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A 68-year-old grandmother from Accrington, Lancashire, has rather agreeably secured runner-up spot and £350 in T-Mobile's "txt laureate" contest, Reuters reports. The hunt for the UK's most romantic handset owner challenged would-be Betjemans to wax lyrical in the "ultimate SMS love poem", and Eileen Bridge saw off all but one …

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Very poetic, but is it actually a poem?

No argument about the granny.

But the winner? It's very poetic language, and a nice romantic sentiment. (Though I'd have preferred "smiling" as the last word....but then, what do I know?)

But it's not a poem.

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Rain can rustle?

"Not even the wet rustle of rain can dampen today"

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txt msg slng

"O heart that soars, my love adores, he makes me live, he makes me give myself to him, as my love pours." is less than 160 characters. Morons.

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But it's not a text message!

Granny's entry was far more "text message" than the winner. The winner was totally not in the spirit of the contest.

I'd say the judge is a w@anker, but that's a given.

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Hmm...

Thr 1nce ws a txt frm Nntket...

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That's not txtspk, that's l33t!

Caps mid-word? That's not txtspeak, that's leet. Dam' script-grannies!

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Congratulations Ben Ziman-Bright

Martin, how is it not a poem?

Gene, I think the ability to convey such emotion with so few words while still spelling correctly shows far more skill in crafting a text message than the usual mangled-almost-beyond-recognition txt.

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