With a rare flutter of his sadly drooping feathers and a few quiet chirps of relief the ex-Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, ten years in the gilded cage has finally flown. Carol Ann Duffy, selected by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, will now hop onto the empty still swinging swing and take upon herself the role of Queen's Canary.
Poet-in-Residence has already posted his Dylanesque views on the whole Queen's Canary business and these, in a series of posts, can be found by entering 'queens canary' in the search box. Others may now write their fill. And they will.