** Challenge: Topical limericks

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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:51 pm

Why did that spy have to resign
Why couldn't he just toe the line?
He got into a fix
And was made Number Six
While his intentions were really benign.
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Wizard of Oz » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:34 pm

.. it seems to me that for this thread to work we should reference the actual event we are referring to in our limerick as from country to country there are names and events that have no meaning at all except to a local ..

Baffled WoZ
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:55 pm

The remake of The Prisoner is showing on UK terrestrial TV just now.
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:13 am

I have little conviction that this will send Australians into transports of delight.
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:31 am

It's an impressive production, though - last time, they didn't run to grounding most of the world's air traffic to stop 6 escaping.
I take your point, though, Erik. I can't see Limericks really making a name for themselves in say Ireland.
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Wizard of Oz » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:52 am

The air over Iceland is not flash
It is full of very fine ash
A volcano went boom
Created a plume
Now the planes might get asthma and crash.

(Topic: Cancellation of flights to Europe)

WoZ hoping it doesn't happen in December
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:27 am

In a related vein:

We've just seen the annual manic dash
To ISA-shroud any spare canny cash...
But are investments Icelandic rash -
Could there be a Titanic crash -
Could our deposits end up as tephra?

Erik wrote ...I have a whim of iron

Where there's an iron whim, there's a rail way.

And for those who prefer railroads:

White man - iron horse.
Enter it for flat race.
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:01 am

Confuchsiables

Shall I buy our dear niece a godetia? ...
Though she'd not be averse to a freesia.
I’m not sure a poinsettia
Will chime with our Henrietta –
I know! This sounds right – an aubrieta!
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:26 am

The verse below has the rhyme scheme of a limerick, but not the rhythm (here, the meter is iambic trimeter throughout). The difference in the effect created is substantial:

The rose transcends the flower
Embellishing this hour;
Its stem put forth the thorn
By which my heart was torn.
Such is a rose's power.
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:02 pm

A limerik by any other name...
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Bobinwales » Mon May 10, 2010 9:21 am

One of my friends his a favourite limerick that people always argue about.

There was a young man from Dundee
Who was stung on the arm by a wasp
When asked if it hurt
He said not at all
It can do it again if it likes
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by Bobinwales » Tue May 11, 2010 10:16 am

I wish I could take responsibility for this, but it was written by a good friend of mine, Malcolm.

There once was a chancellor called Brown
Who became the Prime Minister, when grown.
Then came an election
Which caused his rejection
And deservedly lost him his crown.
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by christinecornwall » Tue May 11, 2010 9:24 pm

Edwin F Ashworth wrote:MPs (first) homes are their castles
Where they eat, drink and devise us new hassles.
Yet they demand from us votes
And funds to clean moats -
We're regarded as modern-day vassals.

Amen Edwin
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by christinecornwall » Tue May 11, 2010 10:34 pm

Judge Kagan’s from the Empire State
And the Reds couldn’t be more irate
Educated in Cambridge
She’s perceived just a dame midge
On Rush’s nerves is does certainly grate
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Re: ** Challenge: Topical limericks

Post by christinecornwall » Tue May 11, 2010 11:30 pm

Our new Supreme Court magistrate
Hails from the Empire State
Though Crimson she's green
Never holding the peen
Seems she’s marrying before the first date!
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