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by Julie Rudge

Amusing and thought-provoking songs, poems and short stories



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Ode de Colin
Song Who Gives A Hoot Smart phones, laptops, social media are part of modern life
Song The X Factor Contradictory uses of the letter x
Song The Stranger(Misty Grey) Compassion for a female in distress
Poem Stan Star of the village garden and produce show
Poem For Whom The Bells Toll Those Morris dancers are everywhere!
Song A Byte Too Far The frustrations of using a computer
Song Perversary Rhymes The gutter press gets its come-uppance
Song The Bold Insanity

What the cabin boy did with his auger

Song The Last Bus Is Leaving

Amorous intentions on hold in the country

Song Cold Comfort

The hypochondriac's lament

Story Brief Encounter

An innocent abroad

Story The Freeze

Winter sports in the village

Story The Pram Race

Surprising outcome for the annual village event

Story April Fool

The village lads give the vicar a surprise

Story The Dawning

Strange happenings up on the Moor

Story Vegewatch

In the future when our food is synthetic ...

Song Beating About The Bush

Damn sad, Saddam!

Song Laws They Are A-changing

Protest about proposed new live performance rgulations

Poem Picking Up The P.C.s

Do we really need police commisioners?

Poem Credo 1

No-one should be forced to believe

Poem Credo 2

Science may be the answer but what's the question?

Poem Gospel

An alternative view

Poem Jesus Wept

2000 years on, what would Jesus think on mankind's progress?

Poem Abstraction

What do animals think about creation?

Poem Eternity

At threescore and ten, thoughts about the future


Kathy & Bob Drage:

This book is a wry look at life in verse and prose - a bringing together of bits and pieces of writings over a number of years: an assortment of songs, poems, short stories and comments on a range of different topics.

The song, Who Gives A Hoot, taking us from carrier pigeon to GPS, with the wonderful refrain 'To whit and what tweeteth me. The robin on the blackberry'. The Stranger a cat who came visiting, Stan, rivalry between villagers in the flower and produce show. The Last Bus Is Leaving - a country boy's unrequited love and problems of rural transport.

Stories include The Freeze, significant snowfall in the village and the fun of tobogganing, April Fool, village lads causing mayhem but coming good in the end. Many a morris dancer/musician/follower will identify with the antics in The Dawning. Vegewatch, set in the future with some black humour is brilliant. We adore The Laws A#They Are A Changing, written in 2002 when government proposals required all live performances to be licensed. Credo, Gospel and Knowing Jesus give some thought provoking verses and Eternity is a sheer delight - don't mourn or grieve when someone goes, have a rave and celebrate with song and laughter.

Colin has written several books on various subjects as well as cd recordings. This book is a delight to read- you find yourself returning to it time and time again; a lovely gift for someone or even to indulge yourself.