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Ian Whiteley

Tue 6th Jun 2017 21:29

thanks for commenting on 'This Flower' John - I'm pleased you liked it - apologies for delay in replying
Ian

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 16th Apr 2017 18:47

I hope you're working on a victory stanza JC

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 16th Apr 2017 17:44

Hi JC - got your update about the TCT on my profile page.
And, as a great man once used to declare: Action this day!

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 14th Feb 2017 20:45

"Loose canon"? I knew you were connected to your local
church but I didn't realise you were such a big shot as to
be a member of the cathedral chapter my dictionary
mentions - and a wayward one at that. Boom-boom!😃

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ken eaton-dykes

Sat 4th Feb 2017 23:42

Hi John.

One fact about over weight earlobes. No matter how big they'll never rub together. (Doesn't bear thinking about)

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AM Cash

Fri 23rd Dec 2016 22:03

Will a Brexiter ever admit they were wrong, even when democracy is destroyed in those countries that only joined because they wanted to be with us.

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John Coopey

Tue 27th Sep 2016 19:12

Thanks, Ray. I'll bow to your research. We'll check them out next time we're down.

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raypool

Tue 27th Sep 2016 18:52

HI John I'm quoting from a book called Southern branch lines - plenty of pics in there. I'll list the relevant lines concerned on this conundrum!
1. Brockenhurst - Bournemouth via Ringwood and Hurn, closed 1935.
2. Brockenhurst Ringwood Dorchester .

3 Brockenhurst - Broadstone Junction.

4 Ringwood - Christchurch

Holmesley is no the old station tearooms with the trackbed forming a road (quote). Wimborne an industrial estate. I travelled the road from Brockenhurst towards Ringwood which is pretty much a main road. I don't have an old road map but maybe this might have replaced the track bed, albeit much more twisting! I couldn't find an alternative site for a line , but the station backs right on to that road. Have fun. Also there is a little preserved station called Breamore, near Fordingbridge(also served) which was ran north south.
Have fun. Cheers Ray.

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steve mellor

Sat 27th Aug 2016 21:50

Hello John

Many moons since last we met, but really chuffed you enjoyed Fatty McL. I do value your thoughts.
My writing seems to have slowed (far too content with life) and am now living in Leicestershire with little chance to haunt the poetry world that exists a little further north.

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ken eaton-dykes

Sat 6th Aug 2016 09:55

I should imagine the big G is fed up of meeting people by now.

He might though spare an extra minute for you, having the same initials as his lad.

Cheers KED

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raypool

Sat 30th Jul 2016 11:58

It's never too late, John ! Thanks.

(Getting a grip).

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ken eaton-dykes

Mon 25th Apr 2016 11:03

Hi J.C. Thanks for your kind comment, much appreciated.

Next time your in Brid. order the coffee close your eyes and play Cliff Richards Summer Holiday (ugh) into the earpiece, from that new fangled portable music thingy-ma jig in your pocket

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steve mellor

Sat 30th Jan 2016 09:53

Hi John
You caught the spirit, as usual.
Long time no-see, but am currently living in Scotland with new partner, and it was on the way back up north that the pheasant/quail met its end

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Jim Trott

Tue 26th Jan 2016 17:55

Hello John

Thanks for your comments on "Martha Street"

Glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks also for reminding me about Gerry Rafferty. Am now about to search for my old Stealers Wheel LPs!

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Vicki Ayers

Wed 13th Jan 2016 19:41

Thanks for reading & commenting on 'nice try!' - I shall make sure the graffiti is removed ;-)!! Xx

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 5th Jan 2016 16:03

thanks very much for commenting on Black Christmas - really pleased that you liked it. As always, an insightful response, no mother would ever want her son down the pits - but, in an age when the stigma of the dole shamed hard working men from going on it, the mines were often the only alternative to earn a living - as many of my classmates found. Luckily, I didn't need to. Apologies for not responding sooner - I really must get my act together in 2016. Cheers
Ian

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luuu4444

Wed 28th Oct 2015 19:37

hello Mr.Coopey
I found your sample ''Ikea'' hilarious
It pictures the struggles most of us have while building up an IKEA shelve or other products of the same company.

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 18th Oct 2015 19:06

your comment on 'Don't Pay The Poets' - succinct as always John

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Ledger de la Bald

Fri 9th Oct 2015 20:10

Hi John. Thanks for the comment on Ye Old Protection Spell-you old rascal!

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raypool

Thu 8th Oct 2015 22:29

Thanks John, I am delighted that this poem has appealed as it new ground for me. I tried simplicity and directness with a sort of unhealthy glow and desperation.
You have inadvertently picked on one of my favourite poems as a comparison. I am over the moon!!

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 4th Oct 2015 18:31

grrr

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Graham Sherwood

Tue 22nd Sep 2015 11:36

John thank you for your comment on The Black Men.
I thought it would be you that got it. Time THFC had a haka I think!

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Rebecca Miller

Sat 19th Sep 2015 03:03

Hi John. Thank your for your comment on 'Daddy' and for taking your time to read it. Very much appreciated :)

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Lynn Hamilton

Mon 7th Sep 2015 22:27

Evening John and thanks for reading and your comments on Camera Man and other work - very much appreciated. I personally could not have taken that picture and would have picked him up and covered him but I wanted to get over my thoughts on trying to understand the actions of the camera man and his reasons. As I said in my response to David Moore I was so unsure whether to blog as does that not put me in the same vein as the camera man?

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Ledger de la Bald

Sat 22nd Aug 2015 08:12

Good Morning John,

Many thanks for the comment on "...And Along Came Jeremy". Refreshing to hear you say that you like the poem even if you don't entirely agree with the opinion expressed within.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 19th Aug 2015 15:17

I was thinking about 'did' and 'does' again, as you pointed out in 'Upon the winds of change'. You have an excellent point about space-filling, like 'the' and 'an' etc. I have reworked many prior poems eschewing those very words, and achieving better poetry, I think. Some years back it was a fellow WOLer who took me seriously to task, and greatly assisted my 'work'. I really appreciated his interest and suggestions.

In the example given, I did debate their use. As well as stretching a correct metre (thank the gods) I wanted the emphasis of command inherent in the verbal mood. And the prior poets did not hesitate to use them. So - there they are. I don't think I could go through all the brain strain necessary to alter them. Many thanks for your comments.

'contracted to complain' was delightful.

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Helen Elliott

Fri 31st Jul 2015 17:55

Hey JC,

Just wanted to thank you for your comments on my work. It is nice to know that you enjoy it.

Much appreciated :)

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Rebecca Miller

Fri 10th Jul 2015 00:06

Thank you for your kind comment Mr. Coopey on Bitter Wish.

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Daniel Dwyran

Wed 10th Jun 2015 21:31

John.
Thank you for you kind comments on 'Mist on the Menai'. I am still giggling to myself about your trainspotting story. Cracker! (Maybe not for you at the time though).
Great bit of improvisation with the polythene bag though, and travelling through the Bangor tunnel will never be the same for me.
I did write a piece last year called 'In Llanfairpwllgwyngyll'. If you do read it I hope it gives you good memories and not nightmares!
Thank you.

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ken eaton-dykes

Thu 28th May 2015 18:38

Thanks John. Words of wisdom indeed. Keep looking on the bright side, while we're still top side of the geraniums

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 17th May 2015 14:31

God knows what rubbish is rattling around my head JC.

Bad state of affairs about Jimmy Greaves eh?

I think the Europa is a bit Mickey Mouse at best of times. Why the hell can't we get a top four spot??

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 12th Apr 2015 18:41

Hello John,
thanks for your comments on petrichor. I'm not too sniffy at my age either.
Let's hope we keep the Hurrycane! Another season etc etc!

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Robert Mann

Sun 12th Apr 2015 14:33

Thanks for the comment on 'Crow' John. I love the personification and animality crossovers. I didn't know the charm of finches, but there are some great ones around. I may pinch this one in the future!

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 24th Mar 2015 19:51

thanks for the comment on @ménage A Trois' John - glad you got to see the eclipse - there was a hazy cloud across it here - which made viewing it a little easier from behind the woollen hat pulled down over my eyes - Yorkshire adaptability you see
cheers
Ian

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Lynn Hamilton

Mon 23rd Mar 2015 11:26

Thanks John. I hope they still do and you don't have to revert to any other substances!

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Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Sat 21st Mar 2015 21:42




Yes just a teaspoon to a pint of vodka

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 9th Mar 2015 19:37

thanks for the comment on 'Dexteram Patris' John - yes I also have that vague feeling of looking at my father in the mirror when I shave - I think it's a universal human gliche

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 12th Jan 2015 19:19

glad you liked 'Art Attack' John - it wasn't easy to write it and get the right balance of sentiment and righteous anger I must admit - but I hope that the language was respectful and powerful - thanks for commenting - Ian

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Graham Sherwood

Tue 23rd Dec 2014 13:49

Merry Christmas John.
Level pegging with the Arse at Christmas ain't soooo bad!
I wonder what 2015 will hold.
I just hope we can keep hold of Harry Kane and not lose him.

Best wishes for a good Christmas to you and yours.

Come on you Spurs!!

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 16th Dec 2014 22:37

thanks for the kind comments on 'a wee dram' John - I am, literally, a recent convert - went to Edinburgh - have drunk Jack Daniels as a guilty pleasure for years - very infrequently - tried the Scottish , expensive stuff - delicious - gone and bought a bottle for Christmas and started it already - I appreciate the comments and will raise a glass and toast you for it - possibly more than once - Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 20th Nov 2014 12:08

Thanks for your kind, supportive and always humorous comments on 'Philae' John - that Listerine chapel line had me gargling with laughter ;-)

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The Funny Huyton Poet

Sat 13th Sep 2014 20:49

Lovely work John - I've been bit engrossed in trying to make a name performing - it's working I've got a 1 hour plus show in the Liverpool Comedy festival this month. Onwards and upwards to all the poets out there that love their work to be read.

I'll be doing a bit more reading on here now.

Cheers mate.

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Philipos

Thu 4th Sep 2014 18:21

Hello John, delayed response on H.2.0. due to medical matters but now walking around again. Waterways are certainly places to reminisce eh? How is your writing these days?

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David Cooke

Wed 3rd Sep 2014 22:32

Hi John Thanks for comments on Ali poem.

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Isobel

Sun 10th Aug 2014 18:44

Thanks for liking my stones JC :)) x

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 5th Aug 2014 13:38

Hello J.C. Thanks for the comment on "Foot In Mouth". Enjoyed your response. It reminded me of another view -that soccer is a game for gentlemen played by hooligans and rugby is a game for hooligans played by gentlemen.
Ho-ho.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 15th Jun 2014 18:07

Hi JC - both you and your "Ode To Roy" get mentioned by name in the printed copy of my
(slightly edited)letter in today's Sunday Express.
Even more relevant after last night's result. :-)
You might want to check it out for the scrapbook!

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 10th Jun 2014 15:59

JC - in his article I've highlighted in my most
recent post, resident Sunday Express poet
Martin Newell asks:
"Where are the poets to write humorous or nonsense
verse to amuse us in the manner that Hilaire Belloc, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll or Spike
Milligan once did? Their modern counterparts
possibly exist but are highly unlikely to surface
in our colourless world, where any levity would
automatically disqualify them from winning funding."
Your situation seems worthy of inclusion in that category and worth promoting. My own
pension-funded efforts have just produced a
CD of verse which I've called "Poetry To Please" (sneaky, eh?). The fun from hereon is
to get copies out there, and at the very least
have something to pass on when I pop my clogs.
I am a believer in "you have to speculate to
accumulate" - in whatever endeavour and that
sometimes means self-financing and self-
promotion, no matter what the expectations.
Life can surprise us once in a while.
My emailed reply to Mr Newell's article cites
your wickedly funny "Ode To Roy" as an example
of what is being written...hope you don't mind.

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 5th Jun 2014 12:51

Babestation John??? Does that get your creative juices flowing then? ;-)

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 21st May 2014 14:00

thanks for commenting on 'home by christmas' John - I think you're right about the hiccup and Harry has also commented on it - so made a slight change and appears to work much better = thanks for the feedback - invaluable as always

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