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Back in 1937 a poet, John Betjamin wrote a poem about Slough, my home town. He was unhappy at the birth of the industrial estate which is now one of the biggest in Europe and decided to put his feelings into words.
Below are a few verses from this poem, which at the time caused uproar and in 2006 his daughter apologized to Slough,

Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough
It isn't fit for humans now
There isn't grass to graze a cow
Swarm over, Death!

Come bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air-conditioned bright canteens.
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half a crown
For twenty years.

In labour-saving homes with care;
The wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now
The earth exhales.




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Sep 27 2012 23:21 GMT MargNZ
Interesting poem and a super entry Julie :)
Sep 27 2012 23:55 GMT hans55 PRO
very interresting poem and entry !!!
Sep 28 2012 02:11 GMT jomoud PRO
A spewcial entry.
Very thought provoking
Have a wonderful weekend Julie
Sep 28 2012 04:42 GMT Cronos1
FANTASTIC !
Sep 28 2012 06:29 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Great shot of Slough - I love Betjeman's poem too!
Sep 28 2012 06:42 GMT sini
Great entry!:)
Sep 28 2012 07:27 GMT elsje323
great poem and entry
Sep 28 2012 07:48 GMT Icandoit
Great entry!:)
Sep 28 2012 07:50 GMT senna3
What a unique entry, outstanding!
Sep 28 2012 08:20 GMT skyball
The way things are going the verse will soon apply to all cities in the uk!!!!!.......great entry Julie!!!!!..........
Sep 28 2012 10:15 GMT rob22stan
Love the connection to the poetry - what a wonderful insightful writer he was, and you are a great photographer.
Sep 28 2012 12:11 GMT superJoan
Interesting Julie...Slough we go near to in November dancing....
Sep 28 2012 12:13 GMT julie13
Watch out for the bombs Joan :)
Sep 28 2012 13:48 GMT Bellavista
very original entry!
Sep 28 2012 14:46 GMT wijnie58
Impressive entry, Julie..:-))
Sep 28 2012 22:37 GMT ForestSpirit
An excellent photo and an interesting poem. As Skyball says, it could apply to lots of other cities too!
Sep 29 2012 18:44 GMT Pea2007
Cool entry.
Oct 08 2012 23:38 GMT simonwilshaw
Eye catching image and an interesting poem.

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