January, January

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Ice, thick,
as I have never seen
on Cherwell.
Jagged, floating towards Isis.

Low mists of ice-dust
drift on Christ Church meadow
and cool the blood
of long-horn cattle
ankle-deep in mud.

A lame roe deer
beneath the trees
pauses, where
the sudden call of coots
splits the air.

In the gardens of Trinity,
all is order and harmony.
January blossom from Japan,
well-kept paths and lawns.
and quiet.

Magdalen is a small, medieval town;
courtyards and golden houses,
a Tower and a Park.
Along Addison’s Walk,
tall trees like sentries,
follow the stream
which sidles out from Magdalen Bridge
to turn and twist
past the Deer Park
with its white deer,
(living, condensations
of the mist) .


– Brian Taylor




2nd January – On This Day In History

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1968 Cuba Gooding Jnr (actor)




1961 Bob Catterall (South African cricketer, scored 1555 runs in his 24 international tests)



On This Day:

1919 Lithuania gains independence



Have a good Saturday, 2nd January


It’s A New Year With New Beginnings

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Perhaps I say this too quick
For my words are richly thick
But if I were to take a pick
I will look upon love as a new trick
So what!
It’s a new year with new beginnings

A cocktail of winnings
A diet of slimming
Hairstyles with new trimming
Soon my desire will be thinning
while market stores make a killing
So what!
Its a new year with new beginnings

I toast my glass as I am drinking
Cheering out aloud and singing
I know there are so many feelings
I should aspire to be unveiling
For once I will start chilling
So what!
It’s a new year with new beginnings

The New Year resolutions
The New Year illusions
That cause great minds great confusions
Watch! As I move forward with new solutions
So what!
It’s a new year with new beginnings

A time to be bold
And lay out with the cold
While the shadows of my past
Attempt to walk my path so fast
But it’s a new year with new beginnings
Old habits it’s time for deletion
New ideas, this time I will pursue your completion


– Sylvia Lovina Chidi




1st January – On This Day In History

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1735 Paul Revere (American patriot)




1953 Hank Williams (singer and songwriter)



On This Day:

1701 Union between Great Britain and Ireland is formalised, bringing about The United Kingdom



Have a prosperous and happy 2016!


New – Year’s Eve and New – Year’s Day

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GOOD bye, Old Year!
And with thee take
Thanks for the gifts to every land
Thou broughtest in thy bounteous hand,
And all that thou hast taught to hearts thy lingering steps forsake.

Good bye, Old Year!
The Past awaiteth thee,
Who ruleth in her power alone
The kingdom of Oblivion.
Silent she sits in ebon chair;
Falling mists of dusky hair
Veil her dark eyes’ glorious shine,
Full of wise help, and truth divine.
Silent, unless a fitful sound,
As from some cavern underground,
Steal from her lips; the company
Of ancient Years that round her be,
Then chanting, one by one, give tongue
To old experience in their song.

Good bye, Old Year!
Thou goest forth alone,
As we shall do: thy pages gay,
Seasons and months who round thee play,
Attend thee to Earth’s farthest verge, then back! to greet thy son.

Hail, New-born Year!
Cradled in morning clouds
Golden and white. I cannot see
Thy face–’tis wrapp’d in mystery;
But Spring for thee is painting flowers,
And Summer decks her woven bowers;
Rich Autumn’s sheaves will soon be reap’d,
With store of fruits in sunbeams steep’d,
And one by one with gentle hand folds back thy sunlit shrouds.

Hail, New-born Year!
Shining and beautiful.
Thou wilt step forth in plenitude
Of youth and its rejoicing mood.
Last child of the half-century,
And time of coming victory
Over the spirits of night and sin,
Whose howlings of defeat begin:
Thou bringest hope, and labour bless’d
In visions of successful rest,
Bringest great thoughts, and actions wrought
In fire upon that forge of thought,
And with the soul of earnestness I think thy youths are full.

Hail, New-born Year!
My utterance is too weak
To tell of all I think thou bringest,
To echo back the song thou singest;
But the very winds of Heaven, for those who listen to them, speak.


– Bessie Rayner Parkes



31st December – On This Day In History

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1937 Anthony Hopkins (actor)




1985 Rick Nelson (singer and actor)



On This Day:

1600 British East India Company officially started



Have a good Thursday, 31st December, and enjoy seeing out 2015.


Sunny Days In Winter

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Summer is a glorious season
Warm, and bright, and pleasant;
But the Past is not a reason
To despise the Present.
So while health can climb the mountain,
And the log lights up the hall,
There are sunny days in Winter, after all!

Spring, no doubt, hath faded from us,
Maiden-like in charms;
Summer, too, with all her promise,
Perished in our arms.
But the memory of the vanished,
Whom our hearts recall,
Maketh sunny days in Winter, after all!

True, there’s scarce a flower that bloometh,
All the best are dead;
But the wall-flower still perfumeth
Yonder garden-bed.
And the arbutus pearl-blossom’d
Hangs its coral ball-
There are sunny days in Winter, after all!

Summer trees are pretty,-very,
And love them well:
But this holly’s glistening berry,
None of those excel.
While the fir can warm the landscape,
And the ivy clothes the wall,
There are sunny days in Winter, after all!

Sunny hours in every season
Wait the innocent-
Those who taste with love and reason
What their God hath sent.
Those who neither soar too highly,
Nor too lowly fall,
Feel the sunny days of Winter, after all!

Then, although our darling treasures
Vanish from the heart;
Then, although our once-loved pleasures
One by one depart;
Though the tomb looms in the distance,
And the mourning pall,
There is sunshine, and no Winter, after all!


– Denis Florence MacCarthy