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A Day of Protests

~ 10th December 2011

As December draws
the feast ever closer
and turkey wattles
waddle crimson
beneath the festive blade

Congolese election tension
spills onto London streets,
Whitehall swiftly sweeping up
Kabila’s critics with
the broken Christmas baubles.

Meanwhile in Putin’s Moscow
thousands decked in white
watch quietly
as democracy lies twitching
under ballot boxes
prematurely stuffed.


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A(u)nti(e) Kyoto


We grew up believing
that Auntie knew best.

The indubitable drama queen,
licensed to bill from her pebble mill,
now resides in the city.

Pity really,
that Auntie’s gone global
nothing noble about packing up
a home-grown scientist
in a neat little bundle –

gift wrap the six,
but there’s a seventh

Sad to see Auntie’s
lost all her gumption;
foregone assumption
international consumption
would ditch the last reel
on the cutting room floor –

environmental truth
sticks in Man(n)’s craw

~ The BBC, affectionately known as ‘Auntie’ in the UK, has been screening David Attenborough’s excellent series ‘The Frozen Planet’. In order to sell the programme abroad it has packaged the series as six episodes with an ‘optional’ seventh episode. The seventh episode entitled ‘On Thin Ice’ is dedicated totally to climate change, something which Attenborough feels very passionate about. Of the 30 networks across the world who have bought the series, a third of them have rejected the option of screening the seventh episode. In the US the series is being screened on The Discovery Channel, which was actually involved in making the programme along with the BBC and The Open University. Viewers in the US will not see the seventh episode.


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Flaccid dictator
wheeled in;
world watches.

The dead stir
uneasy in their beds;
justice rests with the living.

~Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s deposed president, was recently charged with murder after ordering troops to open fire on anti-government protesters. On the 3rd of August he was wheeled into court in his hospital bed.


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