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Jottings 2

Monday, 2 December 2013 12:23:37

Without much idea of where this is heading, I'll start by playing with the word order at the start:

We express our admiration for the civic buildings,
The taxi driver and I

We like these (not happy with unrazed) edifices
That escaped blitz and architectural cleansing
(but I like architectural cleansing - so common in towns and cities where good buildings were replaced by flat top boxes - now mostly looking sad and in need of removal themselves...)

Now need to brush up on my terms:
There are pediments and
Architraves and
(Reference work required)

Banks are now night clubs
Post offices and fire brigade HQs
Are restaurants and hotels
(All this is true and, I hope, in a kind of rhythmic order. Though would 'hotels and restaurants' be better?)

But their form remains
Like a valet forced to wear ...... (what - a tutu? a party hat?)
Some like gentry on hard times in genteel poverty
But getting by
Or waiting for something to turn up

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