Monthly Archives: May 2016

Blog Tip: How to do a ping back. It’s more than you think.

This is one of the most confusing things I have ever read and I believe am quite experienced in the use of the English Language, having used it for many years. Heedless to say there will continue to be no ping back to my next Haiku attempt.


Ping backs.

A lot of blogs talk about ‘put a ping back to my blog’.

How in the frilly froo froo do . . . you . . .  do . . .  a . . .  ping . . .  back?

A video clip of actor Judd Nelson as John Bender from the movie the Breakfast Club.

For one thing, I am not sure how you spell froo froo, but I figured y’all would get what I was saying. Secondly, why do they make pasting a copy of the POST URL sound like some strange technical mumbo jumbo? Thirdly, reread the ‘For one thing‘ and the ‘Secondly‘ because you were distracted by Bender conniptioning with the statue up there.

That’s right. All a ping back is, is you copy the URL of an actual post, not the main URL for the blog or a page that is actually a category page, into your post. It can be a link in the…

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Five of the Best Books about Poetry

Glad Stephen Fry was included, this book is the definitive introduction to both common and obscure verse forms and should be on every aspiring poets shelf or those who just love the art

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Five great introductions to English poetry

If you’re studying poetry at school or university, or are simply a fan of the world of verse, it’s useful to have some handy guides standing by to assist with the terminology and to shed light on the various poetic forms used by poets, and the sometimes challenging language of poetry. In our experience, the following five books are among the greatest books about poetry out there (though there are, needless to say, many more helpful books on the market) and all five books will help the poetry fan to understand and appreciate poetry to a greater degree.

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Five Fascinating Facts about Patrick Hamilton

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Interesting facts about a neglected novelist and playwright

1. Patrick Hamilton’s famous fans and champions have included Doris Lessing and Graham Greene. The playwright and author J. B. Priestley was also an admirer of Hamilton’s work, much of which focuses on working-class British life. In 1968, future Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing lamented: ‘Hamilton was a marvellous novelist who’s grossly neglected.’ More recently, Fever Pitch author Nick Hornby has expressed admiration for Hamilton’s novels, declaring Hamilton ‘my new best friend’ when he first encountered his work.

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Life, Love and Mortality

Sounds like a pleasant evening in aid of a cause quite close to my heart, unfortunately not close to my present home but for those over that way it should be good.


St-John-in-the-Wall-photo-credit-Andy-MarshallTaking place in the atmospheric setting of St John on the Wall, the literary event Life, Love and Mortality will be an evening of thought-provoking tales, poetry and music. From 7pm to 10.30pm on Thursday 9th June, performers will share literary works and music inspired by the setting and by the themes life, love and mortality.

The event will offer the chance to spend an evening in one of Bristol’s hidden buildings, cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust, whilst listening to short fiction, poetry and music.

Featuring the words of Judy Darley, Paul Deaton, Louise Gethin, Harriet Kline, Mike Manson, Helen Sheppard, and Claire Williamson, plus the music of Joanna Butler and Paul Bradley, this will be an evening focused on the things that can stop us in our tracks, and spur us on to achieve our dreams.

A bar will be available.

Proceeds will go to

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Five Fascinating Facts about John Lydgate

A generally unknown poet who could put many of us to shame with his massive output. Perhaps overshadowed by that other medieval literary master, Geoffrey Chaucer.

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A short biography of a medieval poet

1. John Lydgate wrote one of the first true epic poems in the English language. Lydgate’s Troy Book runs to a whopping 30,000 lines, making it one of the longest poems in the English literature (as well as one of the earliest Lydgate was born in around 1370 and died in about 1451). To put that in perspective, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, itself not exactly a short work, is just over 17,000 lines. In other words, Lydgate’s Troy Book is big. (Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene is 35,000 lines long, and so beats Lydgate’s poem. And The Faerie Queene is a gargantuan epic.)

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