Dealing with good and bad is a scandal if the money isnt in it then give up and how many times have I had that drummed into my little ear that there is no sense in giving it all away and that a labourer is worthy of his hire. But all that sound advice is of little value if nobody ever listens you out and one is kept ina a strange triangle of imprisonment with no forward looking future. Everytime one looks UP one is advised to look DOWN. Everytime one goes off one is told to return back home. So if one had to say I was surprised at being a Poet at 65 surely then that is a gross understatement as having retired early its odd that my poem would be chanted back at me at 65 so had I but known at 19 that I was to be a Poet at 65 I would have saved up more money .. . I would have bought my house in France or my apartment in Florida or San Francisco, and I would have had my partner share my poetic experience but then it has rather dropped in my lap perhaps because I am not forcing people to like me yet in spite of it all, they have decided to publish me at 65! But then the Young Man in the Street from the Red Cross did remind me that I have been writing now for 10 years so its not "new" to be published just a continuance of what I have been doing .... so I got a WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS and of course my Award so I am feeling proud of what I do. Thanks Red Cross for the vote of confidence! So my house is not covered with water but the house below is floored with water so contact the GasMan ... urgent and he came like a light at the end of the tunnel and mended the leaky gas boiler ... thanks Southampton Gas Company ......... hard work pays dividends!