Archive for January, 2014

31Jan

Waring Elections

Polly Ticks says … With an election next year, UK parties offering this and that – cosmetics & spin. Sales pitches rather than responsible politics. And lies.
My Politics page

Major de Ranger says … A long way to go in Syrian peace talks. If you’re going to chase a leader for war crimes, he’ll hang on ’til the end. Justice extends wars.
My Warfare page


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He hated life – sigh
Nothing ever went right – sigh
Could it be him? Sigh
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PRICE: He had a price on his head
but he escaped, hurriedly but stiffly. His
owner felt stupid as he saw him, chased
him, shouting: ‘Stop that manikin!’
***
A haiku must glow
But how can we make it slow?
Balanced, rhythmic flow

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24Jan

Data Protest

Dr Illya Ness says … NHS to sell patient data to drug and insurance companies? Never mind personal implications – the onward march to privatisation goes on.
My Freedom page

Polly Ticks says … Protests get violent in Ukraine. Velvet revolutions of recent years were fine, but same old stalwarts keep their positions with new names.
My Politics page


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It is useless now
The answer is in the word
Why don’t we use less?
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AN ACT: He thought of his past, the
scenes of his life racing fast, as if
in a movie. Only in later life do we
realise what actors we are.
***
Raising spirits good
Optimism means focus
But you raised ME – Boo!!!

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19Jan

Rocketing Fiddles

Major de Ranger says … China carries out hypersonic missile test. Former US defence sec warns UK forces becoming unviable. Ah, the shifting balance of power.
My Warfare page

Guru Tony says … Brit police crime figures no longer reliable, it seems. Anyone could have told them that. Unreported crime & fiddling is endemic.
My Crime page


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RAIN: Fifty years ago he last saw her
here, singing their song in the rain. Now
the rain cast its beat, the wind its words
& the elements blessed lost loves.
***
He felt so lifeless
He’d killed a man and felt dead
There was a life less
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ISOLATE: Mixed messages come with
haste. He was late to meet them. Rushed.
Out of breath. ‘Isolate,’ he said. They
left. More slowly: ‘I so late.’

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17Jan

Inflationary Ills

Polly Ticks says … Bank of England inflation rate on target for 1st time in 4 yrs. Means nothing. Old governor was optimistic; new one a realist.
My Economics page

Dr Illya Ness says … Welfare purge of UK’s ill. You’ll know someone ill been treated bad, but the rest? We all know someone ill … Well, that’s the rest.
My Illness page


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Oh, so sharp was he
Comments cutting, thoughts so honed
No time to listen
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FAITH: He had faith as they pulled off his
legs. Then his arms went, too. And as his
head was packed away, he knew his sculpture
would make the next venue.
***
Words illuminate
Read and the brain is sated
Exercise for mind

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16Jan

Open Door Fracking

Philip Osophy says … UN calls for the EU to open its doors to Syrian refugees to avert disaster. Surely better to give help & resources in countries they’re in.
My History page

Guru Tony says … Brit PM’s idea of using 100% of business rates from fracking to bolster local govt spending takes cynicism to a new low. Machiavelli lives.
My Environment page


INDEPOL
Western society is in a mess.
From politics to economics, to
media & more, this sub-domain
tells you why.
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15Jan

Dashed Hopes

Major de Ranger says … Ariel Sharon is dead. A brilliant tactician but insane politician. I wrote years ago: no hope for the area ’til he and Arafat are gone.
My Warfare page

Guru Tony says … Rents soar as landlords cash in on right-to-buy, whilst childcare costs soar 19% in a year. Welcome to ‘recovering’ UK. Poor forgotten.
My Economics page


INDEPOL
Western society is in a mess.
From politics to economics, to
media & more, this sub-domain
tells you why.
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12Jan

Moral Credit

Philip Osophy says … Cyberbullying becoming a major problem. Whatever happens in reality will pass into cyberspace. The answer lies in morality, not tech.
My Crime page

Polly Ticks says … Argument between DWP & Cabinet Office over Universal Credit scheme? The tech ain’t working – analogous of welfare policies all round?
My Politics page


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Writing Tips

THE LOSS: He was inconsolable. He had
stood outside, the lighthouse towering
above, the waves towering above that.
And he had lost his fishing rod.

He wanted refuge
But purgatory beckons
No ghost of a chance

ROUTINE: His life was perfectly
balanced. Everything in its place, his
routine timed to perfection … until
events smashed it all. Then he lived.

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09Jan

Cold Grimace

Polly Ticks says … The Met wants a water cannon but can’t have one. Good! I don’t like where British police are going. What happened to the good old Bobby.
My Crime page

Guru Tony says … As the US freezes I’m reminded of The Day After Tomorrow. Today’s vortex, tomorrow’s cleansing? Let’s get our heads out of the ice here.
My Environment page


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Writing Tips

REFUGE: A place of one’s own. A
refuge. She craved it – a respite from
life, from hurt, from joy. But no
refuge from boredom.

***
Old man remembers
Pilot’s frown for a long war
He was a grim ace
***
HIDING: He wanted to hide from
the monster – find somewhere – anywhere!
– free from his terror. But he always
found himself.

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06Jan

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