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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Archive for the ‘POETRY AND DOGGEREL’ Category


May 26, 2014

  Encountering some health problems, and speculating about the future for myself and my wife, I find myself reading the New testament in the evenings. It is all rather casual, and last night the book fell open at the Gospel according to Matthew. Matthew is very strong on miracles and I read the story of the […]


August 26, 2013

I have done several posts on things that interest me, like philosophy, religion, etc, and speculation about whatever is ‘OUT THERE’. None of them are going to change anything in any way or add to what better men have thought and written centuries ago. A few of the things that have given me pleasure might be […]


September 20, 2012

One of my literary pastimes is writing a review of this 14th Century poem, trying to make it more fun and less hard work. Langland does have some beautiful similies. He is castigating people who have an awful lot of this world’s goodies but still want more  and more of something. The extra amount they […]


September 7, 2012

I an progressing slowly with my idiots guide to Piers Plowman. I have loved it since university. But it’s hard to understand and harder still to sort the things that resonate today from excessive detail of 14th Century life.  Most of all I love his forthright comments on things he dislikes. About lawyers – “Sooner […]


April 23, 2012

A change from the serious stuff. Which of the lines I love do you favour? I can’t choose. Fear no more the heat of the sun, Nor the furious winter’s rages Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages; Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney sweepers come to […]


October 17, 2010

Oh! How I hate the nanny state! I cannot wait to castigate this awful bore.   The pseudo-great each day and date just fabricate a further spate of useless law.   I don’t anticipate a beneficial fate from orders they dictate. All those I’ll undertake to quite ignore.