We've all come to regard bankers as greedy, reckless and even corrupt. I think we may have neglected another possible explanation: sheer stupidity. Take this example: a few days ago, somebody made a (very small) lodgement into an account I hadn't used in some time. Later that day, I checked the balance and made a (even smaller) withdrawal. This morning I received a letter from the bank. It informed me there had been a transaction on the account (I knew that. I MADE that transaction). Because there had been no transaction for three years previously, the bank had now deemed the account 'inactive'. If I wanted to 'reactivate' the account, I would have to call into the branch and tell them. So: For the three years that the account had been inactive, the bank deemed it 'active'. But as soon as the account became active, the bank decided it was 'inactive'. Am I missing something here?
Here's another Oulipoan exercise - make poems using only homonyms.
Here's a (not very good) short example
Eye staid awl knight/butt cud knot wrest/eye eight know byte/eye sore know guessed/eye maid know torque/eye herd know heir/eye cud knot rest/width ewe knot their
I've just invented the #Twaiku - that's a 140-character poem. I posted one earlier today, called 'Tides': Earth/Fixes her welling eye/On the bleached white skull/Of her stillborn only daughter/Heaves a sigh/Soon our harbour’s full/Of salt water
Actually, at 32 syllables, it's considerably longer than a haiku, which has only 17.
However, if you want to include the hashtag, that's seven more characters to come out of the count, leaving just 133. My next, and all subsequent efforts, will include the hashtag - otherwise they won't count as #twaiku.