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The Gallery / "Life's a funny old thing, Son." A Dad story.
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:23:25 PM »
"Life's a funny old thing, Son."

Dad never spent long in the past,
he had a philosophy of the now,
living the moment.
It served him well.
But sometimes he'd slip away
into the warrior's reverie.

Briefly lost in another time and place,
reliving a distant time.

"You alright, Dad?"
He knelt by his motorbike,
paused in mid repair,
spanner in hand,
eyes turned inward.

A shake of the head,
light returning to his eyes.
"Yes.  Just thinking...
If it wasn't for some bloody A-rab
with a damned great log
you wouldn't even be here."

"How's that, Dad?"

"I went to rescue another Matelot,
outside a bar in Port Said.
He was getting the thin end of a fight
with a bunch of A-rabs.
Several of us joined in.
The last thing I saw
was a sea of striped robes
running at us,
and a bloody great log,
coming straight at my head.

"I came around in hospital
at a shore base,
and my ship had sailed.

"The man who took my place died
when a tin-fish came calling,
straight through the stoke-hold."

He shook himself,
like a dog shaking off river water
after a swim.
Came back to the present.
The shutters were down again.

He wiped his oily fingers on a rag
then tousled my curly little head.

"Life's a funny old thing, Son."


Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:53:28 PM »
Would we be here if we didn't?

Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:57:55 AM »
Quite correct.  You're not.

Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:09:01 AM »
So she's an Uptown Girl then.

The Coffee Shop / Re: Goodbye Amazing Members
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:07:44 AM »
We'll see you around, Fly ;-)

You've done a grand and sometimes thankless job.

Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:48:07 AM »
Still raking through the debris, I see.

Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: December 31, 2017, 07:54:15 AM »

The Gallery / Re: Poop Story
« on: December 31, 2017, 07:00:24 AM »
Done. I put everything away and I'm goin' for a dip in my lake and hopefully soak the stink off me. This works pretty well but I still need a shower and shave. After all this I can still smell my fingers as I type this. EEEwwww.

It does linger, doesn't it?  You can wash and wash until you think it's all gone.   Wash your hands with Dettol or similar.  Definitely all gone.  Then you lift a cup of coffee to your mouth and the smell is still there, faint, but there.  Heat activation of the minutest traces?


Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: December 30, 2017, 03:31:44 PM »
If they suddenly pull the plug only those who are online at the time will know it was the last post.

So let's take out a little insurance.  I've never heard this recording until today.  I always thought this was a bugle only tune.  Couldn't imagine it played on anything else.  I would have expected it not to work.  Or to feel horribly contrived.

But here is Mark Knopfler making it work.

The Coffee Shop / Re: Spam
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:03:43 PM »
It's heartbreaking that we have to bail like this.

I think we all knew that one day the Circle might 'go dark'.  That the owners, either the new anonymous ones or the previous ones, might one day decide they weren't making enough money from the site and pull the plug.  The drop in active membership over the last few years made this seem even more inevitable.  We've had a free ride for years and come to accept it as a given.

But the total balls the current owners have made of it means we all have to vote with our feet.  To think about the unthinkable and take steps ourselves instead of just trusting someone else to do it for us.

At least now we do have an option, and a very familiar feeling one it is ;-)

So dig in and 'mine' old posts you want to save onto your own hard drive.  I've tended to keep back-ups of my own stuff anyway, except the more quickfire stuff.

But I know that not everyone as as 'belt and braces' as me.   I know that some of the poets in particular tend to work in the 'posting window' and then maybe make a copy after they've finished.  Not a shrewd move, Folks.

Anything composed of electrons held together by a bizarre algorithm has always seemed frighteningly vulnerable to me.  Maybe because I cut my computing teeth on old secondhand machines which were end-of life.  I have a collection of eight semi-dead old drives which I have kept with a view to possibly saving stuff one day.

I realise the stuff on my current computer is also potentially vulnerable, but I have offline backups as well.  And thumb drives with individual novels, etc. 

It's really sad to think that some of our more sporadic visitors may wander back one day and find either a black hole in cyber-space or a site where all the first pages on ever board are full of spam and Blocked.

If you have personal contact details for anyone who has been quiet for the last few months or more this would be a good time to send them a PM - while you can - or a brief email.  If they still have notifications turned on their email will tell them there's a PM.  Then at least you'll know you tried.



The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 29, 2017, 06:21:39 PM »
[Gyppo ambles in, looks at the jukebox which is already lining up an appropriate tune.]

Smoke On The Water

Listen to the words, don't just headbang like an idiot.

Just like Deep Purple, all those years ago we have to find another place to play because someone has burned this place to the ground.  (Well, spammed it to death.)

Fortunately there is place, where you will find many of the survivors, none of the spam, and many familiar faces.  No traps, trips, or anything nasty if you click this link.

The party isn't over unless you let it die.

The Coffee Shop / Re: Signing off
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:24:57 PM »
Best wishes, Ms Havoc.  Your efforts on our behalf have been appreciated.

Get that novel sorted and sold.  You know how to find me when there's news to share.

It's been a good trip until the last few months.


Review My Poetry / Re: before the bath
« on: December 29, 2017, 04:39:30 PM »
I assume that those living downwind of all the forest fires in the USA recently are probably finding ashes all over the place.  Like snow it can work its way into corners where you wouldn't expect to find it.

In view of the deaths you'd have to wonder if the dust contained more than just burned dreams, homes, and crops.

I like this Indar, even though it does make me feel a bit uncomfortable.

My understanding bobbled a bit at the start with layers used as a verb, rather than a noun.  But it's a perfectly legitimate use so don't take this as criticism.


The Coffee Shop / Re: Your favourite song - today
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:30:46 AM »
Wishing Well

Review My Poetry / Open letter to all members: Prose and poetry alike.
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:16:29 AM »
For anyone new here who doesn't know me, I'm Gyppo.  I've been here almost since the beginning and love this place.  But...

It is terminally ill.  It isn't going to get better.  The new owners don't give a damn.  The moderators no longer have the tools they need to fight the spam.  They no longer have technical support. There is nothing they can do.

How difficult can it be to understand this is entirely out of their hands?  The fact they are still hanging around trying to help people shows their character and resilience.

The best thing you can do is cut your losses and head on over to

where you will find many familiar faces and an administrator who cares passionately about getting it right.

In the meantime, may I suggest you log on here at MWC and use the search function - which miraculously still works - and 'mine' any of your previous postings you really want to save.  Okay, it'll be a mammoth cut and paste session  to get stuff back onto your own system if you've been on here as long as I have, but if you just hang around waiting for some good fairy to appear and 'do something' you're wasting your time.


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