Thursday, 10 January 2013

On the Ning Nang Nong

Tonight I recited Spike Milligan's poem "On the Ning Nang Nong" from Silly Verse for kids at the CoCo Dailup in Croxley Green. I had two miserable confessions to make in my intro to the piece. I have made precisely no progress in my attempt to write an anthology of poetry, to be titled Stolen First Lines. Secondly my attempt to learn on the Ning Nang Nong by heart had also failed. I had to read the poem out from the book, but even so I felt the reading was warmly received.

Also tonight, Martin Slidel from playerist.webs.com performed two of his own poems. He also had copies of the second edition of Playerist available at the cost of £1. Twenty pages of poetry, art, photography and writing for one round pound, naturally I snaffled one right up.

The CoCo cafe sits on the A412, so somehow I couldn't help mentioning that I'd once written a fairytale about my local bit of this road in North Watford. Try googling "the Giant and the Beast" if you'd like to find out more.

Merry Winterval

Christmas, with its fixed deadline of December 25th, is such a drag for us creative types. If I had stuck with designing, printing and hand decorating Christmas cards, and ensuring they would be delivered by the Xmas deadline, my total output this year would have been exactly three cards. Hampered slightly by the fact that I managed to bust our home printer early December (I was following HP's instructions for clearing a fault at the time, so I think HP should shoulder most of the blame here), Winterval cards based around the above design and mailed to family and friends are in full swing. So far all the foreign destination ones are posted, and we are well on the way to getting the rest of the family ones crossed off too. Winter doesn't end until the spring equinox around about March 22nd, so the Winterval card production is looking nicely on schedule.

Merry Winterval to all readers of Pogsurf!