If...

By pgn
@pgntwo (22758)
Tripoli, Lebanon
July 12, 2018 11:20am CST
Today's pause for thought, brought to you by Rudyard Kipling, narrated by Des Lynam in 1988... Just close your eyes and listen, for a couple of minutes:
British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling's famous poem 'If-' set to Faure's Pavane, Op. 40, narrated by Des Lynam. Originally the end credits to the BBC's 1998...
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@rebelann (43103)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Jul
Well that was different. I tried to listen to the whole thing but like Maluse I found the music to be too loud for the reading being done. But I do think I got the gist of it. Did you take that photograph? It's stunning.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
12 Jul
No, the photo is off Pixabay - I like it, it's a US national park, I believe. The link to the poem was not the original that I had intended: Check out @BBCWorldTonight’s Tweet:
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@rebelann (43103)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Jul
I'll give it a listen @pgntwo You have pretty good taste
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
12 Jul
@rebelann Here it is - Burns State Park?
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@MALUSE (44696)
• Uzbekistan
12 Jul
Pity that there is this music. Who needs it? I don't. It's too loud for the text. If I turn it down, the text is too low. If I can understand the text well, the music blows my ears off. :-(
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
12 Jul
The version I wanted to put up was narrated by Barry Davies, but I cannot find a version that is not linked to Twitter. This version, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, has no music... Sorry about the, ears :(
Listen to Julian Rhind-Tutt reading 'If' by Rudyard Kipling
@Courage7 (18545)
• United States
9 Oct
Oh come on Ill be crying in a minute. Thanks
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
10 Oct
High on emotion?
Music video by Chris De Burgh performing High On Emotion. (C) 1989 PolyGram Video International http://vevo.ly/UAMt9o
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@Courage7 (18545)
• United States
10 Oct
@pgntwo Yes usually Thanks again. I remember this one well.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
10 Oct
@Courage7 Or some derivation of this, can't remember the original artist(e):
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group International High Again (High On Emotion) · Thomas Falke High Again (High On Emotion) ? 2005 Opaque Music, Unde...
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@Inlemay (17141)
• South Africa
10 Oct
My favourite poem. I have it etched in my coffee tray which I use every day
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
10 Oct
Now that's a handy thing to have. I shared this one with @xFiacre recently, not sure it's coffee tray material though, even if, at first glance, it appears that way:
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@xFiacre (5755)
• Ireland
10 Oct
@pgntwo if @inlemay has If etched on her tray I might get Déjeuner du matin tattooed on my left buttock. The only problems are that I don’t pay people to stick needles in me, I wouldn’t be able to see it, and my butt isn’t big enough.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
10 Oct
@xFiacre Nah - if you're going to have needles stuck in you, at least go for a short one, Strickland Gillilan has one that comes to mind: Fleas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes, also known simply as Fleas, is a couplet commonly cited as the shortest poem ever written, composed by American poet Strickland Gillilan in the earl
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@LadyDuck (182653)
• Switzerland
13 Jul
It would be wonderful without this disturbing loud music.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
13 Jul
This one is much easier to understand, so long as twitter does not get in the way.
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@LadyDuck (182653)
• Switzerland
13 Jul
@pgntwo Thanks for the link. This one is a lot better.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
13 Jul
@LadyDuck It is the one I intended to post, but I could not separate the video from the tweet. I know it can be done, but dragging out the laptop to search through the HTML Code for the link to it was too much like hard work...
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@xFiacre (5755)
• Ireland
12 Jul
@pgntwo If I can keep my head while Flybe faf about getting this plane at Manchester off the ground and headed to Belfast I’ll be a very happy man indeed.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
12 Jul
Anything like last night, you'll be spending a few hours at the airport this side when you land... Hope you're en-route now at least!
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@xFiacre (5755)
• Ireland
12 Jul
@pgntwo Just went to Manchester this morning before the Orange Men were up, admiring the plumes of smoke rising from the embers last night’s fiires in East Belfast as I lifted up over them. Got back at 7.30 and drove out of airport right into the men marching home. I live very near "the field" and can’t be having the boom boom boom all day so went into exile. Now my hedge has been well watered with orange pee.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
12 Jul
@xFiacre Glad you made it back OK. It has been a bit dry of late, the sprinkling on your hedge probably could have been dealt with under the hosepipe ban, had you felt so inclined...
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@1hopefulman (33687)
• Canada
3 Aug
Lots of interesting thoughts. I enjoyed listening to it. Thanks!
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
3 Aug
This version is a lot better:.
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@1hopefulman (33687)
• Canada
4 Aug
@pgntwo Thanks!
@DaddyEvil (26042)
• Aurora, Missouri
13 Jul
Hmmm... very interesting... It would be something to strive for... Not sure many men could do it.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
13 Jul
Gotta have a target... Aim for the stars, get the moon...
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@DaddyEvil (26042)
• Aurora, Missouri
13 Jul
@pgntwo True enough...
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@marguicha (104015)
• Chile
26 Aug
I have always liked this poem. Thanks for the other link. I do prefer to read it slowly though, as I feel it is a poem to think and ponder on each verse.
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@pgntwo (22758)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
26 Aug
Poetry is best enjoyed at ease... something I and most of the English teachers I had at school disagreed over.
• Preston, England
18 Aug
I did a review of the poem recently on here
@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
12 Jul
I love Kipling's works. So many wonderful words of advice in If.