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It’s probably just me, but I was amused by the idea of an old lady writing any old crap as long as it rhymes. It reminded me of one of my favourite lyrics by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy: Always to thine own self be true/not to fools like me/who’ll change their minds/for the sake of rhyming schemes (Life on Earth).

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7 thoughts on “149

  1. A potty-mouthed poet, nice. This really made me laugh. I don’t know why but I found the line about ‘After selling her last stamp in 2005…’ the funniest of all – it’s the kind of inane statement ‘real life’ stories habitually traffic in.

    There was a writer in the first half of the 20th century called Amanda McKittrick Ros who is considered by many to be just about the worst writer there’s ever been – she was an old woman, whose husband published her work, if I recall correctly. This piece reminded me of her. She’s worth a Google – she was inveterately nonsensical with the same kind of determined certainty in her own brilliance and good sense that I imagine Shirley Elward having.

  2. Thanks Graham! Great post. I agree with Matt about the “last stamp” bit.

    Verse 5 got to me a bit – vomit in the hair, haven’t we all been there..?

    … anyone…?

  3. Erm – no, Richard, we haven`t actually!!

    It`s well worth looking up William Topaz(yes!!!)McGonagall too, though he is rather more well-known:

    “Alas! I am very sorry to say

    That ninety-nine lives have been taken away…

    Which will be remembered for a very long time.”

    (Tay Bridge Disaster)

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