19.7.17

Twinkle Toes

Rudolf Nureyev
Knew better than Our Kev.
A Russian High Lift does not deploy
Ballet lovers to the gods at the Bolshoi.


or do you like


Rudolf Nureyev
Made a mean Chicken Kiev.
Slow-baked, we heard;
It wasn't the Firebird.


credit: BBC



15.7.17

3.7.17

Childhood Memories II

John Noakes
Was just one of them blokes
With no fear of heights
Or any Blue Peter pet what bites.


credit: BBC

or do you prefer

John Noakes
Astonished the young folks
From the cross-trees of HMS Ganges
To ironing Valerie's singlet, hun' (and dungarees).


credit: BBC

or perhaps

John Noakes
Would have loved it, folks!
The chance to interview Johnny Depp;
He'd have huzzahed "Get down, Shep!"



R.I.P. John Noakes (6 March 1934 – 28 May 2017)

28.6.17

Childhood Memories I

Valerie Singleton
Could have endless fun
Making gifts from loo rolls
And broken old washing up bowls.

and there's

Valerie Singleton,
In 1971,
Made so much from empty detergent bottles,
Loo rolls, glue and Tiger Moth throttles.


credit: BBC

18.6.17

Artistic Differences

Richard Burton
Was notably curt on
Whether Philip of Macedon's fate
Was to be upstaged by his Alexander the Ingrate.

Credit: United Artists

14.6.17

Barren Yarns

Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen,
Gehört einer Kette Brünchhausen.
Zwar war das Deutsch hoch, doch,
Aber gerochen haben die Fische ziemlich höher noch.


G.Bruckner

or do you prefer

Baron Munchausen
Told tall tales ten to the dozen
Of djinns, houris and caliphs,
But never of bankers and bailiffs.


Gustave Doré

26.5.17

Doctor, No?

Roger Moore,
The Beeb claimed, felt it a bore
To attempt the Bond sex scenes aged 58.
Roger No More was to be his fate.


RIP, Sir Roger

18.5.17

The Ingenious Mechanick

John Joseph Merlin,
With figurative moustachios atwirling
And mechanical gaming machinations,
Aroused in Georgians disturbing sensations.

Gainsborough, 1792

14.5.17

11.5.17

9.5.17

Increased Propensity to Flag-Waving

Sunny 9th of May
Humming Europe Day's anthem
It's all Owed To Joy

or do you prefer

Feeling high pressure
Strumming Europe Day's anthem
Owed to Beethoven

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