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loved the very apposite Robbie Burns quote Aileen.   
Well I'm not going to shed any crocodile tears if it does take longer than a month for Fed to recover.    Like bignose I do like his tennis but not enough for me to want him breathing down Andy's neck constantly in the rankings.  While I know it's no big deal if they're playing leap frog over each other over the next few months, it would be good if Andy could enjoy secure tenure at #2 for as long as possible.
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@Ruthie - I think the one unknown factor here (apart from Nadal) is how Andy will be after the birth as well as having a months' break from competition, because I would think that a period of adjustment to the fact that he's now a father will be necessary, as it must be for most men, so, unless he does a Djokovic and be fired up by the birth, then my expectations certainly for IW and Miami aren't high.  It is possible though that the DC tie against Japan might get him going again.
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That particular one comes from Rabbie's poem which is called "To A Mouse On turning her up in her nest with the plough".  Not only is the nest destroyed but the poor little creature is terrified, and Burns apologises for upsetting her 'well laid plans'.   The analogy between that and the plans of mankind is obvious - we can make as many plans as we like in the hope of fulfilling them, but then some unexpected misfortune or event suddenly strikes and throws them out the window, much to our chagrin!
   Actually it's even worse than that - the full title is "  To A Mouse On turning her up in her nest with the plough - November 1787"  So it's clear that an inadvertent chance event on Rabbie's part has condemned the wee mouse to a miserable death, as she has neither the time nor the materials " to big a new ane, and cauld November's winds ensuin', bath snell and keen" .  I reckon that the poem ranks with Ae fond Kiss as one of Burns finest.  Maybe we should have a poetry thread -  and share our favourite quotes!
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@Ruthie - I think the one unknown factor here (apart from Nadal) is how Andy will be after the birth as well as having a months' break from competition, because I would think that a period of adjustment to the fact that he's now a father will be necessary, as it must be for most men, so, unless he does a Djokovic and be fired up by the birth, then my expectations certainly for IW and Miami aren't high.  It is possible though that the DC tie against Japan might get him going again.

Not gong to get expectations up re IW and Miami- think he will hate being away- though like in Aus it may spur him to make it worth the absence.
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   Actually it's even worse than that - the full title is "  To A Mouse On turning her up in her nest with the plough - November 1787"  So it's clear that an inadvertent chance event on Rabbie's part has condemned the wee mouse to a miserable death, as she has neither the time nor the materials " to big a new ane, and cauld November's winds ensuin', bath snell and keen" .  I reckon that the poem ranks with Ae fond Kiss as one of Burns finest.  Maybe we should have a poetry thread -  and share our favourite quotes!
I'm well aware of the contents of the poem, and agree with you, but was just being simplistic here! 

A poetry thread would be a nice idea, and in fact we could even encourage members to compose their own, but I'm not sure it would find much support. The only way to do that of course is to open a thread and see what happens.
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I'm well aware of the contents of the poem, and agree with you, but was just being simplistic here! 

A poetry thread would be a nice idea, and in fact we could even encourage members to compose their own, but I'm not sure it would find much support. The only way to do that of course is to open a thread and see what happens.
  Sorry Aileen, I realised you would be, but I was addressing a wider audience!  I'll volunteer to open a thread on poetry - and I know just the poem to kick off, and I bet you do too!
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Andy will be so proud after the birth I think he will be fired up to prove himself as a dad like Nole. I hope I am right. He will be practicising unlike Fed no competition he will be fine.
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