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Streetlight Hailku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 16 Nov 2015, 00:24
Last night where the lanes meet
I saw a couple parting under the streetlight
Old they were
But still loving.
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Career Choice

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Until the spellchecker intervened Bach had intended to be a composer.


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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lucy's_choc-chile_fudge.jpg


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Distasteful Alla Barnen

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All the kids loved paddling in the sea. Except Lou.
She was disgusted by the p**.
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Lost and Found

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 14 Nov 2015, 23:49

The object below is an Iron Age (Celtic or early Roman) brooch that was found near here.

It's actually bronze—not gold as the photograph makes it appear—and about 30 mm across. The style is 'La Tène III', named after La Tène in Switzerland where an enormous cache of artifacts in this characteristic style was excavated in the 19th century.

It took me a long while to work out what the geometry would have been but after looking at lots of pictures and consulting a friend I now have a reasonable idea. There would have been a pin, wound round one end to make a spring, and at the other end a catch for the pin, something like this


The missing parts being more fragile have broken off, or possibly just corroded away. Indeed it's possible the clip breaking caused the brooch to get lost, or perhaps when it broke the owner simply slung it away. It would have been the budget-friendly jewellery of its time, and very large numbers of similar brooches are found.

All the same I felt a thrill to handle it and reflect that until a few days ago no other human being had touched it for two thousand years.

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Romano-British Cheese Challenge

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How many British cheeses can you find that are named after former Roman towns?


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Face To Face

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If I could climb trees
It wouldn't do any good.
Hello Bear.
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Autumn Deer Haiku

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When night fell
A deer ran past my gate
We both knew it was Autumn.
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A Walk in the Woods

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 12 Nov 2015, 00:51

Today I caught a snatch on WKSU radio

Therapy...Japanese...Forest...

I found this is 'forest bathing', Shinrin-yoku. The idea is that visiting a forest may calm and relax us, as we breathe the woodland breeze.

It seems intuitively plausible that this might be therapeutic, and there is some scientific evidence of the beneficial effects. I'm biased-pro though, because of my love of trees. Here's a thought I have had many times but only now expressed.

I'd rather breathe my last on a woodland path.
Dying on a hospital corridor would be much horrider.


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Joke 🎶

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What composer is hard to find?

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Autumn Wind Haiku

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The leaves are dying
But the autumn wind
Still reminds me of summer.










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Kitchen Haiku

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I think of poetry almost constantly
When I should be washing the dishes.
Ah well.
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One Liner

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My life coach said I should take stock. I was like "Whose?" and "Should I take shares also?"

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Clerihew

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Edgar Allen Poe

Wanted his cheeks to glow.

So he wore blusher.

When writing The Fall of the House Of Usher.

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Alla Barnen

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 5 Nov 2015, 01:10

'Alla barnen = 'All the kids' is a children's humorous verse form, from Denmark and Sweden. Like Scandinavian detective writing it can be a bit dark. But still funny.

Below are some classics rendered into English. Google Translate did the heavy lifting but I applied some finishing touches, here and there, such as making the rhymes work.

All the kids loved the World Wildlife Fund, except Amanda.
She shot a panda.

All the kids were bored at the party, except Jack.
He'd brought his own crack.

All the kids enjoyed their burgers, except Tony.
It was his pony.

All the kids looked into the washer, except Doug.
He went glug.

And here is a distasteful one of my own.

All the kids worried about the smell, except Ed.
He was the one that was dead.

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One Liner

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They've just built a new bus shelter in the village. Trouble is, it's too small for the bus.

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One Liner

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I was grilled about my favourite cheese. I had to answer carefully.

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Ice Bridge Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 3 Nov 2015, 02:14

We cross the ice-bridge one by one.

Will it bear my weight?

Far below I hear the beautiful sound of falling crystals.


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A Short Conversation with Time

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"Time, why do you hurt us so?"

"It is my fate. And you would never wish to share it."

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Walking the Plank

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 2 Nov 2015, 00:59
Forward we go
But what else.

I'm scared. Hold my hand.
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The Indescribable Beauty of Snails

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If you wish to learn

The indescribable beauty of snails

Just cast your eyes humbly down.

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A Haiku of Regret

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I never said anything

Because there was too much to say.

And now it's too late

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One Liner

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Go for chicken stir-fry? Defrost some fish? I was stuck between a wok and a hard plaice.

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One Liner

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 30 Oct 2015, 00:06

I'm going to Bury St Edmund's in the morning. It's a big job.

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Non omnis moriar

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 29 Oct 2015, 02:48
My shade was watching
As you found the little brooch
After so long. Your touch told me
I have not entirely died.

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If I could come back as an animal...

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I'd like to come back as a wildebeest. So I could start a gnu life.

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