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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tam o'Shanter rebooted and extended

I posted here recently about the exciting competition to reboot the wonderful Burns poem Tam o'Shanter (mind the spelling when entering - it is the small o, not the O' of Irish surnames!!)

I sent off my effort and have received a reply from the organisers which may be of help to any of you currently gnawing on your pencil top trying to find a rhyme for Carlsberg.

 We have had a lot of people writing begging to extend the deadline so we have agreed to do that, and the new deadline will be set early in 2013.

We are very pleased with the response so far; some brimfull of wit and wisdom, lovely imagery and some very good lines . But there is something slightly depressingly similar about some of them, kebabs occur so often that the competition could almost be retitled “Carry on up the Kebab”, and a lot of downright squalor and sordidness. The original Tam avoids that. Can we not a couple of hundred years later do as well? And does it only have to be about a man out on the piss pulling the birds………….. there are so many other escapades which can go horribly wrong to choose from.    Burns did not have much choice, we have.
So think big, think bold and start scribbling- all entries or request for competition rules to tamoshanterreboot@hjlockhart.co.uk

Sadly my entry, while not exactly mentioning kebabs, does in fact contain a Tandoori, together with plenty of squalor and sordidness; however, I am not too downhearted, as I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Hope of success was minimal anyway.
And, did I mention, the competition is FREE!

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