A poem about Thurrock could leave you £1,000 up

The poem could be about anything in any area of Thurrock

The poem could be about anything in any area of Thurrock

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A POEM about any town or village in Thurrock could land its writer a tidy £1,000.

United Press’s local poem competition is in full swing again, in which anyone can have a go at writing about the place they love for a cash prize, even if they’ve never tried poetry before.

The poem must be no more than 25 lines, which includes blank lines, and 160 words in total.

A United Press spokesman said: “It can even be about something or someone from the poet’s home area.

“We find that poems written from personal observation and experience are the most heartfelt and expressive, so we’re expecting some great entries from your readers.

“The contest is designed to encourage ordinary people to write poetry – to both express themselves and be more creative.”

Previous winning poems have been about a river, a tower, a local character, village life and village history.

Last year’s winner was from Darwen in Lancashire, with previous winners coming from Leicester, Surrey, Bristol, Oxford, Stafford, Rotherham and Greater Manchester.

Entry is open to anyone and only requires the poem be sent via email with the subject “Local Poem” to info@unitedpress.co.uk or by post to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB before December 31.

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1:19am Sat 19 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

"Thurrock"

"Neither London or Essex"

"But a dumping ground for London and Essex trash both human and household"

"The roads are gridlocked, schools overcrowded, getting a Dentist or GP appointment is as rare as hens teeth"

"Thurrock - abandon all hope all who enter here."
"Thurrock" "Neither London or Essex" "But a dumping ground for London and Essex trash both human and household" "The roads are gridlocked, schools overcrowded, getting a Dentist or GP appointment is as rare as hens teeth" "Thurrock - abandon all hope all who enter here." poortaxpayer
  • Score: 4

5:52am Sat 19 Jul 14

Thurrockbob says...

The town of Grays that used to be
a town of hope and for you and me
and then one day at a council meeting
they all thought, there are people from far we should be greeting.
So within a week the trouble came, from far and wide others departed
the town grew with different cultures, we all knew it had started
Within a year the town was dying, the rot had set and people crying
the town is gone it is no more, it's time to move to another shore.
The town of Grays that used to be a town of hope and for you and me and then one day at a council meeting they all thought, there are people from far we should be greeting. So within a week the trouble came, from far and wide others departed the town grew with different cultures, we all knew it had started Within a year the town was dying, the rot had set and people crying the town is gone it is no more, it's time to move to another shore. Thurrockbob
  • Score: 6

3:57pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Sugarman says...

Thurrock - even the leader of the Planning Committee wont live there!
Thurrock - even the leader of the Planning Committee wont live there! Sugarman
  • Score: 2

11:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

Sugarman wrote:
Thurrock - even the leader of the Planning Committee wont live there!
Unbelievable someone can rubber stamp massive housing estates in Thurrock and not live amongst the consequences of his decisions because he can clear off to his cottage in the Fens near Downham Market in Norfolk.

Shocking he can pretend to live in Thurrock when he doesn't.

Disgusting for the residents of Stanford-le-Hope who are never able to find their councillor because he is 100 miles away.

Nonsensical that nobody is calling for his resignation?
[quote][p][bold]Sugarman[/bold] wrote: Thurrock - even the leader of the Planning Committee wont live there![/p][/quote]Unbelievable someone can rubber stamp massive housing estates in Thurrock and not live amongst the consequences of his decisions because he can clear off to his cottage in the Fens near Downham Market in Norfolk. Shocking he can pretend to live in Thurrock when he doesn't. Disgusting for the residents of Stanford-le-Hope who are never able to find their councillor because he is 100 miles away. Nonsensical that nobody is calling for his resignation? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 5

11:41pm Tue 22 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

Bribery is a crime implying a sum or gift given alters the behaviour of the person in ways not consistent with the duties of that person. It is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions as an official or other person in discharge of a public or legal duty. The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the receiver's conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or any promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity. It is a form of political corruption and is generally considered unethical. In most jurisdictions it is illegal, or at least cause for sanctions from one's employer or professional organization.
Bribery is a crime implying a sum or gift given alters the behaviour of the person in ways not consistent with the duties of that person. It is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions as an official or other person in discharge of a public or legal duty. The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the receiver's conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or any promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity. It is a form of political corruption and is generally considered unethical. In most jurisdictions it is illegal, or at least cause for sanctions from one's employer or professional organization. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

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