Monthly Archives: June 2011

THE EPICURE BY THOMAS JORDAN

THE EPICURE Sung by one in the Habit of a Town Gallant Let us drink and be merry, dance, joke and rejoice, With Claret and Sherry, Theorbo and Voice: The changeable world to our joy is unjust, All treasure uncertain, … Continue reading

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CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS

As those of you who have not been walking around with a paper bag over your head, for the last few months will know today many of those working in the UK’s public sector are on strike over plans to … Continue reading

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AM I TURNING INTO MR GRUMPY?

Several days ago I went shopping in one of the UK’s leading supermarkets. On reaching the checkout I found myself faced by a till operater in waggish mood. He relaid the following joke to me while processing my items and … Continue reading

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THE OXEN BY THOMAS HARDY

Yesterday a helpful lady helped me to board my train (actually it was the wrong one going all the way to East Croydon rather than to Gipsy Hill but that is, as they say another story)! During the course of … Continue reading

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THE RUINED MAID BY THOMAS HARDY

I love the wry humour of this poem. A maid meets a former colleague in town and waxes lyrical regarding her fine dress and manners. In response “the ruined maid” responds that her former companion can not possibly look and … Continue reading

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DANNY DEEVER BY RUDYARD KIPLING

“What are the bugles blowin’ for?” said Files-on-Parade. “To turn you out, to turn you out”, the Colour-Sergeant said. “What makes you look so white, so white?” said Files-on-Parade. “I’m dreadin’ what I’ve got to watch”, the Colour-Sergeant said. For … Continue reading

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RUDYARD KIPLING

Rudyard Kipling is frequently perceived as an imperial poet, a writer who glorified British imperialism and who was, not to mince words a racist. Is this an accurate portrayal? On my bookshelves sits “Kipling,  poems selected by James Cochrane”. Cochrane’s … Continue reading

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