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Never move to Milton Keynes

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Cari
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Never move to Milton Keynes
A parking lot where boredom screams
It’s not a place to live your dreams
Is Milton Keynes
~
Cloned boxes standing row by row
Lit at night by vomit glow
Where the concrete mushrooms grow
In Milton Keynes
~
An architect hired for a day
Doodled a grid or so they say
Then moved a hundred miles away
From Milton Keynes
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*


A new town built to take the overspill from London.
Soulless with weird houses, concrete mushrooms and cows.
And a grid system on which you can loose yourself for hours.
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JerryPat2
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1 posted 12-09-2016 09:48 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Hah! Doesn't sound all that appealing to me, Cari, but I am sure it is to many.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
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2 posted 12-09-2016 10:43 AM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

a place not to visit, it seems like gloom or hell, what a thrilling composition


yann


Cari
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3 posted 12-09-2016 12:32 PM       View Profile for Cari   Email Cari   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cari

Ok, a bit of a tongue in cheek poem and I am sure their are many, considering the price of housing here, that are glad to have a roof over their heads, but its not the choice of many if they could choose to live elsewhere.
Thanks for reading guys.
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4 posted 12-09-2016 02:06 PM       View Profile for DaysofView   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for DaysofView

"Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,1
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same".  (Malvina Reynolds)


I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather...not like the passengers screaming in the back of his car.
Rex Allen McCoy
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5 posted 12-09-2016 02:21 PM       View Profile for Rex Allen McCoy   Email Rex Allen McCoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rex Allen McCoy's Home Page   View IP for Rex Allen McCoy

I would like to visit London someday, while I still have a working thumb-drive between my ears. Ireland, Cuba and the United States are the only countries I've visited. I've never seen what you describe, except in photographs... a very well written piece. Enjoyed the rhyme
Cari
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6 posted 12-09-2016 03:24 PM       View Profile for Cari   Email Cari   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cari

I was born and lived in London until I married at 30 and I still have the accent.
London is a sprawling metropolis, very diverse with something of interest for everyone but expensive unless you know where to eat and drink etc.  
As New York is not America so London is not England and though you can spend a month there and not see a 10th of what it has to offer it would be a shame not to see something of what the rest of England has to present to the visitor.
If you ever get round to paying us a visit, then get some useful tips that you won’t find in travel brochures.
I was once stopped by three American female students who asked me “Do you speak English”
“Er-yes, I rather think we invented it”


Thanks for reading.

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Ari Squire
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quote:
"I was once stopped by three American female students who asked me “Do you speak English”
I'm sure you were, but likely in the comfort of your own digs. That joke is older than 'lend-lease'. But for your perusal, an offering from your own BBC. It's quite good old boy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxUm-2x-2dM

Loving Linny Jean is poetry.

Cari
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Well if it is a joke its one that I’ve never heard. In the summer months London is teeming with visitors around the tourist areas. On a work day you are far more likely to encounter a visitor to the city than a resident.
I have lost count of the times when I’ve been asked the question and the way to a tourist site, hotel, tube station etc. London isn’t built on a grid system, it’s a sprawl of  
Streets and byways which make it very easy to get lost. If you are lost, ask in a shop or the patrolling police rather than a passer by.

Trust me; Americans abroad frequently start a conversation with the question ‘Do you speak English’
booky1940!
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Milton Keynes, I have heard that it was a lovely place; but if parking is difficult I won't go there.
Thanks for sharing!
booky1940!
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Milton Keynes, I have heard that it was a lovely place; but if parking is difficult I won't go there.
Thanks for sharing!
Cari
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11 posted 12-11-2016 06:38 AM       View Profile for Cari   Email Cari   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cari

The English poet John Betjeman wrote a similar poem in 1937, ‘Come Friendly Bombs and Fall on Slough’ and got a lot of flak from the residents.

A couple of verses from the poem.

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.


Betjeman, a poet laureate, was probably the most read poet of the 20th century outside the box of the ‘elite’. A very English poet and maybe that’s the reason he is little known outside of the uk.

JamesMichael
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I've thought these thoughts about new cities and towns...who laid out the measurements for the streets and parking and so forth...james
 
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