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Famous Poem on Slough...

by John Betjeman (1906 - 1984)

John Betjeman published his poem about Slough in 1937 in the collected works Continual Dew. Slough was becoming increasingly industrial and some housing conditions were very cramped. In willing the destruction of Slough, Betjeman urges the bombs to pick out the vulgar profiteers but to spare the bald young clerks. He really was very fond of his fellow human beings. Slough is much improved nowadays and he might be pleasantly surprised by a stroll there. 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. And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win…

Two Friends Recorded For Posterity....

The following is a link from the BBC Listening Project of Robert Kennedy, sculpture, and artist, and Chris, a Polish man. It maybe of interest, and was recorded at SHOC which is a homeless charity. The abbreviation means Slough Homeless Our Concern

Listening Project Conversation between friends, Robert and Chris, about their experiences of homelessness.Add a noteLog in to add a note at the bottom of this page. All notesMy notesHide notes

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Sounds from the Past....

Since around 1970 I have had a fascination in Renaissance, and Medieval Music, or Early Music. I recall buying my first two records from the HMV Shop in Oxford Street, London. Strange to relate I did not think much of the recordings initially...but for some reason, or other I became attracted to them at a later stage of re-listening........

..... The first record was the famous Two Renaissance Dance Bands from David  Munrow, and his Early Music Consort of London. The other offering was Music from the Hundred Years War directed by John Beckett of Musica Reservata fame. The piece that impressed me most was the inspiring arrangement of the Agincourt Carol. In the case of the Renaissance Dance Bands it was Munrow's brilliant interpretation of La Bataille....

Also, I seem to recall having a small record of the TV series of Henry VIII, and His Six Wives which starred Keith Michel as the notorious Monarch. I bought a copy of it at an exhibition of the costumes used in the drama. They we…

Recalling Sir Michael Shersby

For many years, I used to know Sir Michael Shersby, Conservative MP for Uxbridge and his family. I used to work for him in a garden just off Park Road, Stoke Poges. Like so many other people who knew, or met him, I found him to be very charming, and courteous.

Among other things, he pointed out to me that it was my statutory right to have  a break in my gardening work. Often, the break occurred in the  conservatory where we had some interesting chit chat along with pure coffee, and biscuits. His wife Barbara was usually present. Sometimes, his son Julian was also around. On rare occasions, there was a visitor such as Dominic West, the actor.

Working for Michael was a most pleasant experience, and difficult to express......

Just after he managed to win back his seat after the General Election of 1997 he died suddenly, and unexpectedly at his London Flat....Like everyone else who knew him I was in shock...

The following is a reproduction entry on him from Wikipedia plus photo....

From Wik…

Eton College

Eton, and Eton College is very close to where I live.  The latter is famous for having had many pupils who have gone onto to having very successful high flying careers.. Anyhow, in order to get to Windsor I have to go through Eton.....This is a pleasant trip. To get to Windsor just takes under an hour on foot. It was at Eton College back in the 1970s that I went to a lecture by David Fanshawe on his musical magnus opus of African Sanctus. It was intriguing. Towards the end of every year, the College has a Fair which can be very crowded, and interesting with an abundant supply of goods for sale. The proceeds go to charity. RS From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For the school in Canada, see Eton College (Vancouver). For the school in Mexico City, see Eton School (Mexico). Eton CollegeMottoLatin: Floreat Etona
Let Eton flourishEstablished1440TypeIndependent boarding school
Public schoolReligionChurch of EnglandHead MasterTony LittleProvostLord Wa…

Windsor, and Windsor Castle

From around 1966 to 1977 I lived in Royal Windsor. The following are two articles. One on the town, and the other on the famous Windsor Castle.

Windsor (/ˈwɪnzər/) is a town and unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is widely known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family.
The town is situated 21 miles (34 km) west of Charing Cross, London. It is immediately south of the River Thames, which forms its boundary with Eton. The village of Old Windsor, just over 2 miles (3 km) to the south, predates what is now called Windsor by around 300 years; in the past Windsor was formally referred to as New Windsor to distinguish the two.[1]

Contents [hide1History1.1Tudor and Stuart periods1.2Georgian and Victorian periods1.3Later periods2Shopping3Tourism4Transport5Notable residents6Sport7Politics8References9External links Links lead to the Wikipedia entry on Windsor Castle


From the year 1990 I have lived in Slough, and know its roads, and shops very well....The High Street has been my special haunt, and on occasion I have whistled many a tune!!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Slough (disambiguation). Slough, EnglandUnitary authority area, Borough
Slough Trading Estate
Shown within BerkshireCoordinates: 51°31′N0°35′W / 51.51°N 0.59°W / 51.51; -0.59Coordinates: 51°31′N0°35′W / 51.51°N 0.59°W / 51.51; -0.59Sovereign stateUnited KingdomConstituent countryEnglandRegionSouth East EnglandCeremonial countyBerkshireHistoric countyBuckinghamshire
(including town centre)
(part of east of town)StatusUnitary authorityIncorporated1 April 1974Admin HQBath Road, SloughGovernment • TypeUnitary authority • BodySlough Borough Council • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Labour) • MPsFiona MactaggartArea • Total12.56 sq mi (32.54 km2)Area rank306th (of 326)Population (2011 est.) • Total140,700 • Rank13…


Chalvey is part of Slough, and is the place I live in at the time of writing this note. Not much about it appears in the Wikipedia  article but I have done a copy of it pasted below plus some other stuff.

There are quite a lot of Bulgarians, and Polish people living in Chalvey. As it is part of Slough it also has a high proportion of Indians.

I live in a council flat nearly opposite St Peter's Church. The latter sometimes hosts jumble sales, and second-hand book sales......


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Chalvey
St Peter's Church
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