Monthly Archives: April 2008

The Great Lurch Forward…

Would you take a train with this man? Not bleedin’ likely… Followed by Elena, Pauline, Donald and a very Satanic looking Antonio… the Devil’s Undertaker. Thanks to Dominic for the title and half the photos. Advertisements

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Undertakers' convention… at the Extra Old Cafe after disembarking

Bex gets my vote for “Most likely to be in A Clockwork Orange.”

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The Great Lurch Forward… photos 1

Seldon, Pauline, Raskolnikov, the Eiffel Tower, Neil, and Raskolnikov again, escaped from a Dostoyevski novel…

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Slough by John Betjeman

I grew up near Slough and Maidenhead. Even The Lonely Planet’s guidebook to England tells you “Don’t go there.” I’m with Betjeman. Note he wrote this just prior to World War Two. Come, friendly bombs, and fall on SloughIt isn’t … Continue reading

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Night Mail by W.H.Auden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmq6mFAEqNQ 3 extracts: This is the Night Mail crossing the border,Bringing the cheque and the postal order,Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,The shop at the corner and the girl next door.Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb:The gradient’s against … Continue reading

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William Topaz McGonagall

Poet and tragedian of Dundee, has been widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language… A self-educated hand loom weaver from Dundee, he discovered his discordant muse in 1877 and embarked upon a 25 year … Continue reading

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The Great Lurch Forward

There were no flies on Frank. Pulled out of Nation just after 9 as I read The Tay Bridge Disaster, by the poet “widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language,” William Topaz McGonagall. (Topaz????) … Continue reading

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Back in the UK…

My brother performing his songs at The Acoustic Ballroom in Wallingford, Oxfordshire on Friday evening… And me reading my own stuff.

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And now for something completely different…

Train!!! mmmqusNext Wednesday/mercredi prochaine le 9 avril…Spoken Word on the metro!How?We take the front car in the first metro after 21h00 on the line 6 starting from Nation and going to Charles De Gaulle Etoile. Then back! And round and … Continue reading

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Charlie addresses the crowd

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