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John O'Donoghue is an author, poet, and journalist. He blogs about Outsider Art, drawing on the aesthetics of Art Brut and applying these in particular to poetry - investigating the idea of 'Poesie Brut'.

How cool is Crip?

21 September 2012

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crippen cartoon showing a group considering how to make sports more inclusive. a man offers a suggestion that the answer is to introduce 'dwarf tossing' as an olympic sport

What a wonderful summer it was! The Paralympics! Unlimited! Wasn’t it fantastic? For the first time in sporting history the Paralympics got its own Open and Closing Ceremonies, putting the Games on the same level playing field as the Olympics. The Paralympics Opening Ceremony had everything – a fly past, Stephen Hawking, the Big Bang, umbrellas, a giant blinking eye, Newton’s apple, Miranda from The Tempest, over 140 deaf and disabled artistes and volunteers. It was fab. And...

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The Mission

27 July 2012

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Olympic security to an extreme

'Our mission,' said the CO, 'will be a tricky one.' He looked over the podium at the eager faces in front of him. He knew just how brave they all were, what they had all come through together, just how much a challenge this new mission would be. They were tired, exhausted some of them, on their last legs. But theirs was not to reason why. They had a job to do and by God they were going to do it. 'Now you'll all know,' he continued, 'just how erratic local forces can be. This latest incident...

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