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Ronnie-O Oh Oh!

If you’ve been at a reading I’ve given you may have heard the snooker poem… it’s a bit of fun, my homage to snooker genius Ronnie O’Sullivan. I’m not sure what it adds to the ‘after Christopher Smart’ oevre, but I hope there’s entertainment value to it. It helps to know a wee bit about Ronnie, and about snooker (147 is the maximum you can score, by potting all 15 red balls, the black 15 times, and then all the colours in order.)

At the weekend I was watching Ronnie playing in the Masters and was overcome by the need to get the poem down on video. I’d had a glass of wine at the time and couldn’t recite the whole thing in one take, and the lighting and editing are a bit rough but HEY – it gets better as it goes along, so hang in there… maybe I’ll re-do it more slickly one of these days!

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  1. Peter Raynard Peter Raynard

    I really like this Robin. You should send it to the BBC before the world championships in April, see if they’ll show it.

    • Robin Houghton Robin Houghton

      Thanks for your kind comment Peter 🙂 I would probably first re-do it with better lighting and try not to have any clunky edits…it’s a nice idea though!

  2. Heather Walker Heather Walker

    Nice! Like it very much.

  3. What a great poem, Robin! I shall watch snooker through new eyes.

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