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Chirnside, Mark. The First of Mark’s Volumes of Mark: Quotes, Philosophy & Poetry. Writersworld; May 14th 2004. 72 pages.

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This volume contains a number of poems on a wide variety of topics, from History to Philosophy, and Society to Politics, as well as a good (and sometimes random) selection of thoughts, beliefs and comments – including a number from the author, his friends and colleagues.

Author’s comment: ‘While the description of this title provides an essential outline of its content, I think I can best provide comments by quoting from my introduction in the book itself: “...If it is to be hoped that this volume will help stimulate thought, then there is another key purpose. I have decided that – making the brave assumption that it makes any profit! – the money earned should go to charity. There are so many people in the world who live without access to clean water, a guaranteed supply of food, or shelter, let alone an education or the Western luxuries that we can all too easily take for granted. Anything that will help alleviate these problems, in however small a measure, should be heartily welcomed.” Having hoped that the volume will serve to stimulate thought, it is interesting to opine that few books will combine quotes by such a range of people and groups as John Lennon, The Beatles, Captain E.J. Smith of the Titanic, Berk Pickard (a passenger on the Titanic) and the propaganda department of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Probably even fewer will then also contain cocktail recipes, as this one does. And, even fewer still will contain poems as diverse as “The Magic Stick,” “Buzz Bomb,” “Mission to Moscow,” or “Fish and Chips, Dear Vera.” Whether such variety is good or bad is a judgement that can best be left to the reader.’


  • Foreword
  • Author’s Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Part One, This And That: The Juicy Bits
  • Thought Of The Day
  • General Quotes And Philosophy
  • Part Two: Poetry Corner
  • Radio Pyongyang
  • Down To His Level
  • The Hours Of Darkness
  • Gallic Pride
  • Buzz Bomb
  • Rude Awakening
  • Mission To Moscow
  • Midnight Start
  • Dreams
  • Thrust: Evil Drinking
  • Margarita
  • Thicko!
  • Too Short
  • Miserable Les
  • The Lost Man
  • Rich Kids’ Games
  • Captain Carinthia
  • Limelight
  • Four Or More Hours
  • Banana Flavour
  • Under Age
  • Invasion
  • Intellect
  • Bright Night
  • Chocolate Teapot
  • Fish And Chips, Dear Vera
  • Life In A Green Block
  • The Tramp’s Umbrella
  • You Never Can Tell: Toasters
  • The Best Corridor
  • My History And Politics Chum
  • It’s A Clothes Horse But It Looks Nothing Like A Horse
  • Join The Revolution!
  • Riding The Paternoster
  • You’re Joking
  • Yob
  • Serendipity
  • We Need A Revolution!
  • Breakdown Bus 459
  • A Long One
  • A Short One
  • Short V. Long
  • Apostrophe
  • The Battle for Youth
  • Too Far To Zanzibar
  • The Great Leader And General
  • The Lord’s Resistance Army
  • LUST
  • Night Owl
  • Cruise Control
  • Andy’s Inflatable Mini Car
  • Fire Escape
  • The Magic Stick
  • Spring
  • Birthday Boy


‘An amazing work.’ – Matt Capon.


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