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    Bloggsworth, I can't tell you how your OP resonates with me but I shall try. First off, I do regret being born just too late to experience the " soot 'n' steam " era, although maybe I just hadn't been, fully aware, had neither need nor the opportunity to make use of it. It was just something that other people did.

    Does anybody miss the old St.Pancras? How did that old Supertramp track go? You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone...... Just being there, smelling, tasting, the air. Okay, time doesn't stand still, and, I guess, it had to go, let's be honest, it was a health-hazard. Life eh?

    Closer to home, I only ever visited the old SP a couple of times.

    The old Derngate bus-station in Northampton, god knows how long it had stood there and big enough to house a football pitch I would think. There was a the seated waiting area, wooden benches, that ran the whole length of the station, with walkways on both sides, and at both ends subways that led you down to the public loos and/or up to the ground floor of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre.

    Anyway, the old Derngate;

    A steel and glass partition with doorways at designated terminals divided the waiting area from part where the buses actually came and went. Buses that were not in use idled there, they refueled there and although that partition went right up to the roof, if you licked your lips they would sting because of the dirty air thick with the taste of diesel fumes, not to mention cigarette-smoke. My fondest memory was of two old downans who patrolled those walkways searching for cigarette butts. I often wondered if they met up and shared the spoils. Who WERE they? Where did they come from where did they go? Were those walkways highly prized pitches, fought over and defended , and at what cost?

    Memories...... What I wouldn't give to go back there and just sit for a while.

    Life eh?
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    If i post a comment on a "WIP", LOOK! I'm a reader that's all, and i can only tell how i feel, as a READER, giving/offering feedback. Hoping to learn and grow here. So please, tell me where i'm going wrong.

    Me? I'm just a fly on the wall.

    Look! I'm trying, okay?

    One can but dream, if only i had dared.

    "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong" Mahatma Gandhi.
    Alas, i am weak.

    I must find a way to Eastbourne and i so wish that i could dance.

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    How did that old Supertramp track go? You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone..
    I am sure that's Big yellow taxi by Joni Mitchell, didn't Melanie do a version as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    I am sure that's Big yellow taxi by Joni Mitchell, didn't Melanie do a version as well?
    You're probably right Mr.Buckle. JM would be favourite I think.
    If i post a comment on a "WIP", LOOK! I'm a reader that's all, and i can only tell how i feel, as a READER, giving/offering feedback. Hoping to learn and grow here. So please, tell me where i'm going wrong.

    Me? I'm just a fly on the wall.

    Look! I'm trying, okay?

    One can but dream, if only i had dared.

    "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong" Mahatma Gandhi.
    Alas, i am weak.

    I must find a way to Eastbourne and i so wish that i could dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petergrimes View Post
    Typical small brained southerner, always stereotyping everyone. Bloody Liberal Elite. Well I've got news for thee. Being dead clever like I've solved how we can get rid of London forever. See there was this thing called Brexit and it was like a divorce and we had to pay Europe loads of money. But they're bigger and richer than us. It's like they've got to keep the car and we got nowt in return. Just an abstract concept (whatever that means). I say we take Alsace Lorraine or Aquataine (Eleanor wouldn't mind) they were ours anyways and we could move London over to French Land or Disneyland Paris or whatever its called nowadays. Dig a tunnel to it. There see, I've solved Brexit and London. Now we just need to worry about those Nationalists with a socialist agenda and nuclear weapons north of the border. Socialist Nationalists, I don't trust em.
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    Mr Bloggsworth,

    please allow me to humbly apologise, I hadn't realised you were a mongrel . The source of my displeasure was solely directed at Mr Buckle, southerners, the SNP, Euro Disney, Morris Dancers and Welsh Male Voice Choirs (although I realise i never mentioned them in previous post). I am shortly about to embark on a holiday, a very rare occurence, to Gorran haven, I dearly hope that my disingenous nonsense comments will not preclude me from being allowed to enter the county. Sorry for hi jacking your thread. All the best PG
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    We used to go to Gorran Haven in the Spring bank holiday when the kids were young, had some great times there. Dunno if the beach cafe is still there, they used to do a great crab sandwich, thirty years ago.
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    I used to go every summer. It will be strange going back. I'm very much looking forwards to it. I first went when I was 3 or 4 so I too would have been their over 30 years ago. I'm staying in a house for a week. Its got internet so you'll probably hear about it. No doubt I'll end up putting some dross in the poetry workshop about the sea. Cheers Olly. much appreciated PG

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    Quote Originally Posted by petergrimes View Post
    Mr Bloggsworth,

    please allow me to humbly apologise, I hadn't realised you were a mongrel . The source of my displeasure was solely directed at Mr Buckle, southerners, the SNP, Euro Disney, Morris Dancers and Welsh Male Voice Choirs (although I realise i never mentioned them in previous post). I am shortly about to embark on a holiday, a very rare occurence, to Gorran haven, I dearly hope that my disingenous nonsense comments will not preclude me from being allowed to enter the county. Sorry for hi jacking your thread. All the best PG

    Talking of Peter Grimes, Benjamin Britten was president of our school choral society in sunny Suffolk - He autographed his photo in my Letts Schoolboy's Diary in about 1960.

    My mother came from West Looe, which is where we lived in the second half of the 40s - Jeez I'm old...
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    Mr Bloggsworth,

    you are, to my knowledge, the first person who has ever made the connection on the whole of WF (I actually live on Curlew River) - despite my mentioning it in my hello message (although I assume not many read those). I read somewhere that he actually based the Opera on a poem! Which is weirdly fitting since I started writing poetry since I joined WF. To be honest I don't like Opera but I like the Sea Shanties from Grimes and I've gradually built up some knowledge of it from when Radio 3 and Classic Fm play Opera concurrently (should be a law against it). I do like Britten though, the Interlude in Ceremony of Carols sticks in the mind just now. I don't know much about him though, but much more now thanks to you. Cheers much appreciated. I suppose that car you drive must feel quite modern to you. Good innings, keep churning out the runs. All the best PG
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    Lovely imagery! I could hear it and smell it. You made me think of how grateful I am that I got to experience the world before cell phones, networks and internet.

    One observation. The title doesn't seem to match. What am I missing?
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