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

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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!
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..."

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