Mick Twister

Mick Twister is an anagram of Twitmericks.

Mick writes limericks about the news on Twitter, pretty much daily, as @twitmericks. These are also reproduced below, with links to the relevant news stories.

He is the author of There Was an Old Geezer Called Caesar: A History of the World in 100 Limericks (Anova, 2013). http://twitmericks.com/book-news/

He writes limericks with a biblical theme for the quarterly 197 Piccadilly magazine. http://www.sjp.org.uk/uploads/1/6/5/7/16572376/____pp197_autumn_2013smaller.pdf

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Suffer the Children

As Syria’s child refugees/

Are risking their lives on the seas/

Will our politicians/

Build bigger partitions/

And go on ignoring their pleas?///

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/refugee-crisis-live-aylan-kurdis-death-drives-international-pressure-for-europe-to-act-as-people-smugglers-arrested-in-turkey-10484471.html

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Vice Crackdown

Three journalists working for Vice/

Found Turkey was not very nice,/

They went to report/

But wound up in court,/

Press liberty cutting no ice.///

https://news.vice.com/article/vice-news-journalists-transferred-to-prison-hours-from-legal-help

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Come to Brum

The vaults of a big bank in Birmingham/

Have only 9 gentlemen’s sperminem/

Requiring owners/

Of boners as donors/

Of spermatozoa to squirminem.///

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34113080

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Kanye Believe it?

A rapper they call Kanye West/
Is making the White House his quest./
Or was it a joke?/
He’d just had a toke,/
The would-be contender confessed.///
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Show Trial on the Nile

A Cairo political court/

Has made it a crime to report,/

Presenting pure fiction/

To gain a conviction./

Give your support.///

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-jazeera-journalists-cairo-jail-150829171357306.html

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What’s a Voyeur, Sir?

A teacher’s perverse contravention/
Secured him a 3-year detention/
His slyly-filmed vids/
Of 100s of kids/
Attracting the old bill’s attention.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-34063185

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Dumb Bell

The rate at which Big Ben goes bong/
Was found to be 6 seconds wrong/
Erroneous timing/
Was making its chiming/
In technical terms, all Pete Tong.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34048852?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_radio_4&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=radio_and_music

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Fair Weather Friends

The Met and the Beeb were together/
United whatever the weather/
Till Beeb said “We’re thru,/
I found someone new./
No forecast is ever forever”.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34031785

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Waiting for Chilcot

Lord Chilcot was asked to inquire/
How Britain got into the mire/
Of war in Iraq/
But won’t report back/
Without a response from each liar.
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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/21/david-cameron-pushes-chilcot-iraq-report-we-want-this-inquiry-finished

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Rashly Madison

A website for linking up pairs/
Desiring illicit affairs/
Was fatally hacked./
Some caught in the act/
May shortly be sleeping downstairs.
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http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/19/ashley-madisons-hacked-customer-files-posted-online-as-threatened-say-reports

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