Pension Dissention*

Can you imagine staying in school For as long as the government tells you to…? Demanding ‘compulsory passes’, you see, For English and Maths at GCSE. The subtext little elucidated, Though,clearly quite uncomplicated: The raising of British pensionable age A loosely ‘complimentary’ adage To rampant outsourcing of national employment, Perversely suggesting more time for enjoyment […]

Manpower*

Give a man a problem and leave him to solve it. Give him a dispute and hope he’ll resolve it. Give a man book and teach him to read Give him opportunity and help him achieve. Give him a computer and leave him to play, Finding out all sorts of things to feed his idle […]

Techno Trials*

Switch off your technology At least an hour before bed….?* What on earth do children¬† 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 […]

Frozen…*

It’s well and truly winter. The weather’s getting restless. So¬† now’s the time to find that infernal thermal vest -Or more than one if you’re organised And know just where you stored them- Along with all those mothballed woollies, frayed about the hem, And multiples of socks and gloves in partnership debates, The brokering of […]

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 […]

The Mobile Imperative*

You know you really shouldn’t ought Use you mobile while driving In case you get caught… -Or, much worse than that by far, You injure or kill someone with your car. The logic is obvious, though not so the risk ‘Coz hey!- it’s OK, you’ll only be brisk… That call to a mate to say […]