The pithy, opinionated, and sometimes brutally frank Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke challenges average guys to live a life less ordinary and embrace classic style in the broadest sense. it's time to rise above the trite, the boring, the predictable, the mundane, the banal, and the commonplace. It's time to stop behaving like barnyard animals at the trough and leave behind the perpetually sloppy man-child aesthetic of the last two decades or so. It's time to learn once again how to present and conduct yourself like an adult with some grooming, finesse, and sophistication. And here is where you can learn how.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

One of Ol' Mom's Favorites 40 Years On: Indoor Games Near Newbury by Sir John Betjeman

3 comments:

Glenda Moore said...

Thank you so much, I chuckled & enjoyed! In the early 1980's I bought a two-cassette set that I still listen to (yes, I still have & use a cassette-CD player; my brother now has all my old LPs and record player, thank goodness), "Your Favorite Poems", put out by Musical Heritage Society, #MHC 229112T. Has British actors reading British poetry from mainly the 17th, 18th, & 19th centuries. But, sadly, no descriptive music as in your mom's recording, which I must look into forthwith!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hi Glenda! Yes, Mom had the old-fashioned vinyl LP way back when. it was always fun listening to both sides of Betjeman's Banana Blush whenever she'd put it on the turntable. Perhaps unintended but a nevertheless clever way to instill some interest in poetry in the children beyond Mother Goose and (a wee bit later)pop/rock music.

Best Regards,

Heinz-Ulrich

Old School said...

Thanks for introducing me to this poem.
Loved these lines:

Then the new Victrola playing;
And your funny uncle saying
“Choose your partners for a foxtrot.
Dance until it’s tea o’clock..."