Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thought for the Day

As delivered this morning at Radio Bristol. Any parts of the region who need a name check in a future attempt at inclusivity, please let me know:

Good morning. News from around the world is grim. We've had some of our annual discussions about Christmas starting too early, transport problems, strikes and health issues. It occurred to me that happy or sad, upbeat or down, all human life experience is within a short distance of the studio. We live in a great place and so:

Good morning to Bristol, to Weston and Bath.
It's Thought for the Day are you game for a laugh?
In Avonmouth, Portishead, Yatton and Pill
Are you raring to go or depressed and quite ill?

In Totterdown, Clifton, in Wraxall or Kenn
Has the sports news depressed you? Your team lost again.
In village, in city, in country or town;
Did you like the news headlines or have they got you down?

In Knowle West and Hartcliffe, South Gloucester and Cleeve.
You've finished your breakfast; you're ready to leave.
In Backwell, Long Ashton, in Easton or Stoke;
Are you searching for change for the bus 'cos your broke?

Hey Keynsham, and Saltford and Clevedon and Yate
If you hear out my poem are you gonna be late?
In St Paul's and in Kingswood and Emerson's Green;
Is today bright and cheerful or moody and mean?

Good morning Blaise Castle - good day Portishead.
Have the interviewees sent you back to your bed?
How you doing Cribbs Causeway, Laurence Hill, Ashton Court?
Take a moment to think of the answers you sought.

All the way to the country and round Abbots Wood
Sending aid to the hungry or getting tattood?
In Filton and Henbury and Westbury on Trim
Are you in good condition for the shape that you're in?

University, college or junior school
Just beyond all these names is there some deeper rule?
So Flax Bourton boy or a Temple Meads girl
There's only a few who can live in a Worle

M4 M5 junction - Ward 10 BRI
I pray you'll have patience - I'm sure you know why.
So from Nailsea to Failand, Chipping Sodbury, Patchway.
We are blessed to live here on a crisp autumn day.

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