I really think Betjamen hits the nail on the head sometimes - as he does here Robert.
Now, I am assuming that the photograph you've chosen is one of those proper drains, but you must tell me if I've got that wrong. It's a wonderful photo, and of course I love what Betjamen chooses to make his poetic point!
That really is a superb-looking section of drain. Is it brand new, or has it recently been scrubbed clean?
Thanks Pat, Susan and Goat.The photo is of the real thing, l'objet réel. A length of new drain now extends from the back door to the brick shed. It does look rather fine, doesn't it? The grey cobbles next to it will border the whole patio. At present irregularly shaped, limestone-yellow slabs are being laid at a very slight angle on a bed on stone hardcore and sand/cement. After rain the water should run off into these drains.
I never knew Boots' used to sell books. Now I do. How things change.Think of what our Nation stands for,Books from Amazon and motorways,Free speech, free markets, unpaid taxes...John Betjeman? Those were the days!
Think of what our Nation stands for,Lager louts and oven chips,Baked beans, black sausage, sliced white breadAnd kinky sex and Walnut Whips ...Oh, you've got me going here, Dominic!Any more stanzas, anyone?
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