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This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams, Jist ti Let Yi No by Tom Leonard, Totally chuffed that by Justin Tuijl

There have been many versions of "This Is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams

This is the original, followed by a Scottish dialect one, and then my take, of the take(!):



William Carlos Williams:

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Tom Leonard (Scottish dialect):

Jist ti Let Yi No

ahv drank
thi speshlz
that wurrin
thi frij

n thit
yiwurr probbli
hodn back
furthi pahrti

awright
they wur great
thaht stroang
thaht cawld


Justin Tuijl:

Totally chuffed that

I’ve snorted
yer charly
that yer were
hidin’ in the lav

and what
yer were totally
holdin’
out on me wiv

Fuck right off
it werra top class
sweet hit
and sick



Here are some more takes on the poem:

http://www.wildhoneypress.com/voices/Williams.htm


Sappho’s Moon and Pleiades poem (Justin Tuijl translations)

Sappho’s Moon and Pleiades poem (Justin Tuijl translations)

On my writing degree we were asked to look at translations of poems.

One such was Sappho's Moon and Pleiades, which was originally in old Greek, so there have been several translations of it. This article talks about it:
https://briefpoems.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/sapphos-moon-and-pleiades/

So anyway, here is me messing about with it:

Sappho’s Moon and Pleiades

Original Greek poem:
Δέδυκε μεν ἀ σελάννα
καὶ Πληΐαδεσ, μέσαι δὲ
νύκτεσ πάρα δ᾽ ἔρχετ᾽ ὤρα,
ἔγω δὲ μόνα κατεύδω

Google translate version:
Dedyke although a selanna
And Pliiades, through Dec
nyktes too d erchet hour,
I do not own katefdo

Corrected with Word spelling suggestions:
Eddie although a sultana
And Pleiades, through December
nukes too drenched this hour,
I do not own a kite

J Addington Symonds translation:
The Moon has left the sky,
Lost is the Pleiads’ light;
It is midnight,
And time slips by,
But on my couch alone I lie.

J Addington Symonds version in Pirate:
(http://postlikeapirate.com/)
Th' Moon has left th' sky, Lost be th'
Pleiads light; It be midnight,
 'n the hour slips by, But on me
couch alone I lie.
(ahgggg)

J  Addington  Symonds version in Klingon:
(http://tradukka.com)
chal mej mas.
vay' chil pleiad tis;
'ugh.
'ej pong slips poh
'ach jawvam niteb jiqot.

Mistranslated:
Mrs Moon had left Mr Sky
He had deleted her playlist
Now time ships are like pies
And now a new sofa he must buy

Misremembered, confused & stupid:
The frog has left
The pond under Pleedies
Plop on the couch
it lies

Twitter version:
@moon @pleiades #night #bored




Doogee S40, rugged and cheap phone, why?

Doogee S40
Doogee S40
A rugged phone from Doogee, my review.

I recently read a review of this phone by Alan Martin

He talks of the Doogee in comparison to some high end £800 phones. And says, why would you buy a sub £100 phone that is rugged when you can just buy another? Why protect a cheap phone?

Well, I have never owned a £800 phone. Every phone has been less than £230. My list of smartphones is short:
1. Nokia E55 (blackberry clone)
2. Samsung Gallaxy S2
3. Doogee x5
4. Doogee x5 pro
5. Doogee S40

The Nokia was a smartphone, but a Symbian, which went out of date as soon as I got it. I paid far too much for it on a contract.

The Samsung was a reconditioned phone that I got for about £200ish, it lasted me a very long time, but the main issue was that it fell apart from being dropped once too often.

The x5 was hopeless and committed digital suicide and was also full of spyware direct from the makers.

The x5 pro was great, but it fell apart from being dropped once too often.

See a pattern?

So, Doogee offer me a phone that is cheap, but rugged. And Mr Martin doesn't understand why Doogee thought that was a good idea? I can't buy a £100 phone a year.

I did once have an armoured case for my Samsung Galaxy but it made the thing so clunky and big it wasn't worth it. The S40 case is very nice to hold.

The Doogee system has also come on a long way. The x5 was pretty nasty and had a raft of faults. The S40 is a much slicker phone and seems quite capable. The only issue is that the memory is too small and the phone can only take two sims, or one sim and a memory card. That is a step back from the x5,

The other big plus for the phone is the huge battery. Short battery life always annoys me. I rooted the Samsung and ended up with a phone that lasted a week on standby. However, if you actually used it the battery died pretty fast.

The upshot of the S40 though is, yes it may not be the slickest phone on the market, but for the price, and for a phone that actually shouldn't fall apart, I'll take my £700 saving (actually I got it new for £70) my £730 saving, and buy a car or something.