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  1. La Malagueña by Pedro

    Thank you for your kind words of approval. I have had a little email feedback that has asked to know more about what happens to Stephen and Van. You are the only one to ask about Sr. DeSilva. I am afraid that he is one of life’s enigmas.
  2. A grammarian's delight

    Wonderful stuff. My favourite is ‘The synonym strolled into a tavern.’ Two more pub-crawlers to add to the list: The tautology walked into the bar-like tavern. An alliteration ambled into ‘The Bard’s Bar’, a bar in Bargoed, but was barred for barracking the barman.
  3. I can't believe Trump said this!

    Still attired as before - Divided to the ‘n’th degree, Be it religious, ethnic, socio-economic or any other ways and combinations you can think of. A set of tribes occupying the same physical territory but having little in the way of positive relations with each other. Where ‘n’ is likely to be significant in comparison to the total population. Stand it may, but at what cost in blood and treasure that leaves festering sores. Think 1861-5 or this side of the pond: 1690 Battle of the Boyne Before anyone else says it - I know I should ‘first cast the beam out of mine own eye ‘.
  4. I can't believe Trump said this!

    Putting on my cynics cap and gown - I sometime wonder, viewed from here across the pond, if you qualify as a society at all.
  5. Valentine's Day 2018

    At the risk of turning this thread into a writers mutual backslap fest, I too enjoyed them all. All different and some unexpected approaches to the subject. Perhaps some readers would like to join in with their comments?
  6. Can you help me find this story?

    Try ‘Dinner for One’ by Cole Parker here on this site.
  7. I was culling the contents of my attic and came across a little book first printed in 1991.’Bluff Your Way in Whisky’ ISBN 18543648. I thought the first paragraph of the introduction worth sharing:- “The wonderful thing about whisky - apart from drinking it - is that it contains more bluffing elements than almost any other subject: far more than supply-side economics, more even than wine. Wine can breed envy, discord and snobbery. Supply-side economics produced Donald Trump.” Bluffer’s Guides are/were a series of little books containing facts, jargon and all you need to know for instant expertise. They were usually written by people who were professionals in the subject.
  8. Oops posted twice by mistake.
  9. Seasonal Poetry

    Thank you Camy and Bi-janus for joining in. Great pieces both but, Camy, I have to ask - just what colour handkerchiefs did you get from that aunt? Perhaps I give to much away by asking that question. Bi-janus I like and agree with your main thrust, but I have the suspicion there are some references I have not picked up on. I shall have to study it some more. Chris R : you credit me with unwarranted erudition. I blame Parker Owens series on Gay Authors for introducing me to the form. See . I believe the term used for the linked form he and I have used is ‘Interlocked’. The interlocking appeals to my mathematical side. I think it makes the poem feel more complete especially with the B rhyme of the last verse linking back to the A of the first. (Not sure ‘complete’ quite the word I am looking for! Fulfilled perhaps?)
  10. Seasonal Poetry

    Good one Cole. Thanks for joining the party. Anyone else? James? James? Bijanus-Bijanus? Maybe even all three?
  11. Seasonal Poetry

    A Yuletide Rubaiyat By Pedro ‘’Tis the season to be jolly Disapproval would be folly’ (to quote Tom Lehrer’s yuletide song) And so, needs must, I kiss Aunt Dolly. I know it is unkind and wrong As I against her old maid’s pong Do pucker up and hold my nose And for another’s kiss do long. Not Susie’s, Janet’s, Jill’s or Mo’s Or daughters of those my mother knows, Nor Cousin Freda, whom we call Fred, Although with girlish charm she glows. Their kiss leads not to marriage bed, Though mother wants to have me wed, They are not where my passions flow Or where my secret thoughts have led. Fear not, my love, for you must know Their kisses ’neath the mistletoe All compare as prick of holly To yours, my dearest, sweet lip’d Joe. © Copyright Pedro December 2017
  12. Welfare Info?

    I used to get given bread and butter pudding at school and thought it horrible. Now I see why. Made with ordinary sliced bread, it had no sauce and none of the interesting ingredients on James list - those measured in spoons - and certainly no booze. (1 tablesoon -that seems like a lot of vanilla? ). The top was passable if it had got crunchy in the oven, the rest was just a slobby mess, probably partly due to not enough eggs. The Spanish have a version that is basically creme caramel reinforced with bread. Served cold. Delicious, definitely not bread pudding as I knew it.
  13. Contesting personal freedoms

    Or are dug up by the authorities and reinterpreted to suppress something they don't like.
  14. Contesting personal freedoms

    When I was at school it was standard practice for pupils to be addressed by their family name, with qualifiers as necessary to avoid confusion. To a large extent that applied to pupil-pupil interaction as well. The main exception would be your own peer group who might use nicknames. First names, if used at all, would only be with close friends (if you had any!) or members of staff on rare, usually informal, occasions. It was a single sex school. Maybe there was something to be said for it. It certainly avoided all kinds of pitfalls and pratfalls. I remember being upset when another boy's father was trying to teach me to swim. Hoping to make me feel more comfortable he used my father''s nickname for me, which I hated. I suppose it was better than my nickname at school which was very uncomplimentary. Fortunately, I managed to make sure that did not follow me when I changed schools. These days, my new nickname there would have attracted the attention of the PC Thought Police. I just saw the joke. Yew Trees? Longbows? Perhaps the Second Amendment should be restricted to longbows. Crafted from yew by the bearer's own hand.
  15. Without a Word Spoken

    Aaah. (Sighs) There is other work by the Ringling students available on vimeo, which can be accessed via the College site" scroll down to student work. Some of them had me chuckling away.