Neighbourhood Relations*

Neighbours. Don’t we all deserve good neighbours..? Folk on whose grace we might prevail When things at home incline to ail; Perhaps if we are accident-prone, Can’t find the damned charger for the mobile phone, Or need a favour- or even a fiver Or at a push, a taxi driver. A cup of milk, Some […]

Surveillance*

Facial Recognition Technology* Would seem to need ophthalmology… And possible further intervening With thorough and detailed memory screening The stuff imagined in Seventies sci-fi, Apparently now scanning you and I And like an aged uncle or aunt, Not at all keen to be told it can’t… LIke a tourist armed with video facility Eager to […]

Think Ink*

Teachers with tattoos. A visible state of affairs to bemuse Not because I’m a Puritan, Anymore than I’m arguably old by comparison: It’s more a moral question of sorts About private lives and public thoughts… Standing as a role model by dint of profession, Is ink-on-skin a display of unspoken confession? However bold and beautiful, […]

Techno Trials*

Switch off your technology At least an hour before bed….?* What on earth do childrenĀ  do these days To occupy their heads..?! Imagine the chaos of restless fingers Along with the kind of resentment that lingers, The desperate sense of instant aloneness; The unfamiliarity of ‘creative’ mess, With cutting and sticking and making and building; […]

The Mythology of Technology*

They gave me a laptop and bade me, ‘Type!’ It’s really only now I reflect on the hype: The status of technology Supposedly empowering me Missing fundamentally The point. To write by hand May be not so grand, All higgledy-piggle With the strokes and wiggles, Crossings out and spelling mistakes But [expletive deleted] it’s the […]

Personal Space*

It seems to me That a hand on the knee, However modestly placed, If there without clear invitation Is frankly in plain bad taste. Although, to be fair, I wasn’t actually there: The problem in turn, speculation… That’s raised a fair few eyebrows, I’m sure, With its tone of expectation- Which brings the whole historical […]

The 3 Rs *

Parents, Teach your children to know their boundaries, To distinguish the their wrongs from their rights And, knowing they are loved unconditionally, To judge when to run and when, fight. The business of childhood learning Is more complex than ever before, The relentless spread of the mobile phone Both commended and abhorred, This portable technology […]