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    The end of love

    The end of love should be a big event.

    It should involve the hiring of a hall.

    Why the hell not? It happens to us all.

    Why should it pass without acknowledgement?

    Suits should be dry-cleaned, invitations sent.

    Whatever form it takes a tiff, a brawl

    The end of love should be a big event.

    It should involve the hiring of a hall.

    Better than the unquestioning descent

    Into the trap of silence, than the crawl

    From visible to hidden, door to wall.

    Get the announcements made, the money spent.

    The end of love should be a big event.

    It should involve the hiring of a hall.

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    Oh, in case anyone thinks I'm plagiarizing, that's by Sophie Hannah.

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    Slough

    Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
    It isn't fit for humans now,
    There isn't grass to graze a cow.
    Swarm over, Death!

    Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
    Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
    Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
    Tinned minds, tinned breath.

    Mess up the mess they call a town-
    A house for ninety-seven down
    And once a week a half a crown
    For twenty years.

    And get that man with double chin
    Who'll always cheat and always win,
    Who washes his repulsive skin
    In women's tears:

    And smash his desk of polished oak
    And smash his hands so used to stroke
    And stop his boring dirty joke
    And make him yell.

    But spare the bald young clerks who add
    The profits of the stinking cad;
    It's not their fault that they are mad,
    They've tasted Hell.

    It's not their fault they do not know
    The birdsong from the radio,
    It's not their fault they often go
    To Maidenhead

    And talk of sport and makes of cars
    In various bogus-Tudor bars
    And daren't look up and see the stars
    But belch instead.

    In labour-saving homes, with care
    Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
    And dry it in synthetic air
    And paint their nails.

    Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
    To get it ready for the plough.
    The cabbages are coming now;
    The earth exhales.

    John Betjeman.

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    FFS Betjeman wrote The Office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sextent View Post
    FFS Betjeman wrote The Office.

    Indeed, agreed, he did plant that seed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalice View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sextent View Post
    FFS Betjeman wrote The Office.

    Indeed, agreed, he did plant that seed.
    :earl:

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    its good to see ive left a good impression on this shithole, aim much higher young ones, and it soon be thy.

    -Vergent Tallion

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    It's Mr Kennedy ... Kennedy.

    Am I right.

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