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by Andrew McGeever
Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:27 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: On Being Homeless At Christmas
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: On Being Homeless At Christmas

"I embarass folk with my Bipolar" "Those ends did never meet" I would have switched those lines, if they had been mine, yet the last of the first and the first of the second chimes. Byron, this is hard material: Red Poppy's response highlighted a line in an honest poem. I'd prefer the adjective befo...
by Andrew McGeever
Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Hallelujah on UK X-Factor (all threads merged here)
Replies: 258
Views: 57981

Re: Hallelujah to be winner's song on UK X-Factor

I'll probably watch the "final" of this television programme. I don't watch much television, but my take on this is best summed up by Kathryn Williams, as quoted in this month's "The Word"..... "Because there's so much youth culture around music, it's really special when you get to feel what it's li...
by Andrew McGeever
Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

"You have come a long way since Before You're Sixty-Four, thanks to gentle guidance afforded you here."......thus wrote Geoffery. I wrote "From the Altar to the Beach" six years before "You're Sixty-Four". This fact should convince Geoffrey of my moral decline. My penance is to write better poems......
by Andrew McGeever
Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Before You're Sixty-Four.
Replies: 359
Views: 75993

Re: Before You're Sixty-Four.

Michael,
I'm flattered, indeed inflated by your zero % interest rate. 8)
Andrew.

P.S. I've never swimmed with dolphins, "like dolphins do swim" .
by Andrew McGeever
Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:47 pm
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 19
Views: 7323

Scotland

One of my favourite "Scottish" poems: Alastair Reid's classic piece (from his collection, "Weathering" ) combines warm, uplifting lyricism with the chilling blast of fundamentalist Calvinism. Enjoy....and read it out loud! Scotland It was a day peculiar to this piece of the planet, when larks rose o...
by Andrew McGeever
Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Before You're Sixty-Four.
Replies: 359
Views: 75993

Re: Before You're Sixty-Four.

all i know is that judas committed suicide, and so did jesus really. so what shall we say evil means then - you tell me cos i'm fucked if i know, mat. Thus spoke Geoffrey, in reply to Mat James's considered comments on "the very essence of nature is evil". Mat posed a question : "is nature morally w...
by Andrew McGeever
Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:02 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Before You're Sixty-Four.
Replies: 359
Views: 75993

Re: Before You're Sixty-Four.

praise and criticism. one is pleasant the other uncomfortable. one encourages, the other stifles. one stagnates creativity while the other makes it evolve. a poem crawls out from the grey vacuum of a neurological ocean, grows legs and like a newborn calf learns to walk - only to evolve into a t-bone...
by Andrew McGeever
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

Yesterday evening I read "Altar Boy" to a large audience in Oakley Miners' Institute. The occasion was the celebration of the 50th anniversary the present church. One Cardinal, four priests and many "well kent " people heard my offering. It felt good to do a proper introduction, and getting the phra...
by Andrew McGeever
Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: The Diamond's Mine - the book
Replies: 16
Views: 3235

Re: The Diamond's Mine - the book

Dear Mr. Needham, I see that your diffuse farrago has been committed to print. This changes everything: my good name has been twisted, abused, sullied in the most anti-Scottish propagandist manner. You will soon receive communications from my lawyers, Messrs. Burke and Hare, an Edinburgh firm of som...
by Andrew McGeever
Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

Dear Geoffrey, Although you replied to "Beach Boy", I will confine this post to an update of "Altar Boy". Yes, the poem was read at the launch of "A History of Holy Name Parish, Oakley". I didn't read it: something turned up and I couldn't get to the church. But soon there will be opportunities for ...
by Andrew McGeever
Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEONARD!
Replies: 144
Views: 39505

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEONARD!

Dear Leonard, Several members of the McGeever family attended your concert at Edinburgh Castle on July 16th. My wife, my daughter-in-law and my future (hopefully!) daughter-in-law all fell in love with you. They all agreed that you are an extremely sexy man, with a very sexy voice....oh, and your mu...
by Andrew McGeever
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

Dear Geoffrey, "the second stanza is entitled Beach Boy" (I wrote) "I look forward to reading it" (you wrote). Well, here it is, and hope that the "outrageous provocation" (sic) which I undoubtedly tolerate will re-enforce my "good-natured personality" with readers :?: Beach Boy Christmas morning fo...
by Andrew McGeever
Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Before You're Sixty-Four.
Replies: 359
Views: 75993

Re: Before You're Sixty-Four.

I'm comforted to be told by Geoffrey that I'm not the "evil rascal" to which he referred in a previous post. Yet I suspect he feels that "64" is evil per se. :roll: Regarding Imaginary friend, I'm intrigued that your reading of someone's message in cyberspace can remind you of a real person :!: Andr...
by Andrew McGeever
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:24 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

"a psychological insight into the inconsistency of the deranged soul" (sic) Geoffrey, it's only taken two of my scribblings for you to arrive at such profound conclusions :!: The next time I have the opportunity to read in public, I will quote your line. It's words such as these which make the audie...
by Andrew McGeever
Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

The "Altar Boy" stanza (taken from "From the Altar to the Beach), was chosen by the author of "A History of Holy Name Parish" (due for publication next month?). It seems my scribblings continue to find unusual locations...that's been the case to date 8) "Altar Boy" is more than the sum of its simple...

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