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Goose fair

Engraving Her Name on a Spark – Promote Yourself


She pouted,

I flushed,

our fingers brushed

electric touch.

Quicksilver graces

rose in our faces,

quickly glancing away.

When we finally separated,

we kept the charge

nestled in our lungs, and

every time we took a breath

a shock went through our hearts,

spot welding electric stars across every

drop of blood splashing

origami sheet metal souls.

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My name is Taylor Gibbs, I live in Canada. I have a few poems being published in October in Leaves of Ink, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Linguistic Erosion come October. I have a self published chap book; The Slight Ramblings of a Madly sane Man through available on amazon. I love poetry, writing especially but reading as well.

I appreciate you taking the time to have a look at my poem and possibly placing it within your community!

My Last Night

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When the pain became too much
I stopped looking
Finally the strength
To step away overcame me
False reality
Bitter truths
Splayed before my eyes
Quite simply my heart was broken
In more places than even they could know

When a cry occurs
Soft petals
Rain soaked tears
Skin damp from streams released
Across my cheeks
The general public never sees
Trails of passionate fears
Not because they can’t visualize
The instance of pain

A child’s eyes
Meant to contain beauty
A sparkle of delight
Expressive response to a world
That allows her unbridled love
Safe to imagine
Without panic or anxious torment
Without slander or tactless assault
Only soft cushions of life

Why have all the children disappeared
Innocence and naiveté, and quiet love

Thom Amundsen

FULL CIRCLE – Promote Yourself


As a young and growing child  
Mental seeds were sown
He’s medicated to be mild
Side effects unknown

Said to be unmanageable
Too wild to control
Prescriptions all too viable
No care for future toll

Now this child gentle, meek
Falls victim to their taunts
Mistake this boy as being weak
He flees to sheltered haunts

Witness of horrendous things
Of which he will not speak
How can family, terror bring
His loved ones, havoc wreak

He finds his shelter safe and warm
He climbs inside his mind
His sanctuary from the storm
His thoughts help time unwind

As he grows and comes of age
He grows tired of his pills
Things to do and wars to wage
Newfound battle of the wills

He’s grown and reached maturity
After years mis-diagnosed
A dangerous threat to humanity
For no longer is he dosed

Now his head is free to think
Unclouded by that haze of mellow
To evil thoughts his focus sinks
For vengeance new voices bellow

His problem is with reality
Cruel twisting of his fate
It is Preying on his sanity
Ever filling him with hate

All those years of passive sedation
The malice that was endured
Now he realizes with exultation
His revenge can be secured

Unnoticeable from the outside
The rage within his head
A wicked smile, eyes open wide
The madman kills to see you dead

Horrific spree of death and hate
This killer caught and sent away
Caged like an animal to meet his fate
Asylum his home ’til end of days.

Far too dangerous to himself and the rest
He must be tranquilized, to take away the wild
A remedy concocted, one that seems the best
The same one it happens, he was given as a child

The anger and fury lose their grip on his mind
The memories of his childhood friend held close
Taken back to better days, now easier to find
Then five words bring clarity, “it’s time…..increase the dose”

Life and death cross paths as they wind
And all things are bound to repeat
Locked away in cage and mind
The circle is complete

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thanks again to PC for this outlet.


3rd to 7th October 2012

With more than 700 years of history, Nottingham Goose Fair is one of Europe’s most famous travelling fairs, and is still a fantastic event to delight all ages. 

Over 500 attractions await fair-goers, from the latest white knuckle experiences, family rides and favourites including waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck. 

Come along and experience the dazzling array of sights and sounds, and tuck into the local speciality of mushy peas and mint sauce or food from around the world.

Opening Times:

  • Wednesday 5 October 5.30pm – 11pm
  • Thursday 6 October 12noon – 11pm
  • Friday 7 October 11am – 11.30pm
  • Saturday 8 October 11am – 11pm
  • Sunday 1pm to 9pm


Goose Fair is situated on the Forest Recreation Ground on the outskirts of Nottingham City Centre just off Mansfield Road (A60).

The site is 11 miles from Junction 24, 9 miles from Junction 25 and 5 miles from Junction 26 of the M1 motorway.

Goose Fair is traditionally held in Nottingham on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of October every year
though for the past seven years it has started on the Wednesday.

From the moment that The Lord Mayor of Nottingham sounds the bells to start the event – usually at noon on Thursday – Nottingham revolves around its best-loved spectacle.Here are some facts to inform, amuse and impress!


  • It is the biggest non-fixed fair in the land and even knocks most permanent ones into a cocked hat. Well over 1 million people attend the fair each year. 
  • Council workers start marking out The Forest from early August. The biggest pitches cost around £2000 but a popular ride can take up to £1,600 per hour! 
  • The official opening is signified at noon on the first day by The Lord Mayor of Nottingham ringing a pair of silver bells after the Chief Executive and Town Clerk has read the Proclamation in the presence of the Sheriff of Nottingham. 
  • The Fair, including the showmen’s living vans, covers about 18 acres. There are around 55 riding machines plus another 40 or so for children. A further 225 games stalls invite the public to have-a-go.
    A further 400 stalls sell novelties, luminous bangles are always a favourite, as well as the all-important refreshments. The aroma of the unique blend ofGoose Fair foods fills the air; hot dogs, mushy peas (with mint sauce of course), cock-on-a-stick, candy floss, toffee apples, brandy snap and coconuts!There are another dozen side shows with such attractions as ‘Tiny Tim’, ‘Britains Tallest Man’ and one of the few boxing booths still in operation.
  • No-one really knows exactly how many centuries The Fair has existed, though it is thought that The Danes established a market/fair in Nottingham over a thousand years ago. The first official recognition came when King Edward I granted Goose Fair a charter in 1284 to mark the Feast of St. Matthew. (Until 1752 the fair was always be held on St. Matthew’s Day : 21st September.) 
  • When the calendar was revised in 1752, omitting 11 days from September, the date of Goose Fair was switched to October 2nd and this remained until 1875. 
  • The Fair has failed to take place on only 11 occasions since being made ‘official’ in 1284. The plague of 1646 intervened and there was also the matter of two World Wars, though it was back by 1944, albeit only during the day to avoid the blackout. 
  • These pictures show some of the first scenes to be captured on film. We can see the old flat-roofed Coucil House in this shot of 1908.
    By 1927 the new Council House was almost complete but not even the building work could stop Goose Fair, though it was soon to be moved from the Market Square.
  • Unsurprisingly, it all began with geese! Thousands of them were herded into The Market Square each year to be sold for the feast of St. Matthew. Some were walked from Lincoln and Norfolk, more than a hundred miles away, their feet coated in tar and sand as make-shift shoes. 
  • As geese went out of fashion on the dinner table the sideshows which had grown up around the fair became attractions in their own right. Waxwork exhibitions became popular in the late 1700s and animal shows became attractions too. Comedians, clowns, dancing bears, bearded ladies and the new-fangled camera obscura all drew the crowds. 
  • In the early nineteenth century, hand-turned merry-go-rounds started to appear. At first the Council wasn’t impressed. In fact it banned them, condeming them as “disgraceful and dangerous machines; instruments of folly and immodesty!” But public opinion won through and they soon became extremely popular – and faster – with the advent of steam engines in 1865.
    The helter skelter debuted in 1906. The following year welcomed ‘The Big Wheel’.

In 1908 the Cakewalk put in its first appearance. By 1911 electricity was available on-site and an electric railway was a crowd-pleaser. The dodgems were soon to follow.


  • In 1928 it was decided that the fair had outgrown the Market Square and it was transfered a mile up the road to ‘The Forest’ recreation ground. 
  • The fair originally lasted for eight days, though this was shortened to five days in 1876 when it was decided that it no longer served any useful trading purpose. Four years later it was shortened to three days and this is how it has stayed since, though in 1994 the event was granted a one-off extension of two extra days to celebrate it’s 700th appearance.The fact that the fair has lasted for so long is an indication of its popularity amongst local people. But it is impossible to explain in writing and pictures what makes Goose Fair so special. Local people talk of ‘Goose Fair weather’ when the nights begin to draw in and there’s a hint of autumn in the air. Add to that the cocktail of smells (all that food and the busy generators), sounds (driving music, ringing bells, shouting stall-holders and rumbling carriages), flashing lights and the smiling faces of those people who’ve just won a prize or had their heart pushed up into their mouth by the ghost train or speeding ride and you begin to get the idea. This must be one of the only events on earth that attracts the youngest toddlers, the ‘coolest’ teenagers and wordly-wise adults in equally great numbers.

Goose Fair

Goose Fair has been celebrated from days of old

When geese came to Nottingham to be sold

Thousands would gather together for the sale

Whilst many people came just to drink the ale

With so many people gathered there

The sale gradually changed into a bustling fair

An annual celebrations to be enjoyed by all

A time for entertainment when autumn mists began to fall

Folk gathered to watch the wrestlers and the performing bears

Feats of skill by jugglers they had practiced down the years 

There were side shows with freaks thought to be funny

And folk could have a laugh if they paid the entrance Money

You could get your fortune told if you paid a penny

The gypsies told their stories but did not convince many

They were taken in good humour, and some hoped it would come true

Especially when they were told ” Good luck will come to you”

The barrel organ was invented, the music was loud and shill

And this added to the pleasure of those looking for a thrill

The development of the steam engine led to the carousel

Which wants to join the action when the lord mayor rings the bell

At noon on the first Thursday in October every year

The lord mayor gives a welcome to everybody there

They have come from far and near, there is excitement in the air

The geese no longer come , but they still call it Goose Fair

By Ron Martin


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