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Richard Fleming
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Ex-pat writer living in the Channel Islands
Ex-pat writer living in the Channel Islands

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PRINCELY CHARLES
This month's theme for Guernsey's Poetry Open Mic event is CATS and I was therefore relieved to discover a couple of cat-poems gathering dust in the gloomy archive that I tend to refer to as The Bard's Basement . As a lifelong dog-person, my relationship wi...

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EAST MEETS WEST
My recent visit to Northern Ireland was primarily to attend the wedding of my nephew, Simon, to the lovely Kimiko. The happy couple live in London but for their wedding they chose the magnificent setting of Old Court Chapel on the shores of Strangford Lough...

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FACING THE MUSIC
On Sunday I shared the stage with popular local soprano, Lee-Ann Haw k es, at an open -air performance in Candie G ardens , St Peter Port. Lee-Ann captivat ed a n appreciative audience with a selection of classical arias while I read two sets of poems, take...

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FROM SARNIA TO NARNIA
My old st a mping ground, East Belfast, which I revisited recently, is the birthplace of many well-known individuals. The writer, C S Lewis, grew up there, not half a mile from the house where I was born, and from the same district came actor and director K...

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ROVER'S RETURN
I revisited Belfast recently and took a stroll down Newtownards Road, a staunchly working class area in that increasingly affluent city, to admire and photograph some of the amazing murals that adorn the gable-ends of some of the buildings. The area is adja...

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COMMERCIAL BREAK
An eclectic new collection that deals with themes of love and death, old and new gods, nostalgia for a vanished age and the challenges of life in the 21st Century.   Price £6.99   ISBN: 978-0-9928791-5-0 Paperback. 64 pages Published by Blue Ormer Publishin...

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TRAVELS
The Bard has returned from a thrilling visit to the magnificent open-air arena at Verona to see Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly . This was followed by a week of sunshine and relaxation at Lake Garda and then a lavish family wedding in Northern Ireland. A...

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DREAMS OF AVARICE
The Bard is taking a short break so, in my absence, here’s a lengthy gangster tale in verse to keep you going. It’s influenced by the B-Movies of my younger days, with a nod to the cliches of the genre. THREE BLIND MICE 1. BETTY MAE’S DREAM 

 She had a dre...

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DREAMS OF AVARICE
The Bard is taking a short break so, in my absence, here’s a lengthy gangster tale in verse to keep you going. It’s influenced by the B-Movies of my younger days, with a nod to the cliches of the genre. THREE BLIND MICE 1. BETTY MAE’S DREAM 

 She had a dre...

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DOG DAYS (7)
The final poem of Dog Days week is dedicated to Holly, our little Border terrier, and was written during the last years of her life when her longevity and devotion had earned her the right to the occasionally snooze on our bed. HOLLY Waking, my hand falls o...
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