A response to Scott Coe’s #Syntax Poetry Festival Prompt

Photo by Lisa Fotios on

You can’t call it a school

I don’t see blackboards, I don’t see books

Drills , Hammers and Saws make up the look

creative types – making things from wood

or metal and plastic – if they think they should

learning the skills of a noble craft

creating hooks for the cloakrooms in th’aft

what is the achievement ? summat to hang on the wall

something flashy and colourful – for a designer to call

and designed and created in appropriate time

and housed in a home – something flashy, sublime

Learning Life

Never too old


Image credit; Sasint @ Pixabay

While Nanna taught the little uns

about life before they were born

the crops grown on the farm

and animals that lived there

there was always something

she could learn from her grandson

like how to get the seeds for the fields

in lightning speed – and all through the click of a button



#Socs #If #Inkdropnotkipling

If people could be a little more thoughtful

and not thought of emptying shelves

there might not be “panic buying”

indeed – there’d be stuff for yourself

If people could be a bit kinder

the world would be a happier place

and they’d be looking around at their hometown

instead of staring out into space

If some could think of the others

instead of their wallets instead

then the others could make bread,

of standing outside foodbanks led

If some shared their knowledge with others

you’d find that fellow a home that is warm

and things to keep him inside, instilling pride

instead of being outside like the norm

Art BASIC Food Industrial Learning Nature Photography

Playing with (Hazel) Nuts and Bolts

Salford, 9th November 2016

Location : Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford

Today in the photography session , we’ve merged the topics of nature and industry….

Created with my Sony Bridge Camera and some building materials and Nuts provided by our tutor Maggie…

(please forgive me if I seem to have put this in the wrong category!)


Our “Workspace”, Floor Tiles


Some of our ingredients, Sprockets


Tightening a “Nut”


Honeycomb (made from Nuts)


Football (soccer) Formation





Alternative Chess Set


Balancing Chess set – with alternate “Bishops”


Looking down the back line – R, Kn, B, K, Q, B, Kn, R




Odds and ends Man


Gone Home


Odds and Ends Man II











BASIC Brain Memory

Memory Workshop

Today at BASICs Memory workshop, we learned about the three different kinds of memory stored in the brain.

The first, Episodic – deals with Events in a persons life – it allows you to remember peoples birthdays, sporting events and all those things to do with Dates – such as appointments to the doctor and all that other stuff

The Second, Semantic – deals in cold hard facts.  Information, Locations and so on

Finally, the third part of the brain – The procedural memory deals with all the doing parts of the brain allowing us to walk talk and breathe, as we grow it allows us to learn new skills