Of cattleships and bruisers

The Reverend William Archibald Spooner
Was no mean crooner;
A career ended sooner
by his rep as a keen mooner.

credit: Vanity Fair, 1898


The Brigantine Mary C.

Sarah Elizabeth Cobb Briggs,
A hen frigate furnishes a woman poor digs.
But it must've been some sex pest,
To cause all to quit Mary Celeste.

Or do you prefer

Mrs Benjamin Spooner Briggs
Tired of sea shanties and nautical jigs.
But why abandon the Mary Celeste
With all the rest?

Inspired by reading a review of Valerie Martin's The Ghost of the Mary Celeste in the latest BIG ISSUE, and recalling the first time I came across this mystery in the four volume Shipping Wonders of the World, edited by Clarence Winchester in 1936.


No Scientific Method In His Madness

When L. Ron Hubbard
Came out of the pulp fiction writer's cupboard,
The religious cult he built
Was based on gilt.

On recently seeing the film documentary GOING CLEAR at the Little Theatre, Bath.

Credit: http://www.lermanet.com/scientific.htm