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Bloggers PhotoHi it is time i introduced myself, I was born in Skipton Yorkshire, England, and still have a accent belonging to my birth place. in 1966 my wife Elaine and i and our two sons moved to New Zealand, where the boys were raised. then we  moved on to the city of Perth  in Western Australia.
After 45 years away we both decided to have a move back to the yorkshire dales where we were raised. leaving our children and grandchildren in what i consider the best places on the planet. (NZ-OZ)
Our reason for the move back to the uk was to be able to discover our back yard so to speak, and we have a desire to go to europe, especially scandinavia and germany.
 I would like to say how much i'm enjoying my trip here on soup, and really loved the poems posted, my bigest problem being time, i always seem to be catching up, being able only to spend two to three days on here, even then with limited hours, so please forgive me if my comments seem later than most.  I also love football (soccer) Newcastle United in England being my team, then music, all kinds but mainly Rock 'n' Roll, i'm  a avid record collector, especially old vinyl LP's of the Fifties. my favourite poet is W. H Davies, along with a few on soup here, I do not get a lot of time to read these days, but my favourite Author is Dennis Wheatley, also i love  the the Bronte Sisters, being raised only 10 miles from Haworth, one gets a real feel for their literature, when one visits the area.   Harry

5W's CONTEST JUDGED


Blog Posted:8/27/2012 4:25:00 AM
WOW MY FIRST CONTEST AND NOT EASY, THE MORE I READ ALL THE ENTRIES THE BETTER THEY SEEM TO BECOME, CHANGED I DID SO MANY TIMES THE PLACEMENTS I HAD TO STOP MYSELF FROM READING AND MAKE THE DECISION, 4 POEMS WERE DISQUALIFIED FOR NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES 2 OF THOSE WERE TOP 5 POEMS.pLACES 1 TO 4 I THOUGHT WERE OUTSTANDING, THE REST WERE BRILLIANT AND THATS WHERE IT GOT TRICKY FOR ME, BUT I'VE MADE MY CHOICE, AND THAT IS IT. WHETHER I'LL DO ANOTHER REMAINS TO BE SEEN, AS I'M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE SINGLE JUDGE SYSTEM. AFTERALL IT IS ONLY THAT ONE'S PERSON OPINION. I'D LIKE SOME FEEDBACK ON THIS. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. Date: 8/28/2012 1:11:00 PM
    Congrats to everyone and congrats on your first contest, Harry : )

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  1. Date: 8/28/2012 12:32:00 AM
    so sorry, i missed this contest, harry!... will be there for the next one... congrats to all winners and entrants... :) huggs!

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 3:22:00 PM
    Harry, your contest idea was very clever. I give you high marks for creativity! You are no longer a virgin. hahaha. Congrats on finishing up your first contest, and thanks for my placement. I read all the comments below mine and they are all good and many of them mirror my own feelings on the contests. Luv, Andrea (Congrats to us all!)

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 2:41:00 PM
    Thanks Harry Congrad's all I will try to read all of them soon. Light & Love

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 11:18:00 AM
    As for the judging conundrum, if you enjoyed running this contest, by all means, sponsor another contest. These aren't professional contests(obviously), and many writers gear their entries towards the person running the contest(the style, devices and themes that the sponsor enjoys). The most important thing is not to give in to the whiners, the complaints of the sore losers. If you ignore them, this works best. Attempting to appease sore losers, just makes things more complicated. I learned this the hard way....I have the tendency of learning things the hard way.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 11:14:00 AM
    Hullo Harry. You didn't have to place my message....it truly was a message more than anything else. Not really a poem, as it barely used any poetic devices at all. Good on you for getting your 1st contest behind you(took long enough for you to sponsor one, ol' Boy!).

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 9:57:00 AM
    Harry, thank you for my placement in your contest. I agree that judging these contests is really tough. I don't like hurting people's feelings if I don't place their poem, but it is a contest. There will always be winners and losers.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 9:15:00 AM
    Thank you for my place Harry...I wish I could tell you judging gets easier but it doesnt...i guess thats comes from having soooooooooooo much talent on the site xxx

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 7:26:00 AM
    It is hard when you first begin, but it gets easier over time. I constantly remind myself that I shouldn't feel guilty if someone doesn't place and expresses their unhappiness. We are all human and we're not going to like everything we read. We have our own persoanl tastes and that's all we can judge by. Just have fun with it and realize that your contests inspire people to write :)

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 6:56:00 AM
    Well I think you know my feedback on this tears and more tears... no only kidding dear boy, if you do one again I will give you a hand if you want but you lead the way, all in all a great contest pity you stuffed at the end ha ha xx

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 5:32:00 AM
    I had a great time writing for your contest.. I have never judged a contest so I probably am not much help sorry.. have a great day cory

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 5:15:00 AM
    Thanks Joann, yes i do agree with you, regards it being one's own contest, but sometimes i think the poets forget that it is only that one judges opinion, and take it personally, this is what i read into some of the comments or blogs from disappointed poets. Thanks for your feedback. Harry.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 5:00:00 AM
    Thanks for hosting this contest. I was also daunted by the one person judging, so I tend to give out more places than some others judges. Poetry is subjective, from the writer and from the reader point of view. Do what you like, it is your contest.

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  1. Date: 8/27/2012 4:37:00 AM
    Thank you for a contest which made me at least think outside the box. I enjoyed creating with the prescribed opening words. Thank you for my placement. I have not read all yet, but I agree that it must have been a difficult choice to make between some entrants poems.We certainly have some talent here on soup :-) Love, Suzette

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