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There Was An Old Geezer Called Caesar

There Was An Old Geezer Called Caesar

There once was a parenting site
Where users would sit down and write
On various themes
And sometimes it seems
They weren't altogether polite

Mick Twister, who wrote the above specially for MN, has been relaying daily news events in limerick form for the past three years on Twitter. And now he's reflected the whole of human history in 100 five-line limericks.

There Was An Old Geezer Called Caesar is a brilliantly compact and witty book that opens with 'There once was a great ball of gas...' and ends with 'The violent death of Osama...' and covers pretty much everything in between.

Each page (covering Cleopatra, Einstein and the invention of the atom bomb, among many others) has a catchy rhyme plus a short description of the historical events.

A great way to gen up on things you feel you ought to know and learn about those you never knew – and remember them all far better than you thought possible.


Mumsnet limerick competition: win £100 worth of books

Book bundleTo tie in with this giveaway, we're running a competition to find the best limerick about Mumsnet starting with the line:

A website frequented by mums...

The finest limerick will net its author a brilliant bundle of books from Anova Books Group, including crafts, cooking and children's books, worth £100.

Post your limerick on the discussion thread and we'll announce the winner at the end of October.

If you're having trouble making your limerick scan, take a look at Mick's notes.


About the author

Mick TwisterMick Twister is a London-based television journalist in international news and part-time cryptic crossword compiler.

Since May 2011, he has been tweeting the news in daily limericks as @twitmericks. Twitmericks have been reproduced by the Washington Post and New Statesman.

Mick is also a member of the MN Bloggers Network and you can read his twitmericks blog here.


If you receive a free copy, we do expect you to post a review or join in the discussion and please feel free to add your Mumsnet limerick.

This giveaway has now closed. If you weren't lucky enough to receive a free copy, you can always buy There Was An Old Geezer Called Caesar.


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