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  • 100 words to sum up Covid-19

    100 words to sum up Covid-190

    Surbitonians were invited to sum up their coronavirus thoughts and experiences in 100 words, with the resulting scrapbook of entries being turned into an online flipbook by the web team at the cornerHOUSE arts centre in Douglas Road, Tolworth. This submission was written by Simon Hancock, summing up the contradiction of between being able to

  • Wrong Number

    Wrong Number0

    I’ve grown to hate my landline, I dread each time it rings. It’s never Eve or Mildred… It’s people flogging things Or conmen trying to trick me, Or saying: “Your laptop’s slow” Or kidding me their survey Will improve my status quo The preference scheme is useless, It doesn’t stop the calls And if you

  • Kiosk Lament

    Kiosk Lament0

    Unloved, unnoticed, Barbie pink This pavement obelisk’s in sync With nothing… and yet here it waits: A monolith bereft of mates. Twelve years ago the kiosk came, An iPlus net phone booth, by name. It would, they said, transform our lives, The proud installers swapped high fives. Report graffiti, pay a fine, A streetlight’s out,

  • The Vital Cup

    The Vital Cup0

    We clutch our coffee cups to us As if they hold our very soul, We grasp them, grip them, cling to them And cart them everywhere we stroll We sip from them, we swig from them, We carry them on bus and train, And yet when we have emptied them Our attitude is inhumane We

  • Reclaim the Streets

    Reclaim the Streets0

    It’s always so impressive when Our old town pulls together. A tribute to the volunteers (thank heavens for the weather). How lovely would be Surbiton Without the motor cars, A peaceful, tranquil throwback… or was that Life on Mars?

  • A Twenty Lamenty

    A Twenty Lamenty0

    If 20 is the max (According to the plaques) Why does the man behind His molars start to grind? If I’m not doing 30 He shouts things rather dirty His manners he’s forgetting; It’s needlessly upsetting The sign insists it’s 20 He’s choking on his venti And urging me on faster; We’re heading for disaster

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