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Jon Brierley, proving that he has The Write Stuff, penned this homage to Queen - or is it to Thursday? Clearly, Jon should be writing for a living. Encouraging letters should be sent to Jon c/o the Fforde Fforum, where he lives. Last updated: 15th Nov 2002
Nextian Rhapsody

Am I in Swindon?
Or is this just Battersea?
Caught in a time-slip,
I've escaped from reality.
Time is recast, Look into the past and see,
I'm caught in Upstream, I need futurity,
Because it's tick-tick, to and fro, entropy's a little low,
Any way the time flows, only Landen matters to me, to me.

Goliath, just killed a man,
Put a gun against his head, pulled the trigger, now he's dead.
Goliath, patched it all on me,
So now I think I'd better run away.
Goliath, ooh, really mean to make me fry,
If I'm not back again this time last Monday,
Carry on, carry on as if nothing ever happened.

Too late, my time has come,
Sending agents down the stream, looping memories and dreams,
Goodbye, ev'rybody, I've got to go,
Gotta leave today behind and find last week.
Goliath, ooh, they're still after me,
They'll make sure I've never been born at all.

I see an agent trapped in a poem,
Jack Schitt, Jack Schitt, are you still in The Raven?
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightened he.
(Cardenio.) Cardenio. (Cardenio.) Cardenio, Cardenio Romeo
Othello ­oh.

I'm just a LiteraTec, nobody loves me.
They've just eradicated all of my family,
Spare me my life from this monstrosity.
If I tell you what I know, will you let me go?
Goliath! No, we will not let you go.
(Let her go!) Goliath! We will not let you go.
(Let her go!) Goliath! We will not let you go.
(Let me go.) Will not let you go.
(Let me go.) Will not let you go. (Let me go.) Ah.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
(Oh JurisFiction, JurisFiction.) JurisFiction, let me go.
Acheron is a devil put aside for me, for me, for me.

So you think you can loop me and spit in my eye.
So you think you can boojum and leave me to die.
Oh, Thursday, you'll get out of this, Thursday,
Just gotta get back, just gotta get right back to now.

Only Landen matters, Anyone can see,
Only Landen matters,
Only Landen matters to me.

Any way the time flows.

Jon Brierley