Places, Pleasures, Poetry


As the acrobat flew into the air

Some held their breath

totally transfixed by the mid air cartwheels

only a single rope stopped the artiste seeing

night stars before sundown

incredible feats of daring occurred under the big top

some may have called him foolhardy, but at the end …everybody

hailed the master acrobat and his tip top tumbling act




Enter the big top, it’s time to enjoy

New things to see for the girls and boys

Trapeze experts doing stunts from up high

Expect acts of daring as they fly in the sky

Roll around laughing from the clowns in the round

Throwing their custard pies and falling to the ground

As acrobats tumble and do things with their hoops

Indispersed with the jugglers throwing balls into loops

Night time or Day – you’ll enjoy with a smile….

…..and watch all the acts, sticking round for a while


Photography, Places, Poetry, TV

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A Glass palace has been built

on the banks of the canal

it’s not for the royals –

but its not common or banal


It’s a place where programmes will

be written and played

and where young northerners

will learn out a trade


Where Drama – of Th’ Lowry

will be played out on screen

whilst players eat at restaurants

in buildings between.


And major networks set up in old port

broadcasting most of the national sport

from old Trafford’s cricket and football in day

to far off events in places away


These building is local – built up by the skilled

trained up by academy – in City and Guild

Taken over by companies of National Aplomb

plenty more lights, camera, action to come