So farewell then, slave statue in Potters Fields

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Friday 7 October 2011 6.45am


So farewell then
Statue of a slave in Potters Fields,
You did your job
Reminding a million tourists
And me
That I am guilty
Of something or other
250 years ago
And owe somebody something or other.
Thanks Southwark Council
For taking my money
To pay for Black History Month on now
And all the other pc cobblers.
I might have spent it on whisky and women,
You knew better
How to spread my dosh around.
There's a few quid left tho, so
Shall it be whisky or women?
'Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.'
I think I need a drink.
Friday 7 October 2011 7.46am
We need a Cockernee Month too!

luv from Muvver Cockernee xx
Saturday 8 October 2011 1.01am
markadams99 wrote:

So farewell then
Statue of a slave in Potters Fields,
You did your job
Reminding a million tourists
And me
That I am guilty
Of something or other
250 years ago
And owe somebody something or other.
Thanks Southwark Council
For taking my money
To pay for Black History Month on now
And all the other pc cobblers.
I might have spent it on whisky and women,
You knew better
How to spread my dosh around.
There's a few quid left tho, so
Shall it be whisky or women?
'Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.'
I think I need a drink.

Would you have written the same poem if it was a memorial to the Holocaust?
Saturday 8 October 2011 6.05am
Merlin Rouge wrote:
Would you have written the same poem if it was a memorial to the Holocaust?

In a related matter
I wrote:
I don't want Potters Fields politicized by girders or slave statues or demos whether I sympathize or not.



Saturday 8 October 2011 7.38am
I thought the statue added something to PF. I walked past every day and missed it as soon as it was gone. Everything is so easily and casually rejected as political correctness these days, but I found the statue quite subtle and fully non-invasive. It didn't make me feel guilty, but it reminds me how far we have come as a civilisation.
Saturday 8 October 2011 8.53am
Agree totally Edward and have no problem with the Council (or any other public body) promoting Black history month either. Too much has been written out of our histories that we might do well to remember.
Saturday 8 October 2011 2.04pm
Agreed too. I have no guilt (why would I) for something that I didn't do, but it does show how we've developed as a civilisation. Not remembering something so widescale and significant as the oppression of such a huge number of people would be much the same as not having the war memorials remembering those who fought against oppression.
Saturday 8 October 2011 2.07pm
Not having the opportunity of studying the statue that close before irrespective of the politics, I thought it was ugly, me being a bit old fashioned would have preferred a more classical one! then again real life is ugly sometimes and should not romantised (?) spelling check please!
Saturday 8 October 2011 2.08pm
what kind of statue would cockernee history month have?
Saturday 8 October 2011 2.21pm
Well it's like this ducks, it could show a coster monger flogging 'is apples wiv a red spotted neckerchief round 'is neck shouting an 'ollering darn the market, his trowsers 'eld up wiv a fick leather belt if 'e 'ad a few bob, or a bitta string if 'e adn't.. his trowsers would be tucked into 'is boots to stop the rats running up..

or wear a white silken scarf, flat cap, a collar less shirt, grey striped waistcoat, trousers with turn ups, braces, polished black boots, and a pinchbeck fob watch and chain...as did my grand father! lol
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