Thursday 21 April 2011

Enter The Sims

We've all been there. You post a perfectly innocent link to a piece on cardboard boxes, and next thing you know the Comments have taken on a life of their own. Enter the Sims.
I name this form - a kind of prose haiku in three sentences that must begin 'We've all been there', present a dilemma, and resolve in with 'Enter the...' - after its creator, the estimable Jenny Sims of BBC News Magazine. I think it is a form that - like the Izzard-Fry Rule - can be applied across the board, no subject too big or small. We've all been there. On all fours before the lamentable spectacle of the unknown. Enter God... Thank you, Jenny Sims, for your unwitting gift to the language.


  1. We've all been there. Attempting to quench our thirst with nothing to chemically connect via covalent bonds with our oxygen molecules to form a drinkable liquid. Enter hydrogen.

    (from Hydrogen - an overlooked substance? by Jenny Sims. BBC News Magazine 2011).

  2. We've all been there. You're on the phone to your bank. Enter your account number.

  3. We've all been there. Drooling over those private number plates. Enter H2 EAU

  4. Life Stories: 101

    We've all been there. Newly married to an American scholar soon to graduate (now draftable)
    whose mother did not raise him to be fodder in an unwinnable war in So. East Asia. Enter Canada.

    We've all been there. Impressionable young woman reads Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch. Enter divorce proceedings.

    We've all been there. American artist meets charming young-man British artist in their adopted city Ottawa, Canada & they want to live together. Enter the rest of
    their lives.

    (TMI ?)

  5. We've all been there. Wondering where our next £5000 is going to come from and at the same time deeply dissatisfied with out pocket-sized periodicals. Enter the Reader's Digest Prize Draw.

    (Though I'm still disappointed that my 'Enter the Dragon' wasn't recognised as a classic of the Sims genre.)

  6. We've all been there. The gut-twisting pain, the sudden expulsion of fluids. Enter otoxin.

  7. Here, I do not really suppose this will have effect.