Friday, 10 July 2015

Ode To Graham

We interrupt our regular blogging schedule this weekend to pay tribute to our colleague Graham who passed away recently.

Yesterday David wrote a few words (click here to catch up with that post) and today Shaughan adds his voice, in rhyme of course.

(Our regular Rock'n'Roll London Friday & London Spy posts will return next week.) 


Ode To Graham

By Shaughan Seymour

It’s seven thirty, and we’re by St Paul’s
As Graham stands by Panyer Alley’s walls
He introduces us to City Ghosts,
And proves himself most genial of hosts
In telling tales of darkness fear and dread
He brings to life the lives of London’s dead.
Would that we could do that for him;
Now he is telling tales to Seraphim.
Dear Graham, you blazed trails for us all;
For forty years you held us all in thrall
And took how many thousands on your tours
The story that was London’s – became yours
Although not born here, Scotland’s son
Became the walking  Londoner  bar none -
Extensive knowledge and a love of scandal
Took you from Soho to the house of Handel
And we all followed – soaking up the Tales
Of Lily Langtry and the Prince of Wales
Of Politicians, Courtesans and Kings
You took the dust of History and gave it wings;
So Graham, we salute you now where ‘ere  ye be !
And save a glass of Burgundy for me !






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