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PO Box 40452, Casuarina.  Northern Territory  0810
Secretary: Gwenda Smallacombe 0458 676 940

Probus Club of Darwin Inc. is non-profit and non-sectarian. It is non-fundraising. It's objectives are to stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time of life when it is easy to become complacent and self centred.
Our Patron is NT Administrator, Her Honour The Honourable Vicki O'Halloran AO


Writing Club

We are a small Probus group that welcomes members from any of the Darwin Probus Clubs. We meet monthly at Tracy Village (on the third Tuesday of the month at 11 am).
We have a 7 minute speed-write; we chat; we enjoy each other's company;
and we have a well-priced lunch or a cuppa.
The topic is chosen the meeting before. The length is what you like- from 3 lines to a page is what most members write.
The group is very new (2020), and so we have no rules except those of Probus, where the motto is Fun, Friends and Fellowship.
Everyone from the 3 clubs in Darwin can join us.
If you are at the monthly meeting of the Darwin Probus Group, please see Ron Ninnis.
To join our group, please send an email to the group at: probus-darwin-writing-group@googlegroups.com
Anyone can now read our imaginative and unbelievable stories and more at our new publically available cloud-storage at: https://tinyurl.com/y8839h8b

November Meeting.
At our monthly meeting at the Cas Club, we discussed our previous topic of Christmassy doggerel.
Doggerel is considered a low form of verse by some, although, to be fair some limericks are pretty low as well.
Doggerel is used more than people realize - in pop songs for example- where the rhythm is more important than the rhyming.
Maybe doggerel has a bad name because of its name. But both play around with the rules of poetry, and are not (usually) serious.
Everyone knows some limericks - and some people know a lot of bawdy ones. Everyone knows the format:
"There once was a (somebody) who (something)....", with a silly ending.
The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line, and the third and fourth lines rhyme together.
Traditionally, lines one, two and five have nine syllables each, and lines three and four have just six syllables each, more or less.
Think of Little Miss Muffet or Humpty Dumpty (although they don't really follow the rules above exactly, not that that matters).
One of my limericks as an example:
There once was an elf called Ronald
One Christmas, he slipped into MacDonalds. He grabbed a Mac
Put it in his pack,
And called out “It’s for Santa, he’s been nobbled.”
LIMERICK COMPETITION:- The competition is for the best limerick. Please send your limericks in to the club email.
The deadline is Thursday 1 December.
The limericks from the finalists will be read out at the Christmas lunch and voted on by the lunch attendees
Ron Ninnis, Coordinator
Writing Group Page 8 Garden Club at Antz Plantz Table



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