The Like-Minders Society (LMS) is a group of people who think like me. If you are different, unconventional, and enjoy all things whacky you have now become a member. Welcome
LMS visits a number of venues in its pursuit of wisdom and mirth. This is one of them
The Like-Minders Society
For the advancement
of anything poetically offbeat. Etc
Etc justifies inclusion of any ‘traditional’ work
thus avoiding being shunned by the Traditional Poets Association.
Bad vibes between poet groups is not good.
OK, I may be unconventional
And I might push boundaries
And my sense of humour
May be weird
But pull from me what bits you like
and join me on the journey
LMS is an experiment in fantasy and imagination.
As in any experiment some things will work,
some things won’t. I’ve had no training
in comedy. Just like having a go.
If it works, fine, if not, at least I’ve tried
Without this playing with fantasy
no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
Welcome to the
Like-Minders Theme Park
I have created this Theme Park for LMS
Bit like Disneyland, but for the advancement of anything poetically offbeat.
It contains various venues of interest (just like Disneyland) and a rollercoaster flying round the Park (just like Disneyland). I drive the roller (Ronnie) He like to move at breakneck speeds. Make sure you’re buckled in tight.
Rollercoaster venue stops include:
Traditional Poets Association Stamping Ground
Deep-Thinking Haiku Workshop
Budding Poets Audition Site
Propper Spelling School
Mental Health Unit
Nonsense Research Centre
You will enter at the Park Entrance, say hello to Lucy, Ticket Office girl (who will issue you a free ticket). This will be checked by Thalia when you board Ronnie at Rollercoaster Central
To launch Ronnie on our journey it is an LMS tradition to ring the starting bell. Ronnie will not move until he hears it.
Characters joining us are (with whom I have pleasant conversations):
Thalia – my Muse of Mirth, Secretary, Rollercoaster Bar Girl, Bellringer
Thalia speaks in italic dialect Dialect of the Gods she says. Cultured lady
Skip – my drinking buddy
Lucy L – Ticket Office, Publicity
Lucy speaks in bold dialect
Bit rough and ready but does a good job. Downs double whiskeys
Ronnie – our rollercoaster moving us between venues
Me driving. Look mum no hands
Ready to go?
Ring the Park opening bell Luce
Sure thing Don. I declare the LMS Theme Park now open. Come on in guys
Did they all say hello Lucy?
Yes Don. A nice happy lot. They can’t wait to hop aboard Ronnie
Checked all their tickets Thale? We don’t want gate-crashers
Who has booked a free ticket on Rollie today? (Thale’s my secretary. Handles all my stuff. Good lady she is)
Today we have, eagerly holding their tickets out, are Fandango (USA), Terveen (India), Little Charmer (Scotland), Alex (Malta), Andrew (UK), Cassa (Aus), Ian (Ireland) and Bogdan (country unknown as yet)
Personal welcome to all of you. All familiar faces. I’m trying to get my head around a more complex WP layout. It’s not easy. Rapid learning curve. I hope all goes well and that Ronnie doesn’t break down on us. You know what being in storage that long can do to your bearings.
OK Thalia let’s get the show on the road. Ringa da bell
Wake up Ronnie!
All buckled up?
Off we go…………….
Wow! what a journey. Hope no-one is feeling too queasy. Terveen, you OK?
All OK Don. No-one leant over the side
I hope our bar lady Thalia kept you all supplied with drinks. Free on the house. Being a virtual Theme Park LMS does not require an alcohol license. How nice….
We’re going to sidetrack on our way, to the Traditional Poets Stamping Ground. Although we don’t see eye to eye I have deigned to give them a small space of their own in the Park to stamp around and do their own thing. Bad vibes between poet groups is not good.
Oh yes, I see a few. Let’s approach them.
Doth thee still accept us?
Offbeat tho we are
We still have got our Shakespeare roots
(Except we now drive cars)
Not in a good mood today it seems. Let’s continue on our journey to more fruitful grounds.
We have now reached the LMS Limerick Site
Today’s treat for us about a lovely angelic voice is written
by an unknown writer
Saying of the Quote
We always end with the ritual Saying of Quote . Thalia please.
All heads bowed
You may raise your heads now.
VISIT NOW OVER TILL NEXT TIME FOLKS
Well Like -Minders , that concludes our visit to the LMS Limerick Centre for today. I hope you enjoyed it and Rollie kept on the rails. Lost a wheel once but that’s another story.
To get back to the Park exit you can either catch Rollie or wander back on foot. Whatever.
Say bye to Lucy on the way out. She will check you off the list. We don’t want you being lost amongst all this wisdom and mirth
Stay tuned for the next LMS visit with Thalia, Lucy, Skip, Ronnie and me
To find out about future visits register your interest by following the FCS fun bus. There you will also meet Priscilla, Ralph and Stan, man of many talents.
Sheryl has been kind enough to let us use her song ‘All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun – I Gotta Feeling I’m Not the Only One’ for our theme song. Isn’t she nice. She’s gonna wrap up the show on a happy note.
Ready yet? (she’s gotta organise the band)……
She’s giving me the thumbs up……
Take it away Sheryl……
RELAX, LOOSEN UP, and LET GO
Come and join me
Other LMS Visits
LMS Visits The Budding Poets Audition Site and little Layla