Freedom, Not Correctness, in Poetry
Be free of dogma. Write freely. Use poetic techniques but don't be a slave to them. Say what you must say. Please read on.
Your voice betrays your personality in a split second
Holy crap, these entries from Nat Geo's 2012 Photo Contest...
Last Friday was the deadline for National Geographic's annual photography competition. Winners will be announced on December 15, but in the meantime, The Atlantic's Alan Taylor has hand selected another 50 images from this year's extensive collection...
Milky Way Twilight Afterglow over The Grand Tetons by Matt...
1x.com is the worlds biggest curated photo gallery on the web. Milky Way Twilight Afterglow over The Grand Tetons by Matt Anderson
Louisa Butters &Ndash; My Mum &Ndash; 531921-12122013 RIP...
Mum was my best friend. Sorry to all my mates there. It has taken months to bring myself to type this. She had a very long innings but it was still sad to see her go…
6 Insane Coincidences You Won't Believe Actually Happened...
Look, if you dig deep enough everything is an amazing coincidence. But even cynics like us have to admit these are downright freaky.
Futuristic Military Ships by Jaime Jasso
22 Ridiculously Cool Rare Natural Phenomena That Happen...
26 Cats Who Are So Incredibly Overdramatic OMG
36 Perfectly Timed Animal Shots
Check out 36 perfectly timed animal shots. Taken with high precision but most of the time just lucky shots. Animal photography at it's best, at least in a fun w
12:01 (Twelve Nought One) &Ndash; The Forgotten Groundhog...
Proper title : "12:01 (Twelve Nought One) - The Forgotten Groundhog Day" Spoiler Alert: this blog is about two old films you might not have seen, from 1993. They are "12:01" and "Groundhog Day". See them on YouTube first if you wish to enjoy them ful...
Fear by Paul Butters
Click to read the poem and comment...
A mantra, set of instructions or maybe poem about handling a most powerful emotion: FEAR.
36 Jaw-Dropping Nature Photos
Nature is awesome. I don't care what anyone says: nature porn is the best porn out there.
My Poorly Mother
I have not been writing for a while. On the 17th July 2013 my 92 year old Mum had a "Do" and was admitted to hospital. She was released at midnight but has needed 24 hour care ever since. Mum is doddery and yet infantile. Hard times.
How to Live
I have spent lots of time wondering whether there is an Afterlife. Yet you and I need to focus on what we do with our lives as carbon-based beings. There is much to be desired in our efforts so far... The Rat Race continues. Surely there is a better ...
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More evidence that cats are from another planet
Inspirational poem. Sorry, Triond does not do stanzas.
Whats God Got to Do with It
My reworked version of the great lyrics of Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, as sung by Tina Turner. The original of course was about "Love". NB Triond does not usually do stanzas or like punctuation in its titles - sorry.
A summer poem.
Ping Pong Passion One
In my humble opinion Table Tennis is a great game but has something of a goody two shoes, clean cut image. Let us put that right. Here is a soap story to entertain you...
Marooned in Space
Star Trek had it the wrong way round. Stargate was nearer the mark. Interstellar travel was achieved by "beaming" small spacecraft to certain locations, or from station to station. "Explorer" was on its way back home...
Wordpress Blog Number Two - On Retirement and My Career
Manchester United Versus Real Madrid
On Tuesday 5th March Manchester United face Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg. The tie is nicely poised at 1-1. Real star Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his old stamping ground, or rather - dancing stage, Old Trafford. Big matc...
Picable - Photo Page: Cleethorpes Cheeky Free Parking
A new age has dawned. Super space telescope Kepler is finding thousands of new planets amongst those billions of stars. A poetic celebration.
A reflective piece of blank verse.
A verse inspired by TV show "Top Gear". Not poetry as we know it.
A verse about my elder Nephew, Nick Gamble.
Ferocious Fergie - The Bully Boy
Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as a great Association Football manager. His club, the famous Manchester United, have won many Premiership titles. But at what cost? Hitler would be proud of Fergie's sheer ruthlessness and bullying approach. Oppo...
Space Shuttle Discovery - 360VR Images
A poem written after I looked out of my window.
Champion by Paul Butters
With swirling serves and / Arcing, / Lashing loops, / The Table Tennis King ...
Late last year Shelpeare and others advised me (and everyone else) to target Triond sites with a "Top of the Pops List". So I targeted "Beyond Jane" a few times and got hundreds of views. On 12th January I targeted "Sportales" with "World Ping Pong C...
How to Cheat at Table Tennis
The other day a table tennis unofficial umpire accused me of cheating. This has never happened before. Allegedly I deliberately forgot the score in order to put off my opponent. Nonsense of course, but as we say in the UK, in for a penny, in for a po...
The World Ends When You Die
I have to come back to this again. You do not need a Mayan Calendar to tell you when the world will end. The world ends when you die.
Me The Hobby Writer
Why HOBBY writer? Well I think that best describes me right now. I am quite comfortable with that these days. Let me tell you a story...
27 Cats That Just Can't Handle It
Halloween, hurricanes, and general horror are enough to send these cats into hysterics. Much Love - Virgin Mobile
Grimsby Table Tennis Season 2012-13 First Third
We are just about a third the way through the main table tennis winter season in Grimsby. This is a personal take on proceedings.
Beat The Bullies with Assertiveness Plus
The other day I dreamt I beat up a big school bully. It felt good. But why such a dream? I wasn't bullied at school. Or was I? Am I still bullied? What can I do about all this? Well...
Some further thoughts in free verse.
They can write all the books they like but...
Mirror, mirror on the wall...
In the suburbs of Milchester, Steve and Carol are replaying a television programme. They get more than they bargained for...
I am a white English (therefore British) upper working class professional, heterosexual male. All relatively favoured categories in our society. The only thing about me that is unusual and therefore not favoured is that I am Single. But is that so ba...
More Views? Be Careful What You Ask for
As dedicated online writers, most of us keep striving to get more Views for our work. It is a pleasant surprise when you get a big surge of views for a piece you posted. But wait. Are these really the views you need? Read on.
Can You Make It Through This Post Without Having Your Mind...
Are you sitting down? You better be sitting down.
John Terry Fiasco
Top England defender John Terry has announced his retirement from our national football team. He says his position in the side is untenable because the FA are making him undergo a trial for allegedly making racist comments. Should this ever have happ...
Paul Butters: Association Football Blog
Champions League Begins
The group stage of The Champions League got under way this week. That's when it really is "league play". Here is my take on those opening salvoes.
My second poem of the morning!
Association Football: Early Season Report 2012-13
Last season ended with a bang: Manchester City winning the Premiership with two injury-time goals. But their rivals are plotting their downfall. Please read on.
New Eden by Paul Butters
We seek another Mother Earth, / Another Planet Plenty: / A World within a ...
Triond Should Show Us New Content Postings on Our Dashboards...
Triond is my first choice writing platform. That is partly because they take first dibs on all articles and do not accept duplicate content. Also because I currently have 712 friends here and like to read their stuff. It is so convenient too. But I t...
Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography
This wonderful work has done by a very talented Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer Ben Heine. This creative artist was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He Studie
Solar System Tour from the sun to pluto
Travel around the solar system look at the starts, earth and saturns rings and see how the planets align for years to come. Compare pluto's orbit to our own.
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Colonisation Earth Part Two
The highly advanced aliens from planet Escraga now govern the Earth. Will they prove as benevolent as they claim to be?
Dave Smethurst and co-pilot Pete Smith of the Earth Space-Timeship "Leeds" continue their adventures. Now they go back 100 million years into the middle of the Cretaceous Period.
When Did the Dinosaurs Live?
Time Crime Redemption
In "Time Crime" our heroes Dave and Pete went back in time and prevented the inhabitants of planet Bellia from utterly destroying themselves. But on returning to their present, they find that the Bellians have decimated Earth! What next for the crew ...
Recently I asked readers what they wanted me to write about. Amongst other things (not forgotten!), Momofplenty asked for a ghost story. Picture a summer garden in the evening, warm, muggy, thunder and lightning in the distance.....
First Gold Medal Stripped at London Olympics Benefits New...
Valerie Adams of New Zealand has belatedly been awarded the gold medal in the Woman's Shot Put event, after the disqualification of Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus.
London 2012 Olympic Dream Comes True
Over the past few weeks there has been lots of hype about the London 2012 Olympic Games. Well now it is done and dusted. An amazing success. Our dreams came true, leaving - we hope - a great legacy for generations to come.
Banned - My Lady Blantyre Piece
I was amazed to receive an email recently informing me that my Lady Blantyre article had failed to meet content guidelines and been removed. Not by Triond, where I always post first, but by a very good site called VoicesNet.
21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
People aren't always awful. Sometimes, they're maybe even just a little bit wonderful. Here are 21 pictures to remind you of that fact.
Paul Butters: My Poems
Photopic Sky Survey
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011
National Geographic is currently holding its annual
A poem inspired by another by Momofplenty: "Outer Space".
Lady Blantyres Rock: Why There is a Scottish Monument in...
Trionder Momofplenty recently asked me about my Picable pictures of Lady Blantyre's Rock. I can see why she is intrigued. Why is a rock in a Yorkshire country estate named after a member of the Scottish aristocracy? Read on and find out.
Chromoscope - View the Universe in different wavelengths...
Ever wanted X-ray specs or super-human vision? Chromoscope lets you explore the entire sky, including our Galaxy (the Milky Way) and the distant Universe, in spanning the electromagnetic spectrum: gamma-ray, x-ray, visible, hydrogen α, near-infrared...
Top 20 Earth Pictures found on Stumble Upon
Everybody knows that Stumbleupon is an great source for beautiful photography, nature, pets, arts and much more. They have millions of users and they are
A poem written just after midnight.
I went for a late afternoon nap but started playing with words in my head. Liked these words so dashed for a pen and pad, and wrote the following poem.