Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thoughts for the Day

London Pride has been handed down to us,
London Pride is a flower that's free.
London Pride means our own dear town to us,
And our pride it forever will be.
Grey city,
Stubbornly implanted,
Taken so for granted
For a thousand years.
Stay, city,
Smokily enchanted,
Cradle of our memories,
Of our hopes and fears.


  1. That stiff upper lip I've heard so much about. It's real.

    My heart goes out to all of you on your side of the pond.

    1. "Dear Old Blighty" has been through so much, so many times, it appears to be built into our nature to remain clear-headed and resilient in the face of whatever warped and twisted individual or organisation threatens us... Jx

  2. In the context of this current tragedy, 'London Pride' is profound. In looking up the full lyrics, I found a comment about this song made after the 2005 attacks: "Amazing how potent cheap music can be"…..
    I would like to think that by 'cheap', the writer meant 'popular'.
    Noël Coward's genius constantly astonishes. Thanks for the reminder, Jon.

    1. "Extraordinary how potent cheap music is" is just one of the many brilliant lines from The Master's play Private Lives...

      And yes indeed, I felt that London Pride was the most appropriate thing I could play. It is a perfect encapsulation of the "Blitz Spirit" that we are all feeling at the moment.


  3. Love the sign!!!!!! It steps right along with my own line, There's always time for a cock-a-tail!

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    1. ...starring Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor!



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