Rhyming Polemics


Heroes are people we know nothing about

I should know, I've followed a few in my time

Heroes are substitutes for I'm not quite sure what

And we follow them without reason or rhyme.


The usual suspects have been up on my wall

John Lennon, and Lenin and Mao

Up on the pedestal was Marley of course

With Karl Marx as the sacred old cow.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 May 2018 06:45 )

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Ode to the NHS

We are told that Churchill was our greatest all-time leader

Inspiring the nation to combat the marauding Nazi hoards

But the post war British voters soon sent Churchill packing

And put the Labour Party in charge of the Westminster board.


The pre-war years in Britain were a living nightmare

Of unemployment and hunger and despair

So having seen off Hitler's fascist armies

The British workers demanded something profoundly more fair.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 May 2018 06:54 )

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That Damned Dialectic

From the humblest sub-atomic particle

To the entirety of the Universe itself

A remorseless struggle of opposites

Creating unity by infinite stealth.

Centripetal and centrifugal forces

Struggling through the eons of time

Stability just a momentary illusion

Perfection just an illusionary crime.

The attraction and repulsion of opposites

In both the physical and philosophical world

Creating an awful yet awesome predicament

A universe of opposites unfurled.

Quantitative and qualitative changes

interacting and intermingling like twine

As relentless as the heartbeat of any living creature

As beautiful as a well-constructed rhyme

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:59 )

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Table Tennis: A Love Letter

Tennis on a nine by five table

Ping pong by its colloquial name

The second most played sport in the world

The Victorians would be amazed by its fame.


It began as an aristocratic English pastime

Now the Chinese totally dominate the game.

It is as physically demanding as tennis

But cerebral like chess all the same.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 May 2018 07:09 )

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Heathrow and Harmondsworth :

This is something of a David and Goliath story

But it's certainly not as simple as say Labour versus Tory

This is a cross party story for every season

It's a classic tale of corporate greed versus civic reason.


We start our story in the village of Harmondsworth

A pretty Doomsday parish built on medieval earth

Which has been under constant attack in the post war era

By an expanding airport that keeps getting nearer and nearer.


Last Updated ( Monday, 21 May 2018 07:17 )

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