Author Archives: kupranugaris


           May 13, 1922 IN DEFENCE “THE BEGGAR’S OPERA,” said Mr. Maurice Hewlett in the Times the other day, “is a decadent night’s entertainment, spiced for jaded appetites, like devilled bones after a revel.” It is strange how deeply one resents such a criticism. It is a criticism it might have […]


Nov 22, 1919 THE MORALS OF GAMBLING     IT is an unfortunate fact that the moralists almost always rush in to denounce the wrong thing, or—to put it less ambiguously—that they almost always denounce things on the wrong grounds. What innocent pleasure is there that they have not made war on in the past? They […]


Daily News (Perth) – 11 July 1923 QUEER CURES  Many people declare that the belief in magic has been reviving in the last few years. They even tell us that M. Coue’s quite commonsense formula for auto-suggestion is a return to the age of superstition. It would be nearer the truth to say that it […]

the poet laureate

Timaru Herald , Issue 171, 22 May 1920

COURAGE AT TABLE / robert lynd

The Daily News – 3 September 1926 COURAGE AT TABLE     Nearly every friend I have is notorious for eating too little. One man is afraid of soup. Another leaves the salmon untasted. A third regards potatoes as a poison. A fourth has been warned against tomatoes. Others dare not eat sweet things for fear […]


The Daily News – 26 December 1925 SHOULD CATS BE LICENSED? By ROBERT LYND The Edinburgh Town Council, it is said, is considering a proposal that all cats in the Edinburgh area should be licensed. It seems to me to be an inherently vicious proposal. It is vicious because it put a tax upon virtue. […]

MISPRONUNCIATION / by robert lynd

Daily News – 3 February 1923 MISPRONUNCIATION “What does ‘vehemently’ mean?” a child asked me on hearing me using the word, I told her. “Oh,” she said, “I always call that vehemminently.’” If you say it over to yourself you will see that it sounds much better that way. It is melancholy to think that […]

THE POET’S MISSION ~ hall caine

 (Chambers’s Journal, Volume 5) 1846 THE POET’S MISSION. Weaving light fancies, lay a youthful poet, Idly extended on the sunny grass, Listening unto the brook that ran below It, Watching the cloudlets o’er the blue sky pass. Sleep fell upon him, and a low voice stealing, Breathed his own songs—vague dreams, ideal woes ; Until […]

Nutrition Poems

Nutrition Songs, Poems and Finger Plays A Paleo Poem The Paleo Nutrition Poem Ode to Real Food Nutrition Poem Roses are red, violets are blue. We all like nutritious foods, because they are good for you. Carrots, apples, milk and more. A FAT MAN’S PRAYER by Victor Buono Lord, my soul is ripped with […]


May 30, 1914 PUTTING SOMETHING ON A HORSE     WHEN a man talks of playing, in the sense of gaming, he specifically does not mean playing a game. The vocabulary of the subject is doubtless vague and ambiguous, but the exhortation to “play the game” does indicate the comprehension of some ideals more exalted, and some […]