Why Did The Policeman Cross the Road?

By Stevyn Colgan

Not so much police intelligence as intelligent policing

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Quick (and Poetic) Hello!

It's National Poetry Day. And, while it's nothing to do with my book, I thought I'd share my love of poetry with you. Well, my love of bad poetry anyway. So here's a podcast of mine from last year (or was it the year before?) in which you'll hear what I consider to be some of the direst poetry ever written. You'll also hear some pretty bad music too.

Oh, and so that there is at least a smidgin of problem-solving in this shedpost, here's a handy way to get kids to eat fruit: banana dolphins. Make fruit fun!

Banana dolphins discovered here.

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Comments

Chris Emerson
 Chris Emerson says:

Not being the biggest poetry fan, it sort of passes me by how bad some of them are - some of the ones you read didn't strike me as particularly awful, whereas if I were more knowledgeable about poetry or read more of it they probably would.

The bad music at the start though, I definitely did appreciate for its awfulness! Good stuff. Check out "The Girl Who Was... Death" by Devil Doll for some of the most bizarre vocals I've ever heard, by a chap who calls himself "Mr. Doctor". That's not to say the album is bad though, but the vocal style certainly takes some getting used to!

posted 2nd October 2014

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

I certainly will! I am a particular fan of all of the people mentioned in the podcast plus a great many more. But I have a particular fondness for Mrs Miller. She got a podcast all of her own! See here: http://vimeo.com/42332996 and enjoy!

posted 2nd October 2014

Chris Emerson
 Chris Emerson says:

Excellent, something to listen to while I work!

posted 2nd October 2014

Chris Emerson
 Chris Emerson says:

Oh, and I'm sure you must be aware of the Portsmouth Sinfonia - Not quite in the same category because they don't believe they are good in the same way as these artists are - it's an orchestra who have a rule that you can't be experienced in the instrument you are playing. Often wrongly categorised as just a 'bad' orchestra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpJ6anurfuw

posted 2nd October 2014

Ruth Curtis
 Ruth Curtis says:

Fabulous
Just what I needed on a sleepless night after a long day of editing (mostly of my interview with you, Stevyn!). Thank you for plopping and the "inexorable" words (what defines something as poetry?) and horrific music.... aarrrrggh!

posted 3rd October 2014

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

Chris - I am very aware of the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Not only do I have all of their execrable recordings but I actually got to see them play once in the early 1980s. A joyous event. But did you know that their founder was none other than Brian Eno? Their first appearance is on his solo album 'Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy' on a lullaby called 'Put a straw under baby'. :)

Ruth - I'm looking forward to seeing it! Plop.

posted 14th October 2014

Chris Emerson
 Chris Emerson says:

I knew Brian Eno was involved, didn't know he founded it - good stuff! Would be great to have seen them, it's hilarious listening to them!

posted 14th October 2014

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