Thursday, May 18, 2017

When the Stroke Came, Every Bottle Winked at Its Neighbor

  • These three songs been sitting in draft for a week. I just listened to them again, here.
  • Forgive me, I enjoy the latest trumpster-fire episodes.
  • What do you do with Trump when his usefulness ends and they tell him get out? He serves at Triskelion pleasure. He can't be let loose to talk into microphones, give speeches, form a party.
  • Trump's usefulness has many days ahead. 
  • Kayfabe is still Kayfabe even broken, soon enough. Those flashes get appropriated almost instantaneously, almost, but were yours once, are still, are stale to all but you.
  • When over, poof, stroke - he is a stroke walking. Our nation mourns.
  • (Even if they don't off him, I am telling you three times: he is a stroke walking.)
  • When he does have a stroke and is disappeared, no one will believe it's a stroke.
  • As my avatar's nemesis 86 says: The old bring in the old white square-headed jowly Corporate grandpa as Neutral Observer Trick. Fell for it twice this week.
  • Kayfabe WILL be reestablished, session by session.


Les Murray

They gave the city a stroke. Its memories
are cordoned off. They could collapse on you.

Water leaks into bricks of the Workers’ century   
and every meaning is blurred. No word in Roget

now squares with another. If the word is Manchester
it may be Australia, where that means sheets and towels.

To give the city a stroke, they mixed a lorryload
of henbane and meadowsweet oil and countrified her.

Now Engels supports Max, and the British Union   
of beautiful ceramics is being shovelled up,

blue-green tiles of the Corn Exchange,
umber gloss bricks of the Royal Midlands Hotel.

Unmelting ice everywhere, and loosened molecules.
When the stroke came, every bottle winked at its neighbour.


  1. Dear Forum,

    Hoping someone out there can answer my question. I work at Target in Robina, Gold Coast, and customers keep asking me to direct them to Manchester. Surely not the Manchester I know, and after asking some of the staff, I found out that manchester means towels, bedding, linen etc. Does anyone know why. Sorry to have such a sad question to try and get you guys to answer, Regards Louisa.

    Manchester (i.e. the city) was a big centre of the cotton industry in the late 18th and the 19th century, and into the 20th century as well, and so cotton goods (principally sheets and towels) were given that name too: 'Manchester goods' became simply 'manchester'. The term used to be used in Britain as well, although it has fallen into complete disuse there.

    The term is still used in Australia, but as far as I can make out its use is totally confined to shops, principally department stores (the manchester department - as you say, being asked by someone to 'direct me to manchester', meaning the manchester department). I don't think people use it of the sheets and towels in their house.

    The use of the word 'linen' to refer to sheets and towels is even sillier, because apart from tea towels, hardly any sheets and towels are made of linen these days.

    Last edited by CPW; Oct 25th 2004 at 6:41 am.

  2. Sparks. Holyfudge, who remembers freaking Sparks? I think whatsherbucket, the first one, Innocence, liked them, but I forget. I could be confusing them. Or her. See? I didn't remember Sparks because I'm a stroke.

    1. Sparrow did like Sparks. One of their songs is in the trilogy of youtubes for High holy Egoslavian Bleggalgazing Day later this month.