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Philipos

Updated: Sat, 26 Oct 2019 09:26 pm

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Biography

Although a Brit with a background in UK senior management, 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, with my work featuring regularly in local magazines and on radio. Willing to experiment with new ideas I mostly enjoy scenic moods having self-published 6 anthologies for charitable purposes. These days I meet at Guildford monthly with the Wey Poets where our joint venture anthologies are regularly published, and I also do open mike evenings with the Writeoutloud group meeting at Woking Lightbox. As a recent campaigner against unwelcome and uninvited Junk Mail (seemingly our postal services appear un-welcome-ly unique among the nations of the wider world in ignoring requests to desist), although I am astonished to find just how well received a decently constructed poem can sometimes be, when considering the impact wasted paper has on deforestation in the world at large - so a decently constructed piece of muse may open doors to higher spheres of office. Of course you have to tread quite carefully so as not to offend - but I guess poetry has that short, sharp, snappy way of wording a worthy cause. My other poetry submissions continue to be read in editions of The Woking News and Mail, which is a local paper published monthly and which serves a vibrant community of 41,000 homes, as well as numerous business premises attracted to a bustling Borough community with readily accessible rail links to London, airports and elsewhere.

Samples

(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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Comments

d.knape

Mon 4th Nov 2019 02:25

I wish i could figure out what you are saying
but I can't.

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Ruth O'Reilly

Wed 23rd Oct 2019 09:28

I was interested in what you were saying about having taken various New Age courses as I have done so myself. Just wondered which areas you specialised in?

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Don Matthews

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 00:55

Philipos

Thalia and I are getting on swimmingly as they say. She says hi.

Re junk mail we have a 'Authorised Aust Post Mail Only' on our letterbox. Occasionally someone ignores it. Some must pay for postie to deliver but nothing printed on it to say. What gets me is junk mail inserts appearing in local paper. You open it to read the local news and these coloureds fall out. Guess they've paid but just niggles me.

Do you have a 'no junk mail sticker' ? Separate box or door?

Don

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 1st Oct 2019 15:25

Hello Philipos - thanks for the response about my comment on your most recent blog. I often get emails that include the admonishment
"Think before you make a paper copy" (or words to that effect). Quite right too when we are so aware of needless waste and its
effect on the environment.
My poem "The Menin Gate" timed with the attendance there of HRH
Prince Philip some years ago. The participation of the horses in
great events is always to be remembered and saluted....plus, of course, other animals that serve humanity so well and ask no questions.

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John Coopey

Wed 18th Sep 2019 08:23

Thanks for your thoughts on Hitler Brought the House Down. It seems you have a few years on me, P. I was a post war Baby Boomer.

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Mae Foreman

Sun 15th Sep 2019 18:50

Hey Philipos thanks for stopping by on my profile! Loved the muses poem! Where would we be without them indeed! ?
Mae

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Greg Freeman

Wed 28th Aug 2019 12:35

Hi Phil, I heard via the Lightbox that you had been inquiring about the poetry nights? As you will see on the home page, our next Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox is tomorrow night (Thursday 29 August). You'd be very welcome!

Ghazala Lari

Wed 14th Aug 2019 10:59

Hi,

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your precious comment.

I am glad to know that you have a deep interest and liking for India. you have definitely missed on a rich culture, flavours of traditions, variety of lifestyle, a perfect blend of western, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese and many other countries can be found embedded in not only the architecture, but also in art, cuisine, lifestyle, language etc. Assimilated the best of all the nations.

Taj Mahal isn't a mosque, although built by a muslim emperor in medieval period. Shah Jahan had constructed it for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, she died, so in her memory this tomb was built. basically it's a tomb with the graves of the emperor and his beloved queen.

you should visit India and you already have Indian friends so it's going to be all the more good for you to visit India.

G.L

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Don Matthews

Sun 21st Jul 2019 10:22

Philipos we gotta
Roll out WOLer fun
If we wanna WOLer send
Doomy on the run

Nuff said....

Nah, not nuff said......?

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Philipos

Thu 4th Jul 2019 20:05

THOSE NINE GREEK MUSES

Grecians never were completely fools
They knew the rules about the ruse of
Temptress goddesses known as the Muse
Now let me see, what were they called?
Well there was Calliope of course, she was the
muse of eloquence and of epic (heroic) poetry
and next came Cleo, muse of historical and of more
heroic poetry – could that be what we refer to as
Martial poetry in this day and age? Well in those

yester challenging times she was quite a sacred name
falling from the lips of marching men. Perhaps those
last two goddesses job shared. But now we have
Erato on the centre stage. So let the herald tell the
tale of what she did. She was the muse of lyric poetry.
Love and eroticism featured in her words (oo-er) plus
the added ingredients of love, eroticism and mimicry
(again oo-er stop it please) kindly pass the feta cheese,
I’m feeling rather weak around the knees. Well next

on the scene we have Euterpe. And she was the muse
of music and the flute, and in a picture that I saw of her
she looks quite cute. Poor Melopomene though, whose
next. She sounds as if she could get quite vexed when
all around her bore those rather tragic weepy sad old tales.
Please pass a pewter tankard with more ale before I quail?
For the Muse, of dabbling in the sublime, and sacred hymn
we gain the nod of elegance from Polyhymnia who else?
And she throws in a touch of eloquence and dance. She

liked lifting her dress to show her pants. Terpsicore is next
also a Muse of Dance, dramatic chorus and of lyric poems
which seldom rhyme although sometimes they do. Then we
have Thalia, muse of comedy and pastoral, merry and idyllic
verse. Last but not least we have Urania. Now Urania is into
astronomy, astrology, and universal love (beam me up Scotty)
and what a lot of totties they were, going around and inspiring
everyone with the muse. They were considered far more sacred
than a priest, and all were queens of song. No Olympian banquet

was ever complete without them and that was even before
they began to pour out the retsina and do their pirouettes and
get all those Greek geezers doing their early version of what was
to become Zorba’s dance, and plucking erotic harps and lyres.
Well someone had to get them all inspired. Desire you see. It can
work complete miracles with the human mind. So just be kind

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John Coopey

Fri 21st Jun 2019 09:47

I just saw your entry on my Profile page, Philipos. I han’t Checked it for months! Bus pass is the only upside as far as I can see of getting old!

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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!

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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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Anthony

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
Ian

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garside

Fri 15th Nov 2013 11:42

thanks Philipos

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Harry O'Neill

Fri 25th Oct 2013 16:25

Philipos,
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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