KEATS

There’s a kind of hush all over the world tonight…

Cortinas, Spangles, Rag Tag and Bobtail, Go well go Shell, Freddie Frinton, Barry Sheene, back pedal brakes, Rising Damp and Colin McCrae, Crackerjack, Instamatic, tank tops, Johnny Seven, Janet and John, Victoria Wood, Constable Constable, Fireball XL5, Esso Blue;

…the Comsat Angels, Yip Yip Coyote, John Noakes, shooting brakes, the Honda 250 Dream…I-Jog and the Tracksuits, Ronnie Scott, Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, Fela Kuti, John Peel, Bob Carlos Clarke, slide rules, The Prisoner, Gillette Cricket, the Flaxton Boys too, Go to work on an egg, I’m backing Britain, Kennomeat and my man Sydney…

Ansel Adams, Mark E Smith, space hoppers, Bond Bugs, Hancock’s Half Hour, a tanner a bob and a florin, Steptoe and Son, the Six Five Special, getting up steam, stokers miners deep-sea fishermen, Pete and Dud, Morecambe and Wise, Oliver Sacks and Professor John Mack…

T E Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, Ready Steady Go, the Cocteau Twins, knock down ginger, hopscotch, Concorde supersonic bang; Anglia Granada Consul Corsair, Zodiac and Zephyr…

Softly Softly, Z-Cars, Joey Dunlop, Peter Tinniswood, Alan Coren, Bonanza, Willie Rushton, Alas Smith and Jones, Maria Callas, Twizzle, Mister Pastry, Mister Ed the famous Talking Horse, the Vital Spark, Psychocandy and Morse…

Deputy Dawg, Under Milkwood, Ilford HP5, Al Bowlly, Art Blakey, Julie London, Minnie Higginbottom, Fred Truman, Johnners and Betjeman never mind the butterscotch blocks Callard and Bowser owes; but not forgetting Muffin the Mule, Tales of the Riverbank, Woodentops, Fred Barker and Olly Beak

…this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.