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11Apr

Eye On the World #1

Pappa Razzi says … Kate Middleton’s Bollywood auditions going well. Tory mandarins dream again of taking India – but India says Tata.

Polly Ticks says … David Cameron in for taxing times. Recently on beach took offshore account – understood floating pound.

Pappa Razzi says … The Voice UK criticized for giving 2nd chance to old acts. You mean Boy George is coming back?

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Harry Fang says:
Blue lips, drained, complete
In death there is life – for me
Thank you, my loved one

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14May

EOTW 6

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Pappa Razzi says … Such a row over Charles’s Black Spider letters. In public he should shut up, but do you really think the Queen is quiet during PM visits?

Polly Ticks says … Labour candidates for leadership building up – except Dan Jarvis. He realises the first new leader will be mauled as they find themselves?

Philip Osophy says … Call for Farage to go to leadership election. UKIP is single-issue party. I want out of Europe, but may UKIP’s new single issue be collapse.

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Blogger Bard says:
Euphemism: You
sTory Youthemism: Young
Euthanasia: Yet

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14May

EOTW 5

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Guru Tony says … $179m for a Picasso? New record at auction. When they buy do they think of the austerity that led to so many masterpeices.

Pappa Razzi says … Poor BBC. Too frightened to report things fairly, the Tories employ hit man to finish them off. Tragedy for free speech.

Major de Ranger says … Nepal & Thunderbirds should go together. Emergency squads in bases globally to act immediately; but so far too hard.

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Blogger Bard says:
Nightmare medicine
sTory of future. Doc asks:
But are you worth it?

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31Mar

EOTW 3

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Polly Ticks says … Cameron makes 1,000 jobs a day? Yes – low pay, zero hours contracts & part time. There’s a word for this economy – serfdom.

Guru Tony says … Ed Balls suggests earning more than £80,000 makes you rich. They will object; which is a bit rich – from the rich.

Pappa Razzi says … Andrew Marr attacks Jeremy Paxman’s mauling of Cameron & Miliband. I liked it. Showed Ed Miliband as human, which was good.

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Blogger Bard says:
Travel with Tories
Disabled in cattle trucks
All they can afford

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29Dec

Mini Mag 141

Guru Tony says … I’m not a fan of Piers Morgan but the idea that a petition could lead to expulsion from a country for non-violent views is, to me, horrendous. Send him back to the UK? America, keep him. Please keep him.
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Polly Ticks says … Lib Dem leader says UK must stay in European Union. Typical of a deputy Prime Minister who has made a laughing stock of democracy with his pact in the Coalition govt. Very European Union.
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Pappa Razzi says … Gerry Anderson has died at 83. Creator of Supermarionation, his hit TV series of the 60s – Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet – were groundbreaking successes & inspired many, including me. He will be missed.
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THE CRIME POST

WATCHING: The thief watched the
festivities, preparing for what he had
to do. The ghost of his past justified
his life – too many Scrooges had ruined
it for him. The ghost of the present
then showed him thousands of other
victims who had overcome it. He was not
impressed. Hence, as the warder turned
off the TV and ordered him to his cell,
he continued to be the ghost of
his own future.
***

Newgate hanging tree
Infamous to gallows swing
Birth of Gala Day
***
OFFEND: He was determined to con the
girl at the party – to offend. Indeed,
he told so many lies that soon his
long false nose became redundant.
***
When years aren’t new
But just a different number
You are standing still
***
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15Dec

Mini Mag 139

Polly Ticks says … 1 in 8 of people in England and Wales were born elsewhere, says the 2011 Census. Globalisation is dissolving borders and identity, yet society does not seem to be catching up.
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Guru Tony says … Gay marriage gets go-ahead in UK, but religions cannot be compelled to do the ceremonies. This is the correct balance between rights on all sides.
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Pappa Razzi says … Much has been said about the tragic death of nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, but some things not. What was so funny about an ill, pregnant woman being in hospital? Was tragedy inevitable? Yes! At some point this kind of prank was bound to end in tragedy. To what extent does corporate manslaughter apply? And I hope Kate and baby are alright.
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READ WITH MUMMY

INSECURE: The barriers were thin
between the material world and that of
spirit, knew the adept; whereas the
scientist was secure in his knowledge
that there was no barrier at all. And as
they entered the haunted house he was
sure to prove it – until the ghost
appeared. The adept knew, as the scientist
crumpled, that the barrier between
secure and insecure was also thin.
***
Three wishes he had
Fame, fortune – and the last one?
Wish for no wishes
***
UNDENIABLE: When they took the babies
home in the snowman suits they were
undeniably gone. At least, abduction by
snowman was more seasonal than aliens.
***
The ghost lived again
Such a wasted, tragic life
He had wished for Hell
***
THE DRIVER: He drove his Land Rover
down the narrow country road again and
again. He was often seen; he always
looked at the other drivers. One day
he’d see the driver who killed him, and
neither would ever be seen again.

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08Dec

Mini Mag 138

Dr Illya Ness says … UK Chancellor’s austerity package bites again with a 1% cap on out-of-work benefits. The clearly physically disabled are immune, but what of mentally disabled, M.E. sufferers, etc? Purged again.
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Polly Ticks says … Brit Lib Dems trashed in by-elections as extreme parties gain ground. The latter? worrying. The former, deserved. I hope it will be a long time before they’re forgiven for entering this undemocratic coalition govt.
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Pappa Razzi says … Leveson Report on media standards wants an independent regulator enshrined in law, risking press freedom. An alternative: a fund and support to allow those wronged by media to automatically sue.
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Blogger Bard says:

TREE HOUSE: He withdrew to the tree
house; sat cross-legged, his head in his
hands. Life had caught up again. Time
passed and his friends began to appear;
talk with him, taunt him, reason things
out. The darkness increased – he hit rock
bottom – then … a glimmer of light. He
clung to this until his friends faded.
Putting the pills away, he climbed down
and reconnected with life.
***
He is such a pain
Staring into my bare soul
My reflection scorns
***
HOMESTEAD: He looked at the old car.
Said to the salesman: ‘Well, I lost my
job, mortgage, respect. I’ll buy. Though
it’s smaller than my last home.
***
The window pain grows
Life outside cracked, distorted
He shatters, like glass
***
THE LIFE: He carried the world on his
shoulders; held up continents on his back.
So full of life, all thrived under his
influence; his natural warmth so comforting,
inspiring. Yet the effort took its toll,
until, just a dwarf of himself, his light
extinguished, it all fell apart. Yes,
he was a star – our sun.

I, SPACEMAN
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17Nov

Mini Mag 135

Pappa Razzi says … As the BBC faces its greatest crisis, lets hope its chairman, Chris Patten – the last Governor of Hong Kong – does not repeat that trend. The BBC is the only real challenger to commercial broadcasting.
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Guru Tony says … Justin Welby is to be the new Archbishop of Canterbury, leading the Anglican Church. An ex-corporate oil man with an interest in banking, is Big Biz openly moving into religion now?
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Prof Isaac Galistein says … Ash Dieback disease is threateniung Ash trees in the UK. The latest invasion into the UK from overseas, I sometimes feel nature itself is being ‘globalised’, with standard models arising instead of diversity.
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RATTLERS’ TALE

MARRIAGE: ‘Marriage is anti-
evolutionary,’ said the scientist. ‘The
gene pool is enriched by spreading our
seed.’ The philosopher countered: ‘But
evolution has no order. Man is because
of love.’ The priest said: ‘Will one of
you please say I do.’ The lawyer rubbed
his hands together, greedily.
***
When I laid down roots
I branched out and soon flourished
Turned over new leaf
***
GENERIC: The teacher despaired as the 2
kids fought over 2 identical toy monkeys.
‘They’re the same,’ she said. ‘Who stole
my SUV?’ she said later.
***
To write is to live
The writer pondered his role
To live is to write
***
THE PATH: The path looked so inviting.
They began to walk and never stopped as
life took them over. Had they had
binoculars to see the twists and turns,
wouldn’t it have been unfulfilling?
Both their tears and smiles said yes.

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03Nov

Mini Mag 133

Polly Ticks says … Brutal cuts are turning local govt in UK into lackeys of central govt with no money left to make decisions themselves. This is the opposite to how services should work. Welcome to Britain by dictat.
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Guru Tony says … Green policies in UK may as well be dumped as coal usage increases. Mindst you, ‘green’ is only used by govt inefficiently so as to ‘prove’ the only low-carbon option is nuclear. Which is wrong.
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Pappa Razzi says … Penguin and Random House are to merge, making the world’s biggest book publisher. I’ve noticed as publishers get bigger, opportunities for innovation in writing decline. It’s called the death of culture.
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GREEN SCENE

REPORT FROM GABRIEL: After the
hurricane hit the city they wiped
themselves down and carried on. This
is further evidence of lack of faith.
Technology allowed survival and
fear is reduced. It just was
not seen as Biblical.
***
Natural is best
But just what is natural?
That which is balance
***
CYNICAL: They were the perfect couple.
The pilot polluted, the nurse cured the
ills he caused. Let’s be cynical. Not
the balance nature intended.
***
To live with nature
But Paradise is so dull
When desires rule
***
AFTERTHOUGHT: She sat on the empty farm,
the animals, the plants, all gone,
frizzled away in the eco-disaster. Finally,
out of the bunker, she smiled at the
camera, wondering what the photographer
would taste like.

INMATE, EARTH
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12Oct

Mini Mag 130

Polly Ticks says … Tories ask: should out of work get benefits for too many kids when workers can’t? Wrong!! Low paid workers get same tax credits as out of work.
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Pappa Razzi says … Half of this year’s shortlisted books for the Booker Prize are from independents. A good sign that major publishing must change or go bust.
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Guru Tony says … Abuse witchhunt moves into all things 70s pop with stories of gropings. Is it moral to place today’s morals on the past? If so, very few would be innocent.
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Harry Fang says:

FREE: No such thing as a free lunch? I
never believed it, so I went to one. Okay,
they were strange and I was wrong. I never
even got to eat me.
***
I wait by the bridge
Don’t seek me, and DON’T look down
I’m your vertigo
***
CRISP: She sat alone, the city empty.
The air was crisp. Static. As if? Around
her the bodies were burnt crisp.
Apocalypse crisp. Survival: Day One
***
My shroud is total
My memories, thoughts and life
Essence of your death
***
LIGHT: The cottage light illuminated
the lawn, the trees beyond, dark. Suddenly,
the bulb went. He changed it, terrified.
The new light illuminated the trees
by the window.

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