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A C Bowden #232009 08/23/22 06:17 AM
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James Joyce
Is not everyone's choice,
But reading him is effectual
In proving oneself intellectual.

President Biden
Hoped his popularity would widen,
But in an economic slump
Many voters may prefer the return of Trump.

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Clement Attlee
Was sharp, but spoke flatly.
Liz Truss, by contrast, tries to orate,
But her acuity is not all that great.

Sir Keir Starmer
Wants to make British politics calmer.
Away with all this frenzy and mania,
And uncontrolled migration from Albania.

Only a madman
Would deny that Don Bradman
Was Australia's greatest batter,
Or the world's, for that matter.

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Kylian Mbappe
Was no doubt very happy
When France spoiled England's fun
By beating them by two goals to one.

The Croatians
Exceeded expectations
When the favourites, Brazil,
Displayed inferior penalty-kicking skill.

Morocco also prevailed
When the Lusitanians failed.
It's a time of unease
For those who speak Portuguese.

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Well done, Sir !

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I'll piggy-back on that. Bravo.
It's been decades since I've seen Lusitania in print.


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The victory of Argentina
In Doha's opulent arena
Concluded the World Cup in Qatar
With Lionel Messi its greatest star.

The French équipe
Seemed at first to be half asleep.
They improved greatly in the second half,
But Argentina had the last laugh.

For Germany and Spain
The tournament was a bit of a pain,
Though their chagrin was perhaps mollified
By the fact that Italy hadn't even qualified.

England's Harry Kane
Kicked one penalty, but missed when he tried again.
The manager, Southgate, said: "The mind plays tricks –
It happened to me at Euro '96".

Protestors showed bravery
In alleging constructors' slavery.
"Get out!" cried the Qatari authorities,
"You have a warped sense of priorities".

One broadcaster said: "In Qatar
I can tell those sheikhs how beastly they are".
But another retorted: "That's funny –
Why go there and accept their money?"

Gary Lineker of the BBC
(A former player, well known on TV)
Is thought by some to be too woke,
But he seems quite a decent bloke.

It's all been rather mad –
A dazzling mixture of good and bad.
Great for the rich, hell for the poor,
But hey, pecunia loquitur.

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Robert Falcon Scott
Said: "I tell you what –
I think Amundsen's reached the Pole first!"
Then he flung down his binoculars and cursed.

The brothers Grimm
Collected fairy tales that are full of vim.
But they spent more time on German philology
Than on cute folk mythology.

Barbara Cartland
Said: "In Britain's conservative heartland,
My readers yearn for something romantic,
Not modernist junk from across the Atlantic".

Sigmund Freud
Became really annoyed
When critics claimed that his theories
Paid no heed to scientific queries.

Stephen Foster
Said: "I'll sue any impostor
Who claims I wrote his song.
Such passing-off is just plain wrong".

Edward the First
Treated the Welsh worst.
He defeated their Prince,
And the monarch's eldest son has held that title ever since.

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Uri Geller
Is an astute feller.
However often he is debunked,
He knows his career will never be defunct.

Hannibal the Carthaginian
Used elephants to expand his dominion.
His exploits were full of drama,
Until he was defeated at Zama.

Hennig Brand
Was an alchemist who tried his hand
At making gold from urine or whatever;
His discovery of phosphorus was more lucky than clever.

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Said Robespierre: "The guillotine
Is a most civilized machine.
It allows the toffs to be humanely slaughtered;
In the old days they'd have been hanged, drawn and quartered".

Medieval thinker Roger Bacon
(Who is sometimes mistaken
For Sir Francis) was intellectual but pious;
He published his views in Opus Maius.

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The Emperor Nero
Has a moral rating close to zero,
But his penchant for capricious killing
Is what some historians find thrilling.

Yahweh, aka Jehovah,
Said "I will erupt like a supernova
If my commandments are disrespected".
"Art Thou not merciful?" Moses objected.

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