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John Coopey

Mon 15th Feb 2016 19:14

Yes, MC, I too remember them from the early 60's. My first hand experiences were mostly limited to seeing them at their away matches at Nottingham Forest or Sheffield Wednesday - close to home.
I was lucky enough to have seen Blanchflower, Mackay, Smith, Greaves et al.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 15th Feb 2016 18:38

Sinister in its brevity - haunting in its effect.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 15th Feb 2016 18:36

A "Hymn to Him" - to borrow from the title of a song
from a famous Lerner & Lowe musical.
Good to see an English player leading the way in a
famous game largely peopled by foreign players. With
Kane and Vardy up front, our national team could be
entertaining as well as competitive in the future.
I am old enough to remember Danny Blanchflower's time
with Spurs back in the late 1950s/1960s - something of
a "golden age" for that famous North London team.

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raypool

Mon 15th Feb 2016 16:33

blimey, I just turned the thermostat down after reading this. It makes my eyes water (so does the poem).

Most enjoyable Vicki.

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Jemima Jones

Mon 15th Feb 2016 16:26

agreed Adam and rectified.Thank you.Jemima.

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John Coopey

Mon 15th Feb 2016 15:07

Harry still might become Champion of the World, Wolfgar. No-one comes to mind with a better claim.
This frightens me a bit, Simon. I've been around long enough to cope with the Despair; it's the Hope that does for me. As Mark Lawrenson once said, "Tottenham never let you down". I fear the implosion.

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Vicki Ayers

Mon 15th Feb 2016 14:47

Hehe! Yes the innuendo is intended - and I thought about titling it something like 'guilty pleasure' & putting a line in at the end about sherbet lemons .... But then decided it was more ironic to titillate the reader as they were imagining something else but knowing it was actually about sweets!! Maybe I'll rework it! And as to writing porn ..... I'll add that to my list of things to do! Thanks for your comment Wolfie xx

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Simon Zonenblick

Mon 15th Feb 2016 14:40

Great to see this John. We could win the Double this year! Or even the Treble if the Europa League counts...

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 15th Feb 2016 14:38

"But one time he could'a been the champion of the world"

I hope not.

Nice one, I suppose though!

Wolfie.

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raypool

Mon 15th Feb 2016 14:02

David, you have as always exposed the underbelly of motives that epitomised the time, in which I indulged my capacity to pay the mortgage with some sense of offence I must say. A sense of fair play certainly never prevailed in that climate. However, there was loads of work ! Thanks for your interpretation. Your word irrelevance feels harsh but is accurate.

Greg, Thanks for your eagle eye on this; much better to have the subtle approach. I feel more tales bubbling up - at my time of life it feels like a magnus opus on a tiny scale.!!

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Nigel Astell

Mon 15th Feb 2016 13:09

After the kill thirst for death quenched
she holds him
till fresh orders come through.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 15th Feb 2016 12:27

You excel yourself.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 15th Feb 2016 12:16

I have much to catch up with, but not today. Cheers. I hope Dubai was for pleasure.

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Adam Whitworth

Mon 15th Feb 2016 11:50

I'm not sure about 'more further'

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 15th Feb 2016 11:44

Actually, I thrive on discourse, providing it stays free of the premise that there is only one right answer to anything, and hence personal antagonism or a sense of personal superiority. And that includes me too.

Sometimes, in watching 'The Big Questions' on Sunday morning, after Andrew Marr, I just get up and walk out of the room. You can clearly tell when the subject has reached an impasse, and nothing is going to be learned by anyone through further discussion. Body language, often more than words, is so telling of an intransigent attitude.

This sounds like a Monday morning homily. Sorry about that. I'm reading up a bit again on St. Anthony ... fascinating man and monastic precedent.

Cheers, Cynthia

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Greg Freeman

Mon 15th Feb 2016 10:56

I like that change, Ray. Your body of work about musicians on the road - and on the river - is really taking shape.

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 15th Feb 2016 05:10

Vicki,

this is amusing if read without knowing the title. It reads like a passage from a tacky Jackie Collins novel.

I suspect the innuendo is intended. You could write porn!

Wolfie.

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 15th Feb 2016 05:04

Hi Ray,

this does convey to me the type of attitude that prevailed within the financial community in London at that time. The rest of the world was an irrelevance, as would be the musicians to them. like the river that carried them on their partying voyage it was merely a means of transport, a vehicle to be used and abused as they exploited their access to available wealth.

Nice thought provoking piece.

David.

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John Coopey

Mon 15th Feb 2016 00:58

Dare to believe, Graham. We've still got Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea, and the Arse to contend with yet, 2 at home and 2 away.
Only a nipper, Tom. I'd have been 9.
Thanks for the comments, guys.

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raypool

Sun 14th Feb 2016 22:39

Thanks for reading David. It really tested me to capture the stuff. Apparently mercury was used as a cure for syphilis in the Victorian times and led to terrible complications. I often wonder if there might have been a link between this and Jack the Ripper - not an impossible scenario.

Cheers Ray

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raypool

Sun 14th Feb 2016 22:32

Thanks Greg. I sweated over the metre and chopped it about, because as you know you can ruin a poem if it doesn't feel good. I have noted your astute comment and a very fine point you make. I have altered it and I think this gives still a slight sense of us being the puppets of the masters as it were!
The tragedy of the collision was on all the minds of us at the time . On another occasion the police dropped us off at Wapping where the River fleet is based. Apparently there was a colossal number of suicides in the river during that time, the late 80s.
More musical stuff to come. Appreciate your reading.

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Tom Doolan

Sun 14th Feb 2016 22:12

Nice one Harry - Spoken like a true Caesar

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 14th Feb 2016 22:00

This may be emotional striptease.
Is the subject trying to overplease the reader.
Does it mean that the layers are false and the reader is unaware of the facade?

Thought provoking.

Well done with this new stream of work Alexandra.

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 14th Feb 2016 21:50

Well it seems you've started believing JC!
If we can stick it up the Arse, I think we could do it.
Good to hear Hurrikane! I don't think Bob D will sue you, I've heard he's a Spur too!

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Tom Doolan

Sun 14th Feb 2016 21:30

Nice one John - I remember 61 lol. I was just 6 and saw the victory bus. Come on you Spurs :-D

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Greg Freeman

Sun 14th Feb 2016 20:27

Some great poetic music in this as well as the songs, Ray; the Silver Barracuda and Ry Cooder, for instance. Important details, such as Wapping new stairs. I wondered about "Thatcher's spawn" ... is that too spelt out, do you need it with the yuppies and the ad-men as well? Just a thought. For me, the Marchioness and the Bowbelle are the brooding presences lurking in the darkness behind all this.

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Vicki Ayers

Sun 14th Feb 2016 20:10

Indeed Wolfie - we write therefore we err (occasionally!) Thanks for commenting xx

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 14th Feb 2016 17:47

My Anti Poets Valentines Day message.

I'm going to submit it to "Clintons Cards" for next year.

Influenced by Will, as seen below.

"And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days".

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Sun 14th Feb 2016 17:36

Many thanks Katy and for putting the PWOAH! back in your profile pic.Cold shower time for Mr.

Patricia and Stef.

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David Cooke

Sun 14th Feb 2016 17:02

Hi Jim Glad ytou liked the sax poem!

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David Cooke

Sun 14th Feb 2016 16:59

Hi Greg Thanks for appreciation of Wolfram, although I'm not quite sure if I've got it right yet. I have been tinkering with it quite a bit.Not sure I need to drag Ted in at the beginning, but then rhythm goes to pot when i take him out. I'll have to let it mull a while!

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David Cooke

Sun 14th Feb 2016 16:59

Hi Greg Thanks for appreciation of Wolfram, although I'm not quite sure if I've got it right yet. I havcce been tinkering with it q

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Katy Megan Hughes

Sun 14th Feb 2016 16:48

I agree totally. I distance myself as much as possible and try to be a critical friend to my own poetical alter ego! I do find it a bit surreal though and most of the time can't quite believe I come out with the things I do. It's like its been written by someone else.

I don't think it's narcissism. All creatives have to be a little self indulgent to get the words onto paper, but most (and I include myself in this - are a little in denial of or play down their passion......)

I would love to have the confidence to join a writing group, but this forum is perfect as I can engage and not worry about facing anyone in "reality" : ) wouldn't you agree?

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Katy Megan Hughes

Sun 14th Feb 2016 16:39

Secrets and graves - now that does appeal to my goth nature...

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Katy Megan Hughes

Sun 14th Feb 2016 16:38

Enrapture of past and present, captured beautifully, Katy

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Katy Megan Hughes

Sun 14th Feb 2016 16:33

have changed profile pic - hope you approve ; )

yes, I see what you mean about shuffling. Will do that in the re-draft!

Katy
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jeremy young

Sun 14th Feb 2016 12:32

this has a very nice cadence, and a certain dignity

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Alexandra Parapadakis

Sun 14th Feb 2016 12:00

Thanks all!!

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Alexandra Parapadakis

Sun 14th Feb 2016 11:57

Thanks for all the comments guys! Really appreciate it

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Jemima Jones

Sun 14th Feb 2016 10:35

I can't possibly thank you all enough.Jemima.

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David Cooke

Sun 14th Feb 2016 06:02

Hi Vicki Glad you liked my warrior!

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David Cooke

Sun 14th Feb 2016 06:02

Hi P & S Glad you liked my warrior!

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David Cooke

Sun 14th Feb 2016 06:01

Hi Ray Glad you liked my warrior!

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 14th Feb 2016 05:35

Nice one Vicki,

I suppose the very least poets could do is grant a little forgiveness for the "faux pas"

It is rare to find anyone who hasn't fallen foul of their own scribbling's.

Wolfgar.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 14th Feb 2016 05:29

Hi Ray,

This gave me a chuckle, cleansing and disposing of mercury can be tricky. You never really know just how troublesome until you have a spillage.

It seems you have managed it.

David.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 14th Feb 2016 03:13

Thanks all,

very grateful for your comments on this one as I really didn't expect any. I think using peoples names as titles is often not such a good idea, especially if they are not particularly well known.

Many thanks,

Wolfie.

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Vicki Ayers

Sun 14th Feb 2016 01:38

Thank you Rob - that's a lovely comment!! Xx

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Emer Ni Chorra

Sat 13th Feb 2016 22:24

I think it flows well Nicole.

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raypool

Sat 13th Feb 2016 21:56

so pleased you liked this David as it needs a calm mind to get into it. I was inspired into it by a bit of telepathy and trying to describe that, and how it might seem in a poetic context.

Cheers Ray

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raypool

Sat 13th Feb 2016 21:29

I can see how you might appreciate Burra's contributions, having just checked him out and seen "skull in a landscape" which is very expressive and stark, David.

A persuasive poem. Ray

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