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Japanese Jokes The Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of seventeen syllables.

Japanese Jokes                   for Anthony Thwaite       Peter Porter   In his winged collar he  flew. The nation wanted peace. Our Perseus!   William Blake, William Blake, William Blake, William Blake, say it and feel new!   Love without sex is still … Continue reading

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Born 150 years ago. W B Yeats. The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

  The Lake Isle of Innisfree I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee, And live … Continue reading

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Loveliest of Trees, The Cherry Now

Loveliest of Trees, The Cherry Now     A E Houseman Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and … Continue reading

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St Kevin and the Blackbird

St Kevin and the Blackbird And then there was St Kevin and the blackbird. The saint is kneeling, arms stretched out, inside His cell, but the cell is narrow, so One turned-up palm is out the window, stiff As a … Continue reading

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St Andrews Day Scottish Names

First day without rain for ages so the wall is out. You need to practise the ‘ch’ sound here.   SCOTTISH NAMES      Raymomd Vettese I love the names o Scotland; Ecclefechan, Auchenblae, Fordoun, Gourdon, Forfar, Kirkcudbright, Dunnichen, Echt, Panadram, Drumtochty, … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day Time Travellers (Scotland)

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R I P Hamish McHamish St Andrews Cat about Town

See our page from April when Hamish’s statue in the centre of St Andrews was unveiled.

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One Hundred Years – The world is still at War

by John McCrae, May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the … Continue reading

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Ode for a Birthday Boy                                                  Thanks to The Beatles Perce,  you’ve grown older, losing your hair, … Continue reading

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For all still-married people. Lald and Perce especially

Scaffolding       Seamus Heaney Masons, when they start upon a building, Are careful to test out the scaffolding;   Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points, Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.   And yet all this comes down … Continue reading

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