……………………..Portrait of the poetess by Laszlo………………………

Anna de Noailles wrote two poems which it seems appropriate to air in October. …


Rainbow by Rafael Garcin (Unsplash)

A scatological poem

A prism will split white light into seven hues

Red, orange, yellow, green, violet and the two blues

My intestines will also split the foods I eat

Red if I indulge in cherries or pickled beet

Blue when I go overboard with blueberries

And yellow when I…


The scene of the shooting

Mario was a Querdenker*, a plonker

An anti-vaxxer, a climate denier

A far-right fanatic and activist

A rabid racist white supremacist

He was also a budding alcoholic

Who led a life chaotic and shambolic.

As he drove past the signpost Idar-Oberstein

He remembered he needed beer and wine

For Saturday…


A burgundy-coloured bus

Between two and three in the afternoon

Buses are rare and come once in a blue moon.

At the Bus Stop in front of Usher Hall

There are two men, one tall, one rather small.

The small chap plays a game on his i-phone

Whilst the taller one makes a…


………………………….. Haroon the apprentice tailor ……………………….

First, dear friends, I will begin by telling you about the Caliph. It was no less than our venerated Haroun al Rashid who started the tradition. He used to dress in poor man’s garb and go out incognito in the night, into the haunts…


Falafel and Shirazi Wine

Old Bagdad (wiki)

Our beloved country with the wise and generous Saddam Hussein Abdel Majeed al-Tikriti …

may he rot in gehenna!

… at the helm, was not always so prosperous and so happy. When he is not on the scene, his sons Qusay and Uday, handsome as princes, who never sleep watch…


Pierre de Ronsard is among the earliest known French poet. He was born in 1524, in a family of nobles. He was considered to be the lead-ing light of the Renaissance movement, Les Pléiades. …


Guilleaume Apollinaire (wiki)

Apollinaire was an innovative French poet, trying to break from the conventions of his time. He was born in Rome of a Polish mother. His friend Picasso used to joke about his father being the pope, but he grew up and lived in Paris. He was an important figure in…


And other La Fontaine fables

Jean de la Fontaine is he most famous fabulist in Europe after Aesop, from whom he borrowed extensively. He collected fables from all over the world, and re-wrote them in his own style. He was born in 1621. Although he is principally known for his fables, he was also a…


An early French poet

Joachim du Bellay was born around 1522 in Anjou, and lived for 37 years. He founded the “Pléaide”, a movement whose aim was to defend and foster the French language. He had a lifelong friendship with Ronsard. His best-known poem, Ulysse resulted from his many travels performed in an official…

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Prizewinning playwright. Mathematician. Teacher. Professional Siesta addict.

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