Mini Mag: General

23Apr

Rattler’s Tale #4


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Hark! 400 yrs he’s been dead;
Yet his creations, still said
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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou today?
‘Still in love, yet, on the back seat, I lay’
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Always relevant, ‘cos,
There are more things in Heaven & Earth than
are dreamt of in your philosophy, Wayne.
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Told of courts of the kings of old;
passed down to every home …
Soaps foretold.

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20Feb

Sinking Tree

Guru Tony says … Labour leader says climate change an issue of national security following floods. Yea, right! Just in time to use it for election campaign.
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Pappa Razzi says … UK Tory party logo: big green tree sinking into the blue. In view of the floods, Drowning Street ought to take a look at that. Apt though.
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LOVER: He would miss his lover. They’d
been passionate at first. Contentment
followed; then routine … annoyance.
Now he only had to bury her.
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Strive for common sense
That’s why we always go wrong
Sense isn’t common
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POTENTIAL: The land had great potential.
The artist saw beauty; the ecologist
balance; the tycoon a skyscraper. Tycoon
thrived. Potential died.
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13Feb

Flooding Trade

Polly Ticks says … Independent Switzerland tries to slow EU freedom of movement thru its border. EU threatens open trade agreements. What IS independence today?
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Guru Tony says … As the UK’s Somerset Levels drown, neglected for weeks of flood and storm, flooding in the Thames Valley brings immediate action. Hhhmm.
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A DEATH: Pan Peter couldn’t stay
young. People blamed mindless culture,
things turned wrong way round in
Always Always Land; & the story died.
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To embrace all life
Freedom to live, thrive, forever
And dead by thirty
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OTHERS: He didn’t like the others.
They intruded, made him do things he
shouldn’t … haunted. It’s hard to
control stray thoughts.

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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.
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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.
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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!’
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Guru Tony says … Brit police crime figures no longer reliable, it seems. Anyone could have told them that. Unreported crime & fiddling is endemic.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Words illuminate
Read and the brain is sated
Exercise for mind

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

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

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05Jan

Mini Mag 142

Polly Ticks says … Ever since Maggie Thatcher the Tories have tried to ape America. But now, the US pulls back from the fiscal brink. Hey, Cameron, you’re more American than the Americans now.
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Major de Ranger says … US official says Europe is relying too much on US military. I agree. The greatest danger of trouble comes when an adversary thinks we’re too weak to fight back.
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Guru Tony says … Councils advise cuts will cause civil unrest. Once upon a time this would be true, but the UK has been brow beaten into apathy by a political elite who simply do not listen or care.
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RATTLERS’ TALE

PEACE: He sought peace wherever he
went but never found it. Not in the
wilds, nor in his solitary life. He
never thought to look within.
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You must read the script
Good to know how to conform
Then do your own thing
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TEMPLATE: Life had a pattern and he
decided to design his own template to
work through it. That’s why he was
frustrated at every turn.
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How to gain success?
Crawl out of the corpses of
A hundred failures
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THE LOVER: His love was forever behind
the next door. She was beauty, passion,
his dream. Yet … he passed through
the door but never quite existed.

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