Category: Observations


Daffadon’t

I spotted these in a neighbouring garden.

What kind of idiot decides, let’s breed Daffadont3daffodils with big showy double flowers on really thin stalks? Another triumph of design over utility.

Though I suppose the daffodil breeder is smarter than the punters who buy the bulbs, plant them, and then get this wonderful display.

I suspect these magnificent plants could be used as a metaphor about how modern life is rubbish.

What’s wrong with growing wild daffodils bulbs (available from all good wildflower nurseries) or just going to see them in the wild? View full article »

Most recently I have run slams and judged them rather than participated in them. So I was a bit nervous about competing in the Wenlock Literary Festival Slam. I don’t get anxious performing on stage, but after several bad experiences, I had stopped going to slams that were part of a literary festival programme.

For those that don’t know a slam is a competition for performance poets where numerous hopefuls recite a poem and the judges select the best ones to go through to a semi-final then a final before crowning a winner. The aim of slam isn’t to win (though that’s nice), but to make poetry entertaining for the audience. A secondary point that is often missed is that slam should also be fun if a bit nerve-wracking for the competitors.

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As well as writing my own prose and poetry, some of which gets published, I am also on the selection panel for an anthology that issues editions annually. Today I got a reminder of both sides of the submitting process. I received a standard rejection letter™ in the post and a flash drive full of other people’s submissions. It was an interesting bit of timing, and provoked this blog.

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