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I’ve been playing with Liptikl, a word and phrase manipulation app. I fed it these three excerpts from the BBC magazine pages :-

“Three-quarters of a century ago, a locomotive built in Doncaster set a world speed record for steam rail travel on a stretch of track just south of Grantham. That 1938 record – of 126 miles per hour – remains to this day.”

“1,000,000,000¬†years before life on earth ends”, and

“Thousands of elderly people are missing. The last UK census found far fewer people in their 90s than expected, and the same thing happened in the US with people over 100. Could this be an early sign that gains in life expectancy made in recent decades will not be repeated in future?”

After 5 minutes of iteration, freezings words and phrases I liked, I had :-

“The locomotive on Doncaster rail steam,
Could speed more than people expected,
Future decades stretch before people and,
In recent time elderly steam repeated,
For more not fewer are set,
But Grantham people record speed respected.”

Which I think sums it up nicely. If you’re a William Topaz McGonagall enthusiast who thinks he just didn’t leave us enough, or are¬†thinking of a career in the greetings card business, this could be just what you’ve been waiting for.