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Friday, 6 January 2017

The Attraction of London - Some Songs

Sonny Boy Williamson, I'm Trying to Make London My Home

At Sonny Boy's grave:

Caetano Veloso. London, London

The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset

BBC Radio 4, Soul Music, Waterloo Sunset

The alternative view:

Ralph McTell, Streets of London

The Clash, London Calling

"I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare. No, let's say Shakespeare and Dickens, to get them in the right order," Ben Okri

 "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London", Samuel Johnson

I enjoyed what London had to offer, whenever I lived there. 
The time always came when I was glad to leave - but I kept returning.
What do I miss most? London friends and The British Library.

The City

A thousand hands


upon a single towel.

A thousand smiles


into a single scowl.

A thousand voices


by one explosive vowel.

A thousand bodies


Unheard the beggar’s howl.

London, 1967.

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