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Nothing compares to Sinead O’Connor

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Bringing the UN to tears with poetry

Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner speaking and reciting at the UN Climate Leaders Summit 2014

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Tomorrow I must iron my shirt

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Tomorrow I must iron my shirt
for it’s Friday
not dress-down Friday
nor casual Friday
untidy Friday
or Freaky Friday
cheeky Friday
Fish and chips
and deep fried
Mars Bar
greasy Friday
no indeed
it’s a crease-free
Friday
so tomorrow I must iron my shirt

Photo and words by Stephen Trinder 15th April 2014

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The thing in the fridge

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We were very sorry to see you go
but there’s a thing in the fridge
and we just have to know
what it is

For science apparently
a sample we’re told
it’s possibly rotten and decidedly cold
what on earth will we do
if it comes back to life
we might have to find ourselves
some sort of knife

It looks rather meaty
it might have an eye
is it your dog’s food
or some sort of pie
we’d sort it ourselves
but we’re too scared to try
(though it doesn’t appear to be able to fly}

We’d said see you later
but we’ve changed our minds
since we looked in the fridge
to see what we’d find
there’s a thing wrapped in Gladwrap
that might be alive
please come back and see us and help us survive!

Words and photo by Stephen Trinder

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Shrinking Women : Lily Myers

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What’s wrong with the lyrics to Alison Gold’s “Chinese Food”?

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/alison-golds-insane-chinese-food-video-new-rebecca-blacks-friday-153135

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/15/the-most-offensive-lyrics-and-wtf-moments-from-chinese-food.html

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2013/10/15/12/24/chinese-food-music-video-goes-viral

http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2013/10/15/alison-gold-chinese-food-video/

http://nz.entertainment.yahoo.com/video/watch/19440313/is-the-chinese-food-song-racist/

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Spring is like a perhaps hand

Spring is like a perhaps hand

Friday August 16th is National Poetry Day in New Zealand. The poem by e.e.cummings seems appropriate for the air of possibility both at the University of Canterbury and in Christchurch City itself (being rebuilt after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes).
Photo by Stephen Trinder

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