I have read that many of you attended the London Book Fair but this is one event that I am quite sure all of you missed. It was the award for the best poetry written in 1934. The winning poetess was flown over especially from her rural hovel, somewhere south of Siberia, just especially to receive the award and to read out her poem.
The presentation took place in a small side room next to the public loos and the little old lady who is now rather frail, will celebrate her hundredth birthday next year. Sadly her voice was so faint that the public speaker system was of no use whatsoever, especially as Lydiahadkgl Yadokovexaniaslobsky was scared of the microphone. The problem was solved when someone ran in with a megaphone from a nearby pawn shop and she used that instead.
The judges were overwhelmed with the strength and beauty of the poem which they proclaimed was full of hidden messages, multiple layers and underlying sub texts, and I have permission and the honour to reprint it here for you in full.
I am, I am not. I am not what I am. Therefore I am. Not.
Brings tears to your eyes doesn’t it? Well enough of the serious part, and let’s get on with our totally inaccurate history lesson which is correct in every detail.
We were approaching the Irish question under the English king Henry VII and this was QUICKLY solved during his reign by allowing the Irish to have their own parliament. And it worked brilliantly, as only the English could sit in it and only the English could pass the laws. They hoped that the Irish would not notice.
This was a very exciting time in history, as it was also the age of discoveries such as Copernicus noticing the moon for the first time and shouting about rotation for which, OF COURSE, he was quickly put to death.
And this was also the age of exploration. For example there were the adventures of Christopher Columbus the first real American, who was Italian to start with, but worked for the Spanish after being rejected by the Portuguese and threatening to go to the British. This shows the typical welcome extended to Columbus and all his men when they landed. It’s quite surprising they could tear themselves away and sail back home.