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herberts lad
Exhall
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181 of 203  Mon 20th Jun 2016 2:21pm  
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A Coventry Kid Courtaulds, Standard, Riley and Rootes were they part of my imagination When a button topped cap stood you out from the nation Cars, Bikes, Ribbon and sash Humber and Rudge and Joseph Cash The skill, the trades, the expertise With scrapers, bradawl and elbow grease Herberts, Wickmans, Webster, Matrix All fashioned machines that crafted the bits There were thousands of workers who paved the way For families to thrive, both night and day But now it's gone The land where great factories once graced Replaced by superstores leaving no trace The sound of Clocking in replaced by bleeping tills Wobbly trollies instead of grinding mills Did all this happen in Cov, in my time Whoever caused the sudden decline Unions, management, global forces Was it Government bungling forever changing horses Godiva rode to save us once Despite old Tom having a glance Now it's your turn to struggle and strive To keep this great city of ours alive Now it's up to you all young people Take your inspiration like we did from the Three Steeples. Herberts lad June 2016
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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182 of 203  Mon 20th Jun 2016 3:05pm  
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Brilliant, Herberts lad Cheers Thumbs up
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Norman Conquest
Allesley
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183 of 203  Mon 20th Jun 2016 3:27pm  
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Very good Herberts Lad. I notice that the button cap gets included.
Just old and knackered

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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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184 of 203  Tue 21st Jun 2016 2:03am  
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I found that very inspirational Herberts Lad. Thank you. Thumbs up .....ex Herberts girl.
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Norman Conquest
Allesley
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185 of 203  Tue 21st Jun 2016 11:38am  
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A good poem HL. Well illustrates the decline of our city's industries. As an ex mine worker I would like to add a Miners song as a memory of our mining industry. If moderators find it not suitable I have no objection to it being removed. Edited by member, 21st Jun 2016 3:30 pm
Just old and knackered

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JohnnieWalker
Bonny Hills, Australia
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186 of 203  Sun 18th Dec 2016 9:11am  
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A poem for Christmas............. Every word of this is true (except for the stable - I made that up!) I Almost Found Jesus One Christmas Eve, when just a kid, I delivered the mail to earn a quid. They’d take you on, the GPO, and tell you where you had to go. You never knew just where you’d get as destinations for those letters, But one year, I was glad to see an area quite well-known to me! My route took me through streets I knew: - I was born in Crescent Avenue! Then through the works, along Bourne Road, each letter drop lightened my load. My final stop – the stables at - the Grange – so easy – that was that! So six a.m. I’m there to pack my letters, just like Santa’s sack. Then, Crescent Avenue’s first to go, trudging slowly through the snow. At number one, there’s Aunty Wyn, who beckoned me to come right in: “Coom in, ma duck, you must be froze with all that snow around your toes. Ah know what you need – I have some handy……. Now don’t say no – it’s damned good brandy!” Then number 8 across the road, an effort with my heavy load, But sure enough, there’s Aunty Phyl, leaning out the window sill: “Coom in, ma duck, you must be froze with all that snow around your toes. Ah know what you need – I have some handy……. Now don’t say no – it’s damned good brandy!” The yellow street lights on the snow, the Christmas scene that we all know, I daydreamed, as I walked that day, of Rudolph and that great big sleigh, With Santa tugging on the reins. The brandy coursing through my veins Like antifreeze reduced my stress, at each and every aunt’s address. In Bourne Road there was Aunty Beat, who always kept her house so neat. My postman’s run was half-way through, but she took pity on me too! “Coom in, ma duck, you must be froze with all that snow around your toes. Ah know what you need – I have some handy……. Now don’t say no – it’s damned good brandy!” And then I had Bourne Road to cross, and who should call but Aunty Floss! By now a little worse for wear, I staggered in and grabbed a chair. “Coom in, ma duck, you must be froze with all that snow around your toes. Ah know what you need – I have some handy……. Now don’t say no – it’s damned good brandy!” But as I left, the strangest sight – the sky was split – a blinding light! It came in silence from the west, as if this Christmas Eve was blessed. If I had heard the angels sing, it would have seemed a normal thing! My final stop, at half past four, to knock upon that stable door. I’ve never been religious but with all that brandy in my gut, The snow, the light, the stable too; could it all be coming true? But there, in letters bold and clear, was “Closed for Xmas – back next year!” So, disappointed, home I went, and pondered on this strange event. No Telegraphs in Christmas week, no mention of that skyward streak. Until the news of Barwell’s scare; the meteorite that landed there. No angels and no virgin birth – a lump of rock that fell to earth! But one thing that I got to know - It’s how to keep warm in the snow! The Barwell meteorite has already been linked to in these topics.
True Blue Coventry Kid

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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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187 of 203  Sun 18th Dec 2016 5:21pm  
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Now I know why I enjoy visiting this Forum. Thanks Mr. Walker, when is your next edition coming out. I have been waiting for months! Smile
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Kaga simpson
188 of 203  Sun 26th Mar 2017 10:37am  
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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189 of 203  Sat 1st Apr 2017 2:47pm  
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FOOLISH APRIL April cool so innocent and jolly April's fooling a seasonable folly We go out so brave and stout Gamp and macintosh without Cast a clout loll about Thinking not of our rheums or gout Then to to damp that Springtime ardour She turns on the water spout But it's only April, fooling.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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190 of 203  Sun 2nd Jul 2017 3:22pm  
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JULY A dear old gentleman with manner bright and warm Whose smiling face lights up the day from early morn Whose golden sunshine brings forth the corn Then without reason, let me be born He lifts his head and roses bloom to glad the season The air is warm throughout the day, to winter woollies we say nay and with a wink and a flourish he waves the clouds away.
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JohnnieWalker
Bonny Hills, Australia
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191 of 203  Sun 3rd Dec 2017 12:57am  
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Here's one for Christmas........ Oh! What can I get her for Christmas? Oh! What can I get her for Christmas? I’ve been everywhere in the quest! There’s nothing at all down at Debenhams, and just rubbish in all of the rest! I found one I thought she would quite like, but she doesn’t like green at all, And the only other one I could find was simply far too small. I wondered about a real sexy one, but I don’t think she’d want one of those, The last one she had just made everyone laugh, and played merry hell with her toes! I actually ordered a monogrammed one, but I got a real shock when it came. I just can’t give her that – ‘cause it wouldn’t make sense – they’d printed some other girl’s name! I went to the Christmas Shop Help Desk, and the lady there was quite nice, But nothing she ever suggested was anything like a good price! I tried on the Internet websites, like Amazon, Google and such, But all I could find in my price range was a site that was written in Dutch! The postage to get it from Europe was seriously close to a crime, And even then they don’t guarantee that the item would get here on time! I’m now very close to despairing, as December draws close to the end, But what can you buy a sweet pussy cat, that shows she’s my very best friend?
True Blue Coventry Kid

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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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192 of 203  Sun 3rd Dec 2017 2:15am  
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Definitely a 10 JW. Thumbs up
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JohnnieWalker
Bonny Hills, Australia
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193 of 203  Sun 25th Mar 2018 12:04am  
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I must have been feeling a bit sorry for myself when I wrote this. Perhaps it will ring true for my old 1960s mates at Godiva Harriers............ Not the gazelle! I’m not the gazelle that I used to be, and that’s for bloomin’ sure! I could match it with the sprinters, middle distance men and more. I could hurdle like a champion, my steeplechase was great, But I’ve noticed my performances have dropped right off of late. There never was a better bloke to call on for the team. I’d rise to the occasion, or so it always seemed! Unless it involved throwing things, like javelins and shot, And then the guy to call on I definitely was not! I’d even do the long-jump, when the long-jumper’s not there, And high-jump? Ah, my Fosbury flop was more than merely fair! I loved it when I scored a few more points then for the team, But now it’s just beginning to be but a distant dream. I guess when I turned sixty-eight it started to appear, That feeling that it just may be the end of my career? My legs won’t work the way they did, and breathing’s getting hard. No matter what the distance is, they’ve added extra yards. The hurdles are much higher, and I’m sure they’ve added three, And it’s those extra three, I’d swear, that really bugger me! They ring the last-lap bell at least a lap before it’s due, And tell me off if I don’t let these younger chaps breeze through. They don’t put me in the high-jump now, to do my Fosbury flop, And triple-jumps confuse me – is it jump, then step, then hop? They’ve talked about insurance – am I covered for a fall? What’s it to them? It’s bullshit and it surely is my call! They no more use a stopwatch to time me in my races; A calendar’s used these days just for me to tie my laces! Back in my prime, I’d run all day and not even get puffed, But now, right from the starter’s gun – I’m well and truly stuffed!
True Blue Coventry Kid

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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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194 of 203  Sun 25th Mar 2018 9:52am  
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JW. Just b----y brilliant again.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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195 of 203  Sun 25th Mar 2018 2:42pm  
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Keep running with the verses JW, you can't fail. Yet another winner thank you. Thumbs up
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