Writing the death notice
of a man who, in spite of being a politician,
had been his friend, he listed
the compliments and flatteries customary
on these paper tombstones.  Naturally, 
having a sense of style,
he kept the greatest compliment to the end –
He failed 
to reach high office.

From Norman MacCaig’s Collected Poems (new edition, 2005) p 184

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