I was glad that I took notebooks with me on an overseas trip, to record some of the entertaining things we came across. To start with, a few funny shop names: FRIAR TUCK = Fish and Chips; ITCHY FEET = Travel Agent; and HIGH AND MIGHTY = clothing for the extra tall or the extra wide.
Now for some verse — unfortunately I cannot make this format suit verse so must let it appear a prose. Above a shop door in Arundel, England: “Old Harry’s nephew works here. Repairs boots and shoes, is not dear. His leather is good, his work is quick, his profits small but he gives no tick.”
An owner of Wimpole House had gambled away his inheritance: “Women too fast and the horses too slow.”
At the Museum of the People, Edinburgh: “Since the House of Lords has thrown out this bill, and refused to bend to the people’s will, these proud dictators soon shall know that the death knell’s rung for their overthrow.”
At a Georgian House was a chamber pot with this written inside: “This pot is a present sent, Some mirth to make is only meant. We hope the same you’ll not return, But keep it safe and oft it use. When in it you want to piss, Remember those who gave you this. Keep me clean and use me well, And what I see I will not tell.”
Another place had the poem by Henry Twells TIME’S PACES: “When as a child I laughed and wept, Time crept. When as a youth I waxed more bold, Time strolled. When I became a full-grown man, Time ran. When older still I daily grew, Time flew. Soon I shall find, in passing on, Time gone. O Christ! Wilt Thou have saved me then? Amen!”
I think that Henry Twells was quite wise!
One day soon — when I’ve discovered how to “align text centre” (as per the task bar) — I’ll blog lots of rhymes found on postcards that were sent home by servicemen in World War Two. So watch for that.