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About loveandgarbage

I watch the telly and read when not doing law stuff and plugging my decade and a half old unwatched Edinburgh fringe show.

this week’s other political poem

Mister Ed was talking hoarse So whispered “deficit” Of course

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This week’s political poem

Sadly I didn’t have the time For Ukip to move me to verse

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A personal reflection on the impact on me of the departure of Jason Orange from Take That

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referendum poem

Like many people I have greatly enjoyed the tremendously bad poetry about the referendum as people have put together words on a page with no sense of the shape of the words on the page, how to use space,  or any … Continue reading

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Yah all right? YYAAAHHHHH AAAALLLLLLL RRRRIIIIIGGGGHHHHTTTTTT?

I live in a relatively new housing estate in central Scotland. Like many recently built housing estates our area neighbours extensive social housing. The local primary school has a great mix of children and parents talk at the gates or in the playground … Continue reading

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my journey to my referendum decision

I’ll probably go out of the house after breakfast, walk up the street, then through the cut, turn left, and along the road past the roundabout until I get to the new houses and then turn left to the community centre. … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on referendum opinion polling

In recent years I have tried to avoid blogging on scottish politics for reasons too complicated to go into. But after a week of reading silly tweets, press releases, blog posts, and articles I have been stirred from my silence. … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband – an apology

Following the publication by loveandgarbage on his twitter feed of a picture of Ed Milband accompanied by the salutations “how do?” and “#goalface” Loveandgarbage’s press secretary has just issued this statement on his behalf: “Loveandgarbage  was promoting his twitter feed by … Continue reading

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Scientifically based poll on thing for the purposes of some free publicity over various social media outlets from people who should know better

As the PR person for loveandgarbage I often ask myself how can I increase links to my website without spending any money. I find that a spurious on-line poll about a thing in the news notionally targeted at and representing … Continue reading

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Books of the year

Poetry I loved Sophie Hannah’s Selected Poems, (which was funny and wise) and RS Thomas’s Poems to Elsi – which collects the poems Thomas wrote to and for his wife (before and after her death). Novels I have long admired … Continue reading

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The ORIGINAL Is there snow outside? LIVE-BLOG

1.25 pm Ah. It’s stopped. 1.23 pm Yes. yes there is.

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EXCLUSIVE Is it windy outside? live-blog

10.58 am – The wind has died down. Grateful children and their parents run into the streets to greet the sun.  They weep. 10.32 am – Have recovered stuff from the garden.  It was like a garden out there. Like … Continue reading

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Newsnight to buy It’s a Knockout latex outfits for new regular Gavin Esler feature

The editor of the BBC flagship show Newsnight has today confirmed that he has entered negotiations to acquire the giant latex outfits from It’s a Knockout for a new regular feature. “After that interview with a muppet, and getting Kirsty … Continue reading

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Remembering

I have in front of me an old black and white photograph. In the centre pulled by two horses is a cart: the wheels are almost as high as the horses. On each horse, a man in uniform, sashes over … Continue reading

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Only Connect: an appeal

The popula BBC Fou panel show Only Connect has a poblem. Sadly, the question settes have misplaced a numbe of lettes. When setting questions the question settes assume that one lette of the alphabet exists puely in a silent vesion unutte-ed by the people of Bitain. This vexes those … Continue reading

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Wilfred Owen

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went, And took the fire with him, and a knife. And as they sojourned both of them together, Isaac the first-born spake and … Continue reading

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The 3 people you must follow on twitter

Ignoring yesterday, here are the real top 3 people you must follow on twitter: 1.  Julia Roberts, film star revealing everything you need to know about life in the movies. 2. Oliver Letwin MP, a government minister shedding light on … Continue reading

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The people you MUST follow on twitter (CONCEPT EXCLUSIVE TO ALL NEWSPAPERS)

1.  someone famous. Comedian. 2. someone famous.  broadcaster. 3. someone famous.  Politician who gets staff to write his tweets. 4. someone famous.  Panel show member. 5. someone famous.  Presenter. 6. someone famous.  Radio personality. 7. someone famous.  Journalist who has … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: List of top pseudonymous tweeters with usernames taken from Czech novels revealed

The newspapers have today filled literally space with the controversial list of the top pseudonymous tweeters taking their user names from Czech novels. I am delighted to reveal, exclusively for my readers, the leading tweeters. 1. @bookoflaughterandforgetting – using the … Continue reading

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Is it wet and windy outside? THE OFFICIAL LIVE-BLOG

28th October 9.26 am A lone twig is blowing along the road.  It is pursued by a man with glasses. It may be his only friend. 9.12 am My hair was gently tousled by the wind, like an overfamiliar uncle … Continue reading

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