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Nice see a really fine Canadian poet getting into the Frey

P. M.

David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>*They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,
>With a pink hotel, a boutique,
>And a swinging hot spot.
>Don't it always seem to go
>That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
>They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. *
>*They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.
>And they charged all the people
>A dollar and a half just to see 'em.
>Don't it always seem to go
>That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
>They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.*
>
>(Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell)
>
>
>http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/mar/20/eliot-east-coker-housing-estates
>
>'not preserved in aspic' :-
>
>.....It (the English Lake District) embraces places which
>the visitor to the Lakes may notwant to see and aspects of life
>and societywhich hecomes here to forget. But itisnogood trying
>to forget them. Greater Lakeland does not just mean Derwentwater, BleaTarn
>and the Wasdale Screes: it alsomeans Windscale
>Atomic Station, the Marchon chemical factory at Whitehaven,
>Workington Steelworks, Barrow Docks and Carlisle Railway
>Depot; wharves, warehouses, bus-stops and parking-places;
>schools, adult-education centres, the county libraries; churches,
>chapels, Sunday schools, cinemas and dance-halls; sports fields,
>allotments and cemeteries; the new housing estates and the old,
>shabby Victorian terraces; hardware stores, chemists', fish-andchip shops,
>pubs and coffee-bars; the dairy herds, turnip fields and pig-sties of a
>thousand lowland farms; one cathedral, one
>teachers' training college, one Polaris-submarine ship-building
>yard—in feet, all that goes to the life and death of the people of
>the old kingdom and the new county ofCumbria. Forget all this,
>and what all the rest of the country calls 'Lakeland' will turn
>moribund, dyingslowly from theedges inwards, to become in the
>end little more than a beautiful, embalmed corpse in a rotting
>coffin.
>
>*(Norman Nicholson, Lake District Poet, 'Greater Lakeland (1969))*