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I once wrote for life now I write in life. I'm looking forward to developing a blog presence with personality for DAO whilst delivering comment, reviews, photos and views on disability and how it's represented.

Austerity Signs (AKA The Three Bastards)

5 December 2012

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a skeletal middle finger points upwards as if to say up yours to the three bastards in this piece

This is one of my last great ideas. Note, not one of my last great poems. Perusing papers, looking for placed pledges There are none Charities have stopped pleading in the press Bastards Spoiling my anti tragedy model stance No chugger has stopped me in the street To pounce the unwanted penny The homeless man a yard away could use I've missed our chats Admin, Chief Executive Feeding Bastards Spoiling my anti-tragedy model stance Even the wee yellow Pudsey bastard can barely stir my screen....

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The Theatre Crowd

5 December 2012

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theold, the young and the pompous

Yeah!!! Three DAO pages achieved by my last entry. This entry was put together on a reporters pad, one day when tramping the streets. I was between appointments. I had been in and out of galleries, done a little bit of work here and there, composed a poem for DAO on seeing Lord Nelson from the National Portrait gallery. Later i went to a favourite cafe and watched the theatre crowd unfold. In the cafe, as shops close, the theatre crowd gather to eat and chat. What a wondrous show. three...

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A True Story for Georgina - Otherwise titled; 'Boring'.

5 December 2012

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Early September. Sun beats down and burns my arms. I sit in a public space with pigeons by a fountain. I'm not doing much. I'm reading a paper. Something she never wanted me to do. To pass the time its being read from cover to cover, back to front and front to back. I'm occupying myself - passing time. An older woman with dyed red hair appraoches my bench. She sits away from me and eats an ice cream. Sheis the fourth co-occupant not to acknowledge me. Her anme is Maria. I know this because she...

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Chatting to A Chugger - Quite possibly the last in the series

5 December 2012

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The language in this one is not consistent with my the language I would normally use as a disabled person committed to the social model and i apologisein advance for any offence caused. It was not meant butit was inthe story as it unfolded. A vision in purple with an aerial on his head stands outside marks and Sparks rattling a tin. Who are you? Tinky Winky Why dress like that? It gives people something to remember I think you are lal lah No he's the yellow one I still think you're lahlah i say...

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Self Indulgence

5 December 2012

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I am sitting in a car in winter time. Its good. I've got writing and can indulge in a poem or two. Love as you know it Is nothing To write home about A far too easy word to say A bitter pill to swallow I felt it once A passing fancy Relegated like a team To lesser delights Smaller achievements A football To be kicked around With spite, with venom In a never ending circle Of oppression Be warm you say Be nice wouldn't it Cough Swallow Bile In failure The nothing Nowhere Man Returns to Urban...

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Delta Grumptoktapus 2 - A Children's Story

5 December 2012

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Jim welcomed me in through his door. It was great to see him. He showed me the children's stories that his brother had published. Some of them were very good. They inspired me to do something with Delta Grumptoktapus. Write my version of a children's story. Delta Grumptoktapus lived in a river. Saddened byhis wetness, Wondering as to his purpose. From time to time he would rise to the surface to check the flotsam, check the jetsam, feed on debris, rubbish thrown away to findits way to the sea....

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Delta Grumptoktapus 1

5 December 2012

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I have discovered the joys of radio 4. Listening in one day, a report came from China, read by Damian Grammaticas. No one in the world could be so named I thought and had to check him out on the internet. He's there. He exists. So maybe Delta Grumptoktapus does too. Delta Grumptoktapus Named in response To Damian Grammaticas Are you real? Delta Grumptoktapus Of the waters Tentacled Reaching Out Feeding And Consuming Giving And Taking No mere taker Fat and fabulous Delta Grumptoktapus Simplifies...

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