Friday, December 30, 2011
Leaving the scoreboard - with only a day left in the IPYPIASM at
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Anyway - Titus has been out again delivering a trio of festive treats... with just the slightest flavour of humbug...
Click over here for the full story and close ups, and lots of pictures of the magical things that find their way to chez Titus.
a classic about the hollow eyed souls of xmas
an uncharacteristic attack on pens
and an unsatisfied little solder here
This means our Convivial Scoreboard - back to straight counting - comes to
England 6 (Terry Wogan notwithstanding)
This is no time for complacency!
Everyone, I really hope you enjoy the holidays, whatever you're up to. Don't forget IPYPIASM is not just for Christmas - so if you're getting out in the sales there should be lots of opportunity for poem sharing...
Take it easy :-)
Friday, December 23, 2011
First up Titus - taking the lead with this one (as far as the new scoring scheme is concerned) bringing on a super sub, in the lovely Vivien Jones, and adding a seriously beautiful touch to this whole fish display - click over here for the full story and words.
Next up a brand new player and a brand new blogger in blog world - I'm delighted to welcome Howling at the Moon for his/her debut in the world of IPYPIASM...
With a bittersweet piece placed by the wines - click over here to welcome this lovely new player and to see the words
Of course my new scoring scheme (also known as the stoopidest thing to happen in the history of IPYPIASM) means that my just for fun scoreboard is a bit more difficult to update - so after several long hours with a calculator, excel spreadsheet and a compass....
The current leader board looks like this:
And I have hired several bodyguards
Here's how the new scoring convention works
Each poem in a shop in ireland gets half a point, as the birthplace of ipypiasm and the only place where i know real people it has been decided the emerald isle had an unfair advantage.
Each poem in a shop in England gets 1.5 points since they invented the english language over there, so we owe them.
American poems in shops get 1.4 points for having braved the extraordinary security systems over there.
Scottish poems in shops get 0.9 points because their natural enthusiasm for poetry also gives an unfair advantage.
All this leaves the scoreboard nail bitingly close with all to play for going into the last week - everything to play for...
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Leaving the non competitive scores as follows:
Ireland 20 (Ole Ole Ole Ole Ole)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sadly my linkability is still down - so paste this into your browse if you haven't been over there for the hilarious words and closeups
and here's a quick look at what he left
beside the treats
by the shaving things
on the paint
by the irons
near the socks (in or out of boxes)
and by the sprouts
They are all hilarious - so do make sure you get there for a goo.
Meanwhile Emerging Writer is walking the walk with two very fine placements in the city centre of Dubland. These are seriously sensual poems folks, you really have to go over there to read them.
Again it's a paste into your browser job until my links get up and running again, well worth the work though
And again a quick look at the elegant displaying beside the luxury coffee
And next to the seductive wines
So where does that leave our scoreboard?
Well Ireland is well drenched in Poems in shops now - reaching a score of 19.
Scotland is sitting very respectably at a total of 11.
England, where poetry in English was invented, sits pretty at 6.
And America has a very fine tally of 6.5
I think all the countries can be proud. I wonder if any other country dares to join in at this late date?
Still 10 more days to go - so theoretically any country could get another 60 poems in shops, if shops open on the 25th in those particular countries... just saying....
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Titus is at it again. Click to on Titus' blog on the right there to read more and see the close up of this little love poem - For some reason blogger isn't allowing me to add in links...
This makes it neck and neck
in the non competitive achievement measurement....
Monday, December 19, 2011
And if that wasn't enough Don't Feed the Pixies has done a brilliant seasonal PIAS (poem in a shop) for some very lucky shopper to enjoy - get over there to read the words - it's genius - click here.
am giving hope half a point for the states partaking, thus leaving the currents scores on the 'just for fun' doors at
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thought I'd get this up now since it's a quiet day on the IPYPIASM front - these are the books I've read since around this time last year - most were read while waiting for hospital and doctor appointments - yay for the slow health service. I've a feeling next years list with be a tad shorter.
1. KPAX trilogy – enjoyable sci fi read
2. In the skin of a lion – Michael Ondoatje – poetic, beautiful read, plot unsatisfyingly complex.
3. The behaviour of Moths – Poppy Adams – too many loose ends
4. The Dubliners – James Joyce – some outstanding writing, not sure it merits ALL the hype tho.
5. The very Man – Chris Binchy – depressing but compulsive read.
6. Fiesta, The sun also rises – Ernest Hemmingway – brilliant glittering characters though nothing much happened it read like it mattered.
7. Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails – Stinging Fly anthology – always well worth a read, some really excellent stories.
8. The Last Estate & Redemption of H – Conor Bowman Pullman, two very contrasting books set in same place but different times. Interesting and readable experiment.
9. The Idiot – Dostoyevsky – read more like a play than a book, a tad too long.
10. Looking for Leon – Shirley Benton – see review done at the time.
11. Taking Pictures – Anne Enright – some lovely writing – some endings were too sudden.
12. The captains and the kings – Jennifer Johnston – stunning writing, understated, brilliant.
13. The girls – Lori Lansens – irritating faux real style, tries to do too many things.
14. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – several stories tenuously strung together some way better than others.
15. Herzog – Saul Bellow – pompous miserable man struggles for recognition and understanding, some gems in it.
16. Melancholy Baby – Julia O Faolain – great short stories, alot of them shocking even today, a great read.
17. This is not a novel – Jennifer Johnston – probably the most dissappointing of hers I’ve read so far.
18. Ultimatum – Matthew Glass – chewing gum read, ultimately dissappointing.
19. Little Stranger – Sarah Waters – Sarah knows how to spin a yarn, unsatisfying ending sadly.
20. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote – took the longest time to read this on and off for years – definitely not worth the hype.
21. The hand that first held mine – Maggie O Farrell – sorta readable, tries a bit too hard.
22. Regeneration – Pat Barker – Really excellent piece of work, worth reading.
23. The Story of Plan B – Kate Dempsey – Enjoyable Romp of a read from Emerging Writer, check it out!
24. An evening of long goodbyes – Paul Murray – the ovaltine of writers – I adore Paul’s work and can’t wait for the next book – you may hate it though.
25. Clock Winder – Anne Tyler – another quiet family drama, beautifully described.
26. Women – Charles Bukowski – a most dislikeable narrator, and ultimately boring plot.
27. Before I go to sleep – SJ Watson - an alright read, kind of obvious at the end, but readable.
28. All the pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy – good cowboy wild west type adventure, he’s a great writer.
29. The Complete Short Stories of Evelyn Waugh – some innovative story telling techniques, but mostly dated and hard to get into for that reason.
30. The Masters – CP Snow – picked from a top ten books you must read list – I must disagree – it was alright, if you’re into Oxford / Cambridge history and ambience, missable if not.
31. Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi – networking bible that tries to pretend it’s not about using people, but kind of fails in the end to convince.
32. Pyramid and 4 other stories – Henning Mankel – interesting detective series set in Sweden, mostly seems to consist of the main character’s shock at crime happening in Sweden
33. Resurrection Men – Ian Rankin – the usual compulsive reading brilliance from Ian, love him.
34. The Method and Other Stories – Tom Vowler – really enjoyed alot of these, some punchline type endings though.
35. The Kill – Emile Zola – Spoiler Alert: No one gets killed! Otherwise brilliant read – so many parallels with today it’s scary.
36. The Walmart Effect – Charles Fishman – sort of interesting, but repetitive, and not saying much that’s new.
37. 3 cups of tea – Greg Mortenson – interesting read, but definitely a lot of poetic license taken, and there’s some scandal about it perhaps not being true – ie there’s another book out called 3 cups of lies.
38. The Grass is singing - Doris Lessing – a brilliant book, hard to read at times, but such strong insights into life etc. Really worth reading.
Friday, December 16, 2011
But be careful out there IPYPIASMer's, once you start IPYPIASMING it's all about the adrenalin! You can't say you weren't warned....
Bringing the purely "sure it's the taking part that counts" scores to:
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Then Jean Atkin http://thedogdaysofdumfriesshire.blogspot.com/
Monday, December 12, 2011
Dominic Rivron has joined in with IPYPIASM on behalf of England. Click here to see the words on this blooming lovely poem.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Finally bringing Rachel's poem on tour to the fragrance dept (Rumour has it this is actually Titus' dressing table... and she just doesn't like to take the packaging off her perfumes)
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Well folks, the states is quickly catching up with Scotland with Acorn taking IPYPIASM to a fancy department store in Americay
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
This poem was planted in the gorgeous Hilser Bros Jeweller in Cork, going since 1860, they're just in the middle of a closing down sale to end all closing down sales, genuinely beautiful s
hiny things in there, well worth a look if you're about the area. You can just see Danger Cushions' legs dangling from the sling in the mirror behind the display case he
to take part in IPYPIASM 2011 (International Put Your Poem in a Shop Month)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
What's that attractive looking bus there? I hear you say. The one beside the boys toys...
Could it be?
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011