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A Sing-Song For Stainless Steel

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1 Sheffielders sit a little while Ponder these letters cut clearly Each note in the sing-song for stainless steel And its unsung discoverer Harry Brearley 2 Made in Sheffield means the best a worldwide reputation our very knives and forks attest and mime in CELEBRATION 3 Neighbours calling neighbours Up […]

Poem for Barry Hines (and all working class writers)

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Writing the song of it              (For Barry Hines)   Via Heaney, Hughes and Harrison, Yeats and Joyce I circumnavigate my muse’s voice   Like Barry Hines transposing Oscar Wilde I reconcile what won’t be reconciled   My dad used to sing all the time around the house Countless songs of […]

Taking Stock of Joseph Locke

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Joseph Locke had lots of brains He made a fortune from railway trains. Sheffield born and Barnsley bred Joseph Locke became, it’s said, As famous as Stephenson or Watt Or Isambard Kingdom Brunel, though not Remembered these days half so well As Barnsley yarners are quick to tell Railway lines […]

Don’t Knock Wath, Cock

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Don’t knock Wath cock, don’t knock Wath There’s always people who want to knock Wath Mardy-arsed knockers, trying to put the mockers On anything positive, progress blockers With long faces – some of them are shockers With language worse than Darfield dockers Don’t knock Wath cock, don’t knock Wath There’s […]

Flying the flag for Rotherham

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All the old dreams and nursery rhymes of Habershons and Guest and Chrimes the old ghosts working overtime steelmen in their fettled prime colliers in their undergrime all the popular paradigms that render local song sublime the tragedies of muck and slime heroic workers, gaffers’ crimes grotesqueries and pantomimes the […]