I.T.dium*

They spent all their money on moose heads…1 At least, that’s how it seems, As though Information Technology’s The only way to realise dreams. They’ve blown the budget big time With things Eee-lectronic Too young to remember the Power Cuts Or maybe just worn laconic The weight of ambition An ignominious disposition, The drive for […]

Freedom of Information*

It’s a well-known but little-acknowledged fact That technology can steadily do you harm, The business of manual communication Too readily disarmed… The humble pencil (bless its heart) No longer an essential part Of every child’s ABC, The luxury of technology Now commonplace and superseding Basic skills, and so impeding Fallback capabilities That have no need […]

Silencing the Lambs*

We went to watch the football in a local hostelry. The place was full to bursting in the room with the TV, Folks of all proclivities come together as one Including those accompanied by babes, daughters sons… You might think, “Oh, how wonderful!- a family affair!” But is watching soccer in the pub an act […]

Nostalgia*

When I was a child, my parents gave me books With pictures, stories, poems, facts- each one worth a look All the way from heady days when Janet first met John… (Though long since have I had my doubts they actually got on- He the Big Adventure and she the frilly sidekick I wonder why […]

Unplugged*

Put the bloody computer down. Pull out the plug, Put your feet on the ground! Let your mobile phone go flat And see just how you cope with that! Step outside and meet the day -It’s gonna be there anyway… Feel the wind in your hair And the rain on your face -Who gives a […]

E-gocentric

Is the dominance of the ‘white board’ To be admired or abhorred? Centrally placed in every room Contributing to the planet’s doom On the basis of pure stupidity That it runs on e-lectricity? Is it to be exalted, adored, On the grounds that I.T. is the only way forward? Humans defeated by marketisation Somehow persuaded […]

Contemporary Communication Disorder

  The glance is mightier than the word.¹ An observation not so absurd, The curse being sharper than the sentiment, Semiotics, the weapon of intent.² A smile may launch a thousand ships, This cause-effect relationship Declared of Helen Of Troy, I believe. A curious burden, ill-conceived, The blame and cost attributed To one woman’s face, […]