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    Thanks for the kind comments on my effort. I...

    Thanks for the kind comments on my effort.
    I wrote a Nonnet some time ago - I'll have to dig it out (or write a new one).
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    It's the North that got really clobbered. Dahn...

    It's the North that got really clobbered. Dahn Sahf where I live (about 25 miles North of Central London), it's just been ordinarily crap summer weather. It'd better be a bit better by Saturday...
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    Charming!

    http://phpbb.sparrows.org.uk/files/scan10010__small__2__168.jpg

    Why are the ingredients listed in Chinese?
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    Nempnett Thrubwell

    Nempnett Thrubwell
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    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/StephenHorsf...

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/StephenHorsfall/London-Brighton-atthefinish.jpg

    Not by me, but of me: on Brighton seafront at the end of the London-Brighton Bike Ride, 2005: 54 miles on my...
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    If there's one thing I can't stand, it's...

    If there's one thing I can't stand, it's pretentious bores. Real ale and opera bores are the worst.

    Inspector Morse
  7. Thread: Tell Me A Joke

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    Would an explosion in a French flooring factory...

    Would an explosion in a French flooring factory result in Linoleum blown apart?
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    Photographs of the fire at the Buncefield oil...

    Photographs of the fire at the Buncefield oil depot, Hemel Hempstead, Dec. 2005.
    You may recall hearing in the news about the series of explosions and huge fire at the Buncefield oil depot, near...
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    4825 is not my credit card pin number, and anyway...

    4825 is not my credit card pin number, and anyway I haven't got any credit on it, so don't bother pinching it.
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    Sticky: 1. Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British...

    1. Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism by Stephen Dorril.
    2. Mosley is an appalling but fascinating figure - why did a man of his great intelligence and ability go off the rails? ...
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    If this is a variant of the sestina, shouldn't it...

    If this is a variant of the sestina, shouldn't it have a two-line envoy at the end, to correspond to the sestina's three-line envoy, in which half the repeating words appear at the end of the lines...
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    "Let me give you a hand..." Alison Lapper. ...

    "Let me give you a hand..."
    Alison Lapper.

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in posession of a good fortune, is not likely to be in want of a shag."
    Jane Austen.

    "I'm...
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    Il Pen: one needs to know the rules before one...

    Il Pen: one needs to know the rules before one breaks them.
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    I'll have a go soon. I invented a sestina...

    I'll have a go soon.

    I invented a sestina variant once - three-line stanzas and a one-and-a-half line envoi. I called it a triolina. I only wrote one, though, and it was crap.
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    "To cut a long story short..." Marcel Proust ...

    "To cut a long story short..."
    Marcel Proust

    "Diana and Dodie's death was just an accident."
    Mohammed Al-Fayed.
    "Diana - time to let her rest in peace?"
    The Daily Express.

    "Was it not...
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    Sticky: Thanks for the welcome! I'm familiar with Dick...

    Thanks for the welcome!
    I'm familiar with Dick 3, having the video of Ian Mackellen's version, set in an alternative 1930s. I've also seen a more traditional production (except that it was...
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    Sticky: Scott's 'Kenilworth' and Shakespeare's 'Henry VI...

    Scott's 'Kenilworth' and Shakespeare's 'Henry VI part 2'

    I'm a Scott fan, and look forward to his returning to fashion - he's been severely out of fashion for the best part of a century, which is...
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    Poll: Oh, very droll.:rolleyes:

    Oh, very droll.:rolleyes:
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    Poll: I often read more than one at a time, and am...

    I often read more than one at a time, and am doing so now (Scott's 'Kenilworth' and Shakespeare's minor Tetralogy: Hal VI - Dick III.) I don't think I've ever read eight at once, though - my upper...
  20. Paradise Lost?

    Paradise Lost?
  21. Ulysses - tried, gave up. Chaucer's 'Troilus and...

    Ulysses - tried, gave up.
    Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' - tried twice, once in modern English translation, once in the original. Gave up twice.
    Anna Karenina - one day.
    'The small house at...
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    I should have put this in the 'Poems, Poets and...

    I should have put this in the 'Poems, Poets and Poetry' forum really. Silly me. Could the admin move it there, please? Thanks.
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    A poet's bookshelf

    If you write poetry, what books about (not of) poetry do you value most and would recommend?

    Mine:

    Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, ed. Alex Preminger (Princeton U.P.)
    Magisterial...
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    Thaxted

    Thaxted
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    Haven't really got one atm. At primary school I...

    Haven't really got one atm. At primary school I was 'Donkeydrop', because my surname's Horsfall, at Secondary School I was 'Neddy', and I was once 'J.C.' at work, because of my beard and (then) long...
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