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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri May 26 02:02:35 2017

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My Review of Of times gone by by JimSlaughter
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I have fond memories of childhood and growing up, especially when I look at the photos. But we can get nostalgic, as the sun always seems to be shining in a clear blue sky, and everyone is happy. That ''golden glow'' infuses our memories. Though, that said, I think things were better back then. People seemed to be more polite, and have more time for each other. And less in a hurry. Time isn't moving any quicker these days. And surely, with technology, we should have more of it to do the things we enjoy, not less?

Namaste, Alex.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Thu May 25 15:09:59 2017

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My Review of A Musical Matter of Taste by JimSlaughter
You have certainly hit the right note with me, my friend (pardon the pun)! My family is full of Classical Music buffs. My Dad listens to Classic FM to help him get to sleep. My late Mum was always playing records - her taste ran mainly to opera and ballet. (But she also loved jazz and country and western - very eclectic mix, her collection.) I have always loved Mozart, Bach, and Handel, and cannot work at home without a CD on! But I also listen to swing-dance, like Matt (MySongStar). In one year I went to 9 concerts (with friends or My Beloved)! Last year we managed to get the last two Caro Emerald tickets at a local concert venue. Talk about luck, as she is my favourite singer!

Bravo, Jim! Take a bow in the spotlight

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Mon May 22 11:28:17 2017

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My Review of Another year older (Birthday 2017) by JimSlaughter
I can relate to the first two lines only too well. As I woke up this morning with a shooting pain in my left hip. Just trying to get out of bed was agony. Fortunately, I had already booked an appointment with my chiropractor! She may be a little brutal (she is a Nordic lady built like a Valkyrie), but the treatment did the trick. My hair is OK, although going greyer every year. Which is why I now shave every day. I refuse to dye it, and my brother in law (3 years younger) is starting to look quite distinguished, as he is of the same mind. Most of my friends are of 'mature years', I've noticed. I suppose because my parents were older than those of my contemporaries. So I feel as though I am in good company.

Many happy returns. Namaste, Alex.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Mon May 22 11:18:56 2017

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My Review of 565. The Hero Of Breon by Profanisaurus
Out of pure curiosity (I should've been a cat), I ran 'Breon' through Google. It seems to be Irish Gaelic for Brian. There are a number of variations of both Breon and Brian. The name means ''strength" or ''power". Which gives a bit of a twist to the poem when I read it! Btw, how did you decide on that name? My favourite verse is the final one, because it is in couplets. That stanza gives your poem a Medieval air.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun May 21 04:10:44 2017

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My Review of A Song For All Seasons by Silverblue
As Shakespeare wrote: ''if music be the food of love, play on." Your ''angel'' sounds divine indeed, my friend! This is a poem for the heart and harp strings. But true love does have a ''melody'' all of its own, playing deep chords in the soul. It is - as you say ''a song for all seasons", and for all time.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun May 21 03:50:57 2017

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My Review of Suspended in a sunbeam by SAnthonyH
When two people are close, no words need to be spoken. Because there is such an affinity between them. One just knows what the other is feeling or thinking. Two have become one through a deep bond of love.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun May 21 03:47:51 2017

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My Review of The Light at the end of the Tunnel by SAnthonyH
Your powerful words struck a deep chord with me - especially in the first, fifth, and sixth stanzas.Because of something that happened to me 15 years ago. An accident almost cost me my life. I was knocked down on a pedestrian crossing, by a car that failed to stop in time after the lights turned red. I don't recall the accident itself - that was related to me by the police when I was in A + E - from witness statements. I recall nothing of it - about 40 or more minutes of my life I wasn't 'aware' of consciously. I appear to have experienced an NDE - the darkness, the light, voices telling me I would be fine. Then coming round to find an ambulance there. I think it was serendipity that on of the paramedics was a former classmate of mine - I had lost touch with him when I left school, over a decade earlier!

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:31:43 2017

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My Review of The Curse of the Odd Socks by Abra
This poem made me laugh, my friend. Not only do I suspect that many people can relate to this 'curse'. But that it particularly afflicts members of my family! My dear late mother would despair of Dad and I when she did the laundry. As so many mismatches came out the machine. It was like a woolly lottery. But my sister and her eldest daughter also seem prone to it. Then there was that very odd classmate of mine whose mismatches were in day-glo colours, and got remarked on by everyone!! Thank you for writing this, and making my evening.

Best wishes, Alex.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:16:56 2017

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My Review of Using Invisible Ink by Constance_
To find out who we really are (our 'true self') we have to search inside, and be prepared to dig deep. There will lie, I believe, the solutions to our problems. But all too often we ignore that 'inner voice' - and then it says ''I told you so; if only you had listened".

Namaste. AL.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:10:54 2017

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My Review of Adored Her by artspoems
My heart goes out to you, my friend. As cancer is the curse of the modern age. I have lost so many loved ones to that dreadful disease. We can only hope that, one day, it will be cured for once and for all. So no-one - either those with it - or their family and friends - ever have to suffer again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Namaste. AL
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:05:48 2017

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My Review of My Friend Olivia by MySongStar
This poem raised quite a smile, I can tell you my friend! As I know - and have known - a few people uncannily like your Olivia. They seem to talk at - rather than to you - and you are never certain that they are listening to what you say. So you either end up at cross-purposes. Or holding two conversations that bear no relation to one another! I like saying things for effect, and that usual gets the other person's attention And you are so right about love. It is a 'strange' and inexplicable thing indeed!

Namaste, AL

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 12:58:39 2017

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My Review of Time by terrygodwin
Time is certainly deceptive, my friend. How it passes and catches up on us before we realise it. Or else seems to drag for an eternity, especially when we don't want it to. And, yet, the number of hours in a day does not change.The passage of time is a matter of perception. And as Anna rightly says, if we use it wisely, we have enough to do all the things we need to, and have time for relaxation too.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 16:06:36 2017

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My Review of A Patriotic Sunset by MySongStar
I really love this poem because when my family lived out in Hong Kong - when I was a kid - we visited Thailand. It wasn't too touristy back then, and left me with some wonderful memories of a very different culture PS: salmon is one of my favourite fish.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 16:03:12 2017

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My Review of Here, there and everywhere by terrygodwin
What a wonderful life you have had my friend! It reminds me of not only travels I have made "here, there, and everywhere", but the eclectic mix of my family heritage. I feel like a human passport! Although the stamps (pardon the pun) - which I inherited from my dear mother - I sold some years ago. And converted the currency into coins for my collection!

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 15:57:11 2017

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My Review of MY ALTER EGO by babyboomer68
What a fabulous world that would be, where dark chocolate rains down! Because I love the taste much more than that of milk chocolate. Especially when it is combined with orange....or mint....or, oddly, sweet chilli! (The highest cocoa content I can manage is 85%, though I was tempted to go for 100%.) And I think everyone would like to live in a world without disease, or poverty, or war.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 15:51:48 2017

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My Review of Bipolar af. by carol28
i was diagnosed as being Bipolar in 2006. I had never heard of the condition before, and, therefore, tried to make light of the word when i was told. Something about ''being able to see both ends of the world at once". Which, with medical people goes down like the proverbial 'lead balloon', as they rarely have a sense of humour. But, when I began to read round, I wasn't surprised by the diagnosis, as it explained so much about the vagaries of my personality.

At the wake after my dear mother's funeral (2010), one of my cousins told me that he had been diagnosed as Bipolar two years before. It proved to be one of the most instructive conversations I've ever had, as we could help each other out.

Thank you for writing this. I feel that people should read your poem, as the condition is misunderstood.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 03:48:52 2017

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My Review of Death of a Dear One by Abra
I have lost so many loved ones over the years that it is heart-breaking at times. Especially my dear mother and a close family friend. But I feel that they are here in spirit still, watching over and guiding us all with love. This is a real comfort. And I feel blessed at having known them in life.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 03:43:38 2017

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My Review of A-roamin' In Th' Mornin' by Ginger-Ninja
You have always been an early-riser MAB! As I often discover. Though I did worry a bit at the castle when I awoke to find you had gone a-roamin at dawn. Because as you say yourself "th' hielan can be treacherous!" Especially in the mist. But as you ken the area so well, maybe I was just being my fussy self. And when I read this, I can see why you love to roam in the early morning ''tae brood''.

With my best, your AL

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 03:37:48 2017

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My Review of Old Memories by Valentine
As I grow older, and try not to count the growing number of grey hairs, I think: are there benefits to ageing? I find my body creak and groan as I get out of bed, and my short-term memory is not what it was. I find I have to wear my glasses most of the time, as I am becoming dreadfully short-sighted. But as long as I am able to be up and about, doing what I have to in life, there is hope yet.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 3 15:39:54 2017

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My Review of MAKING CHESHIRE CAT APPEAR AND DISAPPEAR by Galacticbeam
Because his quatrains are frustratingly enigmatic, on the whole, they have been widely open to interpretation since his day. Though two of his 'prophecies' seem to have been fulfilled in his time. They concerned the French Royal Family. Re the Delphic Oracle - a friend of mine recently gave me a translation of 147 tenets of that augury. Some appear very dated now. Though others could still be applied today. PS: I had to look up 'Tibetan Dakinis'!
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Mon Jan 30 12:41:49 2017

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My Review of 521. Sometimes It's Wrong To Walk by Profanisaurus
All too often, my friend, I have stood my ground, and dug my heels in with someone. And what should have been ''a frank exchange of views" escalates into a full-blown argument. One has to pluck up the courage, and just walk away. But then pride takes over, and neither I, nor the other party, want to feel that they that have capitulated. This often happens with my Dad. Who is never ever wrong. And is never ever sorry for anything. (I though age would mellow him, but he's just as - if not more stubborn - than ever.) At least I apologise when I know I am in the wrong. Two wrongs don't ever make a right. You never argued with my late mother. Not unless you wanted a ding round your ear!
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Mon Jan 30 12:32:14 2017

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My Review of Life Is A Puzzle by MySongStar
An admirably philosophical approach, my friend. If we take time to stop and think things through, then we can find a solution to our problems. Though the solution will only be reached with the right amount of application. "You will get owt for nowt'', as my great-great Aunt Daisy used to say - sadly, I never met this down-to-earth, no-nonsense Yorkshire woman. She came from a farming background, and had a tough life. While the last words my dear mother said to Dad, Sis, and I were: "well, life goes on, doesn't it?" They came from a very different generation, with very different, and more sensible attitudes. But you have a wise head on your young shoulders, Matt, and that will serve you well, I feel.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Mon Jan 23 04:55:03 2017

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My Review of 550. I Want To Change My Name To Aries by Profanisaurus
This is also my Star Sign, btw! In some ways - family and friends tell me - I am a typical Aries. I hold my ground, and stick by what I believe in. And can be very stubborn, and a little impatient at times. I can get very passionate about things. But in other ways I am very un-Aries.Though I have a hot temper, it has a long fuse, and I rarely lose it. I prefer compromise to argument. I try to be open-minded and tolerant. So I concur with the sentiments you express in the final stanza of your poem.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Dec 30 06:13:48 2016

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My Review of
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by DeviantWriter88
It can be easier at times, in life, to try and shut things out or away. Especially even they are uncomfortable. But we can also exclude people too. Sometimes for the most trivial and petty of reasons. Humans can be irrational creatures, and act without rhyme or reason.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Dec 30 05:54:29 2016

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My Review of The Miracle of Winter by MySongStar
Winter brings mixed blessings as a season. Though, when we get a White Xmas, the results can be quite spectacular. And how wonderfully you have evoked the 'miracle' when this happens. The imagery would make a superb Xmas card. I particularly like the final stanza with the 'winking' angel. As Anna says, maybe they were behind it!

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