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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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Animals Photography Poetry

Swimming Lessons

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Salford Quays, 14th July 2018

a tale of the first time in the canal…from one of the goslings….Interpreted by Inky 🙂

It’s a bit hard stepping out

from the little nursery pool

to the great big vast waterway

but at least my family are nearby

mum and dad watching proudly on

no water wings required

chasing my brothers and sisters about the water

just flap my feathered feet and watch me go….

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Colours Navy World War I World War II

Navy Blue

 

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Navy ?

A Nautical colour

Very respected as the colour of the senior service

Yachts to Dreadnoughts – are adorned in it

 

North to South – Compass bearings

Are used to navigate

Vessels through dangerous waters –

Yomping through ice and hiding from the enemy

 

Naval Company Colours

Anchored off the shoreline are

Very Dark in Colour – when not in camouflage

Yet Revered by all who wear it.

 

Note, however though all men on ship wear the colour

An officer, wears slightly darker

Verifying his rank on the vessel

Year upon Year

 

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Heritage Historical Industrial Poetry

Silent Cargoes

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Silent Cargoes : Art Installation/Memorial to the old docks on Trafford Wharf.
Image by Inky.

Silent Cargoes

By Brian F Kirkham

Sat by the waters edge

Awaiting the cargo ship

The goods sit and wait

Pallets of goods

Await the arrival

of the dock – bound ship

Boxes neatly stacked

for Destination – Supermarket

Tea Coffee Cocoa

Whilst going on a trip

Screws, Nails, Nuts, Sprockets, Bolts

Off across the sea

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Acrostic

Shipwrecked

Some would say, the

Hull of this once mighty vessel was – blessed

It seems Impossible to think that now as it rusts in its

Place on the beach

Where did its cargo go ? it’s

Really hard to fathom

Everyone on the island was asked…

Could it be, they were all in on the disappearance ?

Kings Men , they ponder – but there’s not a clue in sight

Everyone remaining tight-lipped over the cargoes final

Destination

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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.

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Canalside Leisure Life Museums Nature Poetry Waterside

Intercity Canal Life

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They called it “The Big Ditch”

It’s filled with water, flowing up from two rivers

making their collective way toward the west

meeting up with its Liverpool Cousin.

 

A long time ago – It Carried large ships

taking cargo to places far and wide

But new lines lift the strain –

With Cargo moved now by Train

 

So canal carries people not things

and pleasure to people visiting it brings

with museums by the football stadium, hotels and shops

the canal life keeps moving and doesn’t stop

 

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