Saturday, 19 January 2008

A limerick or two

Getting back to normal after my festive foray into work. Loads I want to blog about - work/life balance, this damned widowhood business, aspiring to be a writer, thinking about dating...loads of stuff - I'll get down to it next week, honest, but I had to share a couple of poems I came across today.

I love poetry - even try to write it sometimes - and one of my favourite poets is W.H. Auden. He wrote some fabulous, rich, serious poetry but, like Graham Greene, was not elitist about his writing, and wrote lighter verse too. I took one of his volumes with me to the coffee shop today for a nourishing read and nearly fell off my chair with delight at some limericks - yes, limericks! - that he wrote. Here are two of the best:
A friend, who is not an ascetic,
Writes: 'Ireland, my dear, is magnetic.
No snakes. Lots of elves
Who just OFFER themselves -
Rather small but MOST sympathetic.'

And, even better:
Said the Queen to the King: 'I don't frown on
The fact that you choose to go down on
My page on the stairs
But you'll give the boy airs
If you will do the job with your crown on.'

Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, 7 January 2008

Best post of the year so far!

I had to link to this post by Dorid. It's the most intelligent and perceptive post I've seen in a long time and deserves to be more widely read.

I'm not American so I can't comment on what's happening over there but as an atheist with a gay son, I have become aware of how fragile free speech and tolerance are. Dorid's image of the future is all too credible, and not because the US is an evil or a stupid nation - it could happen anywhere.

I'm not going to say any more - Dorid says it much better than I could. Read and shiver!

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Camus on Radio 4

Happy New Year everyone!

Great programme about Albert Camus on Radio 4 this morning. Melvin Bragg's excellent In Our Time took Camus for its topic today, and it packed a lot of fascinating stuff into 45 minutes.

Check out the In Our Time page, from where you can also listen to the programme for yourself.