An exiled poet

jrlpoemHola. Hope you are well.

As I’m sure you’re all aware John Ryland’s library (M’cr) were running a poetry competition at the end of January.  For 10 days they tweeted one image a day loosely associated with love and the public could tweet how the picture made them feel, whether that be serious, profound or silly.

My plan was to create a response to all the pics, or if not all, the majority but like most of my plans it didn’t work out like that. My life got in the way, meaning I only managed to submit 1 line of poetry.

So I was somewhat surprised when I received a txt saying my line had been accepted to be part of the collective piece.

For those desperate to know, the line in question is below and was a response to the above pic,

                                            In the heart of the dark, seek the flecks of the light.

The completed poem is currently up at John Ryland’s library. It should have been taken down but it looks like it will be up for the next couple of weeks (a bit before the end of March), so if you’re in and around Manchester city centre pop in (150 Deansgate) and have a look at it.

You can be my eyes as unfortunately I won’t be back in Manchester before it’s taken down. I suppose that’s the perils of being an exiled poet (I’m only in London).

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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Why breast isn’t always best

Hola. Hope you are well.

I know I’m late writing about Page 3 and that the world has moved on to whether a dress is white and gold or black and blue (the latter for me) but my previous blog post was about an event that took place at Christmas so this by contrast is current.

It had seemed like The Sun had removed Page 3 models from their paper and people celebrated, claiming a victory for campaigning and direct action. So a bit like a spoilt child, they decided to do the opposite to what they were being told and brought back Page 3, saying ‘who said we were getting rid of Page 3?’ (or words to that effect).

As it happened, it was first mentioned in the Times newspaper, which is part of the same organisation as The Sun, so in effect they told us, they’d be getting rid of Page 3.

The problem I have with page 3, is that,  ‘Woman has Breasts’ is not news (at least not topical news), so why do they appear in a newspaper? It’s not as if there’s no place to go should you need to see bare breasts and the like, as my mate says the internet is full of these images/videos.

Perversely, The Sun from time to time, will run stories about how women shouldn’t wear the Burka, because you can only see the persons eyes. So in The Sun’s world, naked breasts are ok but women covered up is bad. Perhaps there is a happy medium that can be struck.

NB. The Daily Star should be able to keep Page 3 as it’s not a real newspaper.

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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