Saturday, 5 March 2011

My town

Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
'Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself has said
This is my own, my native place?' Well, yes, actually.

Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, 
As home his footsteps he hath turned 
From wandering on a foreign strand! Nope.

Actually, I have been having occasional fond memories of Westcliff-on -Sea and Prittlewell Sq. One screens out all the bad memories and remembers the bandstand and a pre-relativist pre-multicultural England with Sunday roasts and church. Mr. Paul Channon M.P., son of Chips Channon, our improbably grand but tongue tied Member.

Alvaro's in St Helen's Rd. was one of the best restaurants in the Good Food Guide. Don't see it on the net. Strange, it was there in 1991...

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