Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I am pretty neutral about the Planet of the Apes series. A nice idea, but not essential viewing. So I approached this instalment with low expectations – and was pleasantly surprised. It re-imagines the start of the story in a … Continue reading

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Pure and Good and Right Summer Slam

The Sozzled Sausage, Leamington Spa This was the first time that Behind the Arras had visited Leamington Spa and the Summer Slam seemed the perfect opportunity to do so. The Sozzled Sausage itself has a modern trendy interior with the … Continue reading

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Fading Fun

Mary Mack, jumping jack Not too rough Blind Mans bluff Ball tag fracture the flag Hide and seek every week Hide your face for kiss chase Hopscotch fun for everyone I spy with my little eye The playground echoes to … Continue reading

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Garden Control

Its reptilian jaw chomped Bony shell barely visible Amidst swaying blades Nimble teeth nibbled Mesh and floppy ears Casting eerie shadows Mournfully munching Grey wisps fluttered Billy goats gruff Swift hooves danced Lithe legs poised for flight Daring to graze … Continue reading

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White Rabbit

Time can be both a kind, and a cruel, master. As a child, I remember hearing Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and enjoying it as a pop nursery rhyme, particularly enjoying the “feed your head” line. Over forty years later, I … Continue reading

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Polemic on Freedom

Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains, So I read, That Rousseau said , And he is still right, Tonight, As freedom becomes twisted to make and sate Whatever self centred hybrid that we can create For … Continue reading

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Small Ads

For sale: Size ten Wedding dress Strapless off white, Sequin detail to the bust and waist area, Also comes with hoop required for dress. Why? Never worn.

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Night Blue Fruit, Taylor John’s Vaults, Canal Basin, Coventry

If a prize existed for the most exotically named event and venue, this would win easily, and so it was with some expectation that I made my first visit .The name comes from a line in James Joyce’s “Ulysses”; “The … Continue reading

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“Celebrate Wha” Launch/ Freedom , Bring & Share, Library Theatre, Birmingham

The office of Birmingham Poet Laureate is honorary . What you do with it is pretty much up to you. Current office holder, Roy McFarlane has seized the opportunities that such a title affords and grown the position to new … Continue reading

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Clarence Clemons

I recently commented on the premature death of Amy Winehouse, and felt that the demise of Clarence Clemons, who had a somewhat more extended life, was worth a mention. In my formative teenage years I sampled many musical genres, and … Continue reading

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