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« on: October 15, 2006, 05:38:15 PM »

My parents visited today and brought a load of my old school books with them.  They'd cleared out a cupboard that hadn't seen the light of day for around twenty years, found the books, my old stamp collection and a few other bits and bobs.

I'd always assumed my scribblings were pretty crap, but reading through my English exercise book, I found a few stories I thought were pretty good for a 12 yr old.

Here's one:

The Projectionist's Nightmare
By Ed Dempster (aged 12.5)

This is the projectionist's nightmare:
A bird finds its way into the cinema,
finds the beam, flies down it,
smashes into a screen depicting a garden,
a sunset and two people being nice to each other.
Real blood, real intestines, slither down,
the likeness of a tree.
"This is no good," screams the audience;
"This is not what we came to see." grin

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2006, 07:34:54 PM »

Not bad.

"The child is father of the man." 

I have some of mine too, but they are more cringe-making than yours, Ed.
However, I might drag myself up into the attic and have another look and laugh.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2008, 06:29:48 PM »

Hmm, bugger. Thought it sounded familiar - I was watching a programme tonight about Liverpool from the perspective of Alexei Sayle, and when they were on about the poets from the 1960s somebody read out a poem called The Projectionist's Nightmare. It strangely enough had the exact same words as my little story above, only it was written by somebody called Brian Patten rolleyes

I thought it seemed too good to be something I'd written at that age. I'm hoping it was part of an assignment, rather than being an attempt at plagiarism. I can't imagine that'd be something I would have done, though, even back then.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008, 06:57:17 PM »

I gto a bollocking at school once for writing 'All the world could be a stage for we are merely players, performers and portrayers' in a story. My English teacher wrote a stern note that if I was going to steal lines from Shakespeare, the least I could do was get them right. I wrote a note back, saying I DID get the words right, only I was quoting All the World's a Stage by Rush!
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2008, 02:54:43 AM »

I gto a bollocking at school once for writing 'All the world could be a stage for we are merely players, performers and portrayers' in a story. My English teacher wrote a stern note that if I was going to steal lines from Shakespeare, the least I could do was get them right. I wrote a note back, saying I DID get the words right, only I was quoting All the World's a Stage by Rush!

And those were taken from an idea in Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat 900 years ago. Incidentally, I've been reading how Omar may have been the first to think of the solar system as heliocentric, long before Copernicus did. Are all ideas a ripoff?

Geoff - who was an idea, and maybe remains so...
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