Bland On Bland – Gambling

Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Gambling“.

So, Jon decides to take a punt on gambling as a theme. How could you go wrong? I mentally flipped a coin and this is the result…

(You bet I could keep this going but I don’t think we need to torture this metaphor any further)

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Bland On Bland – Hospital Workers

Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Hospital Workers“.

A bit of confusion over the topic this week. JVG sent out “Hospo Workers” which I and one or two of the other regular contributors took to be HOSPITAL WORKERS as any sane person would but no JVG claims he meant “hospitality workers” which is a different poem.

I think as a community we have let ourselves fall into this bit of a bubble where we think, well, there’s nothing going on, no community Covid cases, why should I wear a mask?

Look what can happen in a week!

As recently as last weekend, I caught trains on three lines and less than 50% were wearing masks in some of the carriages.

I’m going to dedicate this poem, even though it’s a sarcastic poem to Suzie who we lost earlier this year.

Suzie was a nurse, and while she had other issues going on for her, undeniably a significant contributing factor was working in ICU at the peak of the COVID crisis in Victoria, losing patients, it would have been an incredibly stressful environment to be in and one day she went home from work and ended it.

Anybody who may be experiencing those sorts of feelings, please contact Lifeline or seek help – though I also realise when you’re right down in that funk it is very hard to think clearly or even find the desire to seek help.
So that’s on us, friends, family, to keep an eye out for one another.

So for all the people thinking, oh, look, it’s not out there, why should I wear a mask?

Just remember this, health care workers are the people who have to pick up the pieces and deal with the pressure and anguish.

They are human and despite their training of course they will carry some of the trauma.

So don’t think of yourself and the so called violation of your civil rights, think of those who have to deal with the consequences.

Rant over!

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Bland On Bland – Aeroplanes

Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Aeroplanes“.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I don’t like flying. I spent a long time getting on and off planes and now I do my best to avoid it. Sadly the problem is that to get to the rest of the world rather involves you getting on a plane to get there these days.

Tricky.

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Bland On Bland – Nature

Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Nature“.

A good theme this week, “Nature”. This idea for this one had been sitting around half-finished for a while. Now I know why it was half-finished. It got there in the end.

Hope you enjoy it

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Bland On Bland – Nasty Bosses

Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Nasty Bosses“.

After last week I think that Jon may be just making it all too easy. “Nasty Bosses”, well next week it will be overbearing dictator but that’s unlikely, I can’t see him being that self-referential two weeks in a row.

So let’s have as much fun with this as I can before he notices and I get the sack. “Workers of the world, unite!”

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Bland On Bland – Made Up Words

Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Made Up Words“.

OK, now this one would be a no brainer you would think. Jon has just handed this one to me on a plate.

As a person who makes up words for songs and poems as a living, I have this in the bag. AND THEN…

And then Jon says “Not made up like that you silly bugger. Fake made up words like politicians and advertisers use”

Well, that as they say took all the wind out of my sail and it all started to look like hard work.

Do you know how hard it is to invent words?

Do you know how hard it is to write when your bloody spell checker is going off every second word?

Here such as it is, is the week’s effort and for the first time this year, we are visiting the neighbourhood.

Enjoy.

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