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Postby TheFarmcotian » Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:59 pm

I thought I would start a new General Chat page called Poetry Corner. This should keep the naysayers happy and hopefully stop us all going off tangent on football topics. If someone wants to post a poem after one of the matches just stick a short message on the match thread saying you'll find it on Poetry Corner - anyone can see that it has a new entry by clicking on View Active Topics.

To get things below is a poem called A Difference of Opinions - I cannot claim any credit for it as it is by Francis Duggan. I have however added a relevant final verse. I think it sums up beautifully how we all have differences of opinion but in the end we are individuals and should revel in our differences. If you like his poetry it can be found at http://www.poemhunter.com/francis-duggan/poems/

A DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS
A difference of opinions just means you and I
On different subjects do not see eye to eye
And who is wrong or right is not for me to say
Since we do look at life in a different way.

On any one subject all will not agree
And what's right to you may not be right to me
If we all thought the same how boring we would be
Though 'tis said what we dislike in others in ourselves we do see.

'Tis our individuality from others that place us apart
But what does matter most is you be kind of heart
And you do not find joy in another's downfall
And you embrace the truth in a fair go for all.

We are all individuals for want of a better name
And even those with similar views not exactly the same
Despite a common ancestry and similar D N A
We all look at life in a different way.

Of similar things many of us may dream
But we all are quite different or so it does seem
Though we can be judged by the company we keep
The karma we sow is the karma we reap.

It is our differing views on forums such as this
Which shows our love of club - such bliss
So let us ensure there is room for all views
To share FGR stories - spread the news

Let's hope we can agree to disagree.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Pitchfork » Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:43 pm

It was the summer of 1970, the sixties were over but it was still long hair, colourful clothes and love. Dale Vince was in short trousers, wind farms a dream and the Battle of the Beanfield over a decade away. I was about to move from school to University, no gap years then, just hard work to earn enough for the beer in the term ahead. It was to be Newcastle Brown, Watney's Red Barrel or a Double Diamond 'works wonders!' Keg beer was about to rule in the bars.There were still 'men only' pubs on the streets of Newcastle, I'm embarrassed to think I left mine outside once while I had a quick pint after a Roy Harper concert!

Anyway FGR had enjoyed a fine season, their 2nd season in the County League and they had finished 3rd.....AND won the Berkeley Hospital Cup and The Stroud Charity Cup. The cost of running FGR was £35 a week including player expenses.....gate receipts were around £11 per week. Times were tough!!!

So that chunk is my excuse for inserting a link to one of my favourite singer's best ever concert.....Isle of White 1970. It was the final night of the festival, the ground was wet and there had been intermittent violence. Leonard Cohen followed Jimi Hendrix who had put up with a lot of booing and bottles thrown on stage. Joan Baez had calmed things down a little. Then Leonard mesmerised his audience for over an hour. You don't need to like poetry to admire him, indeed his lyrics usually don't make sense. But the music and words have a way of getting to you, ask 'Cohencentrics' throughout the world.This early stuff is as good as anything and of course he's still writing and touring to sell out audiences even though he's 80 now. Suzanne, The Stranger Song, Bird on the Wire and So Long Marianne just as wonderful as Hallelujah! One heck of a guy! I'd love to see him in a FGR shirt!

Perhaps someone may have a listen.....many will say his songs are best listened to when you are in despair after a FGR loss, some after walloping Welling,but I love them all.

Thanks for the Poetry Corner Farmcotian, it's given me the excuse

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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:38 pm

Thanks for the Poetry Corner Farmcotian, it's given me the excuse

http://www.openculture.com/2012/10/leon ... tival.html

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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Chrisgump11 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:22 pm

Think F "has touched your perfect body with his mind" Mr P

For my favourite lyrics from that era, "Where do you go to my lovely" by Peter Sarstedt:

You talk like Marlene Dietrich
And you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire
Your clothes are all made by Balmain
And there's diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes there are

You live in a fancy apartment
Off the Boulevard Saint-Michel
Where you keep your Rolling Stones records
And a friend of Sacha Distel, yes you do

But where do you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
Tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do

I've seen all your qualifications
You got from the Sorbonne
And the painting you stole from Picasso
Your loveliness goes on and on, yes it does

When you go on your summer vacation
You go to Juan-les-Pins
With your carefully designed topless swimsuit
You get an even suntan on your back and on your legs

And when the snow falls you're found in Saint Moritz
With the others of the jet-set
And you sip your Napoleon brandy
But you never get your lips wet, no you don't

But where do you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
Won't you tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do

Your name, it is heard in high places
You know the Aga Khan
He sent you a racehorse for Christmas
And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, a-ha-ha-ha

They say that when you get married
It'll be to a millionaire
But they don't realize where you came from
And I wonder if they really care, or give a damn

Where do you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
Tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do

I remember the back streets of Naples
Two children begging in rags
Both touched with a burning ambition
To shake off their lowly-born tags, so they try

So look into my face Marie-Claire
And remember just who you are
Then go and forget me forever
But I know you still bear the scar, deep inside, yes you do

I know where you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
I know the thoughts that surround you
'Cause I can look inside your head

My daughter lives on the Cote D'Azure - imagine my disappointment on finding that it is no longer recalled in the beach front bars. Sacre bleu
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Chrisgump11 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:32 pm

Or if you'd rather:

There's a breathless hush at The New Lawn to-night -
All to play for and the match to win -
A pristine pitch and a blinding light,
Minutes to play and the last Sub in.
And it's not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
But his Captain's hand on his shoulder smote
"Play up! play up! and play the game!"

I imagine that Sir Henry Newbolt had David Pipe in mind when he penned his version?
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:34 pm

In an odd twist of fate, this could be the most popular thread!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:41 pm

Yippee - see most of you in an hour
The finest of Welling to deflower
With Sarstedt ringing in my head
By half time we'll put Ady's old boys to bed

I think we are going to enjoy this thread - unencumbered with any other baggage.
Let me know what style of poem you'd like my match report in.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Fartvs Antiqvvs » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:09 pm

A poetic clue as to where you sit in the East Stand t/f. Another alias to meet in person.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Pitchfork » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:14 pm

Welling........with reference to Cohen's Suzanne (and her tea and oranges)

Now Ady takes your hand
And he leads you to the New Lawn
His team are wearing their colours
From Ecotricity’s best designers
And the sunset is so beautiful
On the hillside in the distance
And Dale shows you where to look
Amongst the vegan food and wildflowers
There are heroes on Matt's green grass
There are cheering fans on the terrace
They are shouting for more goals
Will it be 1-0 forever?
While Ady brings on new players
And you want the game to finish
And you want three points collected
Now we know that we can trust them

(For she's touched your perfect body with her mind.)

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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Chrisgump11 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:41 am

I like that Mr P. How to get over Cohen's soulful monotone though?

No connection Farmacotian, but this is the one I mentioned last night by Roger McGough:

http://poetry-fromthehart.blogspot.co.u ... gough.html
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Pitchfork » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:50 am

I used Roger McGough's poems in the classroom, always effective.

This would be more suitable to use in gatherings of oldies, at least those that are still striving to live life to the full and look forward to adventures and yes a little mischief at times.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:57 am

I was always more of a Pam Ayers fan myself!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Chrisgump11 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:43 pm

Think I got away with a poetical Welling hiding behind the food theme.

as the old scoreboard used to say, "waiting ......... "
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:11 pm

Will try and catch up on the previous posts in a minute. In an idle moment I thought I would review the Barrow players and my thoughts on this coming Saturday's match.

Barrow visit The New Lawn in a couple of days time. I doubt whether many of the names are known to us but here is a brief stanza or two highlighting their squad.

BARROW BOYS COME SOUTH

Barrow newly promoted to the National League
Visit the TNL for the first time
It’s early in the season so no fatigue
We hope they’ll not disturb our starting paradigm

Custodians they have two
Dixon currently is number one
But five conceded - quite a few
For only two played - we should breakthrough

At the back the current four
Are Ashton, Cowperthwaite but two
Livesey and Grand have yet to shut the door
We should three or four accrue

A midfield that a coach and horses have run through
Fofana, Mellor, Harvey and Cook
Frear, Sincs, Wedge and Kurtis should turn the thumbscrew
Our midfield should easily run the playbook

Upfront Symington and Hayworth have lead the line
But their forum is critical of the formation being played
Say manager Edo is suspect, is tactically blind
With skill and panache this team should be flayed

Our strikers must be more on the mark
More shots on target should be our desire
Aim for three or four should be in our ballpark
As Grimsby did - it’ll be what Ady requires

We were all impressed with the new style of play
It’s far too early in the season to see whether it will last
But playing from the back I hope is here to stay
Maxted’s quick distribution has caught on fast

Frear’s got belief and takes defender son as thought they don’t exist
And his crossing has been superb
O’Connor for me is the link we have missed
With Parkin or Guthrie many a centre half will perturb

So as far as I can see the future is very bright
With so many good players on the bench
In Ady and Jamie we trust to get it right
Against the “might” of Barrow our thirst should we quench
The mighty Rovers will the Bluebirds smite.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:27 pm

I really like this thread - a clue as to where I sit as requested FA.

The Hillesley massif are a cohesive bunch
And usually sit near each other
Just down from "every time ref" - an awful sound
I'm known as "extra gravy" by those that serve us lunch
Just below Dale's exclusive box, under cover
But at Tom Burns table I can be found

So instead of talking diamond or 4-4-2 formations let's talk Haiku, Doggerel, Epithalamion, et al. Oh and does anyone else feel that Marsh-Brown is overated?
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:32 pm

No connection Farmacotian, but this is the one I mentioned last night by Roger McGough:

http://poetry-fromthehart.blogspot.co.u ... gough.html

I'd not read this before Chris - very good. Just shown it to some of the other oldies around here. Started us wistfully talking of the past.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Timb » Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:22 pm

0-1
1-0
4-0

Pure poetry.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:42 pm

Won the first two just
Won the next one the same way
Won today's game, best.


My first attempt at a Haiku

Apologies
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Greeners » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:09 pm

Hi
voodoobluesman wrote:Won the first two just
Won the next one the same way
Won today's game, best.


My first attempt at a Haiku

Apologies

That makes 4 matches just change the first line to 'Won tthe first one, just'

It fits the haiku metre of 5.7.5 sylables well.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:19 pm

Greeners wrote:Hi
voodoobluesman wrote:Won the first two just
Won the next one the same way
Won today's game, best.


My first attempt at a Haiku

Apologies

That makes 4 matches just change the first line to 'Won tthe first one, just'

It fits the haiku metre of 5.7.5 sylables well.


Excellent stuff -well done both

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The win means we are so high
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