The Ol’ Dog and Duck by Mike Hanmer Walker


This author and poets has a wonderful way of conveying through his poetry his observations on people and events that have happened in his life, to those around him, and of course at The Ol’ Dog and Duck.

He jumps in straight away with a great poem anyone with a sibling can relate to – ‘What My Sister Did.’ I loved ‘Health and safety Ideas,’ as anyone of our generation would, it just puts into perspective the strange molly coddling attitude these days. However I have to say, I think my favourite is the humorous ‘Not Too Honest,’ which had me laughing out loud!

Whatever your mood, I am confident you would find a poem to suit it in this lovely collection.


About the Author: i was born in north london, but i was raised in hackney, or shoreditch as it was known back in the day, i had a comprehensive education, and i left school without any qualifications in 1968 my first job was has a trainee motor mechanic, but that only lasted a few weeks as the governor at the time seemed to take objection to me turning up late nearly every morning, after one or two garages later, it soon become apparent that motor mechanics was not for me, well ok work of any kind was a general interruption to my day at the time, but i persevered and i thought i would give screen printing a trial. i started with this small firm and was doing ok and i was sent to the london college of printing for a term but n my return i was saccked and the firm went under a week or so later, then i saw a “BOY WANTED FOR BAKEHOUSE” poster in the local pie and mash shop (pie and mash is a traditional cockney dish) so i thought well that may see me over for a few weeks. . . . I was there for 11 years i finished in the shop selling rather than making it. the shop closed in 1980 i spent the rest of my working life as a salesman and an accounts rep for the local electricity supplier i always kept involved in local community issues, chairing the local residents committee for a while, in 2010 i was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after the initial coming to terms with the disease, i felt there were many things i could not do anymore so i concentrated more on those that i could and discovered new challenges. I have always tried to be a “half glass full” type of guy, and this first book is my new first challenge.


About the Book: This is the 2nd part of Michael Walker’s first poetry book “THE ORANGE CRYSTAL-LIKE DOORKNOB”. A Poetry book but it doesn’t have the one category for all poems, there are poems about experience, life , memories, feeling , and of course just a lot of fun.

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