Lyrical innovation

I have just read of a chant which, I gather, is sweeping or has swept through the Insurrectionary Colonies. And, in my characteristically broad-minded way, I have even watched and listened to the video clip!!We shall fight! We shall win!Put the foetus in the bin! I suppose we should analyse this metrically as a double cretic followed by … what? A septenarius? A trochaic dimeter catalectic? And

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Philip Mountbatten Prince of Greece and Denmark

I heard a condescending French Canadian admit on the Wireless that he had once complimented Prince Philip on how well … for an Englishman … he spoke French. In the sweetest and most richly deserved put-down one can possibly imagine, the Prince replied “I’m not an Englishman and I was speaking French before you were born”.I wonder what the Canadian-French is for Pipsqueak. What in Latin?

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Explain

I know this is boring because I’ve made this point before, and not just once. But …In a letter recently made public, PF appears to favour the availability of vaccines against Covid to poorer countries, But in the same letter, he also speaks favourably about biodiversity. (As he has previously.)Covid must be the most spectacular example of biodiversity in our time. Its capacity to mutate seems

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