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Acrostic Childhood

Squeegee

#fowc #squeegee

Someone’s idea of being Alan Sugar for a day

qualified ? hardly….but we were definitely equipped

up to our eyeballs in sponges, window mops and

extremely soapy water.

each car getting the full wash

gratefully receiving payment for the work we did

everyone making sure each car was bright as a button for

each of us got a share of the takings.

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Acrostic Museums Poetry Transport

Engine

Salford, 6th April 2020

#fowc #engine

Engine, outside the power hall at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Every mechanic knows – it’s

Not the wheels , but the engine that

Get’s a driver from A to B

It’s truly – the heart of any transport

Naval, bus, car or motor bike

Exception – if you’re reliant on foot or pedal power

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Acrostic IWM North Museum Poetry

Achievement

#poetry #learning #expectation

Salford 16th February

A piece on school visits

Three coaches rolled up in the car park

One blue, one black, one green

Passing auntie, the football and the shops

Traffic jams were no fun

Or Waiting for the man with the sign to

Pass go from stop

There were grumbles getting off the coach

Old Trafford exchanged for the war museum

Pupils listening to sir, bore on

The security …. more of the same, but

Out of a corner….a new name

Person from a new place….change of space

Tanks and planes…new things to see

Objects to touch….and all for free

People to tell tales of air land and sea

And your guide at the entrance is about the space

A person to turn to with a friendly face

Telling a tale of the car, plane and gun

Making your visit a bit more fun

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Life Sport Sports

Playing in the side street

Salford, 25th September 2019

#Salford #Children #Parking #Gardens #Street #Sports

In order to save themselves some pocket money

the sports fans find convenient side streets

parking off the main road on the way to the stadium

One by one, they move on to empty paving

ignoring the call of the parking charge

plastered on the nearby wall

Playing fields and abandoned land

Perfect Places for those with a nose (and Permit)

to Place a spot for incoming visitors

Kids sit forlorn – as their playspace

finds itself taken over for 48 hours

by hawkers with money on their mind

Traffic jams – a certainty

as kids take over the abandoned tarmac

for an impromptu game of rounders

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Acrostic Transport Travel

Honk

Honk

15/11/2017, Salford

Wail like a graceful swan dear driver

it doesn’t matter – everyone around you is looking

to others – its like the circus is in town

the only things missing are your make up and

evaporating sense of humour

reacting to traffic was never your strong point – and its showing

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BASIC Cooking Photography

Jams and Jaguars

#CFFC #LetterJ #BASIC

A couple of photos taken from sessions at BASIC Clicks, the photography group i belong to at the Brain and Spinal injury centre in Salford

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for starters – here’s the Jaguar .

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And here’s some pics of some Jam (Raspberry) and Lemon curd, common thread ? all items were photographed at BASIC. The Jams were made at Food for Thought, BASICs Cafe – they’re tasty on a piece of toast or a crumpet!

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Lemon Curd – Ready for Spreading (p) BFK 2017

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Raspberry Jam and Lemon curd (p) BFK 2017

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Accidents Acrostic Industrial

Critical

Critical

Could it be , the

Really important thing

In driving a car, is to pay attention ?

Those fancy buttons scattered like smarties round the dashboard – run

Instruments to keep your cars insides running

Calamity awaits – from the Brakes to the gears, so

Always keep those bits in your car happy – to keep it moving – and don’t

Leave your keys in the car – unless you want to contact rescue.

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Colours Poetry Transport

Hot magenta

#coloryourworld #cyw #hotmagenta #pink #purple

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look out roadsters

something hot is flinging itself down the road

pink Cadillac has had a spicy respray

with purple overtones added to its mix

looking great in the summer sun

every girls dream car

for sunset strip occasions

 

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Character Outdoors Poetry

Abandoned

Abandoned

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One of my character pieces – from the pages of allpoetry.com – about the forlorn chap above…enjoy.
We all went for a picnic
in the summery wood
they went for a bit of a ramble
and so here I am stood
The picnic sat there soggy
as down came the torrid rain
and grass and plants grew round me
would I see my driver again?
Silver birch now surrounds me
Moss and lichen my new coat
Greenery now my camouflage
home for badgers and stoats

Perhaps in time, they’ll find me

and give me some release

in twenty-thirty-forty months
I’ll be a museum piece!
Hidden by all this greenery
I need a bit of luck
Now looking after the wildlife
as I wait for the pick up truck
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Beach Birds Family Fun Holidays Memories Places Pleasures Summer Zoo

Memories of Holidays Past

Memories of Holidays Past

(alternate title : A Salford lads venture in the Southwest of England)

Paignton

The English Riviera…

Torquay, Paignton, Brixham – the English County of Devon

One heck of a place to get to by Car, even more by rail.

Heading south, through mystical places – on an intercity train.

A great adventure when you’re only eight years old.  Watching Mum and Dad take my Mermaid of a sister splashing in the sea, while I made sandcastles on the shore.  And whilst I was into construction, my sister was in the art of Demolition – I didn’t mind.  I just filled up my Bucket and Spade and built it up again…

There were picture postcard cottages with picturesque gardens.  A wonderful setting to enjoy a Devon Cream tea.  Then , a ride on a Mini Locomotive to take you from one place to the next

Donkey rides on Paignton seafront and trips to Brixham Harbour by boat – watching the sealife passing along by before landing on shore for a lovely lunch of fish and chips.  Seagulls from the local harbour looked on, watching out for a dropped chip.  Then we catch a bus back to Paignton to see the Elephants at the local zoo, and watch Sea lions laugh as Dad was getting sprayed by them.

Then as we walk home to the guest house, we watched the sun go behind the cove before me and my little sister headed off to bed.  Later on in the week, a trip on a coach to Dartmouth and its harbour – to see some really BIG Boats.

A walk on the prom awaits us tomorrow – and another cream tea.

But for now its time for bed – and dreams of heffalumps.