:32

Hehe Phil - it doesn't appear to condone shoplifting, it's an actual suggestion ;)

Yes, people WILL do what they can to survive - that's how we've lasted so long. The human spirit WANTS to live, and it will do everything in its power to stay that way.

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Laura Taylor

Mon 29th Oct 2012 09:18

Mornin Phil - thanks for the note on 'Bed' - glad you enjoyed it :)

Hey, I got a poem on Poetry24 too yay :D It's 'Smart Card Shopping Fest' :)

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chris stevenson

Sat 13th Oct 2012 17:14

... hello Philipos .. very pleased you enjoyed 'Arlette' .. thanks ..

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Dave Bradley

Fri 12th Oct 2012 17:01

Hi Philipos. Thanks for commenting on Grey Ford Transits. Appreciated.

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Laura Taylor

Fri 12th Oct 2012 10:26

Yayy! Fantastic well done! Really pleased for you :D

I don't know if you use Facebook at all Phil, but I've been working on revamping the Write Out Loud Community page on there.

Once a month, a friend of mine, Cathy Bryant, posts huge lists of links for all publishers and comps coming up, and if you 'Like' the Community page, you will receive them all automatically :)

Poetry24 is one that was recommended to me by Cathy :)

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Laura Taylor

Thu 11th Oct 2012 13:08

Good luck! Let me know if you get on there :)

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Nichola Burrows

Fri 28th Sep 2012 19:13

Thank you, Philipos for your comment re :- the Angels poem. I was brought up within a secular family. My Children, go to a secular school. I have a passion for theology, philosophy.. from romantic to contemporary... psychology, and theories behind socialisation. I also love mythology, anything that is linked to personalisation, and how we perceive things. Basically, what makes us.... how we deal with day to day life, and how conceptions are somehow put upon upon us.

It has never been a journey of discovery, or one to discover myself. I just enjoy learning, and looking at and questioning the meaning of being.

Everyone, interprets everything differently.

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Nichola Burrows

Fri 28th Sep 2012 13:59

Thank you, Philipos. Nice to find a little time, to do something that I enjoy.

Funnily enough, the 'Angels' poem is one of two that my son has transformed into a rap. Tongue in cheek.... not mean't in a derogative way. Although, belief in deities does get questioned along the way, and has been since the beginning of humanity.

The inspiration for that little ditty, was from talking to someone who was at rock bottom in life but still had faith, and I thought. How do we know, whether or not it is the same ? up there? Bearing in mind that man was created in the image of God.

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Laura Taylor

Tue 24th Jul 2012 10:32

Cheers Phil - yeh, got caught mid-performance, and until I saw that photo, I was convinced my performance had been too under-stated, ha! :D

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Fri 11th May 2012 19:57

Hi Greg, would liked to have seen it especially knowing how good shows have been there in the past (am also waiting for a hernia op' BTW).


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Greg Freeman

Fri 11th May 2012 18:31

Phil, dinnae worry about Bugsy. I only mentioned it to you because you're local. I went to see it last night and the missus delivered a remarkable performance in various cameo comedy roles, including an outrageous diva and a bemused Chinese laundry lady.

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Greg Freeman

Mon 30th Apr 2012 09:51

Thanks for your comments on The Show, Phil. Can I interest you in a ticket for Bugsy Malone, Woking Amateur Operatic Society, Tuesday to Saturday next week?!

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 18th Mar 2012 14:49

Absolutely right! Railway stations - especially the great London variety - have that almost tangible "feel" of the passing of so many people in life, and often to death (in various wars) - hence my enjoyment of your concept of them holding memories in stone. My elder brother was in the army and we seemed to spend a large portion of our younger lives saying goodbye on railway platforms.

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