Saturday, 13 August 2011


Poem 42 of 230:  IMPRESSIONS OF LONDON IN 1997


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Cabs all uniform in their shape.
    Good galleries make one gape.
Hard-going people on the move -
    Things matter much in this groove.

About the weather lots of moans.
    Solicits stuck on pay-phones.
Summer weather - not bad, I’ve felt.
    Lads giving a ball a belt.

Real estate is worth so much -
    Tenants’ rent sky-high, as such;
Nice stocky buildings all around -
    Will some have to hit the ground?

Cheek to jowl:  council flats needed -
    Stock by demand exceeded;
Building higher seems only way -
    Unless less arrive to stay...

Beaut. looking girls from many lands -
    Grace gone for capital plans;
Polite folks, from many cultures,
    Do become money vultures.

Veiled women in platform shoes.
    High-street beggars in the blues.
Privacy here costs so much -
    Partnerships suffer, as such.

See movies and shows from way back;
    Of good music there’s no lack;
All-day breakfasts at the good pubs;
    An abundance of nightclubs.

Green groomed parklands:  the best I’ve seen -
    Their gardens kept neat and clean;
Geraniums in flowerpots,
    On facades, make pleasing spots.

Floating pubs on the River Thames,
    And its bridges - real gems;
Both ways, here, the water goes -
    Still in range of tidal-flows.

Children, at park lakes, feed the ducks,
    Or watch squirrels take some nuts.
Into ponds, weeping willows sag.
    Sharp attacks on those who lag.

(C) David Franks 2003
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The above pics are closely linked to the lyrics; below is a more-random selection of my London favourites.

London; 16/6/16

Now that's a buoy! The Thames from Rotherhithe
London‬; 12/6/16

A room with a view at Surrey Quays,
London; 10.6.2016

Wonderful window at Saint
Martin-in-the-Fields; 30.5.2016

Primrose Hill view of London; 23/5/2016

Hampstead Heath's attractive trees,
London; 16/5/2016

Highgate Men's (& ducks!) Bathing Pond,
London; 16/5/16

Gherkin, Cheese Grater, Walkie-Talkie,
Saint Paul's, & Shard, from Parliament Hill,
London; 16/5/16

Shard-view, including its own shadow; 4/5/16 

Harrods - should it be nationalised? 10/5/16

Epping Forest, London; 20/5/2016

From Cross Rail's roof-top garden,
Canary Wharf, London, 13/7/2016

View of Canary Wharf & the O2,
from Greenwich Park, London; 12/8/16

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; 12/8/16

Painted Hall, Greenwich; 12/8/2016

Cutty Sark, Greenwich; 12/8/2016

Outside Natural History Museum,
South Kensington; 29/12/2016