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Monday, December 19, 2011

Floodgates opening

My wife went down to the playgroup last Friday, with instructions to get two candlebridges from Aldi and a six-gang adapter from Power City. So off I went, armed with sellotape, a camera and six poems wot I'd written on the night shift a couple of days earlier.
First to Aldi above in Clonee - I reckon this is a first for county Meath though I'm open to correction.

Aldi opened last month 50 yards up the road from Lidl. So I couldn't do one without the other.

(Shame they didn't have any boxes of socks - these sports socks had to do)

Then onto Power City, trying to maintain the air of festive frivolity

Near Power City in the Coolmine Industrial Estate was Coolmine Decor. Bit trickier here as its only a small shop and the woman kept following me around asking me if I needed any help

Oh dear - more festive violence

Then I popped into Hickeys Pharmacy on the way home. Again, more staff than customers and I reckon they're all on commission

And then finally across the road to Dunnes in Ongar

I'll probably get a comment about this one telling me I shouldn't make fun of people who stammer, it's a terrible affliction etc etc. Believe me, I've been taken to task over it before. So just to make it absolutely clear, the joke is on me, all right, not on anybody else who stammers and might write poetry too!

I'm just wondering if 6 is a world record for IPYPIASMs in one day? Anybody have Norris McWhirter's address?


  1. Magnifique!(Just listening to an interview with a powerful French Lady about Le Euro.) Hard to pick a favourite - very taken with the bleak midwinter (Christmas just like I remember), but the socks is very neat. And I like the jarring atheist one: unexpected.

    We were equal for about half-an-hour.

  2. Ireland! Ireland! Ireland! It's like Italia 90 all over again...

  3. I am in awe (as should lucky lucky Meath be)

  4. I love them all!!

    the atheist one is very daring, and the socks makes an elegant companion piece for acorn's underwear poem. I'm going to take a little while to post as I'm just out of time at the moment, but yes, fierce impressive... I think I'll have to ask if I can do night shift at work when I return after xmas

  5. That's it - I give up! I will never go into that many shops between now & New Year's!

  6. I especially like the after shave and the stammerer.
    I think you must deserve a medal by now!

  7. Finally got mine going in Dublin city centre. Am lagging far behind you though... http://emergingwriter.blogspot.com/2011/12/its-international-put-your-poem-in-shop.html