Saint George*

Saint George: An English National Treasure. Devoted to duty. No time for leisure… By all accounts a stalwart fella, Tin suit gleaming whatever the weather, Raising the hitherto unasked question (Sans temptingly inappropriate suggestion…) About rust in the rain and how this applied When riding a horse, with sword at his side, Heavy with metal […]


Hilary¹ and Teresa² up rather different trees With no inclination whatsoever to please, Leadership clearly a one-woman act Whether supported or whether attacked. A subtle reminder of the Thatcher years,³ Enshrined in history for plundering fears; Portrayed in the media as megalomania Because, it seemed, no man could tame her… ‘Tis a curious phenomenon from where […]

Soccer Shocker*

Football’s gone all self-righteous A united front tutting at the simply outrageous Utterly implausible idea That unimaginable sums of money Have actually been changing hands here… Call it a bribe or call it a bung, The latest team manager, record unsung, Is being hung right out there to dry, As all around, the Nation sighs, […]

Logistics of Leadership

When the going gets tough, The Brits talk Sport… Balls: Hit, kicked, bounced, flounced Fouled, caught, fraught. You have to admire our national spirit- No matter the contest, We think we can win it. And when we have failed Again and again, Angrily berated the streams of men,* We polish our pride Rearrange our expression […]

After the Fire

Is this a National State of Turmoil As politicians and public en masse recoil From the taking and making and breaking decisions, The spats, recriminations, inevitable derision, As the general public, confused if you will, Try to extract meaning and purpose still? A Union broken, perhaps beyond repair: Too many voices competing there. Too many […]

Mrs Manager*

Introducing Mrs Hodgson, A woman in the shadows Whose hubby’s centre-stage right now As everybody knows… Do you ever pause to question If she likes the anonymity? Whether she craves to be centre-stage Or prefers quiet afternoon tea? I wonder what she really thinks About living with The Team? One thing is for sure right now: […]

Saturday Sporting Saga

Television prime time? His choice, never mine. Though I’ve learned to tolerate The very thing I used to hate. Angered at the over-ruling Of Saturday’s terrestrial TV scheduling I’ve silently absorbed the games And even some more-famous names, The strategies, the ways to foul, Tantrums, throwing in the towel. Sign language and lip reading Help […]