There Once Was A Long Vanished England
There Once Was A Long Vanished England radio stories

carl_hallingResiding London Metropolitan Area
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'There Once Was a Long-Vanished England' was derived from two autobiographical pieces, one having initially existed around 2001 as some kind of prose poem or attenuated short story; while the other also began life as a story, but dating from when I was about 21, both pieces having since been definitively sidelined.

There Once Was A Long Vanished England

There once was a long vanished England;

Of well-spoken presenters

Of the BBC Home Service,

Light Service, and Children’s Favourites,

Of coppers and tanners, and ten bob notes;

And jolly shopkeepers, and window cleaners.

I remember my cherished Wolf Cub pack,

How I loved those Wednesday evenings,

The games, the pomp and seriousness of the camps,

The different coloured scarves, sweaters and hair

During the mass meetings,

The solemnity of my enrolment,

Being helped up a tree by an older boy,

Baloo, or Kim, or someone,

To win my Athletics badge,

Winning my first star, my two year badge,

And my swimming badge

With its frog symbol, the kindness of the older boys.

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