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written on the West Road, walking eastwards towards the fire station opposite the General Hospital, about 10 years ago. As I finished the last verse in my head, a group of Roman legionnaires in full battle dress appeared walking the other way... a bunch of squaddies doing the coast to coast walk for charity. Sweet.
I was watching Time Team last Sunday evening, so I let you talk to the answerphone. Tony Tobinson was getting misty-eyed about a Celtic brooch worn by a woman 2000 years ago. An Edwardian archaeologist destroyed the facts that didn't fit, and erased the golden city that he sought. I wasn't looking for Troy, just a little j-o-y. Under the foundations of this pub, little Romans in little leather sandals played dice for coppers, wrapped themselves in blankets, blew out the candles and dreamt of someone a long way away.
released July 22, 2012
Tony Harrison at Cluny Studios for doing the natty drums on a fancy keyboard. And photo by Stan Beckensall 1985 (Dod Law, Northumberland)