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  • Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    last book I read. 'Une vie' Guy de Maupassant
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    membership of a rather exclusive club
    Your worst habit?
    self pity

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    "mike" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "Emptying the Nest: Rinse and Repeat".
    You are right as usual, Whisks. I had become the food source. Perhaps waste bins have become the same for foxes. I have to be careful if I put rubbish bags out as they quickly get torn to pieces. The squirrels in St James's Park have things ...
    2 days ago
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    "mike" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    It is not cringe making. However, the book I am reading at the moment is written in the first person but, when referring to the past, the narrator describes his relationship with his wife in the third person. It makes very confusing reading. ...
    3 days ago
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    "mike" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "Emptying the Nest: Rinse and Repeat".
    You have a kind heart, Whisks. I think I did write about an attack by a squirrel, This happened in the park next to Bromley library. I was seated on a bench, A squirrel expert told me the squirrel had jumped at my leg because he thought I was ...
    3 days ago
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    mike wrote a new blog: "coincidences".
        Last saturday, a small London theatre was transformed into a Philadelphian  nightclub and, with the aid of a jazz trio, Billy Holliday recalled her life.      Philip Larkin’s  prop had been a bottle of ...
    4 days ago
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    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Persistence ".
    Dolly Were you on a bus in Bromley yesterday? I woman of a certain age sat next to me and said , Hallo young man!" She told me of her touring in a group. just as you have done.
    4 days ago
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    "mike" commented on John Alty's Blog "The Khyber Pass".
    The writer is William Dairymple. I cannot remember which book, This writer had been recommend to me as the authority on the area. I do recall finding the prose very heavy going and i think the book is called 'The Battle for Afghanistan,
    15 days ago
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    "mike" commented on John Alty's Blog "The Khyber Pass".
    The pass is most likely remembered as the setting for a Carry on Film which was probably filmed in Scotland. A well known travel writer wrote a book about the route and the great game but it was so intellecuwal I gave up on it. I remember visiting ...
    16 days ago
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    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "an oblique comment on John Betjamen".
    Dear Whisks, I only have a book of selected Betjeman's poems and Kathleen certainly has caught his tone -and the tone of Edward Fox too. It is the repeat of words and the rhyme. Betjeman/Cox did mention Parkinson's disease and I suspect a ...
    17 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on mike's Blog "an oblique comment on John Betjamen".
    I'm very glad you dodged that bullet (or van), Mike. The Cloud wouldn't be the same without you.
    17 days ago
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    mike
    mike wrote a new blog: "an oblique comment on John Betjamen".
    SUMMONED TO LITERATURE (With apologies to John Betjeman’s ‘Summoned by Bells’) Now from the cosiness of mock-tudor villas From tidy gardens carefully fenced and walled Past Ackerman’s and Lipton bargain-priced From chintzy, chintzy homes ...
    18 days ago
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    mike
    mike wrote a new blog: "an oblique comment on John Betjamen".
    SUMMONED TO LITERATURE (With apologies to John Betjeman’s ‘Summoned by Bells’) Now from the cosiness of mock-tudor villas From tidy gardens carefully fenced and walled Past Ackerman’s and Lipton bargain-priced From chintzy, chintzy homes ...
    18 days ago
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    mike
    mike wrote a new blog: "An oblique comment on John Betjamen".
    An oblique memory of John Betjeman   Last Saturday evening I attended a performance of a play in the West End of London while three men were driving a white van towards London Bridge.  Later, a world clouder made extreme efforts to ...
    18 days ago
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    mike
    mike wrote a new blog: "An oblique comment on John Betjamen".
     audience and his only prop was a bottle of whiskey!   In Saturday’s play, Edward Fox delivered a similar monologue on John Betjeman with the title ‘Sand among the Sandwiches ‘  and his only prop was half a bottle of red ...
    18 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on mike's Blog "Politics".
    I rather like the poem - it's cuttingly cynical. How was the play, Mike? I see it's had mixed reviews.
    22 days ago
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    Bren
    "Bren" commented on mike's Blog "Politics".
    Hope you enjoy your play. Be careful of the man laying the floor. Don't tell him too much. Maybe it is good thing that you refused the offer of them setting you up!!
    23 days ago

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  • Mezz
    by Mezz 9 months ago
    Hi Mike. Enjoyed your comp entry. I have revised mine if that's ok. If not disregard it.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 9 months ago
    Nice comp idea for September, Mike. Need to put my thinking cap on!
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 10 months ago
    Impressive comp entry Mike, as Hil says, great voice.
  • Hil
    by Hil 10 months ago
    Liked your comp entry, Mike. Great voice - your Mr Ping or Pong!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 10 months ago
    Enjoyed reading your comp entry, Mike, very original.
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 1 year ago
    Great comp entry, Mike.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 1 year ago
    Your comp entry, very good.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    Love your comp entry!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 year ago
    Great entry, Mike. By the way is the rum cove with or without ice? Oh sorry, that's rum'n coke.. ;-)
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 1 year ago
    Glorious comp entry. What a laugh.