(Carl Van Vechten, photographer.
Library of Congress. Wikipedia)
Maria Pilar Abel Martinez claims that you got pally
with her mother at Port Ligat.
The DNA sample should sort out that.
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(Manchester Arena: Image by Pitt-yacker at
In Hope Street they manufacture nuts, bolts…
The company is even called ‘Nail It.‘
(Man United usually does just that.)
Salford, Manchester, Blackburn, Ormskirk,
Rochdale, Preston – all ‘nuts and bolts‘ places.
Their people are frank and they don’t quibble
over distinctions between flange and jam.
They vote ‘righty-tighty; lefty loosey.‘
At weddings there’s no ‘dockyard confetti‘
and shrapnel is small change in a pocket.
They know their hardware inside out and don’t
excuse idiots who have a screw loose.
They expect ‘Salman’ to mean a ‘blessing’:
that’s what the etymology suggests.
But they can differentiate as well –
‘Dangerous Woman‘ is just a concert
and not a female suicide bomber.
When someone with internal fixation
and tensioned beyond proof starts to behave
in a counterclockwise manner, they know
that it’s not about connection, coupling,
But they had no time to crack
a nut who suddenly raised his own head;
someone whose helical rage respected
no one else’s DNA – who spiralled –
blasted into Jahannam’s lowest pit,
not in a blaze of glory, but in shards
of eye, shoulder, thumb, rib neck and hex bolts.
‘Human being‘ needs a modifier.
We need to qualify with retronyms:
‘compassionate‘, ‘decent‘ or ‘evil,’
for we no longer know what is ‘human‘-
neither do straight-forward Mancunians.
Yet their gimlet eyes saw glimmers of it
in the selflessness of those who helped them.
Last night Professor Alice Roberts was shown at Glasgow University, announcing that she was going to look into the skeleton of one of our ancestors. Some bones showed evidence of cannibalism and, it was agreed among the experts that these creatures supported themselves by stabbing other, larger animals.
Neanderthals have survived in a way, as our ancestors must have bred with them. In the north of Europe we share 2-4% of our DNA with them.
The skeleton which Roberts was reconstructing evidenced a male, 5’6”, bow-legged, 40-50 years old, with asymmetrically developed arms. He had ground his teeth down to the gums, but, it was argued, these prototypes had culture and produced artwork- eg/ the red dots painted on a cave wall 41,000 years ago. They could express themselves, but with limited vowels. Therefore their ability to produce language as such is still debated. Diseases which afflicted them included heart disease and lung cancer.
So why are we saying that the species is extinct?