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Health Fanatic (in spirit)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 26, 2010 by echostains

I’m toying with the idea of getting healthier.  Notice, I say ‘toying’ with the ‘idea.  Too much time sat at the computer I think.   Well I am going to have a bit of a shake up soon (1st July to be exact).  On that day I shall have kept to my resolution to blog every day and I will have completed one full years worth!   In the future, I won’t feel guilty if I take a day off from blogging, but I won’t be leaving my blog for days upon end.  Sometimes I will concentrate on Bookstains (which has been rather neglected recently) But I promise I will continue to put more art on here.  I have plans for ‘echostains’ future…….:)

In the meanwhile, here’s my favorite ‘punk’ poet –  John Cooper Clarke to remind me what I am missing out on:)  But for those who prefer to read the poetry or who have difficullty understanding the accent …..

Health Fanatic by John Cooper Clarke

Around the block – against the clock
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock
Running out of breath – running out of socks
Rubber on the road… flippety flop
Non-skid agility… chop chop
No time to hang about
Work out health fanatic… work out!

The crack of dawn he’s lifting weights
His tell-tale heart reverberates
He’s high in polyunsaturates…
Low in polysaturates…
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award awaits
It’s a man’s life
He’s a health fanatic… so was his wife

A one-man war against decay
Enjoys himself the hard way
Allows himself a mars a day
How old am I – what do I weigh
Punch me there… does it hurt… no way
Running on the spot don’t get too hot
He’s a health fanatic, that’s why not

Running through the traffic jam – taking in the lead
Hyperactivity keeps him out of bed
Deep down he’d like to kick it in the head
They’ll regret it when they’re dead
There’s more to life than fun
He’s a health fanatic – he’s got to run

Beans greens and tangerines
And low cholestrol margarines
His limbs are loose, his teeth are clean
He’s a high-octane fresh-air fiend
You’ve got to admit he’s keen
What can you do but be impressed
He’s a health fanatic… give it a rest

Shadow boxing – punch the wall
One-a-side football… what’s the score… one-all
Could have been a copper… too small
Could have been a jockey… too tall
Knees up, knees up… head the ball
Nervous energy makes him tick
He’s a health fanatic… he makes you sick

  

Around the block – against the clock
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock
Running out of breath – running out of socks
Rubber on the road… flippety flop
Non-skid agility… chop chop
No time to hang about
Work out health fanatic… work out!

The crack of dawn he’s lifting weights
His tell-tale heart reverberates
He’s high in polyunsaturates…
Low in polysaturates…
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award awaits
It’s a man’s life
He’s a health fanatic… so was his wife

A one-man war against decay
Enjoys himself the hard way
Allows himself a mars a day
How old am I – what do I weigh
Punch me there… does it hurt… no way
Running on the spot don’t get too hot
He’s a health fanatic, that’s why not

Running through the traffic jam – taking in the lead
Hyperactivity keeps him out of bed
Deep down he’d like to kick it in the head
They’ll regret it when they’re dead
There’s more to life than fun
He’s a health fanatic – he’s got to run

Beans greens and tangerines
And low cholestrol margarines
His limbs are loose, his teeth are clean
He’s a high-octane fresh-air fiend
You’ve got to admit he’s keen
What can you do but be impressed
He’s a health fanatic… give it a rest

Shadow boxing – punch the wall
One-a-side football… what’s the score… one-all
Could have been a copper… too small
Could have been a jockey… too tall
Knees up, knees up… head the ball
Nervous energy makes him tick
He’s a health fanatic… he makes you sick

 

 

video by jbearden

John Cooper Clarke’s website Here  (Health Fanatic poem and many more)

John Cooper Clarke – aint got time to make no apology

Posted in POETRY with tags , , , on June 3, 2010 by echostains

I love this urban poet .  This man is so damn witty,  some of the words he rhymes are indescribable and perhaps I’ve chosen the wrong poem to illustrate this – but take your pick of his poems on YouTube there are lots of them.  There are lots more of his poems better than this one but I’ve been advised that I may offend by putting them on.  Surprised that I listened? ….me too AND regretting it already:)

John Cooper Clarke tells it like it Is/Isn’t/Should be

Posted in POETRY with tags , on December 2, 2009 by echostains

poet John Cooper Clarke

Short and sweet.  Time has really flown today.  In between all the stuff I’ve done (of no interest to anyone apart from me who has been riveted) I’ve left it quite late to do my blog.  Listening to the great John Cooper Clarke.  Who?

charles atlas. laughing at this? why? why do some woman admire plastic surgery? – at least this is real

Oh come ON everyone has heard of him surely? the Salford poet? very sharp very funny, own style, very witty? No?

Lol! ‘Arts ‘N’ Crafts’ really made me laugh – YES that’s the VERY important world an artist lives  and BREATHES it in……. HERE

charles atlas, a whole lot of sand kicking going on

The Bronze Adonis Got her….My brother used to send for those Charles Atlas magazines, inspired no doubt by the cartoons of puny men having sand kicked in their faces.  We thought we had it bad as women…all THEY had to do was grow muscle…….. and all would be THEIRS?  Nice to know it wasn’t just US that fell for the body  propaganda isn’t it.

Here’s an excerpt from ‘The Bronze Adonis Got Her……

mr and mrs universe / the folks who live in the GYM

each night she sleeps in a room marked HER / he sleeps in a room marked HIM

muscle bound for stardom / the apollo of your EYE

can’t seem to get a hard on / oh christ I wonder WHY

the BRONZE ADONIS got her

they honeymoon on muscle beach to cries of “Beat it Mac”

he plucks some puny pansy’s peach / how do you like that

the BRONZE  ADONIS got her…….

READ ON HERE…FAB!

For loads of other poems with attitude by the fab John Cooper Clarke  HERE YOU GO

My tribute to the Salford Bard HERE