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Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

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"I don't know," she replied, "I've never kippled."

I am in fact quite a fan of Rudyard Kipling's poetry. He wrote during the Imperial age and much of his poetry was aimed at the Imperial mindset - lauding those values which were noble, satirising those which were unworthy of the ideals of the time. Poetically he also had a fine touch with rhythm and memorable images.

Alas, because of the nature of his work it is rarely aired these days which I think is a shame.

So for the edification of the followers of my ramblings, here is one of my favourites of his:

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