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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.

there’s a poet in every one of us

There’s a poet in every one of us, says Jez. And when they eulogise Corbyn Beware of the influence they’re absorbin’. Old Tom knew the score With his poetic lore: The younger ones will imitate Defacing, making Tom irate But watch for mature versifiers of … Continue reading

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I do not want to have to stop the kids going to buy their comics tomorrow. But I will. Because I do not want to see pictures of someone being murdered, or the reaction of a person watching another person being murdered, on … Continue reading

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lost Tolkien work published

I was delighted to learn earlier today of the planned publication of the annual pre Christmas lost Tolkien work. The work, long known to scholars, is intriguing and I am pleased to release an exclusive excerpt. Eggs Milk Tea Cheese Bread Biscuits … Continue reading

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some personal reflections on the reunion of the Spice Girls and what it means for people like me

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Hastily written topical poem about vilifying matadors

Unlike Papa Hemingway I abhor The bullfighter’s art. In fact I despises Brandished scarlet capes, and blood, and gore But I’m less sure about cats torturing mices. I, for one, vilify the matador Whenever the opportunity arises.

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A statement from acting Labour leader Harriet Harman

Responding to tonight’s opinion poll on the Labour leadership election, acting Labour part leader Harriet Harman released the following statement to waiting reporters. “Oh my God. “All the time, it was… “We finally really did it. “You Maniacs! “You blew … Continue reading

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The Greek leader addresses the nation – a hastily written topical poem

“This tryst with mother Europe’s The best deal I could have got – Poke my eyes out with a sharp stick If it’s not.”

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Why I left London

In those last hours before I left London I wandered aimlessly marvelling at this vast cultural mix wondering why I had decided to turn my back on this great city, this cultural hub, in order to allow me to record the … Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE: No comment on the media stories

I have issued this press statement to confirm that I will not comment on the media stories that have suggested that being six foot five in height makes me ineligible to be a public representative for the association for the advancement … Continue reading

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further lines on the judgments in the failed prosecution in HMA v Coulson

The perma-tanned perjurer’s fluorescent With rage, not sunbed iridescence As courts have rendered him incandescent Deciding the Crown should have had more sense Than prosecute based on evidence Obtained by one with no lessons In procedural rules of relevance. So when Coulson … Continue reading

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lines on Craig Raine’s response in the New Statesman to tweeted critical comment of a poem it had taken two years to get published in the London Review of Books

Raine thinks he was treated like a war criminal If so, such commentary was subliminal.

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Chris Riddell

The children’s laureate is one of those great ideas you can be forgiven for thinking had been around for longer. The brainchild of Ted Hughes and Michael Morpurgo the central idea is simple: A writer or illustrator (or both) who will promote children’s literature, … Continue reading

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A hastily written topical poem on the successful no case to answer plea in the celebrated case of HMA v Coulson

In HMA against Coulson When legal argument was done The judge ruled to Tommy’s fury “Not every lie is perjury”.

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Some thoughts on reading poems by Craig “Martian” Raine

I read a lengthy poem by Craig Raine. I clearly won’t be doing that again. All those Martian metaphors seemed quite vague And not as perceptive as Norman MacCaig.

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A new poem by Craig Raine

I was playing badminton with Harold Pinter When by the side of the court I saw her There Wearing clothes and stuff With her hair And her face And her body And her legs And those shoes With those bits … Continue reading

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lines written on the suspension of a twitter account based on a picture where a councillor made himself look ridiculous

With a flag, With a flag,      With a flag upward Onto the balustrade      Climbed he with lanyard. “Crouch down, Ruth’s flag brigade! “Poke through your flag!” he said. Onto the balustrade       Climbed he with lanyard. “Poke through … Continue reading

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Dennis Potter at eighty

I read Dennis Potter before I’d seen anything by him. Just too young to watch The Singing detective when first shown, just the right age for Blackeyes (I think unfairly maligned – a challenging uncomfortable  watch, it made viewer and … Continue reading

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the books that made me

There was a nice feature in this morning’s Guardian where various writers looked back at childhood reading. Having kids of varying ages, but all keen readers, it’s something I’m interested in. The ways in which breadth of interests in reading prompt curiosity … Continue reading

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The Election

In the most important election of a generation (at least since the last most important election of a generation) I have seen one poster during my walks around the local area. It was hidden in a side street down the side … Continue reading

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some thoughts on the Conservative proposal to legislate to stop tax rises

1. In order to raise tax, or to introduce new tax, legislation is required. 2. So a law to Stop the raising of tax or the introduction of new tax is a law to stop passing a law later on. … Continue reading

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