Save water!! -Bath with a friend…? I think not, although that may depend On being allowed to bath at all, Given the absense of recent rainfall: A peculiar sense of deja nada Making things seem that much harder, Doesn’t this happen too frequently Or is that just my memory…? Especially recalling ’76 ‘Phew, wot a […]

Take It Knee-sy*

  The World at large sees British folk As something of a focus for jokes When it comes to summer expectations Giving vent to peculair delectations For weather-driven seasonal wear From terrible t-shirts with witless puns To those with aged political slogans, Weatherworn antiquities- Teamed with jeans with tattered knees Some these days, I’m sad […]

Seaside Solitaire*

Solitary confinement Is as broad as it’s long… A window of opportunity for raucous song Depending on how much you value your neighbours And whether or not they’re out tending their acres… Or playing their music loud as they please With little regard for the absence of trees And the simple physics of travelling sound […]

Summer in the City*

A model of the pier A stick of Brighton rock A bargain from Primark A genuine linen frock… Chips on the seafront While seagulls parade -Don’t look now: Be very afraid… Those beady eyes and polished beaks Surveying the humans, those sideshow freaks Walking along like Kings of the Prom Without so much as a […]

British Summer Time*

The sun has got its hat on: Rare cause for celebration!! The simultaneous signal To disrobe across the nation… The clouds now in abeyance But who knows for how long, It’s time to get near-naked, Join the sun-worshippers’ throng. Is this what other nations mean By British ‘eccentricity’? -The stripping off at the drop of […]


The sun has got his hat on, Hip hip hip hooray! Everybody everywhere With so much on display… An annual manifestation Of our sun-deprived nation, Every body happy In assorted states of grace- This the time of year When fashion changes pace. Absolutely anything goes From covered to near-naked As sun-starved solar worshippers Prepare to […]

Wear Sunscreen*

Summer time And the Nation’s obsessed With the simple prospect of how to dress, Chaps (to be fair) having limited voice: Shorts versus slacks not much of a choice. Women, though, seem to lose all sense Of how wearing too little may cause offence, Bra straps and worse to be seen from all sides A […]