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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by jplant1 on Today at 02:41:02 PM »
Newham History Society has a Facebook a/c - you don't have to be a member to access it.
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by KenM on Today at 11:37:20 AM »
Harry, another one out of your bumper fun book.
I have just played Trees sung by Paul Robeson from a vinyl track, a truly wonderful voice, even the vinyl hissing & cracking makes it special.
Another talented person ripped to pieces by the yanks for speaking his mind.
kenm
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by MickG on 16 July, 2018, 11:00:08 PM »
Hello Harry, Trees by Joyce Kilmer and sung by Paul Robeson I have always liked. I incorporated into my website several years ago at;

https://micksmuses.com/2016/11/06/there-will-never-be-a-poem-lovely-as-a-tree/
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry on 16 July, 2018, 02:31:41 PM »
Hi all in the last couple of weeks I found on you tube a poem put to music and sung by Paul Robeson the poem was by Joyce Kilmer.
 I found it was one of those tunes that you get stuck in your head and have a job to get rid of.
Might I suggest you give it a try and see what you think the poem was called Trees.
Regards Harry I.
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry on 16 July, 2018, 01:40:13 PM »
Hi Mick how true words are to that poem.

Regards Harry I
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry on 16 July, 2018, 01:35:18 PM »
Hi Ken The sort of poem that would readily come to mind  was one I remember said by one of our classmates no names no  pack drill, was  The boy stood on the burning deck picking his nose like mad rolling it up in little balls and flicking them at his Dad boom boom!!!
Regards Harry .I
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by KenM on 16 July, 2018, 12:24:10 PM »
Hi Harry, I vaguely recall the ,Ronald Tuff, but cannot put a face to the name. But I do remember the exercise, re, learning a poem & like you I chose a one liner. Great teacher, great times.

Hi MickG, Brexit has brought out the wafflers, my vote must go to Mr Trump.

It is nice to see some activity on the forum again.
kenm.
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by MickG on 15 July, 2018, 07:14:08 PM »
Hello Laramie, many thanks for that. Now I know the line to quote in Google I quickly found it.

It is a long time ago since I read it which is why I could not quite remember the words, but yes that is the one. When I was originally taught it, the key object of the exercise was all about communication. The ability to accurately pass on your thoughts in such a way the reader will completely understand  Not only has the lessons learned from this little poem greatly helped me throughout my life. I also know when reading something written by someone else whether they are waffling or not. It's amazing how many wafflers there are out there.

Never fear big long words.
 Big long words mean little things.
 All big things have little names,
 Such as life and death, peace and war,
 Or dawn, day, night, hope, love, home.
 Learn to use little words in a big way.
 It is hard to do,
 But they say what you mean.
 When you don't know what you mean,
 Use big words--
 That often fools little people.
 -- Arthur Kudner
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by Laramie on 15 July, 2018, 06:32:03 PM »
Hi Mick Poem you were thinking about  might be this one.Called Never Fear Big Long Words.Big Long Words Mean Little Things. By Arthur Kudner . Look it up on anvari.org
Pretty sure this is the one,by what you said.
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Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by MickG on 15 July, 2018, 01:17:53 PM »
Harry, when I first joined the fire service, they had educational exercises by post to help encourage an individuals standard or writing. One of those exercised was to learn a poem which started off, "Little words mean big things like love, peace, hate, war". It then went on to describe how big words often mean little things. It was a way of saying it is better when writing to use small well chosen powerful words that contain a lot of meaning.

I have tried finding that poem on the internet, so far without success. I recall it ended up with words to the effect, that if all else fails, then use big words to confound your enemies. The lessons I learned from that simple poem certainly have stood me well over the years.
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