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Discuss the prevailing themes and techniques in Carol Ann Duffy's 1993 collection 'Mean Time'. Bring out your own personal response to the poem.

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The Big Day The day of the big match had arrived, the anticipation was rising and with only 5 hours to go the crowds were gathering in the pubs and on the streets. Cardiff was the venue, Millennium stadium to be exact. The FA Cup Final, Manchester United vs. Millwall. The grounds men were on the pitch setting up the sprinklers and cutting the grass at the last minute possible, before the teams arrived to warm up and get a feel of the pitch. The sprinklers started to spray like the ocean. The droplets of water were dropping gently like a leaf from the highest tree. As the droplets were falling onto the bouncy blades of grass, they were running down the blades slowly into the soil creating a nice playing surface. A bus pulled out side the entrance of the stadium, it was Manchester's bus and the paparazzi skipped as fast as they could to try and get the best picture of the star striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy. ...read more.


Finally preparations were taken for the two teams as on the pitch 40 minutes before the game, they were jogging from one side to the other, passing the ball with their left, then their right, firing the ball like a cannon ball. You could sense the teams where ready and all hyped up. Back in the changing rooms for the teams, as the manager's give there last team talk. Before the team's are announced and minutes before kick off. The teamsheets are in and there's a big shock as Manchester United's Star striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy is only on the bench. Its been reported that he picked up a knock in the pre-match warm up by the sky reporter, Chris Kamara. This final is anyone's game now. The teams are in the tunnel ready and waiting to come out. The stadium is a wash of red and blue. Every seat is taken. ...read more.


Harris will take it... it's a goal! Right in the top left hand corner. That's now one - one there's nothing separating these teams. Back to the middle for the re-start, oh wait a minute there will be a substitution for Manchester United with only 10 minutes to go, on comes Ruud van Nistelrooy for Alan Smith. It should be all over now! It's so exciting only three minutes to go now. Ronaldo has the ball on the right wing he's not letting go of that ball. Only a minute and a half now left on the clock Ronaldo whips a cross in from the touchline. The defender has missed it. It's dropped at the feet of Ruud van Nistelrooy, surely a goal now. He's put his foot right through that ball... what a goal! It went straight through the keeper's legs with seconds left on the clock. I don't believe it. The whistle has blown. It's all over Manchester United have won by two goals to one. They are The FA Cup Champions!! Well what an exciting finish to this game. Ruud van Nistelrooy saves the day again. ...read more.

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