Shh. now..they kept it quiet,. 

But don't keep it under your hat;.

I got the startling news just now,

The first I knew about that!.

It wasn't reported in the papers  

No mention on the news,

But it's a fact, not silly capers,

(No, I've not been on the booze!).

The world knows about Piccadilly,

Its famous history in London Town

Where for centuries the free of spirit

Have paraded up and down

And found something exciting

And adventurous in what's there

With the feeling they've experienced

Something they all can share

But there's a plan to convert the Trocadero

And put a "religious meeting place" there

So - is it goodbye Piccadilly...

And farewell Leicester Square?





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M.C. Newberry

Mon 25th May 2020 14:58

Po - please refresh my attention span regarding the "earworm" song
plus the "incident" you refer to. I'm one tep forwards, two steps
back at the moment! Put it down to anno domini. Which has me
wondering whether the current situation will be referred to in the
future as "BC" (Before Coronavirus) and "AC" (After Coronavirus") ?

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Paul Sayer

Sun 24th May 2020 16:23

Oh! and by the way... I can't get that bloody song out of my head.

What an earworm that is.

I will tell you about that very song and the Scole cellar incident in more detail one day... Regarding Lincoln. AKA Colin Fry, Both me and my other half were on the front row.


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Paul Sayer

Sun 24th May 2020 16:18

it is a good time to announce anything that you don't want to reach the snooze papers or global media outlets.

Covid 24/7 is all we ever get now the telebox and as for red tops and broadsheets who in this day and age read them?

Mother Teresa was said to say I never watch tv or read the papers and I know exactly what is going on in the world.

Remember the 9:11 incident " This is a good time to announce any bad news!"

What else is going on under our noses that we can't sniff out or smell? As I said only this week "It is down to the little people to break the BIG news.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 24th May 2020 14:50

Ha - Po...very droll. In that sense you are probably right!
I was interested in the timing of this application - can it be called
"a coronavirus coincidence"? 😏 - like that political ploy of releasing
"awkward" news when the public's attention is elsewhere? The
welter of inital comments "in favour" seems to indicate a lack of
much wider public awareness - including my own, about its existence
until very recently.

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Paul Sayer

Sun 24th May 2020 13:43

Hi M.C. I thought the Trocadero was already a "religious meeting place"

A few have found God there 😉

To have Arthurian murals on the walls
and be shouting distance from St Pauls
the Gods have always been looking down
upon this place, they’ve often frowned...

and now to suit the mighty bankers
real-estate and property wankers
what will this accursed gem become
if it’s curse be lifted or undone?


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M.C. Newberry

Fri 22nd May 2020 18:59

Greg -all planning applications have a cut-off date for comments/objections. The ES item you refer to is merely 2 days old - and appeared after the notice I had of
this application - which dates back to 3rd Feb. 2020 (validated on 22/04/2020 - see.
Westminster Council online record). The
BBC Text Service also suddenly carried a report to coincide with this ES article.
Coincidence would be a fine thing!
In the space of a few days the number of
comments noted in the ES article has
rocketed from under 300 to nearly 1800
(as of now) and misgivings focus on why these reports were so tardy in appearing in the media when relating
to a prime central area of free-wheeling tourist London. I can't imagine it happening to "The Great White Way" in New York! Can anyone?

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Greg Freeman

Fri 22nd May 2020 17:38

Sorry to bugger up a line of yours, MC, but I think it was reported in the papers

No need to beat about the Shepherds Bush

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 22nd May 2020 15:05

Thanks, Mortimer. Not my usual choice but there is a time for it on
occasions - and this is one more.


Fri 22nd May 2020 15:02

Your poetry about politics is very refreshing to read.


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