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30 June 2009

Lines Written Upon a Brassiere

One hundred way convertible bra,
the bra you can wear one hundred ways.
Wow! Infinite possibilities,
the only bra you’ll ever need.

Wear it as a plunge, two-strap, one-shoulder,
racerback, boatneck, crisscross front, halter –
and so many more! Comes with three
sets of straps: regular, clear
and a low back converter strap.

Provides added coverage for contour shaping.
Smooth, moulded, lightly lined under-wired cups,
with removable pads. One bra one hundred ways.
Customise your look with our life changing
one hundred way convertible bra.

The most versatile bra ever!
Simply insert straps into any of the
hidden eyelets for any look you want.
There’s now no excuse for showing straps!

Spotted on the 4 June 2009 on a BHS bra tag. The word 'cross-back' is omitted after 'racerback' to aid scansion. Submitted by Marika Rose.

27 June 2009

roads? where we're going we

roads? where we're going, we
don't need roads – game
over man, game over –
these go to eleven – i am serious,
and don't call me shirley –
i feel the need, the need for
speed – say hello to my little
friend – i'll have what she's
having – would you like me to
seduce you? is that what
you're trying to tell me? – get
busy livin' or get busy dyin' –
i'm not bad. i'm just drawn
that way – if the pirates of the
caribbean breaks down, the
pirates don't eat the tourists
– i'll be back – may the force
be with you – here's johnny!

Taken from an advert for Fopp in the Cambridge Arts Picture House programme 3 April – 28 May 2009. The line arrangement is unaltered; the dashes replace the little Fopp splat icon. Submitted by Gabriel Smy.

23 June 2009

The D Word

Truth and lies
Life and death
Love and hate
Night and day
Male and female
Hot and cold
Rich and poor
Young and old

Numeric success/emergent community

From notes made in November 2006 at the Being Here conference – a spirituality and psychology event. Submitted by Marika Rose.

19 June 2009

Pack a Punch

Travel is subject
to National Rail
Conditions of Carriage
(NRCoC) and to the
conditions of carriage
of other operators
on whose services
this ticket is ( )

Copies of the NRCoC
can be obtained
from any staffed
national rail station
or from website:

From Andrew – Offpeak Day Travelcard, 6 June 2009. The gap in parentheses marks a word that was punched out by the ticket inspector.

17 June 2009

Someone Wrote You Message

Look at this glorious shit. Chinese
community lived on skyscraper roofs,
people for sale in Miami, one more
president killed. How can you explain it?

Revolt in Mexico. A person is
missing – problems with sending – didn't receive
anything. See that girl anywhere?
Can you fix it? Tell me what happened?

Surprise. What I learned: found your mistake, caught
you on camera, all dates of meetings –
he – I recorded your voice. I found your
task. Jolie cut her face, make her your queen

forever. Chief asks for you – sending you
delivery boy, oh you are lucky.
Let's make a barbecue on a weekend,
flush up to fifteen pounds of waste and toxins

from your body. See you there, address
attached. Where was your mind? You were great.
You were banned. Something strange happens to
everyone. Someone wrote you message.

A compilation of email subject lines from my spam folder over the last month. Is it just me or has spam got less filthy? Submitted by Gabriel Smy.

15 June 2009


When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.
When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.
When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.
When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.
When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.
When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.
When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.
When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.
When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.
And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.

Marketer Seth Godin's blog post You Matter, 15 June 2009. These are not only his words but his line breaks too, merely with the bullet points removed. Submitted by Gabriel Smy.

12 June 2009

Stuck in the Middle

A senryu

The slide doesn't slide!
The kids get stuck half way down.
Very frustrating.

Another poem from the Hexham Courant, Friday 29 May 2009. These are the words of mum-of-one and owner of the Miner's Arms Lynn Crozier in the article 'Playfield Mums Launch Campaign for £60,000'. Submitted by Gabriel Smy.

11 June 2009

Tunnel of Love

Undoubtably one of the highlights of
the day – and a first for the show – was the
successful world record breaking attempt
by Alnwick-based North Northumberland Dog

Training Club. With the help of one thousand
pairs of legs the club comfortably smashed the
existing record for a dog running
through a tunnel of legs. As one thousand

volunteers stood patiently in the main
arena with their legs akimbo,
Staffordshire Bull terrier cross, Elsa,
and Border Collie, Shadow, broke the world

record with ease.

From the Hexham Courant, Friday 29 May, 'Record Breaking County Show draws 27,000 Crowd'. Submitted by Gabriel Smy.

09 June 2009

For When the Numbers Don't Speak for Themselves

a typical reader
looking over your shoulder as you write,
and reacting to your words.
Try to keep this reader interested,
but not baffled.
Try and make
a continuous chain of written thought. Do not
one topic to
another without adequate introduction or
ale. ‘Discontinuity’ and jumps
are off-putting to your
readers. Hence clear
organisation is very helpful, to the
reader and to the
writer. Unless it is very short,
divide your work
into sections, each dealing
Begin by saying what the project is about;

do not give the impression of grinding to a halt because you can not think of anything more to say.

By Kat(i)e, 6 June 2009. Writing advice in a final year undergraduate project handbook put together by Bristol University Maths Department. Kat(i)e used ellipsis to represent omitted text.

04 June 2009


Please take care of the
University’s books and
books are expensive;
handle them with care.

Protect them at all times
from the elements
and from ink, food
drink and other potential
sources of damage.

Photocopying can damage
books seriously if not
carried out carefully.

Please point out to the
Library staff any necessary
repair work you may notice.

Information on the back of a book reservation slip, Cambridge University Library, 15 May 2009. Even the line arrangements are original. Submitted by Marika Rose.

01 June 2009

Wee Imperative


Message seen on a digital road sign on the M74 driving into Scotland, 30 May 2009. Submitted by Gabriel Smy.