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30 December 2011updated 01 Jul 2021 12:14pm

“See ya later, ex dictator“: a year in Twitmericks

"There was an old man from the Nile / Of odious crocodile smile"

By Jon Bernstein

Among all the year end reviews, here’s something a little bit different. Mick Hodgkin has been tweeting the news each day in the form of a limerick – and naturally within the 140 word character limit.

Mick is a programme editor for Al Jazeera, a former colleague, an Arsenal fan (oh, yes) and clearly a talented and dedicated limerick writer. Here’s a selection — and there are more over here. Happy New Year!

 

SEE YA LATER, EX-DICTATOR
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — –
There was an old man from the Nile
Of odious crocodile smile
But as every dictator
Should sooner or later
Mubarak is now standing trial.

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MOBILE HACKERS CAUGHT BY THE KNACKERS
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — –
News International’s Rebekah
Ended up as a newspaper wrecker
A media vandal
At fault in the scandal
But so were those failing to check ‘er.

 

LIAM FOX TAKES SOME KNOCKS
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
Pseudo Fox aide Adam Werritty
Acted the part with dexterity
But it takes cash to fly
Every month to Dubai
So who was behind his prosperity?

 

SEPP BLATTER, MAD AS A HATTER?
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — –
That funny old man Mr Blatter
Says racist abuse doesn’t matter
Shake hands, it’s a game
Nobody’s to blame
But fans want his head on a platter.

 

 

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