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Raise a glass to Yuri Gagarin

March 9th, 2014

A short verse marking the 80th birthday of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space – who was born on March 9th 1934. He died in 1968. A brave man.

Happy Birthday Nerys Hughes

November 20th, 2012

A short verse to celebrate the birthday of actress Nerys Hughes, most famous for her role in The Liver Birds.

An Old Man outruns Gebrselassie

April 15th, 2012

A Clerihew to mark the disappointing news that the Olympic marathon in London won’t be graced by all-time great Haile Gebrselassie who has failed to make the Ethiopian team for 2012

Happy Birthday Sir Tom

April 8th, 2012

A birthday poem in Clerihew style to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sir Tom Finney, the finest footballer England has ever produced, and a man of great modesty.

The death of George Toupou V

March 21st, 2012

A very short verse to mark the passing of the Tongan Head of State.

Paddington is TV’s top bear

March 21st, 2012

A short verse celebrating Paddington Bear’s voting in as the most popular children’s TV character of all time.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

March 16th, 2012

The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2012 reported in Clerihew style.

Head for the hills

March 14th, 2012

A short verse noting that the Discovery Channel has dropped plans for further series by explorer Bear Grylls, who has sometimes been accused of taking to his hotel room while supposedly roughing it.

Top 12 #poetfilms of all time

March 2nd, 2012

To celebrate the #poetfilms thread on Twitter, here’s my list of the top 12 poet films ever made.

What Sir Mervyn King told the Treasury Select Committee

February 29th, 2012

A short verse noting the angry outburst by Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King when unfairly challenged by the Treasury Select Committee about his record, specifically his failure to curtail bankers’ unquenchable thirst for a profit at the taxpayers’ expense.

What made Edvard Munch scream?

Freud overjoyed

Ronnie Corbett receives his CBE

The return of Kevin Pietersen

The Ebdon Red Con

The mullahs of Iran

Dickens at 200

Chris Huhne’s High Noon

The late Sir Fred

Angelo Dundee 1921 -2012

Bonus balls

David Hockney awarded the Order of Meritt

Sculpture theft in Dulwich

Kim Jong-Il 1942-2011

Christopher Hitchens 1949 – 2011

The IMF’s leader speaks

The search for the Higgs Bosun

Christopher Logue 1926 – 2011

Vladimir Antonov resigns from Portsmouth FC

The work of the late Ken Russell

A new Q for James Bond

Jimmy Carr and the limits of bad taste comedy

Steve Coogan’s trashcan

The Damien Hirst retrospective at the Tate Modern

Basil D’Oliveira

That Martin Johnson press conference

The Axing of Shooting Stars by the BBC

Smokin’ Joe Frazier

I, Zlatan arrives in London

The task facing Lucas Papademos

News International takes a trip to Salem

A new Italian Prime Minister

A new Greek Prime Minister

The Home Secretary’s inquiry into border security

Tim Gudgin is to retire

Who is Jose Manuel Barroso?

The Salman Butt spot fixing trial

The Greek debt crisis

Iranian actress spared 90 lashes over role in Australian film

The resignation of the chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral


About this site likes to mark significant moments in public life with a short verse - usually in Clerihew form. We've tightened our poetic belt and cut everything right back to the bare essentials. Every verse on this site takes up fewer than 140 characters, so feel free to tweet them to your friends.

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